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20040515

The General Medical Council

The first in a new series of debates in which some of our best known institutions are put to the test: are they up to scratch or is there a case for radical reform? Tonight, the General Medical Council.

The final report of the Shipman inquiry, due in the summer, is expected to be critical of the GMC - the body responsible for regulating the medical profession. So what is the GMC doing to restore public confidence in our doctors? Diana Madill chairs a debate between the GMC's President, Sir Graeme Catto and leading health lawyer, Ann Alexander with a forum of experts about how best to police the medical profession. Then News.

20050105

The first in a new series of debates in which some of our best known institutions and features of British life are put to the test: do they really work for us or is it time for a radical re-think?

'When a man is tired of London, he is tired with life, for there is in London all that life can afford.' Was Samuel Johnston right? London is often described as one of the world's best cities and dominates the political, economic and cultural life of our nation. But is that position still deserved? Isn't the truth now that London's overcrowding, cost and infrastructure mean it's no longer a good place to live and work? Isn't it now time to re-think the capital's role in the UK?

20050112

Advertising!

The second in a series of debates in which some of best known institutions and features of British life are put to the test: do they really work for us or is it time for a radical re-think?

Advertisers claim that their work is an essential part of the market economy, providing vital information to consumers. They say adverts have played an important role in helping to break down stereotypes and that without the industry, Britain's thriving independent media wouldn't exist.

But critics say advertising is a corrupting and manipulative influence on our lives. Its message is that we are inadequate without certain products and tries to sell us lifestyles which most people can never have. The industry wastes huge sums of money and represents a system of values which are divisive.

Which view is right? Diana Madill chairs a debate between writer Judith Williamson and Hamish Pringle of the Institute of Advertising practitioners with an invited forum of people with strong views.