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Today: Tuesday 20th November

The Church of England's governing general synod is due to vote on whether to allow women to become bishops. Energy companies are expected to be forced to cut the number of tariffs they offer customers. Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have continued to exchange fire while ceasefire talks continue in Egypt. Also on the programme, what should parents do if they think their children have let them down?

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, including news that US rating agency Moody's has downgraded France's triple-A sovereign bond rating, saying the country has persistent structural economic challenges.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Energy firms will be made to offer customers the lowest suitable tariff, the government is to explain. Ann Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch.com, gives her view on the announcement.


More offenders serving less than 12 months should be met at the prison gates by a mentor - often a former offender themselves - to help them reintegrate into society, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling believes. Marvin Nuro, who has spent some time in jail and has become a mentor, explains what that meant to him in practice.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The Church of England is preparing to decide whether women can become bishops. Correspondent Michael Buchanan reports from a prayer vigil held at Westminster Abbey.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A delegation from the Arab League will visit Gaza in a show of support for the territory in the face of Israeli air strikes, a league official said. Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent from the Jerusalem Post, and Magdi Abdel-Hadi, freelance Arab affairs analyst, discuss the developments in the conflict.

The paper review.

Pictures of unidentified bodies are being posted online with the launch of the first website dedicated to finding the identity of mystery individuals. Joe Apps, manager of the Missing Persons Bureau, discusses why some records of around 1,000 people who have not been identified date back to the 1950s.

Thought for the Day with Brian Draper, associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.


Member states of the European Space Agency are meeting in Naples to determine the organisation's programmes and budgets for the next five years. Today programme science correspondent Tom Feilden reports and Universities and Science Minister David Willetts explains what the new money means in terms of contracts for UK space technology sector.


The government will detail later how it intends to force energy firms to offer customers the lowest suitable tariff. Political editor Nick Robinson reports on what announcement is expected. Audrey Gallacher, an energy expert at Consumer Focus, and Angela Knight, chief executive of Energy UK, discuss what this could mean for consumers.


Arts Council England has spent more than a billion pounds of public money trying to fulfil its stated mission of "achieving great art for everyone" over the past two years. Arts editor Will Gompertz asks why, by the Arts Council's own admission, still "only a minority of the population has much to do with the arts on a regular basis".


The Church of England's governing general synod is due to vote on whether to allow women to become bishops. Rev Rose Hudson Wilkin, chaplain to the House of Commons speaker and one of the most senior women in the Church of England, and Susie Leafe, a lay member of the General Synod from the Disocese of Truro, discuss the role of women in the church.


Chimps and great apes display signs of a so-called mid-life crisis, much the same as humans, a study shows. Alexander Weiss, of the University of Edinburgh, explains this research.

Business news with Simon Jack.

At least 95% of Britain's ash woodland will eventually fall victim to a fungal infection causing ash dieback disease, experts warn. Rural affairs correspondent Jeremy Cooke reports from Copenhagen.


Every prisoner released in England and Wales should have their own mentor to help them get their lives back on track, the justice secretary is to say. Rob Owen, chief executive of the St Giles Trust, and Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, discuss whether further support for criminals is a good idea.


An email from retired naval officer Captain Nick Crews to his three children lambasting them for their fecklessness and "copulation-driven" lives was leaked to the Daily Mail. Author Stanley Johnson, a father of six, and journalist Rachel Johnson, Mr Johnson's daughter, discuss whether Captain Crews' generation of parents have indeed been let down by their offspring.

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