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The Bigger Picture: Professor Tim Evans's General Election Special

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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Professor Tim Evans's General Election Special
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University explains that the Conservative Party is no longer trusted, that it is out of touch with its base and so is relying on negative campaigning. Without a positive vision, they stand no chance of stopping a landslide. While Labour is more moderate and united, it may come under pressure once it is in power. Can it rise to the many domestic and global challenges it will face, particularly with such an appalling handover? if so, it might become the natural party of government. It will be fascinating to see if Reform overtake the Tories in the polls, in which case the Conservative argument against voting for Reform vanishes.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Business of Film: Sting, Atlas & Bonus Track

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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Sting, Atlas & Bonus Track
James Cameron-Wilson reports that the charming IF has regained the #1 spot at the UK box office. He was less than impressed by #8 Sting, a horror film about a spider which is a dumb and ridiculous sub-Alien ripoff. Although it is familiar and feels like a video game jammed on fast forward, he found the Jennifer Lopez sci-fi romp Atlas on Netflix to be reasonable popcorn entertainment. He was even more impressed by Sky's Bonus Track about a teenager loner at school who suddenly finds direction in his life. It is funny, moving and sweet and feels as if the teens are real people.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Gadgets & Gizmos: Tattooing avocados, growing your own teeth and having a third thumb

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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: Tattooing avocados, growing your own teeth and having a third thumb
Steve Caplin explains why Tesco is tattooing avocados. Japanese scientists believe people will soon be able to grow new teeth. There's a robot seed-planter taking its inspiration from wild oats. A 9-seater electric plane can take off and land on a football pitch. A new Chinese hybrid car has a massive range and a minimal price, in China at least. Cambridge scientists have been studying how people make use of a third thumb. There's a crowd-funded pet monitoring camera which can tell if the animal is poorly. Bringing the internet to a remote Amazon tribe has caused problems. And in Dubai, there's a proposal to build skyscrapers 1km high.
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Steve Caplin


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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: How might a new government affect the market?

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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: How might a new government affect the market?
Russ Mould of A J Bell says that markets have traditionally done better under the Conservatives, though they have had longer in power than Labour. While the size of majorities makes no discernible difference, what is important is the macro side and particularly inflation. Since 2019 the CPI is up 22% and the RPI 33%, with wages up by a quarter. He looks at how different sectors might be affected such as housebuilding, energy, rail, utilities, defence and retail.
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Russ Mould


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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Hargreaves Lansdown, the UK market & the consumer sector

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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: Hargreaves Lansdown, the UK market & the consumer sector
Neil Shah of Edison Group thinks the bid for Hargreaves Lansdown is interesting, feeling its prospects and potential growth rate might surprise a sceptical market. He sees there being a change in sentiment around the UK market, feeling that the perception that it is undervalued is being more widely appreciated. He also discusses the consumer sector where, if you look under the bonnet and are willing to go against the grain, there are green shoots, particularly in areas like travel and leisure.
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Neil Shah


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The Business of Film: Garfield, Furiosa – A Mad Max Saga, Love Lies Bleeding & A Small Back Room

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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Garfield, Furiosa – A Mad Max Saga, Love Lies Bleeding & A Small Back Room
James Cameron-Wilson cheers UK box office up 28%, thanks to the weather. But he regrets the agony of seeing #1 Garfield which is crass, loud & witless, celebrating violence and overeating. He found Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga better than Fury Road, having more dramatic bite and a welcome humanity although, given the near-torture porn content, he was surprised at the 15 certificate. Although it hasn't set the box office alight, he caught the versatile Kristen Stewart in Love Lies Bleeding, a funny, brutal and unexpected neo-noir which he thought really special. He waxed lyrical about Powell & Pressburger's 1949 WW2 film The Small Back Room, beautifully restored for home viewing. It's a claustrophobic, music-less, hard-boiled drama about a vanished world with a peerless cast and he rates it one of his favourite of the exalted Archers' films.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Gadgets & Gizmos: AI gaffes and hearing aids, cutting cargo ship emissions and head transplants

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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: AI gaffes and hearing aids, cutting cargo ship emissions and head transplants
Steve Caplin discusses the latest AI gaffes, as it suggests rock eating and gluing cheese onto pizzas. There's a bright idea to cut cargo ship emissions. Glass windows can be made more efficient – with one drawback. AI can help vastly improve hearing aids. A crowd-funded exercise bike claims to provide a more realistic 3D interactive landscape. And a molecular biologist believes he's only ten years away from robotic head transplants.
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Steve Caplin


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The Bigger Picture: General Election Special – What can we expect?

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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: General Election Special – What can we expect?
Political commentator Mike Indian discusses the main parties' prospects for the UK's General Election. He thinks that this might be a day without a high turnout. With so many Tory MPs abandoning politics, he feels that the gap between the Conservative Party and its membership will become even wider. He discusses Labour's big Achilles' heel and laments the lack of an element of excitement, though he expects the TV debates to be interesting. A change of government, he says, could be a good thing. It will shake the Conservatives out of complacency, though Labour might find that the current control freakery will come back to haunt them.
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Mike Indian


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The Bigger Picture: Thoughts on the election, challenges to global companies & understanding populism

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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Thoughts on the election, challenges to global companies & understanding populism
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University offers some thoughts on the General Election, explaining that Rishi Sunak is not a lucky PM. This is, he points out, a year in which half of humanity is going to the polls, with 1.4 billion Indians entitled to vote. But with press freedoms being curtailed, is the country sleepwalking into becominging a managed democracy and can it maintain growth while reducing its serious unemployment problems, particularly among young graduates? He also looks at the problems global companies have with mounting geo-political tensions and why economists need to think precisely about populism, as political scientists have for some time.
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Professor Tim Evans


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The Business of Film: IF, The Strangers – Chapter One & Unfrosted

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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: IF, The Strangers – Chapter One & Unfrosted
James Cameron-Wilson recommends IF, the new #1 in a UK box office +16% on the previous week. Starring Ryan Reynolds, this family film is sentimental but smart, is beautifully executed by some famous names behind the camera and is both touching and funny. James found the first part of a trilogy prequel, The Strangers: Part One, to be clichéd and far-fetched beyond belief and yet the camerawork of director Renny Harlin made him want to know what happens next. But he found Unfrosted on Netflix to be almost as awful as Garfield 2. A supposedly true story about Kellogg's invention of the pop tart, directed by Jerry Seinfeld, it has a witless script and is only minusculely redeemed by a lot of famous cameos.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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