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Today: Friday 12th October

Reports suggest millions of families are facing another rise in household bills as British Gas considers announcing a hike in its gas and electricity tariffs. Seven Royal Marines have been arrested on suspicion of murder while they were serving in Afghanistan last year. And also on the programme, the mystery of the missing log book on the submarine that sank the Belgrano is finally solved.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .


Business news with Simon Jack: Rob Brighouse, managing director of Chiltern Railways, explains that long term rail franchises "can be very successful".

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Lord Turner, who is in the running to be the next governor of the Bank of England, has made a speech in which he has said that quantitative easing may be having "a declining marginal impact" on the economy. The BBC's business editor Robert Peston outlines the more unconventional policies that Lord Turner is looking to considered.

Vice President Joe Biden debated with Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan last night in the run up to the American presidential election. BBC's North America editor Mark Mardell outlines which party seemed to come out on top.

British Gas has just announced increases to its gas and electricity charges. Dr Craig Lowrey, energy consultant at the Utilities Exchange, explains why he does not that unfortunately this does not come as a surprise.

English Heritage have launch their Heritage at Risk register for 2012, highlighting almost 6,000 listed buildings, monuments, battlefields, shipwrecks, archaeological sites, places of worship and landscapes in England. Dr Edward Impey, director of protection and planning at English Heritage, explains why the picture is mixed in terms of the at risk register.

Baby boom drinkers are more of a burden on the NHS than any other age group, according to the findings taken from the Alcohol Harm Map, the first complete picture of alcohol-related health costs across England by a local authority. Eric Appleby, chief executive of Alcohol Concern explains the trends that the study has highlighted.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Seven members of the Royal Marines have been arrested on suspicion of murder in Afghanistan last year. Professor Michael Clarke, director general of the Royal United Services Institute, explains that the Ministry of Defence says the charges relate to an event after an engagement with an insurgent.

The government has issued two new licences for pilot badger culls in areas covering hundreds of square kilometres of Gloucestershire and west Somerset. The Today programme's reporter Tom Feilden looks into the scientific rationale behind a cull.

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British fishermen, claiming they have been attacked by the French, have called for Royal Navy protection in the English Channel. Andy Scott, managing director of Scott Trawlers of Dumfries says that one of his boats was involved.

Thought for the Day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth.

A man has received a total sentence of eight months after wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with hand written offensive comments about the murders of two policewomen killed in the line of duty. John Cooper QC, leading criminal and human rights barrister, and Ian Hanson, chair of the Greater Manchester Police Federation debate the justification for the arrest.

As British Gas announces a six per cent rise in its gas and electricity tariffs, its manging director Phil Bentley explains the reasons behind the move.


A controversial badger pilot cull is likely to begin. Tom Feilden explains that the cull will have to start in the next few days if it is going to be completed before the badgers go to ground for the winter and David Heath, Liberal Democrat agriculture minister explains why the government has issued two new licences for pilot culls.


The winner of the country's leading literary prize, the Man Booker, is announced next week and in the run-up to the award, Today will be talking to the six authors who have been selected for the shortlist. The BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones spoke to Alison Moore about her book The Lighthouse from her home near Nottingham.

Sports news with Bob Bonnet.

Vice President Joe Biden debated with Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Thursday last night as the American election draws ever closer. Democrat Stan Greenburg explains what the Vice president Joe Biden had been told to achieve and Republican consultant Frank Luntz says how the Republican candidate Paul Ryan did.

British Gas has announced increases to its gas and electricity charges. Audrey Gallagher head of Energy at Consumer Focus explains how these changes will affect customers.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Council leaders in England are calling for urgent government action to sort out the funding of adult social care. Today reporter Michael Buchanan explains why there are fears that the neediest will not get the care they need.

The director of public health in Cumbria this week warned against pubs and bars using dangerous chemicals after 18 year-old Gaby Scanlon from Lancashire had her stomach removed to save her life after drinking liquid nitrogen in a cocktail. Tristan Stephenson, owner of Purl and The Worship Street Whistling Shop cocktail bars in London where they use liquid nitrogen to prepare drinks, says that this is a misuse of the chemical.

After waiting 30 years to tell the story, the documentary maker and author Stuart Prebble explains the case for why the log-book from the control room of HMS Conqueror disappeared after the submarine sank the General Belgrano. Lord West, former First Sea Lord, outlines why this discovery is so significant.

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