Today's Nick Robinson visits Royal Preston Hospital a year on from his last visit, when the city in Lancashire was the country's COVID hotspot. He speaks to doctors at the hospital about the situation there now and a new treatment which they hope will reduce further transmission. Nick also hears from patients there recovering from Coronavirus who want people to wear their masks and get vaccinated. (Image: PPE, Credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez)
After ten years of programmes is there still life in The Life Scientific? Presenter Jim Al-Khalili joins Roger Bolton to discuss the programme and science coverage in general on BBC radio. Feedback has been copied-in to an email from the BBC's Director General responding to a listener critical of Today's Nick Robinson. Discover what Tim Davie had to say about the interview in which presenter Nick Robinson told the Prime Minister to ‘stop talking'. Presenter: Roger Bolton Producer: Kate Dixon Executive Producer: Samir Shah A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4
The British Medical Association has accused the government of "wilful negligence" for refusing to reimpose coronavirus restrictions in England, intensifying the pressure ministers are under over the rising number of infections. Yesterday, the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, insisted that he would not yet implement “Plan B”, which relies on masks, social distancing and COVID passes, for the winter period. This was despite the fact he admitted there could soon be 100,000 new cases a day. Measures similar to “Plan B” are already in place in Scotland. Nick Robinson speaks to the National Clinical Director for their government, Professor Jason Leitch, and then asks the Health Minister, Edward Argar, about the current situation in England.
Tributes will be paid in parliament today to the Conservative MP Sir David Amess who was killed in his constituency on Friday. The MP, who had five children, was attending a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea. A 25 year old has been arrested and is being detained under terrorism legislation. Brendan Cox, the husband of Jo Cox MP who was murdered in 2016 while at a constituency event, speaks to Mishal Husain. Mr Cox is also the co-founder of Survivors Against Terror, an organisation for the families of those killed in terror attacks. Nick Robinson speaks to Nick Aldworth, who was the chief inspector of policing and security operations in parliament about MPs' safety. Also on the programme was Dominic Raab, Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister.
Police have declared the fatal stabbing of the Conservative MP, Sir David Amess, to be a terrorist incident. Sir David was attacked yesterday while holding a surgery for constituents at Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. Police forces are expected to contact all 648 MPs over the course of Saturday after the Home Secretary ordered an immediate review of their security arrangements. Martha Kearney speaks to Jade Botterill, who has experienced constituency surgeries in her work for Yvette Cooper MP, and gets the thoughts of both Harriet Harman MP and the former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy. Following that, Nick Robinson speaks to Sir Bernard Jenkin MP and former Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, about the tradition of MPs meeting their constituents face to face.
Half of the dads are back this week but we have a very special guest, Nick Robinson, to carry the load! Nick and Matt break down all of this week's NFL action and Matt reveals his Renshaw's Renegades for Week 6.
'Stop talking!'; that is what Nick Robinson, as presenter of Radio 4's Today programme, told the prime minister on air last week. Was this a necessary tactic or a piece of typically pompous presenter rudeness? In the first Feedback of the new series, listeners give their reactions, and Matthew Parris discusses whether the political interview is now dead in the water. And the commissioner of comedy for Radio 4 defends Richard Osman's the Birthday Cake Game, after complaints from listeners. Roger Bolton asks Sioned Wiliam will it get recommissioned, and how did she decide on who was to be the new presenter of Just a Minute? Presenter: Roger Bolton Producer: Kate Dixon Executive Producer: Samir Shah A Juniper Connect production for BBC Radio 4
The rules on the number of deliveries which overseas HGV drivers can make in the UK are to be relaxed to try to ease the pressure on supply chains. The government hopes the move will help to prevent shortages in the run-up to Christmas. Katie Prescott speaks to Rod Mackenzie, Managing Director of Policy & Public Affairs at the Road Haulage Association which represents haulage firms. Following that, Nick Robinson gets a European response from Edwin Atema, of the FNV union which represents drivers across the EU and Europe, before asking the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, about what this means for immigration.
What's up legendaries, it's Ameenha Lee. In this podcast episode, I discuss Netflix's latest TV series, Maid. Maid shows a single mother, Alex, who escapes an emotionally abused relationship with her daughter, Maddy. Alex has to get a low paying job as a maid, escaping homelessness, and be mentally strong for the challenges ahead of her. This is one of the few shows that truly portrays a mothers love for her child. Alex barely having enough food for her child, sleeping in stations, and so much more. For more Netflix review, subscribe to The Lifestyle of Ameenha Lee Podcast. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ameenha/support
Lord Wolfson, chief executive of Next and Sir Howard Davies, chairman of NatWest, speak to Today about the government's plans to deal with stock and labour shortages. Justice Secretary Dominic Raab joins Nick Robinson in Manchester at the Conservative Party conference ahead of the prime minister's speech today. Image: Next Credit: Getty
It is day three at the Conservative party conference and, as Isabel says on the podcast, Boris Johnson started the day a ‘little tetchy' on his morning media round-up. After being told by Nick Robinson to ‘stop talking' on Radio 4, the Prime Minister clashed with the host when asked about rising wages and inflation. Where the Tories stand on working from home has also been up for debate throughout the conference. With some ministers eager to get Britons back to their desks, there are whispers that backbenchers don't agree. Katy Balls speaks to Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth.
The majority of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's two year premiership has been dominated by the coronavirus crisis. With food, fuel and driver shortages now facing the UK, another crisis could lie ahead for him. Ahead of his speech to Conservative Party conference, Boris Johnson speaks to Nick Robinson for the first time in two years. Image: Boris Johnson Credit: Reuters
With a backdrop of food and fuel shortages, the Conservative Party conference is taking place in Manchester this week. The government says it's up to businesses to ensure they have enough stock and drivers, but not everyone agrees - pig farmers have taken to protesting outside the conference. Nick Robinson speaks to Chancellor Rishi Sunak about who is to blame for the crisis and what the solution is. Image: Rishi Sunak Credit: Reuters
Nick Robinson speaks to the leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer, after his first in-person conference speech. The address, at around 90 minutes long, set out his vision for the UK and attracted some heckles from Jeremy Corbyn supporters. Credit: BBC
After a conference in which others have dominated the headlines, Keir Starmer has quite a challenge to make his slogan 'Stronger Future Together' seem credible and to make himself look like Britain's next Prime Minister. Nick Robinson speaks to BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, Shadow Justice Secretary David Lammy and Sammy Wright from the Social Mobility Commission. Image: PA
The Unite union is putting forward a motion, for Labour to back increasing the minimum wage to £15 an hour, to a vote at the party's conference. The former shadow cabinet minister, Andy McDonald, said opposition to the idea from the party leadership was the reason he resigned from the front bench yesterday. Labour sources have accused the left-wing of the party of trying to sabotage the conference. Today's Nick Robinson is at the Labour party conference in Brighton and spoke to Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, as well as Nick Thomas-Symonds, Shadow Home Secretary.
Today's Nick Robinson is at the Labour Party conference in Brighton and speaks to the shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves about the lorry driver shortage and how Labour would tackle the petrol crisis, as well as the party's tax plans. Nick also speaks to former leader Jeremy Corbyn and finds out whether Peter Mandelson thinks the vote on electing new Labour leaders is good news for the electorate and the party. (Image: Rachel Reeves, Credit: Gareth Fuller/ PA Wire)
Boris Johnson met US President Joe Biden in the White House for the first time on Tuesday. The prime minister was in the US meeting other global leaders at the UN to talk about what needs to be done to tackle climate change. Nick Robinson spoke to the acting head of America's embassy in London, Ambassador Philip T. Reeker – who was in the room for the meeting – and asked him how these two men got past their personal and political differences. (Image, President Biden and PM Johnson, Credit Andrew Parsons/ 10 Downing St.)
There have been warnings of empty shelves in supermarkets, because of the shortage of carbon dioxide. A joint statement last night from the government and the energy regulator, Ofgem, said the energy price cap would remain in place. It is looking like a tough winter ahead for many households, with food prices and energy bills increasing because of the crisis. So, what can be done to alleviate the situation? Nick Robinson speaks to Ian Wright, the Chief Executive of the Food and Drink Federation, and Professor Stuart Haszeldine of the Carbon Capture and Storage Department at the University of Edinburgh. Following that, Mishal Husain asks the Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, what the government plans to do to tackle the issue.
The US is easing its coronavirus travel restrictions, reopening to passengers from the UK, EU and other nations. The precise new rules have yet to be announced with the US Centre for Disease Control or CDC still to approve the AstraZeneca vaccine. Nick Robinson asks Dr Anthony Fauci, the President's Chief Medical Adviser, why this decision has been made now.
The government is considering offering emergency state-backed loans to the energy sector, in an attempt to deal with a crisis caused by soaring wholesale costs that could see dozens of suppliers going out of business. Boris Johnson has said the government will do everything it can to prevent companies that people rely on from going under. The Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, will hold an emergency meeting with gas chiefs. Nick Robinson hears from Stacey Stothard, whose energy supplier has been forced to stop trading because of the crisis, two energy bosses with different takes on what should happen next, and the boss of Iceland on how the problems are hitting supermarket product lines.
A major review of policing has concluded that violence against women and girls should be considered as much of a priority as counter terrorism. Following a spike in reports of domestic abuse during lockdown, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services found a "staggering variation" in how forces dealt with the issue across England and Wales. It is now six months since the murder of Sarah Everard, the fallout of which saw thousands of women reveal their own stories of rape and sexual assault that had gone unprosecuted. One woman shares her experience of abuse with Nick Robinson, who then speaks to the author of the report, Zoe Billingham, and the Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Louisa Rolfe. Nick also asks the Labour MP Harriet Harman, who is chair of parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights and a former Secretary of State for Equalities and Minister for Women, for her views on how much impact this report will have.
The defence partnership between Australia, the UK & the UK, known as Aukus, will cover AI and other technologies. It will let Australia build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time, using technology provided by the US. Today's Martha Kearney speaks to Ben Wallace, UK Defence Secretary. Nick Robinson also speaks to Dr Henry Wang, President of the Centre for China and Globalization, a think tank in Beijing, and advisor to the Chinese government.
Measures to deal with rising Covid cases in England over the winter have been announced - with a contingency "Plan B" if things get worse. Mishal Husain speaks to Professor Andrew Hayward from University College London's Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care. Nick Robinson speaks to Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary as well as Dr Dale Gardiner, intensive care doctor in the midlands and representing the faculty of intensive care medicine. (Image: Covid-19 vaccination centre opposite parliament in London, Credit:EPA/ ANDY RAIN)
BYU assistant coach Nick Robinson addressed the media Tuesday after the Cougars announced their full 2021-22 schedule.
Jason and Spencer discuss expectations for BYU football after a win against Utah. Nick Robinson joins to announce the BYU Men's Basketball Non-Conference schedule. Blaine Fowler joins to discuss the biggest takeaway from the win over Utah.
In his time with at Manchester United, Patrice Evra won five Premier League trophies and the Champions League. He also won three Serie A titles with Juventus. However these days he's perhaps better known as a social media content creator to his 8 million followers on Instagram. The former France and Manchester United captain explained to Nick Robinson how he tries to apply his catchphrase ‘I love this game' to his whole life.
Questions are bring raised about the attainment gap between those educated in state schools and those in the private sector. Yesterday's A level results showed that a startling 70% of pupils at fee paying schools got A or A* grades compared with just 39% in comprehensive schools. And the gap in achievement which has always existed got wider. The question now is why – and what can and should be done about it Nick Robinson spoke to Sir Kevan Collins, the former education recovery commissioner for England – who resigned in June – but first to Kate Green, the Labour party's shadow education secretary. (Image, queue for exam results , Credit EPA .)
Hundreds of thousands of school leavers across the UK have received their exam results after another year of uncertainty and disruption. Today's Nick Robinson speaks to Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary for England and Martha Kearney speaks to Catherine Cole, Principal of the Sixth Form College in Farnborough in Hampshire as well as Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England and President of Universities UK. (Image: Students celebrating exam results, Credit: European Pressphoto Agency)
Britain's performance in rowing at the Tokyo Olympics has raised questions about how the team has fared since the departure of coach Jurgen Grobler last year. Some critics have also questioned the huge funding which British rowing has benefited from – especially in light of the success of the athletes in newer Olympic sports like BMX racing. Nick Robinson spoke to Simon Morton, Chief Operating Officer of UK Sport and first to Tim Foster, Olympic champion in the coxless fours in Sydney. (Image, Great Britain's Men's Eight, Credit, Press Association.)
Sugar and salt should be taxed and vegetables prescribed by the NHS, an independent review of the food we eat has suggested. The report, led by businessman Henry Dimbleby, said taxes raised could extend free school meal provision and support better diets among the poorest. He asked "is the freedom to keep Frosties cheap worth destroying the NHS?" Today's Nick Robinson also heard from Stephanie Curran, who runs a food poverty charity; Kim, mother of four; Justin King, former Sainsbury's chief executive and was on the advisory panel for the report; Minette Batters, National Farmers' Union president; and Tim Lang, Professor Emeritus of food policy at City University of London. (Image: Henry Dimbleby; Credit: BBC)
In the men's team's first major final in 55 years, England were defeated in a penalty shootout at the hands of Italy. Today's Nick Robinson spoke to John Peacock, who watched the game at Wembley with his son and also attended the World Cup Final in 1966 with his father. Following that, Today's Martha Kearney found out more about England's Harry Kane, from Tottenham academy coach Bradley Allen, and Raheem Sterling, from Steve Gallen who coached him at QPR. One of the defining photographs from the night was that of manager Gareth Southgate comforting Bukayo Saka, the player who missed the final penalty. Southgate himself missed the crucial spot kick in England's Euros semi-final defeat in 1996. Nick Robinson spoke to Alan Smith, the man Southgate turned to when he missed that night and who also watched the final against Italy with the Southgate family, and Sir Trevor Brooking. Finally, Martha Kearney asked Commercial Director of the FA, Mark Bullingham about the progress the England team have made under Southgate's management. (Image: Gareth Southgate consoling Bukayo Saka.Credit: Reuters)
The Prime Minister confirmed on Thursday UK troops would be leaving Afghanistan. Nick Robinson discusses the country's future with General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, and Kate Clark and Christina Lamb, who have both reported extensively from Afghanistan
Boris Johnson is expected to confirm that he's confident the government will be able to lift the majority of the remaining coronavirus restrictions on face coverings, social distancing and working from home in England from 19 July. Nick Robinson spoke to Helen Whately, the care minister, as well as Stephen Reicher, Professor of Social Psychology at the University of St Andrews and advises the governments in England and Scotland. (Image: Commuters in Waterloo Station, Credit: Reuters)
Labour narrowly won the Batley and Spen by-election holding off the Conservatives after a bitter campaign. The new MP Kim Leadbeater took 13,296 votes - 323 more than the Tories. Nick Robinson heard from Ms Leadbeater, who now represents the seat previously held by her sister Jo Cox, and spoke to Diane Abbott, Labour MP and former shadow home secretary, and Lord Mandelson, former Labour Cabinet minister and co-founder of New Labour. (Image: Kim Leadbeater and Sir Keir Starmer; Credit: PA)
Matt Hancock has resigned as health secretary over an affair with his aide Gina Coladangelo, but questions still remain for him and the government. Nick Robinson asks Justice Secretary Robert Buckland why the prime minister didn't sack him but instead let him choose to resign. Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner also tells Martha Kearney why she's calling for an investigation into Hancock's use of personal emails and the appointment of Gina Coladangelo in a publicly-funded role. (Image: Matt Hancock and Gina Coladangelo; credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
For the final week of our Pride 2021 series, we're joined by Nick Robinson stan Noa Bourne, to discuss Love, Simon! Was Nick Robinson really the right person for the part? Does the movie go far enough? Just how much time do these kids have before school? Does Simon have the worst friends in the world? And just WHAT was Miles Heiszer's character's name? Plus we take a quick dive into the Berlanti-verse! AND Noa attempts to guess the plot of The Philadelphia Story for this week's What the Plot! The good, the great, and the Berlanti of it all on this week's episode! You can follow Noa on Twitter and Instagram.
We're checking back into Creekwood High with the crew of Love, Victor. In between seasons the show has really figured itself out because S2 is a marked improvement in both complexity and maturity.First and foremost: we're obsessed with how the Hulu show is tackling tough issues like bad allyship, unsupportive parents, racism, class, and religion. The two mom storylines hit Brenna hard, while Terry and Joe appreciate the discussion of 'masc for masc' culture and the depiction of different types of gay men (though when will we see a few queer ladies, show?!)Plus: Joe offends Brenna, praise for Ana Ortiz and Anthony Turpel's performances, the show's tendency to turn boyfriends into Prince Charming, justice for Mia/Rachel Hilson and speculation about S3.Wanna connect with the show? Follow us at our new Twitter handle @HKHSPod or use the hashtag #HKHSPod:Brenna: @brennacgrayJoe: @bstolemyremoteTerry: @gaylydreadfulHave something longer to say or a comment about book club? Email us at email@example.com. See you on the page and on the screen!
Boris Johnson said nearly two years ago that he had a clear plan to "fix the crisis in social care once and for all". No plan has been forthcoming. The Prime Minister was due to meet with the Chancellor & the Health Secretary tomorrow to hammer out what could be afforded - and what is politically acceptable. The BBC understands that this meeting will not now go ahead though could still happen later this week. Nick Robinson spoke to Sir Andrew Dilnot, who chaired the Commission on Funding of Care and Support in 2011 and Sally Warren, director of policy at the King's Fund, and asked them about the prospects for change. But first he spoke to Michael Blakstad, whose wife Tricia has Alzheimer's and is in a care home in Hampshire. (Image: Care home during the pandemic, Image: PA Media)
Indie filmmaker Hannah Fidell is circling back to her roots. While she has made relationship dramas like "6 Years," the Netflix comedy, "The Long Dumb Road," and directed TV ("Casual," "Sorry For Your Loss"), her latest project is the most ambitious of her career. It's a remake and reimagining of her own work, her 2013 directorial debut “A Teacher,” about a female teacher who has an affair with one of her students, and the implosion of those events. 2020's “A Teacher,” now a 10-part FX series is much different. Influenced by the events of #MeToo and her own personal experiences, “A Teacher,” changes the perspective and point of view of the film and reconfigures it to also give space to the victim, in this case, Nick Robinson. Starring Kate Mara as the teacher, “A Teacher” also expands the story, in Fidell's view, more of a proper beginning, middle, and end, but also with a long epilogue about consequences and the impacts of abuse. In this Deep Focus episode, we spoke to Fidell about “A Teacher,” the ways she wanted the audience to feel complicit in the relationship, a new political series that she is writing she calls a cross between “Euphoria” and “House of Cards” and she tells us about directing on the upcoming Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee sex tape mini-series for Hulu. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theplaylist/message
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce today that the government are delaying plans to remove COVID restrictions on June 21. BBC R4's Martha Kearney speaks to Health Minister Edward Argar, former government scientific advisor Sir Mark Walport, and Professor Devi Sridhar, who is a member of the Scottish government's COVID-19 Advisory Group, about this delay. Meanwhile, BBC R4's Nick Robinson and Chris Lord speak to business owners and tourists in Cornwall about the implications of a potential four more weeks under COVID regulations.
Nick Robinson speaks to actor Kate Winslet in her first broadcast interview about her role as Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan in HBO's Mare of Eastown. Winslet spoke about her love of playing angst ridden women and the graft she puts into telling their stories. (Image: Kate Winslet in Mare of Easttown, Credit: HBO)
Israeli opposition parties have reached an agreement to create an eight-faction coalition to form a new government that would end Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year tenure as prime minister. However, there still needs to be a parliamentary vote before the government is sworn in. With the vote not expected to take place for several days, there is still a chance the newly formed coalition could be upended by defections. Radio 4 Today's Nick Robinson spoke to George Birnbaum, chief strategist and pollster for Naftali Bennett and former chief of staff to Benjamin Netanyahu. With analysis from Jeremy Bowen, BBC's Middle East editor. (Image: Benjamin Netanyahu; Credit: European Pressphoto Agency)
The government has announced a £1.4bn recovery plan to provide tutoring sessions to help school children in England catch up from the coronavirus pandemic. But critics claim the proposals don't go far enough, as the BBC has learned the Treasury rejected a more ambitious catch-up plan worth more than £10bn last week. Nick Robinson spoke to Gavin Williamson MP, education secretary, and Kate Green MP, shadow education secretary. With analysis from Elaine Dunkley, BBC education correspondent, who visited a primary school in Halifax. (Image: Pupil and teacher; Credit: Getty Images)
Prince William has blamed BBC failings over its interview with his mother for fuelling her paranoia and worsening his parents' relationship. An inquiry has found the BBC fell below its standards, Princess Diana was failed "not just by a rogue reporter", Martin Bashir but by BBC bosses. Today’s Mishal Hussain and Nick Robinson heard from Matt Wiessler, former BBC graphic designer, who was commissioned to make the fake bank statements; Justice Secretary Robert Buckland; Sally Bedell Smith, biographer of the Princess; and Lord Grade, former BBC chairman. (Image: Princess Diana during her interview with Martin Bashir; Credit: BBC)
Mental health problems have worsened across all age-groups in the past year during the coronavirus pandemic. The Mental Health Foundation has begun study into how the pandemic has affected our mental health. Today programme's Nick Robinson is joined by Lauren, who explained how she went from experiencing a panic attack at work to thriving during lockdown and Dr David Crepaz-Keay, head of applied learning at the Mental Health Foundation. (Image: Woman with her head bowed; credit: Getty Images)
At least 67 people in Gaza and seven people in Israel have been killed after weeks of rising Israeli-Palestinian tension in East Jerusalem. The escalation, which began on Monday, has triggered street violence in Israel between Jews and Israeli Arabs. Today programme's Nick Robinson spoke to Najwa Sheikh-Ahmad, mother of five who lives in a camp in the centre of the Gaza Strip; Tova Levy, who fled her neighbourhood in Lod with her husband and children; Matthias Schmale, director of UNRWA operations in Gaza; and James Cleverly, foreign office minister for the Middle East. With analysis from Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor. (Image: Debris of former buildings; Credit: Reuters)