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Today: Monday 31st December

On the day NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh publishes an interim review on cosmetic interventions, the Today programme speaks to a woman aggressively targeted by unscrupulous salesmen. Also on the programme: the BBC's Andrew Hosken investigates the issues surrounding custodial deaths at the hands of the police, and guest editor Benjamin Zephaniah shares the joy of accents and dialects across Britain.

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

The BBC's Mark Sargeant and Rutland Council's Roger Begy share their views of how government cuts are having an adverse effect on Britain's countryside.

An interim report from the NHS is published today aimed at regulating the cosmetics industry following this year's PIP implant scandal. Science journalist Vivienne Parry sheds light on the move.

Guest editor Benjamin Zephaniah brings an announcement from the Shetland Islands.

Business news with Martin Wheatley.


The BBC's Mark Easton visits Upton Park to see how Benjamin Zephaniah's view of multiculturalism works in practice.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


An inquest following the death of Mikey Powell in 2003 found he died as a result of injuries incurred in custody. The BBC's Andrew Hosken investigates the wider issue.

A look at today's newspapers.

Thought for the Day with Helen Drewery.


Ten years ago our guest editor Benjamin Zephaniah turned down an honour from the Queen for 'services to literature'. Royal commentator Rafal Heydel-Mankoo and novelist Owen Jones discuss an alternative system.


The Today programme hears from Sabrina Elliot, a young woman being targeted by unscrupulous cosmetic surgery salesmen.

When he was younger, poet Benjamin Zephaniah was in trouble with the police but eventually found direction in his life through writing. We reunited Benjamin with some of the youngsters he has inspired and speak to writer Wes Brown.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The UN's Special envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has warned that violence against civilians in Syria could see as many as 100,000 killed in 2013 if no political solution is found. The Arab League's Nabil Elaraby analyses the prediction.


The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones and journalist Aleks Krotoski predict the tech trends of 2013.

Actor Mark Rylance supports the wearing of white poppies to promote peace on remembrance day. Guest editor Benjamin Zephaniah is one such wearer.

Rethink Robotics CEO Rodney Brooks discusses how robots might be about to transform the way we interact with machines.

Chris Aldridge shares a summary of good news, as inspired by guest editor Benjamin Zephaniah.


Leeds University professor Clive Upton shares the joy of accents and dialects around Britain.

Guest editor and poet Benjamin Zephaniah closes the programme.

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