The government has been warned that the UK's triple-A credit rating is at risk, after the Chancellor's admission that he would miss his debt-reduction target. The European Commission is reported to have said that an independent Scotland would have to apply to join the EU. The story from inside Syria as the government there claims it's days from victory in the capital. And also on the programme, a call for more women in Shakespeare from the director of the all-female Julius Caesar.
0615 Business news with Lesley Curwen on news of what the business community made of the Autumn Statement.
0626 Sports news with Garry Richardson.
The Syrian information minister Omran al Zohbi says President Assad's regime will "win the battle for Damascus" in three to four days. The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen outlines the situation in Damascus.
0713 George Osborne has announced a fresh squeeze on benefits, as he admits the economy is performing less well than expected. Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies gives an analyst's reaction to the chancellor's announcement.
0717 Four sailors are dead and another seven are missing after two cargo ships collided in the North Sea. Pieter Westenberg, from the Dutch coast guard, explains the incident.
0720 Business news with Lesley Curwen.
The latest project from the director of the award-winning Abba musical, Mama Mia, and the Oscar-winning The Iron Lady is an all-female version of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, which has just opened at the Donmar Warehouse in London. The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz went to the theatre to meet the director Phyllida Lloyd and ask what her motivation was for staging the women only production.
0728 Sports news with Garry Richardson.
There was a fair deal of gloom in yesterday's figures from the Chancellor. Shadow chancellor Ed Balls explains what he made of the Autumn Statement.
0741 The paper review.
0744 The last great polar challenge is to cross Antarctica in winter. The explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who is gearing up to make that expedition, says that his ship leaves today on the long journey south.
0747 Thought for the Day with the writer Rhidian Brook.
New sentencing guidelines will be published today for sexual offences in England and Wales. A victim gives their story and Lord Justice Treacy, who is on the sentencing council for England and Wales, explains that the guidelines will recommend taking into account psychological as well as physical harm.
In his Autumn Statement, George Osborne has said austerity measures will be extended to 2018 and Mr Osborne looks set to miss key debt-reduction targets. The chancellor speaks to Today presenter Evan Davis about his announcement.
0826 Charles Dickens' home, 48 Doughty Street, has been redecorated. Florian Schweizer, director of the museum, describes the renovation and explains why it was deemed necessary.
0830 Sports news with Garry Richardson.
0833 An independent Scotland would have to apply to join the European Union if voters back the SNP's plans to break away from the United Kingdom, officials in Brussels have warned.
0839 Business news with Lesley Curwen.
On Wednesday night BBC One broadcast The War on Britain's Roads - a controversial documentary showing the difficult and often dangerous relationship between cyclists and motorists in modern Britain. Michael Hutchinson, a British racing cyclist and writer, says that there is not a healthy relationship between the two at the moment, and Jan Etherington, journalist and comedy writer, explains why she is not a fan of cyclists.
0851 In his Autumn Statement, George Osborne has announced a fresh squeeze on benefits, as he admits the economy is performing less well than expected. Anne McElvoy, public policy editor at The Economist, and Steve Richards, chief political columnist at the Independent, look at the UK's economic future under George Osborne.