The PM is under fire over No. 10 parties during lockdown last Christmas
Carry on Christmas
29:00Laura chats to Adam about reports that Christmas parties were held in Downing Street at the height of last year’s lockdown. The BBCs Hugh Pym and Branwen Jeffreys join Adam to discuss whether festivities and school nativities will go ahead this year. We hear views from the picket line as university staff go on a three-day strike over pay, working conditions and pensions. Adam brings you Newscast’s very own – and very brief – version of Radio 4’s ‘The Reith Lectures’. It’s all about AI. And as advent calendars are opened, Adam invents his own version, ‘the badvent calendar’, a collection of the most cringeworthy moments of 2021. Please share yours: [email protected] This episode of Newscast was made by Ros Jones with Georgia Coan, Ben Cooper, Alix Pickles and Sally Abrahams. The editor was Jonathan Aspinwall. The studio manager was Michael Regaard
30:54The boss of MI6 speaks! His name is Richard Moore and he's said some really interesting things about China, Afghanistan and green ink! Adam talks it through with the BBC's Gordon Corera. And after another Covid press conference from Boris Johnson, Adam and Fergus chat with a pharmacist in Surrey. How will the roll out of the booster jabs really work? This episode of Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Sally Abrahams and Rosamund Jones. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
Omicron I Don’t Believe It
37:03Every adult in the UK will be offered a Covid booster jab... Fergus and Laura talk through all the new changes. And as British socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell, goes on trial accused of grooming underage girls for convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein, we hear about his controlling behaviour from a journalist who has interviewed him many times. This episode of Newscast was made by Emma Close with Sally Abrahams, Serena Tarling and Rosamund Jones. Thestudio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Sam Bonham.
The 'Nu' Variant
36:37'Nu' variant, new concern. Scientists are closely watching a new variant of coronavirus circulating in southern Africa, nicknamed the 'nu' variant. The BBC’s Health and Science Correspondent, James Gallagher, tells Adam what the experts are telling him. So how worried should we be? France has uninvited the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, from a meeting set up to deal with the recent surge in dangerous crossings of the Channel. The Economist’s Paris Bureau Chief, Sophie Pedder, explains why relations are so tense. And appendicitis can be extremely painful – and a real pain to diagnose. BBC News Presenter Reeta Chakrabarti shares her experience with appendicitis and tells us why it’s so important that it’s spotted early. Today's Newscast was made by Daniel Wittenberg with producers Rosie Blunt, Georgia Coan and Ben Cooper. The studio manager was Frank McWeeny. The editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
Oh no Boris!
33:05The Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle brings his pet parrot, Boris, into the Newscast studio. He also reveals that he’s been "heavily lobbied" by women MPs not to change the rules on bringing children into parliamentary debates. Labour MP Stella Creasy was told it was against the rules to bring a child to a debate after her three-month-old son accompanied her earlier this week. And Katya talks to Laura and Chris about the political ramifications following the deaths of people trying to cross the Channel in dinghies. Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg, Ali Gee and Ros Jones. Jonathan Aspinwall is the editor.
Migrant tragedy in the Channel
38:38More than 30 people have drowned after their boat sank on the way to the UK… Emily Maitlis (who was en route to Dover as the story was unfolding) takes us through the details. After his exclusive interview with the President of Belarus went viral, the BBC’s Steve Rosenberg and his producer Will Vernon tell all about what it was like meeting “Europe’s last dictator”. And Laura joins Adam from a windy walk in Edinburgh to chat through her interview with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Rosamund Jones, Ben Cooper, Georgia Coan and Rachel Judah. Hannah Montgomery is the studio director.
34:31What connects a Chinese tennis star, the new Culture Secretary and a viral karaoke show? Adam explains why the answer is Twitter, with a load of great voices for this bumper Tuesday episode... The BBC's new Culture Editor, Katie Razzall, was watching the Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries. BBC China's John Sudworth and Kerry Allen have been following the tale of the tennis legend, Peng Shuai. And Jacob McLaughlin, from Manchester, really knows how to host an online karaoke gig! Today's Newscast was made by Sam Bonham with Georgia Coan, Ben Cooper, Rachel Judah and Ros Jones. The studio director was Emma Crowe.
The Pig Idea
23:51The PM says Peppa Pig World is his "kind of place" in a pork-ward speech today... Adam, Laura and Chris get together to chew it all through. Also, Dr Katya Adler joins from Brussels (to complete the Brexitcast crew) and explains what's been going on with the protests in Europe. Today’s Newscast was made by Sam Bonham, Rosamund Jones and Georgia Coan. The studio director was Emma Crowe. The assistant editor was Alison Gee.
Simon says, Marr goes
34:53As lockdowns are reintroduced in Europe, Katya and Adam discuss soaring infection rates with Professor Hendrik Streeck of the Institute of Virology in Bonn. Plus, as Andrew Marr announces he’s leaving the BBC, we find out what he thinks Adam should be reading. Also, Simon Reeve talks rural poverty, wiggly rivers and curried squirrel in Cumbria. And Newscasters remember Ghostbusters – aka Phantom Breakers (if you get lost in translation). Newscast was made by Ben Cooper, Danny Wittenberg, Sally Abrahams, Serena Tarling, Rosamund Jones, Ali Gee and Emma Crowe.
Mind the Gap
30:25There are accusations of betrayal as the HS2 rail extension to Leeds is scrapped. Train enthusiast, David Brewer, who has visited all the railway stations in the UK, shares his thoughts about how the money should be spent. Ireland’s Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, admits to Laura K that he’s frustrated over the situation with trade and Northern Ireland. And Adam, Laura and Chris explain changes to the cap on the cost of social care. Today’s Newscast was made by Danny Wittenberg and Sally Abrahams. The assistant editor was Alison Gee and the editor was Jonathan Aspinwall.