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  • Wim Wenders on Trump, Brexit and Harvey Weinstein

    He is known for his slow-moving and beautifully-shot films like ‘Wings of Desire’, but director Wim Wenders has also spent his life taking tens of thousands of polaroid photographs. The quietly-spoken German became very animated indeed discussing Trump, Brexit and the Harvey Weinstein allegations.

  • Published on 19 Oct 2017

    If you are looking for signs of life elsewhere in the solar system you might not expect to start in North Yorkshire. But that is where the world’s experts on extraterrestrial life – the astrobiologists – have been gathering. Or at least they have been meeting deep under the North York Moors in a laboratory…

  • We’re joined by Conservative MP Rachel Maclean from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee and Catherine Pearson who is the manager of Clean for Good, a company that aims to provide a fairer deal for its cleaners.

  • It’s thought there are around half a million cleaners working in city blocks and offices around the country. No one knows their exact number because for the most part they’re invisible, going to work while the rest of us sleep. But we do know that many are poorly paid and sometimes poorly treated. We have…

  • The NHS is facing one of its worst winters for years with warnings that increased patient numbers, fewer beds, and less money will increase pressures on an already struggling system.

  • The number of crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales has topped five million for the first time in a decade – that’s 13 per cent higher than the year before. Police are now dealing with more violent incidents, and almost a fifth more sexual offence crimes.

  • Joining us from Brussels is the Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan to debate the issue of EU citizens in the UK.

  • We spoke to Pascal Lamy earlier and began by saying that the EU’s Chief negotiator Michel Barnier is surely just that – a negotiator?

  • Theresa May tried to thaw relations with EU leaders was to write an open message on social media today to EU citizens in the UK, all 3.2 million of them.  

  • Europe’s leaders put on a show of friendship and support for Theresa May at the European summit in Brussels this afternoon. But underneath the bonhomie, the tough message remains the same – cough up.

  • EU summit dinner: rogue states on the menu

    There’s a bit of diplomatic Jenga going on at this summit. Angela Merkel and others want to extract money, tens of billions of it, from the UK, ideally without toppling Theresa May. So you see tough language from Mark Rutte, head of the newly formed government in the Netherlands, a traditional British ally, spelling out…

  • Transcripts from the House of Commons can be quietly edited if politicians’ claims are proved wrong. But the public rarely hears an apology. Here are ten incorrect claims we discovered which were made by government ministers. They were all corrected afterwards – but often not for weeks.

  • What does Theresa May actually want?

    Theresa May comes into this summit deeply disappointed at the EU’s lack of haste in talks and its stubborn refusal to move on from discussing exit terms to trade talks. But imagine this. Theresa May is sitting in the dinner tonight and when her moment comes to address the other EU leaders makes a compelling…

  • Published on 18 Oct 2017

    A number of Grenfell survivors were among hundreds of Kensington and Chelsea residents who had another testy meeting last night with the tenant management organisation. There are concerns about how the council plans to change the way they run social housing in the borough. But some residents say they now have an opportunity to take…

  • Actors with learning difficulties often struggle to get more than a token role in films or on stage. Now a new play is about to break new ground by giving a woman with Down’s Syndrome a starring role. The play, Joy, has been specially written for actors with disabilities… and without.