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Tuesday 25 January 2011 at 10.30pm on BBC Two
Presented by Gavin Esler

Tonight our Economics editor Paul Mason will be giving us his take on the news that the UK's economy suffered a shock contraction of 0.5% in the last three months of 2010.

How significant a moment is this? And what does it mean in terms of government strategy going forward - will they change policy if this persists?

The Chancellor George Osborne has blamed the severe weather for the weak figures, but maintains he has no intention of changing his programme of cuts to public spending.

We'll be joined in debate by former chancellor Alistair Darling, and Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Justine Greening.

Then Jackie Long has a rare interview with South African athlete Caster Semenya who talks about her dispute with the International Association of Athletics Federations over gender tests to prove that she was a women.

Read more about that here.

And the nominations for this year's Academy Awards have just been announced with British movie The King's Speech leading the nominations with 12 nods, including best film and best actor for Colin Firth.

We'll be joined by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, whose film The Social Network has received 8 nods.

Do join us at 2230 on BBC Two.

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