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Today: Tuesday 6th November

Home Secretary Theresa May discusses next week's elections for Police and Crime Commissioners. It is election day in America and the final polls suggest a very close result. Top company executives have seen their rewards rise by more than a quarter on average over the past year. Also on the programme, the secret of a great voiceover.

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 on news on whether Marks and Spencer has managed to turn around its falling sales.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

David Cameron is in the Gulf and wants British firms to get more business there, specifically he is looking sell typhoon fighter jets to the Saudi Arabian air force. Security correspondent Frank Gardener is in the United Arab Emirates and analyses whether the PM should be supporting the Gulf States that suppress their own populations.

On the day of the US presidential elections, the BBC's North America editor Mark Mardell looks back at the campaign over the last three months.


Profits at Marks and Spencer fell in the six months to the end of September by nearly 10% to £290m. Mark Bolland, the chief executive of Marks and Spencer, discusses with business presenter Simon Jack where he believes improvements can be made.

The naturalist Chris Packham has lamented the fact that children are less interested in nature than perhaps they were. Chris Packham explains why he and David Attenborough agree on the point.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

People across England and Wales (excluding London) are preparing to vote for the first ever Police and Crime Commissioners. Presenter Sarah Montague visits the campaign trail in Gloucestershire to see how the job might work.

The paper review.


The actor Brian Cobby, the voice of the talking clock, has died at the age of 83. Peter Dickson, a voice-over artist and the voice of X Factor, and Nicola Mendelsohn, president of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, discuss whether we are saying farewell to the era of received pronunciation in the voice-over world.

Thought for the Day with Rev Dr Michael Banner, dean and fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

The US is to decide who will be their next president. Correspondent Alastair Leithead reports from Nevada and Dr Adam Smith, senior lecturer in American history at University College London, examines how close the outcome will be.


People across England and Wales will be able to vote for the first ever police and crime commissioners. Home Secretary Theresa May outlines the need for such a big change.


Today presenter James Naughtie reports from the US on the day of the US presidential election.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


China is to hold its once in a decade party congress and unveil the new generation of leaders. Dr Yiyi Lu, a researcher at the Beijing think tank Chang Chu, and Daniel Bell, professor of political theory at Tsinghua university in Beijing, describe the power struggle and how it will affect the global community.

Business news with Simon Jack.


Tower Hamlets Council in London will make a decision about the future a Henry Moore sculpture. Shahed Ali, cabinet member for the environment at Tower Hamlets council, and Richard Calvocoressi, director of the Henry Moore Foundation, explains why the council is thinking of selling the artwork.

Lord Maurice Saatchi has spoken about how he is still coming to terms with the death of his wife a year ago. Bridget Ramsay, a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care, and Times columnist Matthew Parris discuss how people come to terms with grief.

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