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Never give up.

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Tonight on BBC London News tonight.

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Ten years after a Norwegian student

was murdered in London,

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her father sends a message

to the main suspect in Arabia -

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that he's still seeking justice.

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We as a family need to know what

happened to give us the opportunity

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as a family to have closure in

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And for the first time,

we'll hear a response

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from the suspect's family in Yemen.

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Also tonight.

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Waltham Forest is chosen

as the council in London to trial

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a campaign to improve integration

and ease racial tensions.

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A new research unit

at Imperial College will try to find

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out why thousands of babies are born

prematurely in London each year.

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The photographer taking a snapshot

of London's commute,

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with a mission to take pictures

of every tube station.

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Good evening.

I'm Asad Ahmad.

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A decade after a Norwegian student

was murdered in London,

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her father has told the main suspect

in the investigation -

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that the case "will never go away"

until justice is served.

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Martine Magnussen was found

strangled after she went out

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to celebrate her end-of-term exams

with friends at a

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nightclub in Mayfair.

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She was seen on CCTV

leaving with fellow

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student, Farouk Abdulhak,

who hours later fled to Yemen.

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And as Caroline Davis reports -

he's never returned to the UK.

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Laughing and smiling, recording a

message for her friend, Martine

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Magnusson, studying in London when

she was killed ten years ago. Today

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her father was in London to lay

flowers at the place her body was

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found, in the basement of flats in

great Portland Street.

This is a

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place where my life was turned

upside down, my family's life was

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turned upside down.

Martine had been

at a party at a nightclub called

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Maddix and left with a friend and

classmate, Farouk Abdulhak. This

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CCTV released today shows them

leaving together, the last time

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Martine was seen alive. Her body was

found the next day partially covered

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by rubble. She had been raped and

struggle. Farouk Abdulhak left the

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country that day and is believed to

be in Yemen, a country the UK does

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not have an extradition treaty with.

He has refused to return to the UK.

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I would ask him to make himself

available to the authorities and

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explain what happened to Martine. We

need to know what happened to give

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us the opportunity as a family to

have closure in this case. Farouk

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Abdulhak is the son of a billionaire

businessman. In what is believed to

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be the first statement from his

family, his father said...

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This is an international case and

remains high profile in Norway. The

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family and authorities believe it is

important to keep it in the public

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eye to influence Farouk Abdulhak to

come forward.

I appeal he considers

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his position and takes a responsible

position and returns. Also he has

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family and friends who can influence

him and tell him to do the right

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thing I urge them to speak to him

and say now is the time to come back

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to resolve this.

The Mets say he

would face charges of rape and

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murder if he returned to the UK.

Martine's father says he will

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continue to fight.

This case is not

going away.

I am convinced this case

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will be solved.

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That's our top story this

evening, but plenty more

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to come on the programme

before 7, including...

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As Chelsea prepared to play

Barcelona in the Champions League,

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we will watch with fans, set up to

try to encourage more female

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supporters in football.

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As you may have heard earlier,

the government is spending millions

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of pounds on trying to ease racial

and religious tensions -

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and bring communities together.

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The only area in London

which'll get some money

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is Waltham Forest.

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Our Political Correspondent,

Karl Mercer, has been there to find

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out why it's been chosen.

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It could be a high street

anywhere in London.

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Pretty typical scenes.

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A pretty typical mix of people.

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And a pretty typical mix

of languages spoken here.

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Waltham Forest is a borough that

prides itself on the way

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its different communities get on.

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In fact just last week

it was announced it would be

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London's first Borough of Culture.

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This video part of its

bid to win the prize.

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What are we doing first?

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Today it won something else.

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A visit from a government minister.

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And £3 million to spend on so-called

social integration over

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the next three years.

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The Communities Secretary Sajid

Javid talking about his children.

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But keen today to push

the need for better English

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across the country.

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That's part of what they'll spend

the money on here in Waltham Forest.

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If you don't understand

English, you're

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going to not be able

to participate in lots of things.

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So, simple things like going

to the doctors, and if

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you have to go with an interpreter,

you might be embarrassed to describe

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your symptoms, or helping your

children who are growing up here and

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going to school here

with their homework,

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or even going to parents' evening.

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We caught up with three women

currently taking English lessons.

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And now I think not very well

but I think my English is good,

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I can understand and I can

speak a little bit.

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But not very good.

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To work at my son's school,

it was impossible to

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communicate with others.

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It's still hard but I tried my best.

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I have become confident. I can talk

with someone. I can tell them

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stories. To my daughter. It is

wonderful.

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Today won't be this week's only

social integration launch though.

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On Friday London's

mayor has one too.

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Local and national government

talking about the same subject.

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But not necessarily

on the same page.

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The government funding providing

English-language across the country

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has been more than halved since 2010

so it is difficult to believe the

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government saying they think it is

an important thing for social

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integration when they have not

funded it properly.

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The mayor is expected to put money

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into a new family fund city hall

says will help.

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Facebook is banned the pages of

Britain First and those of its

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leaders. Louisa Preston has more on

this. Britain First had more than 2

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million followers Facebook, which is

more than doubled in the next most

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follow party, the Labour Party with

just over one million and Facebook

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says they constantly warn Britain

First take down hateful content.

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This comes after Twitter suspended

the account of Britain First and of

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the two leaders of the group after

they pasted anti-Islamic videos. We

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know the US president retweeted

those videos that created headlines.

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The two leaders of Britain First

were given prison sentences last

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week for hostility towards Muslims.

There is an issue of freedom of

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speech and Facebook have been big on

this always.

They have and they

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addressed the issues straightaway.

They released a statement saying we

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are an open platform for all ideas

and political speech goes to the

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heart of free expression...

Earlier I spoke to the founder of

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tell Mama.

There is a distinction

between free speech and hate speech.

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People can question religion and

anything they want but this was hate

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speech targeted towards a section of

the community and the leaders of

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this group, Britain First, have been

convicted.

The Prime Minister

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Theresa May backed the move by

Facebook and also the Mayor of

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London, who is strong on tightening

up regulations of the tech

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companies. His statement read

Britain First is a vile and hate

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filled group. They seek intentions

along these lines.

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A vet from west London has appeared

in court charged with helping a gang

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sell thousands of 'illegally

bred sick puppies.

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Daniel Doherty -

who owns MyVet 24/7 -

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denies conspiring to commit fraud

by issuing vaccination

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certificates for puppies -

who often became ill or died soon

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after they were bought.

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The trial at Isleworth Crown Court

is expected to last three weeks.

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Police are appealing for witnesses

after a

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boy was shot in north London. No

arrests have been made after the

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incident on seven sisters Rd.

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Thousands of babies are born

prematurely in London every year -

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and so a new research unit

at Imperial College has been set

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up to find out why.

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Scientists will ask if a bacteria

found in some mothers could be

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the cause of early births -

or if other factors determine

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when a child is born

before its full-term.

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Here's Sarah Harris.

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We are building the London Bridge.

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Cecelia appreciates every second

she can spend with her six-year-old

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daughter.

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Before she was born she had gone

through 16 miscarriages

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including a 20-week pregnancy.

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So, when her precious

daughter came at

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24 weeks she feared

she would die too.

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Yes, that was my first thought,

and it was a difficult situation and

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I just kept praying to God.

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When the baby came out

at 24 weeks there was

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a whole lot of torment in my head.

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I was thinking, my God,

is it this time the baby

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is going to make it?

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Is the baby going to make it?

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It was really a tough time for me.

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Thousands of babies

are born early every

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year across the capital,

many

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experience health complications

and learning difficulties.

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But now scientists have

secured funding to

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find out why and do

something about it.

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I would say there's two reasons.

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One is the world-leading expertise

and scientists that we have in

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London.

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And secondly, the multi-ethnicity

that we see inLondon.

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There may be an interplay

between where a person comes from,

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genetic factors, the microbes that

live in our body and preterm labour.

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So, London is the perfect

place to study that.

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Babies weighing as little

as 500 grams, or about a

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pound, can survive

with intensive care.

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Around 5000 premature infants

are born in central London

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every year.

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Scientists in laboratories will work

with those born at Queen

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Charlotte's, St Mary's,

Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals.

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The work that we're going

to do has come from some

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findings of ours that there is a

link between the bacteria that live

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in the reproductive tract

and a risk of preterm birth.

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But not everybody who has

these sort of abnormal

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bacteria goes into preterm labour.

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So, the question is why do some

people respond and other people

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do not?

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I want to do the sprinkles.

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Sprinkles on the cake?

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Yeah.

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Wow.

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She is thriving and happy

despite her early start.

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Researchers want to make sure that

becomes the expected

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outcome for the majority of

premature babies across the capital.

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Sarah Harris, BBC London News.

premature babies across the capital.

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If you've just joined us,

welcome to the programme.

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We celebrate a revival as a play

returns to the West End to a theatre

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restored expressly for it.

And in a few minutes, having had a

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decent Wednesday across many parts

of the region I will have the detail

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on what Thursday has in store.

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Activists who took over a building

in central London to help house,

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feed and support homeless people -

have today been told

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by a judge that

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they must leave.

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The group have been squatting in

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which they now call

the Sofia Solidarity Centre.

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And last night alone -

over 150 people used it to get help.

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Alpa Patel has been down there

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It was opened up during the cold

snap. Those who live here say it

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saves lives but the landlord said

they have no right to be here and

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want them gone. We met Mo who has

spent the last four nights here,

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otherwise he would be on the

streets, he says.

To be behind doors

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you know nobody will come and attack

you in the street, nobody will steal

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your stuff. You feel safe inside.

When you stay in the street...

This

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18-year-old was originally from

Romania but has been sleeping rough.

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He said they try hard to keep the

place tidy and respect the premises.

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We clean everything. We are clean

people. The people help each other,

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give them food.

The food is like a

medicine to them. Although it is

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almost empty on the first floor, we

are told as many as 160 people

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stayed here last night. Among the

sleeping bags and tents, their

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photographs and books. For some,

this place is their home. Locals are

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worried. They told us they seen

people you're dating outside the

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building and are worried about

drunkenness and aggressive behaviour

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-- urinating.

We have a no alcohol

policy. Where possible it is not

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policed, but the volunteers are here

24 hours a day and we help people

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with their problems a lot of the day

and we try to keep the place clean.

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The landlord would say it is their

building. And that you have no right

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to be here.

This building has been

empty 15 years and we have people

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dying on the streets. Have I got a

right to be here? We have created

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not just a place for people to sleep

and eat but to find themselves back

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in their true selves and

contributing to this, it feels we

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have created the biggest family.

That family will now be broken up

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after a judge decided this evening

the squatters must leave. With

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temperatures predicted to drop this

weekend, these are anxious hours for

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the squatters of the Sophia

Solidarity centre.

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Navas snapshots of London and a look

at our daily lives on the

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Underground. This urban photographer

took the pictures. Wanting to take

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pictures of all 270 stations. Why?

It started weirdly because on my

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commute I started realising I was

taking loads of pictures and I

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actually had lots of stations, I was

just taking them on the way to work

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on the way home, and I thought, no

one has seen these images, they just

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stayed on a hard drive, loads of us

take pictures and we don't share the

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anymore so I thought I would make

the website and start sharing the

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images and became a mission to try

to take not just snapshots but

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something arty at each station,

something arty, interesting.

You

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have certainly done that, arty and

interesting. If I describe Londoners

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to non-Londoners, they are

resilient, when I look at what you

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have captured around London, has it

can to decide of them you were not

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aware of before?

Londoners can

actually talk to you on the tube,

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bizarrely.

Now that's going too far!

Go on, tell us, that does happen

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because when I take pictures people

ask me what I'm doing and then I

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explained about the project and it's

quite interesting because you don't

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need to be a tube geek to get

interest. You see a station and say,

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I go there, that's where I met her,

that's where we done this, we have

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that experience here. These pictures

are sort of snapshots that connect

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all Londoners together. Trying to

get all of the stations, it's funny

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because it's amazing, its quite a

lot of effort to get every station

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and get something interesting.

You

are going around all of the tube

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stations. I know this is tough but

if there was a Tube station that

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summed up London, one Tube station

and you have got to go to to see

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what London is about, any one that

jumps to mind?

I knew that you would

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ask that one.

It is a difficult

question. I suppose the most

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interesting would be Bank because it

is a massive station joined to the

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Monument, it has one of the only two

tube stations to have a travelator,

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a flat escalator, and it's got

interesting tunnels and things. But

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there's nice visual stations like

James Hill and other stations.

You

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know you are going to make me and

all my viewers look at tube stations

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differently now.

Thank you for

sharing your thoughts and pictures

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with us.

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Football, and Chelsea

face a huge match in

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the Champions League tonight.

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They're away to Barcelona.

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Chelsea will have to score

if they're to make it

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through to the quarterfinals

after the first leg

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at Stamford Bridge finished 1-1.

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Every single player,

to play this type of game

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against Barcelona at the Nou Camp,

you must be excited,

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you must be excited to play

these types of games.

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A lot of my players have never

played in this stadium.

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This is their first time.

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And we want to try and do our best.

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As you can imagine there is no

shortage of Chelsea fans heading to

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Catalonia's capital for the match,

while many more will be watching

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right here.

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Let's hear from Chris Slegg,

who's with some fans in Dalston.

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This isn't a group of exclusively

Chelsea fans, but it's a group of

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exclusively female fans because to

my's event was organised by a group

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called This Fan Girl who are trying

to encourage more female supporters

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into football. I will speak to a

couple in a minute the first of all

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news on this theme today because

Tottenham Hotspur have apologised

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for a survey they centre their fans

in America which included a sexist

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question. Fans were asked to what

extent they agreed with a number of

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statements, and one of those

statements, a woman's place is in

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the home. Ottoman's pointed out that

a third party put the survey

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together and they say it is a

regrettable oversight and wholly

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unacceptable and apologised for the

offence course. Let's speak to Amy

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and Emma if I could interrupt your

football viewing. Amy Cole what is

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your response to that question sent

out by Tottenham?

I think it is

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great they have apologised but

ultimately it is really

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disappointing. Spurs have incredible

female football base, so I don't

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know, it feels like a bit of a punch

in the stomach for some of their

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female fans.

How did you come to set

up This Fan Grl and what are you

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trying to achieve?

It was a

photography series to start with,

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last season we went to every single

Premier League club in the country

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and photographed the women of every

single club and we got to speak to

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them and tell their stories and

understand their experiences of

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being a female football fan in this

country.

Emma, some people would say

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there is no shortage of female fans

at grounds today. Is there really a

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need for a group like yours?

Totally, if you googled female

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footballers you would still get a

lot of sexualised images from the

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big brands and from the bigger

teams, from the FA, what we want is

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a bit more 5-a-side getting stuck

in, Gresini is, lace up your boots

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females, there must be a change from

the top-down. -- Grassi knees.

We

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did a survey recently and we found

that over 50% of women experienced

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sexism whilst at a football match.

So, it shows there is a need for

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groups like This Fan Grl and there

needs to be a bit more solidarity

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and females getting involved with

them.

I need your prediction for

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tonight, Chelsea against Barcelona,

how is it going to go?

2-1,

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Barcelona, I am a Spurs fan.

I think

Barcelona might just do it.

Enjoyed

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tonight's game. Not much confidence

for Chelsea but we have since and

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cracking Chelsea- Barcelona games

over the years and hopefully another

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one to not. Kick off at 7:45pm, live

commentary on BBC 5 live. Chris in

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Dalston, thank you.

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Over 70 years after

the classic David Lean film,

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and a decade after it was last

on stage in London,

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Brief Encounter is back.

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It's about a married woman who's

life becomes complicated

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after a chance meeting

with a stranger

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at a railway station.

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Emma North has been

to the Empire Cinema on Haymarket,

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where the production is on.

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We leaned upon the parapet of

the bridge and looked down into the

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water.

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It is cinema's great

story of forbidden love.

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Cold?

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No, not really.

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Happy?

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No, not really.

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Where a stiff upper

lip hides swirling

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emotions, all to the soaring

music of Rachmaninov.

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Brief encounter has been billed

as the most romantic

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British film ever made.

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Now it is back on the London

stage after a ten

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year gap.

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But where Alec and Laura's screen

love story burns under the

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surface, in this adaptation you get

a glimpse of what could have been.

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Love and particularly

forbidden love is timeless.

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Throughout our history

as human beings there has

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been love that has

somehow been forbidden,

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or judged, or seemed to be

wrong, for whatever reason.

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And outside the auditorium,

they let loose, also.

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When the audience walk

in we have a live band, and

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they are welcomed in.

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So I think straightaway

we set up a world that

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is kind of 1938 and what it would

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have been like going to see that

film.

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This isn't just about the revival

of a play, it is about the

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revival of an entire building.

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It originally opened

as a much bigger

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theatre in 1926.

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But, for the last ten years,

it has been a multiplex cinema.

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Its restoration has been

a rapid labour of love.

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Three weeks ago this was all purple.

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It was basically the

colours of the 1970s

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triplex and we took it back to how

it was in 1926, complete with five

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chandeliers.

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It was trying to give

an audience an old cinematic

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excitement and adventure,

whilst coming to see

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a theatre piece in

the

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cinema.

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Playing in an auditorium

two floors above a

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working cinema, this version

of Brief Encounter brings

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stage and screen together

in its most literal sense.

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There is something for both fans

of the film here, and those who love

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the theatre.

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Emma North, BBC London News.

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It is a classic film but one that

neither Philip nor I have seen yet,

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it must be on our list.

Indeed but of the British film

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industry relied on me I'm afraid it

would be absolutely on its uppers. I

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really must get out more!

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Good evening, enough of my stories,

our weather watchers thankfully get

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out and about, joyfully so here, I

will not insult you by saying where

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that is. This was in fact a bit

further north west, towards

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Highgate. Lovely day, I wish I'd

seen more of it. But things are

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going downhill pretty rapidly after

midnight because some very wet

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weather that has been a bit of a

plague across Northern Ireland and

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south-west of England the greater

part of today will be ours in the

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second half of the night. Not a

particularly cold night by any

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means, 5-8 should just about cover

it. If you have a very early commute

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on Thursday morning it will be wet

and if you are out and about on the

0:25:430:25:47

school run later on, it maybe there

is lots of surface water around but

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the bay improves markedly come the

afternoon. Don't hold me to the fact

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we will have a shower at 1500 to the

east of Broxbourne, it is indicative

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that we may see the odd shower but

look at the temperatures, De Gendt

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sort of where we were today, 11th,

12, 13, something of that order. On

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Friday, decent start to the day, a

fair amount of sunshine, but again

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with a bit of warmth, spring warmth,

dare I say it, and I'd better had

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because I know what's coming, 11,

12, 13 but it may trigger one or two

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showers. And then, he said

ominously, it goes downhill quite

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rapidly because we tap into this may

look familiar, because this is

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exactly the pattern that brought us

the snow just a few days ago. We are

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going to pull in a lot of cold air

right across the whole of the

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British Isles. If you're moving away

from the south-east for the weekend,

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there is no escape. I think if you

stay further east in the British

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Isles you have the greatest chance

of seeing some snow showers but it

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is just a temporary dip in the

temperatures, back to a nice 12

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is just a temporary dip in the

temperatures, back to a nice 12 on

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Wednesday.

Cold just in time for the weekend,

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which is a shame. Thank you very

much. Now for a look at the main

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headlines on this second Wednesday

in March.

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Scientists, politicians and actors

have paid tribute to world-renowned

0:27:080:27:10

physicist Stephen Hawking,

who's died at the age of 76.

0:27:100:27:12

He was diagnosed with motor

neurone disease - aged 22.

0:27:120:27:17

Prime Minister, Theresa May

has ordered 23 Russian

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diplomats to leave Britain -

and announced a number of sanctions

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against the country.

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It follows Moscow's refusal

to explain how a Russian-made nerve

0:27:240:27:26

agent was used on a former

spy in Salisbury.

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That's it.

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The past half hour's

flown by for me.

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I'll be back at 10:30pm

on BBC One - for more.

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I hope you can join me then.

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Have a lovely evening.

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Bye-bye.

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