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Sir Roger Bannister,
the man who broke the 4
minute mile, has died.
He goes straight game forwards.
His achievement in 1954 gave him
a place in the record books -
and athletics history.
I was totally overwhelmed
It was a great surprise to me
to be able to do it today
and I think I was very lucky.
We'll be hearing tributes
to Sir Roger from some of those
he inspired to compete.
Also on the programme...
Ireland casts doubt on government
plans for the Irish
border after Brexit -
saying there is still no detail
on how to keep the border invisible.
'Where is the world' -
say the people of Eastern Ghouta,
as the Syrian government advances
on the rebel-held area.
Would you stop interrupting me while
I am interrupting new?
And will it be V for Victory
at the Oscars tonight?
With Gary Oldman among
the British hopes.
Sir Roger Bannister -
the first man to run a mile
in under four minutes -
has died at the age of 88.
He made athletics history
on a track in Oxford in 1954 -
when he was an amateur athlete.
It was a moment that came
to symbolise sporting achievement.
After retiring from athletics
he became a distinguished
doctor and neurologist.
Today fellow athletes paid
tribute to a man who made
"the impossible possible."
Joe Wilson looks back
at a remarkable life.
Bannister, third from the left.
There are some moments of sporting
history which become part
of the world's history.
He's decided this
is the right moment.
What Roger Bannister achieved
in 1954 was like a lunar landing
for 20th century sport.
Bannister's old friend and rival
Chris Chataway is in third place,
waiting to take over as pacer.
To run a mile and stop
the clock before it reached
four minutes in 1954,
this was a magical number,
a barrier of human achievement.
A feat that would redefine
what was humanly possible.
And it would fall to a young medical
student to achieve it.
After two-and-a-half laps,
Brasher gives way to Chataway.
Bannister, a superb tactician, has
suffered some criticism in the past
for adopting his own rather
unorthodox training methods.
But they are paying dividends now.
At this point it
becomes quite painful.
I overtake Chris Chataway
and begin the finish.
And here he comes.
Bannister goes streaking forward
with about 250 yards to the tapes.
Every stride counted.
The tape broke at three
minutes 59.4 seconds.
And Bannister has done it.
Though he is out on his feet,
his coach and team manager tell him
he has achieved his ambition.
It might have felt like the world
stopped when that clock stopped.
Four minute mile was a sporting
catch phrase everyone recognised.
All I can say I'm absolutely
overwhelmed and delighted.
It was a great surprise to me to be
able to do it today.
And I think I was very lucky.
There was certainly a feeling of it
being a national event,
and something of a landmark
for the country.
Sir Roger Bannister was a hugely
influential figure in sport.
Especially for those whose
athletics careers came after.
Roger was a great athlete.
He would tease Seb and I in later
years about had he been around
in our day and had better tracks
and better shoes and better training
methods he would have beaten us.
He was one of the cleverest people
I think I've ever met,
and he was, in equal measure,
modest as well.
He never really got what he did
and it wasn't a front.
Laura Muir is the most recent
athlete to continue Great Britain's
middle distance tradition,
giving everything to win a silver
medal at the World Indoor
Championships this weekend.
She studied medicine to become
a vet, and recognises
her link to Bannister.
I think he was very influential
and very sort of inspirational
to a lot of people, and to me,
that you can combine, you know,
academics and running.
Sir Roger Bannister
was knighted in 1975.
Athletics was only
a small part of his life.
He regarded his work as
a neurologist as more significant.
When he was diagnosed
with Parkinson's disease
he described the gentle irony that
a neurologist should find himself
with a neurological condition.
Training for Roger Bannister
in athletics had been half an hour
a day on a cinder track.
The world's first for minute
miler was also perhaps
sport's last great amateur.
Sir Roger Bannister who has
died at the age of 88.
The Irish Foreign Minister has
suggested that Britain's proposals
for the Irish border after Brexit
may be rejected by the EU because it
will need to protect how
the single market works.
Simon Coveney said there was little
new detail on how to avoid a hard
border in the Prime Minister's
speech on Friday.
Theresa May insisted
there would be no return
to barriers and border checks.
Here's our Political
Correspondent Eleanor Garnier.
It is more than 300 miles long.
Tens of thousands of
people cross it everyday.
And more than £1 billion is done
in trade between Northern Ireland
and the Republic every week.
But after Brexit, these roads
will be the new frontier
between the UK and EU.
The challenge, how to keep
this border invisible,
when Britain is outside the single
market and the customs union.
We are committed, the Irish
government is committed,
all the parties in Northern Ireland,
to making sure there
is no hard border.
The Prime Minister's plans
would mean 80% of companies
would face no new customs checks
and with new technology,
she believes a hard
border can be avoided.
But the Irish government
has its doubts.
I am not sure that the
European Union will be able
to support a situation whereby 80%
of companies that trade north
and south and south north
will actually protect the integrity
of the EU single market.
To sort out this most trickiest
of Brexit conundrums,
multiple sides need to be won over
and the Prime Minister
has already made clear,
she will not accept the fallback
position in Brussels.
One that would see Northern Ireland
stick to the rules and
regulations of the EU.
Mrs May believes her latest
thinking is a step forward.
It sets out some ways,
particularly on the issue
of customs across-the-board,
in which we can resolve
that and I am pleased
to say that the Taoiseach,
when I met him recently,
has agreed that the UK and Irish
governments and the Commission can
sit down and look in more
detail at the proposals
that we have put forward.
But others elsewhere
in the UK have their doubts.
I think one of the most shameful
features of the whole Brexit
process has been the way,
the negligent way in
which the interests of Ireland have
just been cast aside.
So, when I hear her talk
about technological solutions,
I guess there is nobody
who would disagree with
the objectives she is setting,
but she is talking at the moment
about technological solutions that
perhaps do not even exist.
The Irish border is a key sticking
point in the talks, but other
problems need solving, too.
There has been progress,
but the Brexit negotiations
still have a long way to go.
This week we will get a better idea
of how convinced Brussels is when
the EU side publishes its draft
guidelines for the next round of
talks, but the shape of our future
relationship with the European Union
and back could give us a big clue
into whether what the Prime Minister
is asking for is achievable.
Hundreds of people have been fleeing
Eastern Guta as government forces
continued their assault. There are
now said to hold a quarter of the
province which has been in the hands
of rebel groups. Jeremy Bowen
reports from Damascus.
These people said their village was
moving because the Syrian Army had
arrived. One man cursed the Russians
and Iranians, key allies of the
regime. Air strikes he said
including band cluster bombs had not
TRANSLATION: It has been five days,
no fuel, no bread, no food, no
water. Where is the world? Where are
human rights? We are humans, not
animals. 400,000 people live in
Eastern Guta, an area of fields and
small towns about the size of
Manchester. Most of them are
civilians who have not been able to
escape the war.
TRANSLATION: When the plane 's
shelves, I could not see anything in
front of me.
I did not wait for the
ambulance, I started running.
ambulance, I started running.
air strikes have been followed by
ground troops who are making rapid
advances. The strategy seems to be
to cut Eastern Guta in half.
Negotiations between the rebel
groups and the Russians have been
going on for quite some time. It is
not clear if the objective is a
ceasefire or are they effective
surrender of the rebels. The biggest
rebel group says it is regrouping
after a retreat. The fighting is
still going on, for the regime the
prize is the end of the last major
rebel enclave around Damascus. For
the rebels, these are desperate
moments. Jeremy Bowen, BBC News,
Work is continuing to clear snow
from the roads after days
of disruption as the thaw continues
after this week's storms.
There are still some
problems on the railways -
Dan Johnson is at Carlisle railway
station for us this evening.
Not exactly the Polar Express.
The train to Carlisle but has not
moved for three days.
They have been trying to free it
from a snow drift blocking
the line from Newcastle.
A farmer helped rescue
They were very pleased to see us.
Very, very pleased, because they had
been there for about five hours
before we found them.
They were just sitting,
getting colder and colder.
We found them and we got it sorted.
There are teams working
like this across large parts
of the railway network,
but the problem is, they keep
clearing snow from the tracks,
but then high winds blow it back
again, blocking the line.
So that means replacement buses
and increasingly weary passengers.
Hoping to get the train back
on Wednesday morning and I had just
been staying there since.
It has taken you five
days to get here?
Five days, yeah, yeah.
Going to Weymouth and I have just
been told I have got
to get three trains,
a Tube and then a bus.
It is difficult to fathom,
after this period of time.
I am sure they are doing their best,
but I am really irritated.
And we could see more of that
frustration tomorrow because even
though Network Rail says it has
cleared the West Coast Main line
between here and Glasgow, trains are
still not running north. That
service has just arrived from London
and the passages have had to get on
coaches to continue their urge
journey to Glasgow. Other lines are
blocked and some trans-Pennine roads
are still tricky and we have had
power cuts in parts of the country,
villages in Devon where teams have
only managed to reach with a water
has been cut off four days. The
after-effects of the storm last week
and all this snow are still having
long-lasting impact. Thank you.
Apologies, the line to Dan was a
little tricky. Sorry about that.
Voters in Italy have been
going to the polls today
in a general election.
The campaign has been dominated
by the issue of immigration
with the centre-left government
facing opposition from
a coalition of right-wing
parties and the popularist
five star movement.
Here's Our Europe
Editor Katya Adler.
Charming, but troubled Naples,
unhappily encapsulates the problems
at the heart of Italy's elections.
Falling living standards,
unemployment, and mass irregular
migration from Africa. But
uncertainty hangs in the today.
Italians are voting for change. They
are just not sure which political
party to trust.
TRANSLATION: I am so worried about
Italy. I said a prayer before coming
TRANSLATION: Italians are
frustrated. They need to hear our
voice today. Some of Naples is the
leader of the party tipped to become
Italy's largest today. His 5-star
movement claims to be corruption
free and people friendly. But the
political system here favours
coalitions and meaning this familiar
face could be kingmaker in stead.
Naples and the south of Italy will
swing the vote today, Silvio
Berlusconi did some last-minute
campaigning here on behalf of a
right-wing Coalition. So, what does
this rather chaotic political
picture mean for Italy and Europe?
After all, this is the Eurozone's
third-largest economy. Confusion or
is quintessentially Italian,
Brussels is used to it, the
financial markets seem prepared for
it, they believe that a Coalition
government will water down more
extremist populist policies on
offer. How does that help Italians
get to grips with their problems?
This shop is famous for its
handcrafted political figures.
TRANSLATION: Today, all Italian
voters will help paint the future
landscape of the country.
Hollywood's finest will be
celebrated at the 90th
Academy Awards this evening.
But the event takes place
against the backdrop of allegations
against Harvey Weinstein,
and the #MeToo and
Time's Up movements.
Unlike the Golden Globes
and the BAFTAS - there will be
no black dress code.
Our Arts Editor Will
Gompertz is there.
Here on a still concealed
Oscars red carpet, just
about everybody has got an opinion
about what is going
to happen tonight.
But what does a genuine Hollywood
insider, with her ear
to the ground think?
Does she expect there to be
a post-Weinstein reaction that might
change how Academy members vote?
In terms of voting on the Oscars,
I don't think that there will be
a real effect on who wins
and who loses.
My daughter, Angela was...
I would be surprised
if Three Billboards repeated
its BAFTA success and won
That movie is quite polarising among
American Academy members.
The Shape of Water,
Guillermo Del Toro's film is one
that has won a lot of the precursor
awards that lead up to the Oscars,
so that seems to be sort
of a rising contender.
Who is going to win?
I would put my money on Get Out.
Chris was just telling me
how he felt much more
comfortable with my being here.
What about Best Actor?
You cannot reason with a tiger!
The front runner for Best Actor
is Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour,
for whom this is, in many ways,
possibly a lifetime
There is an outside contender,
Timothee Chalamet for
Call Me By Your Name.
He has kind of captured,
what I think of as the
ingenue spot this year.
Surely Francis McDormand
is a shoo-in as Best Actress for her
performance in Three Billboards
as a grieving, seething mother.
If there is any movie that sort
of captured the #MeToo movement
and the idea of female rage,
surely it is this one.
And what about Greta Gerwig
and her film Lady Bird?
Could she become just the second
woman in the history
of the Oscars to walk away
with the Best Director prize?
I think Greta Gerwig is a long shot.
I think her being nominated is
a milestone for a female director.
Three, two, one.
Guillermo Del Toro is the person
I would put my money on.
This could indeed be the year,
but The Shape of Water is the film
that makes the biggest...
Will Gompertz, BBC News, Hollywood.
There's more throughout the evening
on the BBC News Channel,