Monday 30 July


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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Olympics Opening Ceremony: Your Verdict
First up: Our first chance to ask for your verdict on the Olympic opening ceremony. It’s been described as “bold, bonkers and brilliant” - so what did you think of Danny Boyle’s extravaganza? The celebration of people rather than power cost us £27m - was it money well spent? And did it represent the best of British to the 1bn who tuned in worldwide?

We’ll take plenty of calls on that before it’s over to Tim for the rest of today’s headlines.

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: Let Untrained Teachers Into Academies?
After that: should academies be allowed to recruit untrained teachers? New rules will allow those with no official teaching qualifications to take classes. The government says it’ll let professionals like engineers and artists share their knowledge with academy pupils. But critics say the plans are just about cutting costs, and will lower teaching standards. Would you want an untrained teacher teaching your child? What about classroom discipline?

Part 6: Name & Shame Olympic Empty-Seat Sponsors?
Moving on, should we name and shame Olympic empty-seat sponsors? Embarrassing images of half-full stadia have been beamed worldwide - and corporate sponsors are getting most of the blame. It’s a bit of a slap in the face for the millions of sports fans who missed out on tickets - so should Seb Coe name and shame the prawn sandwich sorts who can’t be bothered to show up?

Part 7: What’s The Point Of Sexed-Up Classics?
And finally: What’s the point of sexed-up classics? Raunchy new versions of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are published today, featuring the sexy scenes erotic writers imagine Bronte and Austen would’ve written in 2012. Publishers say it’ll attract new readers to the novels. But won’t they lose their charm if they’re packed with bondage and pre-marital nookie?


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