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The Bigger Picture: Kim Darroch; Tory leadership debate; Labour, Brexit & anti-semitism

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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Kim Darroch; Tory leadership debate; Labour, Brexit & anti-semitism
Political commentator Mike Indian examines the resignation of Sir Kim Darroch, the UK's American ambassador and wonders whether Donald Trump's suggestion of Nigel Farage in the post might come to pass. He considers who came out on top in the Tory leadership debate on TV and mulls over Labour's latest shift on Brexit and its response to the Panorama programme on anti-Semitism in the party.
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Mike Indian


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Gadgets & Gizmos: The electric Mini Cooper

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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: The electric Mini Cooper
Steve Caplin takes a look at the latest developments in the automotive world, with the first electric Mini Cooper, 130 Lotus e-cars, Tesla upping production, a Tel Aviv company reinventing electric cars with a common platform, Jaguar Land Rover monitoring drivers' facial expressions, Scotland Yard using a military drone to catch dangerous drivers. He also explains why people are hiring cars in Japan but going nowhere. Uber launches a helicopter service in New York, it's 40 years of the Walkman, The BBC is using AI for assessing the highlights of Wimbledon and Amazon joins forces with the NHS.
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Steve Caplin


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The Week That Was And The Week Ahead: Barratts, Robert Waltes, Ocado and Micro Focus

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The Week That Was and The Week Ahead

The Week That Was And The Week Ahead: Barratts, Robert Waltes, Ocado and Micro Focus
Helal Miah of The Share Centre looks at recent news from housebuilders Barratt Developments and Bovis Homes, recruiters Robert Walters and Page Group, Ocado and Micro Focus. He also looks forward to what we might expect from BHP and Rio Tinto, Burberry, Hays and Royal Mail.
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Helal Miah


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The Business of Film: Spider-Man Far From Home

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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Spider-Man Far From Home
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office figures. Although attendances are still suffering from the hot weather, Spider-Man: Far From Home opened at #1 with a £14.1m gross, pushing Toy Story 4 into second place. Other new films include a Westlife doc, horror film Midsommar, the animated The Queen's Corgi and yet another Luc Besson female assassin movie, Anna. For home release, James recommends The Kindergarten Teacher starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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The Week That Was And The Week Ahead: Sainsbury's, Persimmon, William Hill & gold

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The Weeks Update

The Week That Was And The Week Ahead: Sainsbury's, Persimmon, William Hill & gold
Graham Spooner of The Share Centre looks at recent news from Sainsbury's, Persimmon and William Hill - with its announcement of the closure of many of its high street shops. He also looks at the rise in the price of gold to a five-year high. Looking ahead, he highlights what we might expect from Barratt Developments and Ocado.
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Graham Spooner


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The Business of Film: Yesterday

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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Yesterday
James Cameron-Wilson looks at the UK box office, where the hot weather has once more hit admissions. Toy Story 4 still reigns supreme, with the Richard Curtis/Danny Boyle romcom Yesterday coming in at #2 with a very disappointing £2.2m take. Doc Apollo 11 debuts at #8. The recommended home release of the week is Loro from Great Beauty director Paolo Sorrentino, about Silvio Berlusconi.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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The Bigger Picture: Political history or a blip?; dandies and punks; Britain and the space race

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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Political history or a blip?; dandies and punks; Britain and the space race
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University considers the latest opinion poll putting Labour in fourth place and wonders if history is being made or whether it is just a temporary blip? He looks at the politics and culture of music and dress from punk and Thatcher's new romantics through to a very modern dandy. And he comments on the race to be Europe's first spaceport, which may be won by Britain.
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Professor Tim Evans


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Gadgets & Gizmos: How to create realistic fake videos

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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: How to create realistic fake videos
Steve Caplin on Facebook's closing down of fake review sites and Stanford University's tool that lets you convincingly put words into people's mouths in videos. There's the world's most efficient vehicle, a fan that's also a pen, camera, recording device and phone, the Musicians' Union complaining about classical music on streaming services, an LED spirit level, the speed of 5G and Amazon's airborne Neighbourhood Watch idea.
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Steve Caplin


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The Bigger Picture: Boris vs Hunt, HK protests and currency wars and Chernobyl on TV

Simon Rose
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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: Boris vs Hunt, HK protests and currency wars and Chernobyl on TV
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex Collect compares and contrasts the two contenders for the leadership of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt. He also considers whether the protests in Hong Kong are emblematic of bigger stresses and strains involving the US, China and Europe. Lastly, he looks at the Sky/HBO TV series, Chernobyl, which he considers one of the best political TV dramas of all time.
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Professor Tim Evans


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Gadgets & Gizmos: Sex in space, virtual Stonehenge and voice-activated Monopoly

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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: Sex in space, virtual Stonehenge and voice-activated Monopoly
Steve Caplin gets all steamed up, with stories about sex in space, on Instagram, on DVD and more. He also waxes lyrical about the new 360-degree webcam at Stonehenge but is less enthused about a voice-activated version of Monopoly. There's a family-friendly beehive seeking crowd-funding, Japanese DNA matchmaking and NatWest's new way of using selfies for indentification.
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Steve Caplin


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