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Hello and welcome to our look at the close. With me are broadcast Henry


Bonsu and Randeep Ramesh, from the Guardian. We will look at the front


pages. The Metro leads with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman,


claiming the star lost his battle with drugs. The Independent has a


picture of the star on its front page but its top stories is research


which it says shows half of six form colleges have scrapped... The Daily


Telegraph says the chairman of the Environment Agency claims Britain


cannot afford to protect both town and country from flooding. The


Financial Times reports the fallout from the row over the sacking of the


Labour peer Lady Morgan is the head of Ofsted. Finally, another striking


image on the front page of the express. A stranded bus cotton


floodwater in Wales. The paper's top story is summed up by its headline,


which calls for benefits blitz on scroungers.


Our first story, the one that has been dominating headlines is


evening. Starting with the Metro and the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.


Who wants to start? I suppose it is a very familiar tale, unfortunately,


of a star with a glittering resume and some pretty to effect films, but


fighting his own demons and losing. -- pretty to horrific films. It


seems he relapsed. That has obviously triggered some spiral.


Henry, who wasn't a household name in the same way as Tom Cruise, but


to film buffs, he was. Absolutely. People have been saying he's up


there with Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, people who are household


names but are respected by the acting community and critics.


Apparently, I look to my back catalogue and there are very few


films I have watched. I was thinking, I should have seen Capote,


for example. I have not seen the hunger games. I am slightly out of


the target audience for that. He has got this Jack Nicholson, brooding,


gentle intensity on his face. Maybe that speaks of the turmoil there


was. I did not really know he had been struggling with these demons


for such a long time. You can be talented, lauded by critics and


Auden -- audiences, but it is not enough and you want to get out of


your skin. A sad story. We will move onto Daily Telegraph. An amazing


couple of pictures on the front page. Two images. Maidstone in Kent


on the left, and on the right, the Somerset Levels. Flooding, with more


on the way, it is going to be something the papers will be


dominated by. Yes. It is a clever pitch from a


former minister. They need somebody to turn around and say, it is not


us, it is them. Chris Smith posed this question, saying there was all


-- saying there is only so much money. He quite cleverly listed the


number of people killed in the towns. The pictures are very


dramatic. That is the subtext. Chris Smith, now Lord Smith, saying that


the country has to make difficult choices. Nevertheless, a brave thing


to say. It is brave because he is now a peer. Surely, you want to


protect people that are most in need. It is extremely difficult. The


government will want to see him as a fallback. Somebody said that maybe


we have to surrender some of the coastline to rising waters. Others


say their of this coastline we feel we know so well that will have to be


given up. In 50 years or hundred years, the picture of Britannia will


look different. There is a quote about retreating. It is great


language. This chap, the language, retreat. On to the Guardian. Ofsted.


This is a story that has been going on for the last 15 powers also. --


the last 15 hours or so. It would be interesting to see who the


replacement is. We're starting with the Guardian Henley. The big


question today will be, was it Michael Gove's decision to get rid


of Sally Morgan did it come from higher up, from the Prime Minister?


Michael Gove said it was his decision. He said although she was


fantastic, brilliant, she had served her term. Time for a fresh pair of


eyes. Yes. The big problem is, and others are saying, like Harriet


Harman, you have got rid of another woman. It would appear the


government is getting maybe more tribalistic about some


appointments. They said they are bringing in the best people for the


job. This Guardian article points to a hub of discontent. In the story,


it says the number of people appointed to bodies that can be


counted as Conservatives is quite high. There is the head of the


health regulator, the former Tory MP. The is a good contrast for


Labour to go on. That is very much what the Financial Times is


running. It is a sense Tory with a different angle. It suggests that


the education secretary's preference as the successor would be the Tory


donor. I think he will have to be very careful about this appointment.


Harriet Harman challenged him and said, with you appoint another man


to this position? He said, who knows? I suspect now he will be


looking for a respected noble Conservative Baroness. When you're


own partners in government are crowing about it, I think there is a


problem. Laws is not known as being particularly left wing. I think


there is a discontent there. To lose him would be difficult for go. What


did Baroness Morgan to wrong? If the free schools are not doing as well


as the state schools, or their... There is one story I do want to come


onto. On to the Daily Telegraph. The headliners, a romantic film is the


secret to a happy marriage. What do you make of this? I am wondering


what kind of couples were interviewed. Are they as diverse as


New York is? We're happy watching Ironman. With young children, I


never get to watch an entire movie. Better things for others tend to be


the saviours. Channel four, BBC. You are trying to impress. I have never


seen Guess who's coming to dinner. Didn't inspire a more romantic


relationship? No. I think I left the person I was with. Thank you both.


That's it for the papers this hour. My guests will be back at 11.30pm


for another look at the stories making the papers.


We'll have more on the death of the Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour


Hoffman. Now on BBC News, it's time for


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