Friday 17 August

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Part 1: Hellos & Menu

Parts 2 & 3: Right To Die: Did Judges Get It Wrong?
First up: The Right to Die: did judges get it wrong? High Court judges yesterday unanimously rejected locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson’s legal bid to be allowed to die. Tony says his life is miserable and demeaning. He’d rather be dead than alive. But he’s paralysed from the neck down; he needs help to die. He wanted assurance that whoever helped him would not be prosecuted. But judges said it wasn’t up to them to decide? Isn’t that just passing the buck? If judges can’t decide, who can? Or is this ruling important to protect the vulnerable?

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

Part 4: Today’s Papers

Part 5: What Does It Mean To Be British?
After that: What does it mean to be British? Our identity’s been on display to the world over the last couple of weeks during the Olympics - have you been surprised by what you’ve seen. Or has it confirmed your notion of Britishness? Tolerance, a sense of humour, mucking in and an ability to queue in an orderly fashion. Are you proud of who we are? And has it affected how you feel about staying a Kingdom that’s United?

Part 6: Give Kids Cool Books!
Our last phone-in of the week: Give kids cool books! Dr Who writer Steven Moffat reckons we should stop making kids read classics like Jane Austen and hand them exciting books with lots of explosions. Is he right? Does forcing kids to read the books we read run the risk putting them off literature for life? Will reading something of questionable literary value at least get them interested? Or is it important for kids to understand the classics upon which so much of modern culture is based?

Part 7: Talking Telly With Kevin O’sullivan
And finally: we're going to talk telly with Sunday Mirror critic Kevin O’Sullivan. What have you got for us this week Kevin?
REVIEWS: THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF, SING DATE, EASTENDERS, THE BEST OF MEN;
PREVIEWS: BIG BROTHER/CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER, PERSON OF INTEREST.

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