Best of Today: Episodes

The artist who painted an official portrait of Bill Clinton has revealed that he worked a secret reference to Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress (the stains on which proved the pair had had sexual relations) into the artwork.

Nelson Shanks, who also painted portraits of Princess Diana and Pope John ...
Prince William is spending the last day of his visit to China in the South Western province of Yunnan home to wild Asian elephants.

The Prince is known for speaking out about the threat to the African elephant, particularly because of the ivory trade, which campaigners would like China to ban.

The ...
Average household incomes are back to the levels they were at before the financial downturn struck, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

The recovery in living standards has been much slower than after previous recessions and changes to spending patterns suggest that people think their ...
Featuring a look at Eurozone growth and a look ahead to ITV's results.
Alan Mullery has paid tribute to his former team mate Dave Mackay who has died aged 80.

Speaking to the programme Mullery remembered the gentleman player who never got sent off and would juggle coins with his feet.

"He was the king, he was the best at what he did... he would balance coins on his knees, ...
Mel Brooks will be in London later this month for his first ever solo London show.

Brooks was unfortunately too busy to do an interview with the Today programme, but he's been speaking to his old friend Alan Yentob, the BBC's Creative Director and describe his one man show.

"It's an introspective retrospective, ...
Featuring corporate governance changes needed in the UK fund management industry and China's richest man.
Speaking to the Today Programme's Jonathan Legard is former England captain Graham Gooch, who discusses the liklihood of Kevin Pietersen returning to the England team.
Rebecca Jones met novelist Kazuo Ishiguro to discuss his first novel in ten years, 'The Buried Giant'.

The story tells of an elderly couple who set out on a journey to find their lost son in a semi-mythical post-Roman Britain.

Ishiguro dismissed the suggestion the book is a purely fantasy novel.

"It ...
Featuring the first full budget of Nahendra Modi's government and the UK jobs market.
US actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr Spock in the cult sci-fi series Star Trek, has died at the age of 83 in Los Angeles.

We spoke to Wil Wheaton, who got to know him through his role as Wesley Crusher on the television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation":
Speaking to the Today Programme's Garry Richardson is former Tottenham Hotspur manager David Pleat, who reacts to a poor week of results for English teams in Europe, including losses for Manchester City and Arsenal in the Champions League, and Liverpool and Spurs being knocked out of the Europa League last night.
North Korea's former supreme commander Kim Jong-Il was a big film buff and wanted someone to make films in North Korea.

In order to enact his plan, in 1977, he had Shin Sang-ok and Choi Eun-hee South Korea's top director and actress abducted and brought to Pyongyang.

They went on to produce North Korean ...
Featuring spending habits in Brazil and the Friday boss; Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat.
Public astronomer Dr Marek Kukula, of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, told John about the new discovery of a huge and ancient black hole.

He said it has grown faster than current physics would suggest possible, in the early development of the universe.

John Humphrys was surprised by the information ...
Tomorrow the Germany parliament the Bundestag will vote on the latest deal to keep Greece in the Euro. The deal has been managed by Germany's veteran finance minister Wolfgang Schauble.

The 72 year old is often seen as a tough guy, an inflexible man.

Justin spoke to people who know him to get a view ...
Featuring a report from Liverpool Riverside, one of the Today programme's 100 seats in the run up to the election, and director of Liverpool Economics Ashwin Kumar.
Has social media killed off the fan letter? Agatha Christie, born 125 years ago, received a lot of fan mail, and, to mark the anniversary some of the letters are being made public.
Hilary Strong, managing director of Agatha Christie Ltd and Hugh Grant discuss.
Former foreign secretary Jack Straw denies any wrongdoing in new 'cash for access' allegations.

Mr Straw stands accused of having offered to use his position as politician on behalf of a fictitious Chinese company in new wrongdoing allegations, arising from a joint investigation by the Daily Telegraph ...
Sir Malcolm Rifkind denies any wrongdoing in 'cash for access' allegations.

Sir Malcolm stands accused of having offered to use his position as politician on behalf of a fictitious Chinese company in new wrongdoing allegations, arising from a joint investigation by the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4's ...
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