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?


  • Mon 20 Aug

    Nihal hosts the topical debate show.


  • Thu 16 Aug

    Hardeep Singh Kohli is joined by Anna Williamson, who's fronting a Childline campaign.

  • Wed 15 Aug

    Hardeep Singh Kohli hosts the topical debate show.

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Comments (12)

  • Philip

    over 1 year ago


    Contrary to those above... I like it when HSK fills-in for Matthew! We've had to endure Nihal's stumbling, amateur and uncomfortable attempt to fill-in for Matthew this past week! Go back to Radio 1 and entertain the kids...and take those huge, scary, beady eyes with you!

  • Reece Zoon

    over 1 year ago

    Reece Zoon

    Can somebody get me some tissues? Let's shift the focus on to me and my distress at watching this car crash of a programme. Maybe HSK should listen to the callers and then Haley wouldn't have to explain their point to him and he wouldn't erroneously put words in their mouths. Huey rambles without saying anything very much and mumbles unintelligible interruptions which are irritating. It is difficult to know which of HSK or Huey is the most unwatchable.

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  • A Chapman

    over 1 year ago

    A Chapman

    The dull stand-in presenters ruin this programme, not worth watching when MW is fishing. Matt Allwright (suprisingly - the roguetrader/watchdog character is cringeworthy) was the best stand-in host presenter I have ever seen on this programme, far more amusing and interesting than I was expecting after seeing the silly padded out BBC output he is known for.

  • Elisa

    over 1 year ago


    I normally like Huey but I really can't defend the way that callers who may have a different argument are "shooshed". This is really childish and HSK was embarrassing (as usual) too. "I may disapprove of what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" is a phrase that sums up our freedoms and it made me uncomfortable to watch her being shouted down. She may have been controversial but she was clearly articulate and polite. Besides nutrition, what she had to say about "new neural pathways" was discussed on BBC and other news channels earlier when they interviewed another (ex-)sufferer of "locked-in syndrome" who became better through this. It was a crucial element to the debate but none of the other panellists (or HSK) had mentioned it. Childish antics and immature "debating" skills.

  • Peter Danter

    over 1 year ago

    Peter Danter

    I have very rarely been disapointed with TWS but this morning was disapointing. Passion is beautiful and wanting to show how strong you feel about a subject is one thing but vulgar expletives so early in the morning is pushing it to far. Matthew normally takes the mickey out of Jeremy Kyle but at least the potty mouths on that show are edited before being aired.

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  • Chum

    over 1 year ago


    Please don't let HSK host the show. I think he could make a very good dramatic actor but in the TWS he makes for uncomfortable viewing. Please protect your product.

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  • Shaun

    over 1 year ago


    Rubbish. That lady was right. The further from the equator you are, the greater the chance you have of getting MS. Of course you can get MS right on the equator, but it is less likely than living in say Scotland or Canada. It is a medical fact, I read it in literature I was given from the hospital, when I was diagnosed with MS. Here's the link to verify what I've said

  • louise

    over 1 year ago


    Ive 2 boys and neither of them are encouraged to read and be listened to with reading at school. No wonder they hate reading!

  • Richie Pemberton

    over 1 year ago

    Richie Pemberton

    Dont apolgies for what was said, it's correct, the lady was talking through her backside, bar romm medics, etc