you watching bbc news, our main headlines. britain's governing conservatives are on course to make significant gains in local elections. with a month until the general election, they've won hundreds of extra seats, many from the opposition labour party. the french presidential candidates are winding up their campaigns, opinion polls suggest the far right contender marine le pen needs at least 20% points to overtake mark emmanuel macron. north korea has accused the us of plotting with south korea to assassinate kim jong—un. the state media when the cia and south korea's italian, intelligent in dr involve a plot. and china's programme has made its first flight. that's it from me. at ten o'clock,
and fiona bruce will be here with a round—up of the day before the news. but first, it's time for newswatch. hello, welcome to newswatch with me, paddy o'connell standing inforsamira. coming up: diane abbott got her maths in a muddle but did bbc news get their sums wrong too and make too muchf it? and madeline mccann is a tragic case, but is the bbc obsessed with it? brexit was always going to loom large over this election campaign and this week, it took centre stage. the war of words started on monday. theresa may describes the reports of a fractious dinner with her and urban the european union as brussels gossip. she was reporting to use the kinds of sharp disagreements withjuncker over how quickly a deal
could be done. maxine edmonds was one of the number of viewers are surprised at the prominence being given to a second—hand anonymous briefing in german. writing: rob cattle agreed: but was this just gossip? on tuesday, the bbc‘s political editor laura kuenssberg try to nail that down with the prime minister on a campaign trip to cornwall. did juncker say brexit cannot be the success?
i don't recall the account that is being given of the meeting that took place. i think a lot of this is brussels gossip. he said it to you or he did not. the account that i have seen, a lot of that is brussels gossip. later in the week, that line changed, the prime minister attacked european politicians and officials, who she said had issued threats the book against britain timed to affect the election result. at a press conference hosted by davis and hammond, laura kuenssberg tried again to get clarity on the state of discussions between the uk and eu. can i ask you not to hide behind the fact that there will be with negotiations, in this election, don't voters they are stumping up, is close to zero or 100 million is close
to zero or 100 million or zero? the bbc‘s political editor faced questions from viewers. and one of you called jim asked: it's notjust the conservatives who have been under scrutiny in this week before the election coverage. on tuesday, the shadow home secretary diane abbott was questioned about labour's plans to recruit 10,000 more police officers and how much that would cost. among a round of interviews, one with nick ferrari on lbc was probably not her finest hour.
and later, jo coburn played it to her again on the daily politics show. how much would 10,000 police officers cost? well, if we recruit the 10,000 policemen and women over a four—year period, we believe it will be about £300,000. £300,000? for 10,000 police officers, what are you paying them? no, i mean, sorry. how much will they cost? they will cost... it will cost... about... about £80 million. about £80 million? diane abbott, that is hugely embarrassing. it's not just misspeaking, to quote you, a bit earlier, you just don't know your figures and you're not on top of your brief? if i didn't know my figures, why was i able to do six other interviews and give
the figures correctly? despite the defence, the blunder was replayed and discussed all day on many bbc outlets, which displeased llewellyn samuels. he recorded this video on thursday to explain his objection. i was really concerned with the way this whole thing that diane abbott actually got wrong yesterday, the way it actually was being escalated. diane abbott is not a maths teacher. people make mistakes, she got the figures wrong at that point, she was put on the spot, i believe people who have made mistakes more than that, to the way it was taken out of context. at the end of the day, everything will be clarified in the manifesto. the views of our viewer llewellyn samuels. theresa may and jeremy corbyn have made it clear that they won't take part in any tv leaders debates during the campaign. but the french presidential candidates have shown no such reluctance.
emmanuel macron and marine le pen were slugging it out again this week, in advance of sunday's second round of voting. translation: against terrorism we have to close our borders. straightaway, immediately. and that is what i will do the moment i take power. translation: closing borders achieves nothing. there are many countries outside the schengen area that have been hard hit as hard as us with terrorist attacks. we heard what the candidates had to say, but not in a way that satisfied our viewer elizabeth kay. here, she explains why. why oh why when the british so bad and foreign languages, does the bbc appear to collude with this by dubbing over any conversations that aren't in english, instead of using subtitles. french is taught in most of our schools and yet, when a political debate is the lead story, children are prevented from hearing this
from native speakers. i would love to have heard exactly what emmanuel macron and marine le pen said to one another. and our children could have heard an emotional and relevant debate instead of a supply teacher with an english accent. many of us will require these languages in future. we need all the help we can get. the bbc charter promises to promote education and learning. this falls within that category. it's notjust election coverage that has attracted your attention this week. wednesday marked ten years since madeline mccann disappeared from a holiday apartment in portugal. the bbc marked the anniversary with a panorama special and another
of news reports withjohn k reporting live from portugal on wednesday night. since that night we don't know much more, we don't know despite, despite everything written and said, all the money spent on investigations, and that's the most extraordinary part of this story. we don't know how madeline left and who she was and was with, the only thing we know for certain is that she is still missing. given the sad fact of any major developments in the search for madeline, some viewers were wondered whether the anniversary and the case itself over the past decade had received too much attention. after all, 100,000 children go missing in the uk each year. and around a0 have been missing now for more than ten years. here is derek peters. we've had not only constant repetition on the news, but reporters sent to portugal, interviews with celebrity presenters, and to cap it all off, the whole panorama episode dedicated to the story. all for something that is really no more newsworthy than 100 other stories of similar nature
that we have never heard of that is never had a mention. we put that point to bbc news, and they told us: on wednesday bbc news reported on someone who planted a bomb on a tube train. damon smith was caught on cctv leaving a bag with exposure ——exposure on one of the carriages, the train was evacuated minutes
before it was due to its bow. this was damon smith in a police interview. he has asperger‘s syndrome, a form of autism. when i was on the tube, i realise i was going to stratford, and i thought it would be a good time to leave my bag for a prank. colin minto was one of several she was concerned about those references to asperger‘s syndrome. he recorded his thoughts for us on camera. what does the bbc and other news agencies continuously impact on the demonstrable progress made by attributing someone‘s proven or potential mental or ill—health to criminal acts they have committed or national security issues they have been involved in. or being investigated for. is it absolutely necessary, has it been proven that they're mental ill—health is relevant and a contributory factorfor their acts? if not, why report it? you would not accuse someone who was a woman or someone
who is black or someone who is homosexual or disabled or sight impaired who has been arrested or charged for, without any further detail around why it is potentially relevant. bbc news gives us a statement in response. it reads: thanks very much to you if you sent us something on tape or your view by e—mail on what you have seen on bbc news this week. if you'd like to put your views across, show off your sofa and appear on the programme, call this number or e—mail newswatch. you can also find us on twitter. and look at our website to. samira will be back next week with your thoughts on bbc news coverage.
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at10:30pm. and coaching team. that's on sports day at 10:30pm. and now, coaching team. that's on sports day at10:30pm. and now, does film review. hello and welcome to the film review on them bbc news to take us through this and are releases as mark kermode. this is a big bag this week. we have mindhorn, in which an 80s week. we have mindhorn, in which an 805 tv week. we have mindhorn, in which an 80s tv detective plays it for real. we have harmonium, a cannes prizewinner. and jamie foxx in the thriller sleepless. mindhorn i am smiling before i start. i loved bergerac back in the day. a tv detective on jersey, bergerac back in the day. a tv detective onjersey, you see images from my town and all the third reich comes back. mindhorn is a 1980s tv
-- all comes back. mindhorn is a 1980s tv —— all the memories come back. mindhorn isa —— all the memories come back. mindhorn is a 19805 tv detective but is more like alan partridge got ready. he played mindhorn with a bionic lead an outside to see the truth. julian barratt plays the actor who plays him. he's now he's washed up, balding, doing adverts. for orthopaedic sock. he's desperate for a job. the isle of man police get in touch and say we have a suspected serial killer who will only speak to mindhorn, the fictional character he believes is real. the police state, and play mindhorn for us to help us get him. so he thinks, this is a career providing opportunity to make the most. is a clip. 0k, here's a list of