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Today: Saturday 15th December

The American people are in mourning after the murder of 27 children and adults in what is believed to be the country's worst school shooting. The people of Egypt have begun voting in a referendum on a new constitution. Plus - troubled families - and what to do about them. We have exclusive access to the person appointed by the government to sort them out. And Viva Forever! the Spice Girls musical opened this week, we debate the pop musical: fun entertainment or blatant cash cow? We speak to lyricist Tim Rice.

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

As many as 27 people have been killed, including many children, in a shooting attack at a primary school in the US state of Connecticut. Laura Trevelyan reports from Newtown, the sight of the massacre.

Protests will be staged in Northern Ireland today about whether to fly the Union flag over Belfast City Hall. Chris Buckler reports from Belfast.

Dr Rowan Williams made his final speech in the House of Lords as Archbishop of Canterbury, yesterday in parliament. Parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy has a summary.

The Russian opposition is holding a rally today, calling on supporters to gather near the secret service headquarters. The rally is not sanctioned by police. Russia correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports from Moscow.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

James Alan Fox, professor of criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, and an expert on mass killings, speaks to Justin Webb about what is to blame for these kinds of killings

Egyptians are voting in a referendum on their new constitution. Tens of thousands of troops and police are on the streets to keep order, after the president's decision to take more power to his office. The BBC's Egypt correspondent John Leyne assesses the mood in Cairo.

The paper review.

Today reporter Zubeida Malik looks at this week's census results, focussing on the number of foreign-born residents in the UK who hail from India. She speaks to three generations of Indian immigrants.

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

The Football Association's adviser on racism, Lord Ouseley, is stepping down because football club's are not doing enough to combat racism in the game. Black championship and premiership player Nathan Blake and former England manager Graham Taylor discuss the issue.

The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has produced plans to try to stem the growth in applications for judicial review, in which courts are asked to decided whether decisions by government or public bodies have been carried out properly. The BBC's legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman assesses the proposal and the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Woolf, discusses the proposal.

The best selling author Wilbur Smith has signed a new book deal worth £15m, but he will be using "carefully selected co-authors" to help write the book. Ian Rankin the crime writer and Jennie Erdal, the author of Ghosting - a book about her experiences as a ghost writer - discuss how often this happens and whether it is important.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

The BBC's Barbara Plett has been in the American town of Newtown, where a school shooting took place yesterday, talking to residents about the experience. Robert Spitzer author of "The Politics of Gun Control" and professor of political science at the State University of New York College at Cortland spoke to Justin Webb about America's options for gun control.

The paper review.

The BBC's Winifred Robinson follows the work of the government's Troubled Families Unit, set up after the riots in England last year.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling talks about his plans to tackle what he describes as "ill-founded" judicial reviews, suggesting that in future they should cost more. Ministers say the changes will not alter role reviews play in holding them, and others, to account.

After poor reviews for the new Spice Girls musical Viva Forever!, what are the key ingredients for a hit musical these days? Lyricist Sir Tim Rice and theatre critic Dominic Cavendish examine the legitimacy of musical theatre as a serious art form.

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