this is bbc news. the headlines at 5:00: michael gove faces criticism for saying he didn't know what the british—iranian woman nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe was doing in iran. borisjohnson is said to have had a constructive conversation today with mrs zaghari—ratcliffe's husband, following the foreign secretary's suggestion she was training journalists in iran. first secretary of state damian green insists police never told him about pornography allegedly found on his computers. he says the allegations have an ulterior motive. the prince of wales has led the country in honouring its war dead on remembrance sunday, taking the queen's place to lay a wreath at the cenotaph in london. also today, it's crunch time in basel for northern ireland. can they secure a win in their second leg match against switzerland, kicking offjust about now? ahead of next month's regional
elections the spanish president visits catalonia for the first time since he imposed direct rule on the region. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. theresa may's closest ally in the cabinet, damian green, the environment secretary, michael gove, has said he doesn't know what a british—iranian mother jailed in iran had been doing in the country before her arrest. he told the andrew marr show that too much focus on borisjohnson‘s comments, which gave the false impression that nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe was training journalists, was playing into the hands of the iranian authorities. tom barton has been following the
day's political developments. this row all started with boris johnson earlier this month telling the foreign affairs committee that nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe had been in iran training journalists rather than on holiday, as herfamily and her employer said. as a result of those comments, pressure piled on borisjohnson, and forced him, to the house of commons on tuesday last week, to make the government's position clear. and he did make it crystal clear. he said, the government has no doubt that she was on holiday and that that was the sole purpose of her visit. hearing that statement, it makes it very interesting to hear what michael gove had to say to andrew marr this morning. what was she doing when she went to iran? i don't know. one of the things i want to stress is that there is no reason why nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe should be in prison in iran. so far as any of us know, no evidence has been
produced which suggests that she should be detained. we know that the iranian regime is capable of abusing human rights of its own citizens, and it now appears to be harming the rights of someone whose plight necessarily moves us all. you say that you do not know what she was doing. her husband is very clear that she was there on holiday with her child. in that case, i take exactly her husband's assurance in that regard. labour are accusing michael gove of compounding the problems caused by boris johnson, saying that he is more interested in protecting his colleague's job than in the liberty of a british citizen. meanwhile, pressure is growing on mrjohnson himself. we had jeremy corbyn calling on him earlier this morning to resign. similar comments were made earlier by the london mayor, sadiq khan. he's offended the libyans in relation to what he said about sirte being the new dubai if they get rid of the dead bodies. he's offended the americans, saying president obama is anti—british because he's part kenyan. he offended the spanish.
he's offended the sikhs with what he said about whisky tariffs in the gurdwara. he's got to go. he's our foreign secretary, whose job is diplomacy and representing the best interests of our country. if theresa may was a strong prime minister, she'd have sacked him a long time ago. there are questions about why she appointed him in the first place. she did, but surely he must have done enough to go. michael gove defended boris johnson in that interview today, saying that the focus of criticism should not be on a british democratic politician, but instead on the regime in iran, which is holding mrs zaghari—ratcliffe. we make a big mistake, andrew, if we think that the right thing to do is to blame politicians in a democracy who are trying to do the right thing for the plight of a woman who is being imprisoned by a regime that is a serial abuser of human rights. who is in the dock here? iran. it should be the actions of the judiciary. so this controversy
about nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe has been continuing for the last few days, but in a way, it is the culmination of a very difficult ten days for the prime minister. it has been an extremely turbulent period for the prime minister. she has lost two cabinet ministers, the defence secretary, michael fallon, and the international development secretary, priti patel. of course, there is the developing row around damian green, who is, of course, her closest ally in the cabinet. the first secretary of state, essentially her deputy prime minister. pressure building there, and then of course, this row around boris johnson, and today's intervention from michael gove as well. it has been a difficult period for theresa may, and as we head into this week, where the government is facing the scrutiny of the eu withdrawal bill, she is going to be really hoping that she can stabilise things
as brexit comes back front and centre onto the political agenda. our political correspondent tom barton. earlier, i spoke to nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe's local mp, tulip siddiq. she said the government had been slow to get involved in her constituent‘s ordeal. i have been talking about this case fori9 i have been talking about this case for 19 months now, when richard first came to me criticising iran for putting his constituent who is innocent onjail on for putting his constituent who is innocent on jail on trumped up charges and tried in a kangaroo court, and the government didn't agree to meet with me. borisjohnson wouldn't meet my constituent, nazanin ‘s husband, for 19 months now. when he finally made a comment he decided to get it wrong. boris johnson doesn't even know the basic fa cts johnson doesn't even know the basic facts of the most important case of the moment. his mainjob is to protect british citizens yet he didn't know she was on holiday although i
have repeatedly raised it whether in westminster hall debate, parliamentary questions or prime minister's questions. i have repeatedly said nazanin was on holiday in a run with her small child. so for michael gove to go on tv today and say he is not sure and ta kes tv today and say he is not sure and takes the husband's words for it, he should know nazanin was on holiday and that him compounding the light told about her training journalists is only going to make life worse for my constituent. michael gove was also making the point that the people to blame here are the iranians, that to turn all this anger on a democratically elected minister who may have misspoke is misguided, is misdirected. there is no doubt about the fact that the iranians are at fault here. i have been saying that for 19 months now, but i have also been appealing to oui’ but i have also been appealing to our foreign secretary to help a young mother who is separated from
her daughter, denied medical access, denied consular access, has been on hunger strike, is suicidal and appealing for help, and what he has done is not a gaffe, it's not a blunder, but it's a very serious mistake. it's a grave error which as a result, my constituent is facing fresh charges and may have to stay in jail for longer. we had told that boris johnson has spoken to richard ratcliffe, nazanin‘s husband. you may not be able to comment on that. but do you think, however belatedly, that the foreign secretary is finally trying to get to grips with this case? ifi am finally trying to get to grips with this case? if i am going to make something clear it is that i am not here to make party political points. what i want to do is get my constituent back to west hampstead, reunited with her family. constituent back to west hampstead, reunited with herfamily. there have been very good tory ministers dealing with this case such as alistair burt, the ministerfor the middle
east, who has done a very good job on it. if borisjohnson is finally taking this case seriously i have a couple of questions for him and i know richard ratcliffe shares my sentiments on this because we have discussed it many times. thirsty he needs to formally retracted state m e nts needs to formally retracted statements and may to retract the statements and may to retract the statement and apologise for saying nazanin wasn't on holiday in a run. the second has agreed to meet richard ratcliffe face—to—face to discuss the fact that when he goes toa rana, discuss the fact that when he goes to a rana, later this year or next day because richard hasn't been able to get a visa to go to iran and he knows he may not be able to see his wife in prison but at least he could see his daughter whom he hasn't seen fori9 see his daughter whom he hasn't seen for 19 months now, and finally, when borisjohnson goes to iran i want him to meet my constituent, who is in jail, him to meet my constituent, who is injail, face—to—face. other british diplomats have gone to tehran and can't sing prison nazanin is in and
having met her. if borisjohnson goes to iran he needs to meet nazanin face—to—face. those are the demands richard and i are both making to the foreign secretary. you spoke to richard ratcliffe yesterday. what is his state of mind at the moment? richard ratcliffe is trying to stay calm and a very distressing circumstances. his wife called him after the foreign secretary made the remarks he did, was sobbing down the phone, she had been hauled into court after boris johnson said she was training journalists and she fell to the ground, she was sobbing. it was an unscheduled court hearing. she thought she was coming home before christmas. this woman has been separated from her family so long. on iranian state tv they showed boris johnson's comments on iranian state tv they showed borisjohnson‘s comments saying it was proof she was guilty. on the official website of the iranian
judiciary it says the foreign secretary's statement sheds fresh light on nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe and asa light on nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe and as a result she is guilty. her family are extremely distressed, richard ratcliffe is extremely distressed. the foreign secretary needs to go to place back, bring back my constituent and reunite her with herfamily, back my constituent and reunite her with her family, this back my constituent and reunite her with herfamily, this isn't funny, this isn't a gaffe or a blunder, this isn't a gaffe or a blunder, this isn't a gaffe or a blunder, this is life or death. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. theresa may's closest ally in the cabinet, damian green, has insisted that the police never informed him of allegations that pornography had been found on a computer at his office in parliament. a former head of the metropolitan police, sir paul stephenson, has said his force was aware that material had been found in a search of the offices back in 2008. previously, damian green had described the claims as "completely untrue. " our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani's report contains some flashing images. at the heart of the government, the prime minister's right—hand man. but now damian green, first secretary of state and de facto deputy prime minister, is under increasing pressure over allegations that he says are untrue and a smear. it all goes back to this 2008 raid on mr green's office. specialist scotland yard detectives
were hunting a home office insider who was leaking documents to the then shadow frontbencher. they never got to the bottom of it, but nine years on, claims of what they did find have surfaced. last weekend, the sunday times reported that officers had found pornographic material on one of damian green's parliamentary computers. no action was taken at the time. in a statement, mr green said: but now, the former metropolitan police commissioner, sir paul stephenson, seen here in 2010 with theresa may, says he, too, was aware of the pornography claim. he told the bbc that the find involved no criminality, no victims, and in his view, no extraordinary public interest. this morning, damian green reiterated that the police had not told him about the alleged find. he can only assume that it had now surfaced for ulterior motives. this statement did not repeat last week's assertion that the allegation was completely untrue.
last week, mr green gave evidence to the whitehall inquiry into the claim, which could report as early as next week. last week, mr green gave evidence to the whitehall inquiry into the claim, which could report as early as next week. he says he has done nothing wrong, and with two cabinet resignations in a fortnight, the prime minister can ill afford to lose one of her most trusted confidants. veterans, politicians and members of the royal family have taken part in remembrance sunday services commemorating those who have lost their lives in conflict. a two—minute silence was held across the country at 11:00. prince charles led tributes by laying a wreath at the cenotaph, with the queen watching on from a nearby balcony. it's the first time she's not carried out the symbolic duty whilst at the service. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. it is, there is little doubt, the way things will increasingly be.
forfirst time in her reign, the queen took her place on a balcony overlooking the cenotaph. still presiding as head of state, but in a way which recognises her advancing years. beside her on the balcony was her husband, the duke of edinburgh. below, on whitehall, the prince of wales led other senior members of the royal family to their positions at the cenotaph in readiness for 11:00, and the start of the national two—minute silence. big ben chimes the last post
in whitehall, after the sounding of the last post, the prince of wales laid the queen's wreath on behalf of the united kingdom and the commonwealth in memory of all those who lost their lives in the world wars and other more recent conflicts. and then, on a morning which had been damp and cold, the veterans who had been waiting in their columns began their tribute, marching past the cenotaph to lay their wreaths. very few of those on parade now have memories of the second world war, for that generation has passed the obligation to remember to its successors, to men like bill speakman who won the victoria cross in korea, and johnson beharry, awarded the vc in iraq. and to the many thousands of other servicemen and women,
who are today remembering those who never came home from war. coalition forces in afghanistan has also been paying their respects on remembrance sunday. the last post. british troops joined with forces from other countries including new zealand and australia for a service this morning. the headlines on bbc news: michael gove faces criticism for saying he didn't know what the british—iranian woman naza nanin zaghari—ratcliffe was doing in iran. first secretary of state damian green insists police never told him about pornography allegedly found on his computers. he says the allegations have an ulterior motive. the prince of wales has led the country in honouring its war dead on remembrance sunday, taking the queen's place to lay
a wreath at the cenotaph in london. spain's prime minister says regional elections next month will help end what he called the "separatist havoc" in catalonia. mariano rajoy was addressing a campaign event during his first visit since imposing direct rule a fortnight ago. he told supporters a victory for his party would boost spain's economic growth. he also called on people opposed to catalan independence to vote. translation: we want the december 21st election to have a massive turnout, so a new political stage can be set in motion, bringing peace, normality and coexistence. we want to bring back the catalonia that belongs to everyone, with democracy and freedom. we will achieve this if the silent majority turns out to voice their vote. our correspondentjames reynolds is in barcelona. he explained how the spanish prime
minister's speech went down with his supporters. they were all gathered in a hotel ballroom just next to barcelona's main train station. perhaps it had been booked in a way to overflow. there were several hundred who cheered and listen to mariano rajoy giving his speech. he talked about the past and why he imposed direct rule in barcelona, in order, he said, to return to legality and normality and stand up to those who are fed up with what he called the separatist factions, and he also look to the future. he has called regional elections 21, wanting what he called a silent majority of cata la ns to he called a silent majority of catalans to go out and vote for a pro—spain movement, be it his party or other parties because the prize for him is simple. if a pro—spain majority wins the regional elections in december, the crisis for him, the attem pts in december, the crisis for him, the atte m pts to in december, the crisis for him, the attempts to break away from catalonia, essentially received.
runners in the beirut marathon have been showing their support for saad hariri, lebanon's prime minster, who recently shocked the nation by resigning while in saudi arabia. he hasn't returned to lebanon, and many there suspect he's being held by the saudi authorities against his will, which riyadh has denied. carine tobey has been speaking to runners in beirut. as one of the most severe political crises in lebanon enters its second week, following the curious resignation of prime minister saad hariri, announced from the saudi capital riyadh, tens of thousands of participants in the single biggest sports event in the country, rn and walked today in the streets ran and walked today in the streets of the capital as posters of saad hariri lined the streets of beirut. the posters read, "the prime minister." many of the participants we talked to said they are running today for the return of prime minister hariri back home. translation: i take part in the beirut marathon every year.
when i heard the president making this call, we were all encouraged to take part, so of course we are running for the comeback of prime minister hariri. translation: we got used to the prime minister running with us. we miss him in this event, and i hope he will be back with us in the next one. we love him, and we hope he will come back. the president of the republic, michel aoun, maintains his position position not to acknowledge the resignation of mr hariri until the return of the man to lebanon, and has said that any words or actions by mr hariri cannot be considered genuine at the moment in light of the ambiguity surrounding the status of mr hariri in the saudi capital, riyadh. this comes as the tension between lebanon and saudi arabia has reached unprecedented levels over the role of the iran—backed group hezbollah in the lebanese government and in the region. a man has died after being beaten
by a gang thought to be wielding baseball bats in east london. the attack took place on high road in ilford in the early hours of this morning. the metropolitan police has launched a murder inquiry. a man has died after being struck by a number of vehicles on a motorway in south wales. the m4 at bridgend was closed in both directions for more than ten hours as police investigated the incident between pencoed and sam. south wales police said the man died at the scene after the incident at 9:00 last night. officers are urging motorists driving on that section of the motorway around the time of the incident to contact them. two more teenagers are facing murder charges after a 17—year—old boy was stabbed to death at a park in south—east london. michaeljonas was fatally wounded in penge earlier this month. police say the 14— and 17—year—old boys are due to appear at bromley magistrates‘ court tomorrow. two other teenagers have already appeared in court
charged with murder. president trump and the north korean leader have resumed their war of words over pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. in response to being called a "dotard" by north korea's foreign ministry, mr trump has tweeted, wondering why kim jong—un would insult him by calling him "old." the us president added that he would never call the north korean leader "short and fat." the fresh exchange came as the president began the latest leg of is five—nation tour of asia — a tour described by kimjong—un as "a warmonger‘s visit." karishma vaswani reports. foes now turned new friends. us president donald trump received the official state welcome in vietnam. the two nations were once at war, but now there's pomp and ceremony at an event to show how close they've become. president trump needs his asian partners by him on trade and denuclearising north korea. and that's what he's made this trip about.
he even made an offer of friendship to north korean leader kimjong—un. i think anything's a possibility. strange things happen in life. that might be a strange thing to happen, but it's certainly a possibility. if that did happen, it would be a good thing for, i can tell you, for north korea, but it would also be good for lots of other places, and it would be good for the world. but even on this international trip, domestic politics have taken control of the agenda. president trump had to clarify what he meant when he said russia's president putin didn't believe he had meddled in the us election. i believe that he feels that he and russia did not meddle in the election. as to whether i believe it or not, i'm, with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with their leadership, i believe in our intel agencies, our intelligence agencies, i've worked with them very strongly. donald trump's asian tour was supposed to be a chance for him to show off us strength in the region and build new relationships with his partners
here by putting america first in matters to do with trade, as well as tackle the issue of north korea. but instead, this trip has been overshadowed by the issue of whether russia meddled in the election in the united states, questions that will follow him as he makes his final stop on the last leg of his tour in manila. karishma vaswani, bbc news. the open university and the institute of directors have written to the chancellor calling for tax brea ks to the chancellor calling for tax breaks for companies and employees willing to retrain to meet skills shortages. they want next week ‘s budget to reflect a cultural change in attitudes towards lifelong learning. our business correspondent joe klein has the details. from artificial intelligence and robotics to driverless cars and financial advice from computers, technology is changing and the uk workforce needs to change too.
that's the message from employers and educational groups, who want the chancellor, philip hammond, to provide tax incentives so that we can all learn new skills. the iod and open university have written to the chancellor, urging him to raise the personal tax allowance for employees to be spent exclusively on further education. they also want employers to get a special reduction in corporation taxes to help pay for staff to do very specific courses which would benefit the economy. technology is threatening lots of jobs. it's also going to create newjobs, so people need to be helped to improve their skills, to be able to take advantage of that technological revolution. but tax policy is skewed. it favours investment by business in equipment, rather than in people. so a rebalancing of tax policy, which ensures people can learn while they earn, will improve economic productivity and also improve many
people's life chances. the government said its proposed industrial strategy white paper would address british workers obtaining the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workplace. a 100—year—old former soldier who fought in the second world war and survived more than two years in auschwitz is marking 35 years as a poppy seller. ron jones from newport says he will never retire from carrying out charity work in memory of his fallen comrades. tomos morgan reports. every year you'll find him selling poppies, as he has done for over 35 years. and even at 100 years old... in the box, love. ..ronjones is still doing his part in making sure we remember those that gave their lives. thank you very much. why do you still do it at 100 years old? well, i'm able. as long as i can get a lift, taking me back and forth. so you will be there next year, 101? well, i say, i don't know.
i'm getting a bit shaky on my legs. as an ex—serviceman, remembrance sunday and the poppy is personalfor ron. in world war ii, he endured horrors that scarred him for years, after his squad was captured and they spent two years as prisoners of war near auschwitz. by far the worst experience they endured was the death march. they marched us through the carpathian mountains, czechoslovakia, bohemia, saxony, bavaria, and down into austria. i was on a march for about 17 weeks. we lost... around about 100 men died. and when you finally came home, just describe the state and the toll that auschwitz... i was in a shocking state when i came home. for instance, my wife put me in the bath that first night, and she started to cry cos i looked
like somebody from belsen. isaid, "oh, don't cry, love. "i left men out there who's never going to come home". ron suffered with post—traumatic stress, flashbacks, and nightmares that haunted him for years, but he overcame it all thanks in no small part to the woman he will never forget. i think my wife saved my life. i think my wife was marvellous. super woman. today, britain remembers all of those that have fought for our country over the years. ronjones will be doing the same for the friends he lost more than 70 years ago. this year's rockefeller center christmas tree has arrived in new york, and is set to be decorated with more than 50,000 lights. the tree is 75 feet tall and 50 feet wide, and has been set to feature for a long time after the centre's
gardener spotted the norwegian spruce seven years ago. time for a look at the weather. hello. sunshine today aren't heavy showers especially on north sea coasts where some continue overnight with a strong wind keeping the temperature above freezing, whereas elsewhere, and are largely clear skies, temperatures dip away to give a widespread frost. as ever temperatures colder in the countryside, below freezing for some parts of northern ireland, southern scotla nd parts of northern ireland, southern scotland and northern england. this is how it looks in city centres in the morning but some will be scraping the ice up their cars. showers clipping coastal england on the north sea coast into tomorrow, fading in the
afternoon. cloud increasing for england and wales, thicker in scotla nd england and wales, thicker in scotland and northern ireland, producing rain and snow on higher ground in scotland and perhaps the pennines. how much for how long is open to question. check the forecast tomorrow morning. it will be another cold day with cloud increasing across the uk. but milder air will come in on tuesday wednesday. but there will be lots of cloud. goodbye now. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: michael gove faces criticism for saying he didn't know what the british—iranian woman nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe was doing in iran. borisjohnson is said to have had a constructive conversation today with mrs zaghari—ratcliffe's husband following the foreign secretary's intervention in the case last week. first secretary of state damian green insists police never told him about pornography allegedly found on his computers. he says the allegations have an ulterior motive. the prince of wales has led the country in honouring its war
dead on remembrance sunday, taking the queen's place to lay a wreath at the cenotaph in london. now it's time for sportsday. it's an extremely tough challenge for northern ireland, but victory in switzerland tonight could see them claim a place in next summer's world cup finals. trailing 1—0 from the first leg, they've played around half an hour so far. no goals yet, but it's been end to end stuff with the irish having the first chance of the game, a long range effort from chris brunt which was well parried. the swiss have had their chances too, with a xherdan shaqiri cross from the right, haris seferovic failing to meet it. around 15 minutes to go in the first half. it is 0-0. england and australia have drawn the women's ashes test, a result which keeps the series alive. georgia elwiss and heather knight steered their team home,
with captain knight making a crucial half century. from sydney, our correspondent andy swiss reports. a day which began with australia with a real chance of winning both the match and the ashes ended with england securing a draw ultimately fairly comfortably, although they did have a few scares in the first session, when they lost two wickets, both openers out. tammy beaumont was bamboozled by wellington for 37. a few moments later, lauren winfield was trapped lbw. at that stage, australia must have felt as if they were in with a chance of securing the ashes. but from there, england managed to come back thanks to a captain's innings from heather knight. she knuckled down and
she and georgia elwiss guided england to safety, heather knight finishing unbeaten on 79. elwiss was on 41 and the captains shook hands for a draw with an hour of scheduled play still remaining. so england secure the draw, but that means they have to win all three of the remaining twenty20 matches if they are to regain the ashes. that is some tall order. even so, they will be delighted to have kept this ashes series alive. the way we played today was phenomenal. the girls showed real character and strength mentally to hang in there. we are hopeful that that would give us a bit of momentum. we are a fighting team and we know we have a tough job and we will have to fight for every t20, but we will want to win it. the first men's ashes test starts a week on thursday in brisbane. england's confidence will have been boosted by a convincing win in their latest tour match against a cricket australia xi and the news that fast bowler jake ball is likely to be fit, despite suffering ankle ligament damage in the match. coach trevor bayliss says he's been pleased with the newer
batsmen in the side. the more inexperienced batters have spent time in the middle before the start of the series. they're the ones under pressure the most. they've not had a lot of experience, but they've spent some time in the middle. but scoring 60s is not enough. we need 160s. in the last few seconds, sebastian vettel has won the grand prix. there's plenty of room for improvement. but england are safely through to the quarter—finals of the rugby league world cup. they beat france by 36—6 in perth. ireland bowed out of the tournament in style with a comfortable
win against wales. john watson was watching the action. shoulder to shoulder, their arrests england's world cup hopes. rugby league's elite, broadened to carry the burden. fast hands, fast start. two minutes in, gareth with a touching down. this is going to be england's opening try. two tries in quick succession. this game was all but over, james graham going through the gears and the french defence. and graham is going to get over the line and scoring glenn's third. it's a rout already. a first half packed with pace and precision. england lost their way in the second. jermaine mcgillvary didn't, finding the line as he often does. small in stature, but a giant on the wing for huddersfield. nine tries, nine matches. three now stand between england and world cup glory. papua new guinea next. they are a great team. they have played well the last
few weeks and is going to be a tough challenge. but for us, it's about what we do, making sure we get the job done individually. ireland and wales had already been eliminated ahead of that meeting, the irish finishing with a flourish, lee k with one of six tries. it is ireland 32. time to take the weight off. for the quarterfinalists, the wait continues. tennis atp finals are under way in london, and six time champion roger federer opened with a straight—sets win overjack sock. tim henman has been with sue barker watching the action. roger federer looked in ominous form today, defeating jack sock in straight sets. he seems to have the a nswer straight sets. he seems to have the answer in every point. from the word go. he broke sock in that first game and you felt he could really run through this match quickly. but credit to sock. qualifying for this event at the last opportunity, he is
the rocky out there and he put in a gutsy performance. in the second set, federer had five or six break points, but he kept hanging in there. he was aggressive. but federer to the tie—break. but at the end of the day, it was federer who came out with the big shots at the right time. soc has a huge serve, but against federer, you just absorbs that power. it is easy to sit, dating and comment on federer‘s offensive skills, but an area that doesn't get attention is his defensive skills and getting the ball back in play as one of his huge strengths. it is difficult to erase federer and get three points once he established himself in the rally. he can turn defence into attack and was a solid performance from federer. he has managed his career so well and he is coming here on the back of the victory. he is the one to beat. very
much so. there are a few faces missing from last year, led by murray and rich. but when you put federer on murray and rich. but when you put federeron an murray and rich. but when you put federer on an indoor court, the conditions seemed quicker this year. that plays into his hands. for me, with a win under his belt, he will be the favourite to hold the trophy on sunday. rafa nadal is the world number one, but he doesn't have a great history here. no, this is one of the few titles he has never won, which i am sure will increase his motivation. but for me, indoors in london is a good combination for federer. roger wasjust london is a good combination for federer. roger was just too good. all a bit different from wimbledon. you don't get background music fighting against sue barker at the all—england club. marc marquez has claimed his fourth motogp title in five years afterfinishing third at the season—ending valencia race. the 24—year—old honda rider, who needed to finish in the top 11 to beat andrea dovizioso to the crown, is the youngest driver to win four titles in the class. dovizioso crashed out of the race.
honda's dani pedrosa finished first, with yamaha rookie johann zarco in second. amazing feeling. during the race, i was always trying to be calm and trying to control the situation. but suddenly i said it was time to push, because i felt really good. obviously, i lost concentration on the brake point. i braked too late and, you know. branden grace has won the nedbank golf challenge in sun city, becoming the first south african to do so in a decade. scotland's scottjamieson had been the overnight leader but grace's long putt at the 16th hole saw him move a shot ahead. grace maintained his lead up to the 18th to complete a final round of 66, finishing on 11 under par overall, one shot clear of jamieson. awesome. this is that one event
which as a south african, you want to win. what a special place it is. there is a lot of history, a lot of great winners of the trophy. i am glad to be able to put my name on the trophy as well. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. it is still 0—0 in switzerland, a very wet pitch which is perhaps helping the northern ireland team. that's bbc.co.uk/sport and i'll have more for you in the next hour. now it is time for the film review, with ben brown and mark kermode. welcome to the film review on bbc news. and taking us through this week's releases
is who else but mark kermode? mark, what have you got for us this week? a very interesting week. we have paddington 2, which you cannot have missed the adverts for. we have the florida project, a new film by sean baker. and professor marston and the wonder women. so paddington 2, what a great british cast. the first paddington was really lovely and charming. it really surprised everybody. is there any possibility that paddington 2 could live up to it? i went in thinking it can't. it does. it is lovely and charming. the story is, paddington wants to buy a present for his great aunt lucy's birthday. there is a pop—up book of london he wants, but it is really expensive and he cannot afford it. the book goes missing and the finger or paw of suspicion points at paddington. next thing, he is wrongly behind bars. here's a clip. in the past month, these three shadowy individuals have all been
seen snooping around three london landmarks. we think the thief you saw is part of a criminal gang, using the pop—up book as a treasure map. well, it's a theory. have you found out who they are? not yet. maybe i should have a look. i'm sorry, this is a private conversation. it's all right, mr brown. this is my friend, knuckles. and this is fibs, spoon, jimmy the snitch, t—bone, the professor, squeaky pete, double—bass bob, mad dog, farmerjack, mad dog, johnny cashpoint, sirjeffrey wilcox... i hope i can rely on your vote. and charlie rumble. it's so wonderful to meet you all. it's a relief that paddington has made such sweet friends. would you excuse us for a moment? what are you doing? talking to the nice men. nice men!? we can't trust these people. look at them, talk about
a rogues' gallery, hideous. as for that bearded baboon, he hasn't got two brain cells to rub together. we can still hear you, mr brown. that was the light you turned off. the microphone is on the other side. it's got "microphone" written on it. you laughed at least four times in that clip! because it's funny! before we went on air, you said is itjust a family film, in a way that sort of implied that "just" a family film was... the thing is, making a great family film is really hard. it made me laugh, and i'm 5a. it will delight the kids because the character of paddington is so beautifully realised. ben whishaw‘s voice is perfect. there is a mixture of childish and old beyond the years. there are lots of slapstick sequences. paddington is trying to raise money for the book. he gets a job in a barber shop and it goes horribly wrong, involving an overhead fan. to put paddington in peril.
you don't notice the interaction between the cg and the physical world. it was not until the end of the film that i thought they blended it really well. i never thought about paddington being a cg creation. i think making a really good family film is really hard and i thought this was really charming. the fact that it was the second one, i expected the law of diminishing returns to kick in. it didn't. the bit where you see the different characters coming in, i think it is really, really funny. i think you would really like it. i suppose what i meant was, it's a film you would take the kids to, but if you aren't taking the kids? go on your own. the radio five show that i do with simon mayo, we had so many people writing in for the first film saying, i don't have kids, but i want to go and see paddington. is it fine? yeah, believe me, the cinema will be full of adults going. it's what a family film used to be. it is for all ages and i think anyone with a heart and soul can enjoy it.
looking forward to it. the florida project, rather different. tipped for oscars? i loved this. the name comes from the name that walt disney developed his community of tomorrow in florida, which then became walt disney world. it's a community of people living in more rundown motels beyond the boundary of the theme park. the motels are called things like the magic castle, but they are essentially rundown hotels where people live on the poverty line. all the purple paint in the world cannot hide the fact that they are in the red. the central character is 6—year—old moony, who runs riot around the hotel while her mother struggles to make ends meet, much to the disdain of bobby, the hotel manager, played by willem dafoe. this film portrays a harsh world of economic reality, but you see it from the kid's eyes. sean baker's previous film, tangerine, was shot on an iphone. this was shot on a combination of digital and 35 mil. it looks beautiful because we see the wonder that the kids see. you see the strange buildings, the orange of orange world, the strange wizard of
the souvenir shop. also, these weird breakout bits of grass, and trees, and cows which you don't expect right next to the concrete jungle. you get right into the lives of these people. baker described it as a modern day our gang. it's the idea that the kids are living in poverty in hard circumstances, but you're seeing the world through their eyes. there is hardship. there are real tears in this but, as a portrayal of an innocent view of the world that's also very streetwise and sassy, it is terrific. he never feels like a tourist in this environment. i thought it was touching and moving. it will move you to tears. it will make you laugh. it starts with celebration by kool and the gang. that kind of tells you... but it is also an ironic use of that phrase, the florida project, which is about the community of tomorrow. well, this is a community of today. it has its feet on the ground, but its head in the air. film three is really intriguing, professor marston and the wonder women. it is all about the creator of the
comic book character wonder woman. we already have the wonder woman movie, which was a record—breaking hit, directed by pattyjenkins. now writer and director angela robinson goes back to the creation of the character. we have the professor of the title, played by luke evans. we have his smarter, sharper wife, brilliantly played by rebecca hall and bella heathcote's olive byrne. between them, they invent the lie detector, they start a nonconformist family unit and they come up with the strange, fetishy comic book character who will go on to make millions. here is a clip. a comic book? it's perfect. i'll inject my ideas right into the thumping heart of america. i'll get a real artist to draw it properly. she's an amazon princess who lives on an island of all women? paradise island. and a man crashes onto the island. yes, the spy. and she wears a burlesque outfit.
it's athletic. and silver bracelets. they deflect bullets. what! ? we love you so much, but nobody, and i say this with all the compassion and truth in my heart, nobody will ever publish this. the story flips backwards and forwards. it starts with the child association of america's investigation into this comic strip. they say, this is full of spanking and sex perversions and bondage. explain yourself. and the rest of the film is explaining it. it looks back at where this character came from, about the alternative family unit, about the way these people become involved in role—playing and s&m. he is a psychologist who thinks everything comes down to disc theory — dominance, inducement, submission, compliance. the women take him with a pinch of salt. they think he's only partly serious. but it becomes a portrait
of tolerance in intolerant times. at one point rebecca hall's character says, we cannot be in love because the world won't let us. he says, we have to be what we want to be. it's a celebration of alternative lifestyles. it is a film about tolerance, it is funny and charming. i didn't know any of this stuff at all. it makes a very interesting double bill with wonder woman, who has become such a huge box office success. i thought it was really well done and i really enjoyed it. it has been a really good week, you can tell. it is, you love everything. best out at the moment? killing of a sacred deer. this is the yorgos lanthimos film and she is very hard to describe. it starts out as a jet—black comedy and then turns really sinister. it takes a greek tale of revenge and takes it forward from ancient greece to 21st—century cinema screens. it starts in that yorgos lanthimos way, being strange and off—kilter and then it moves into horror film territory.
i have to say, it is not for everyone. it is a marmite film. if you lose patience with it, you will lose it big time. i really liked it. i felt really u nco mforta ble all the way through. i couldn't quite get the measure of it. and like mother!, i thought it was really well done. it has haunted me and stayed with me. 0k! you're not convinced? i don't think you've convinced anyone with that! best dvd? sorcerer. a0 years ago, this film tanked. this is a remake of wages of fear. it came back to cinemas and is still playing in some cinemas in the uk. it is an extraordinary movie. it is gruelling, muscular, visceral, really tense. it is a story about trucks filled with very volatile nitroglycerin being driven across treacherous terrain. it has a now celebrated rope bridge sequence. it is one of the tensest things i've ever seen. it has a score by tangerine dream.
a0 years ago, it opened head—to—head with star wars and star wars won. people wanted to see light sabres and rocket ships and all that stuff. this was a really tough movie. a0 years later, it's recognised as the masterpiece it always was. it is a work of art. i guarantee you, you will be gripped from beginning to end. you had me at a score by tangerine dream! once an old prog, always an old prog. mark, thank you very much. a quick reminder before we go that you'll find more film news and reviews from across the bbc online at bbc.co.uk/markkermode. and you can find all our previous programmes on the bbc iplayer. that's it for this week. thank you very much for watching. goodbye from us. whilst many of us have seen some crisp sunshine today,
there have been showers through the afternoon. they have been most frequent in northern scotland. some of the showers are producing some snow into the high hills of scotland and they will do again tonight, reaching relatively low levels in northern scotland for a time. but most of the showers overnight become confined to the north sea coast, particularly over england. there will be a strong wind, keeping the temperature up here compared with elsewhere. as ever, it is colder in the suburbs and in the countryside. there is a widespread frost developing, some places dropping well below freezing in the morning. so allow time to prepare the car. and prepare yourself. tomorrow, there will be sunshine in england and wales, but with that cold start, the winds are not as strong, but still very blowy. there are a few showers in the morning before they fade away.
the cloud begins to increase in northern ireland. we will see some outbreaks of rain in the western isles with the strengthening wind. there is a weather system coming from the atlantic, but that is moving into the cold air place. we could see some snow, especially over the hills, maybe briefly at lower levels for a time. there's uncertainty over how much snow we will see and for how long, so check the forecast before heading out in the morning. over higher ground, you are likely to see snow for a time. cloud increasing elsewhere in england and wales. it will be another cold feeling day. on monday night, this system starts to take its moisture southwards, but mostly as rain at this stage. we'll get milder air from the atlantic, so cold air at the moment, milder atlantic air for tuesday.
and wednesday will come with a lot of cloud. maybe a bit of patchy rain in places, but quite a murky look to things. but it will be milder. we start the week cold and frosty from monday morning. then it turns milderfor a time with cloud and a bit of rain around. but the end of the week, it looks as if it will be turning colder again from the north. a fresh row over the government's handling of the case of a british woman imprisoned in iran for the last 18 months. nazanin zaghari ratcliffe is being held on charges of spying — both borisjohnson and now — michael gove — are accused of not being clear that she was there on holiday what was she doing in iran?|j what was she doing in iran? i don't know. there is no reason why nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe know. there is no reason why nazanin zaghari— ratcliffe should know. there is no reason why nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe should be in prison in iran so far as any of us know. the prince of wales leads the nation's tributes to the fallen as the queen, this year, watches the ceremony from a balcony in whitehall. as president trump continues a war
of words over north korea, how the crisis is playing out at sea: the last time anything like this was seen the last time anything like this was seenin the last time anything like this was seen in the western pacific was ten years ago. this is a raw expression of america's military muscle. and northern ireland take on swizerland in a game they must win for world cup qualification. good evening. the government is facing further criticism over its handling of the case of nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe, the british woman imprisoned in iran on charges of spying. today the environment secretary michael gove said that he did not know what she was doing in the country at the time of her arrest. the foreign secretary borisjohnson had already been accused of failing to be clear that she had
been in iran on holiday. labour says the ambiguity will worsen mrs zaghari—ratcliffe's predicament. our political correspondent eleanor garnier reports. jailed in iran, separated from her family for allegedly trying to bring down the government. but nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe's family has a lwa ys zaghari—ratcliffe's family has always maintained that she had been on holiday. now another government minister is facing accusations of a blunder after appearing to cast doubt on what the mother of one had been up to. what was she doing in iran? i don't know. i want to stress that there is no reason why nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe should be in prison in iran so far as any of us know. those remarks directly contradict what the foreign secretary said earlier this week. the uk government has no doubt that she was on holiday in iran when she
was arrested last year, and that was the sole purpose of her visit. was arrested last year, and that was the sole purpose of her visitm was a statement borisjohnson had been forced to make to clarify his previous comments that nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe had been teaching journalists in iran, remarks that caused concern that her sentence might be extended. today, michael gove attempt to shift the attention. if the iranian judiciary want to use the words of a democrat to justify an unjustifiable decision, it is our responsibility to call them out. let's not play their game. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe's husband and the foreign secretary spoke for the first time today. they have agreed to meet within a couple of weeks. the family plus mike local mp is calling for resignations. it is the job of the british government to protect british citizens. if they make matters worse for my constituent, they need to realise that they are unfit for office and
michael gove and boris johnson, that they are unfit for office and michael gove and borisjohnson, who are meant to be the leading lights in the government, have got to resign. with more calls for senior ministers to go, the pressure is growing on the prime minister to get a grip on her cabinet. there have been two resignations in the space ofa been two resignations in the space of a week and one of her closest allies is under investigation. all this while the government is embroiled in the brexit negotiations. for now, the focus for the foreign secretary, and of course mrs zaghari—ratcliffe's husband, must be to get her home as soon as possible. theresa may's closest ally in the cabinet, damian green, has insisted that the police never informed him of allegations that pornography had been found on a computer at his office in parliament. a former head of the metropolitan police, sir paul stephenson, has said his force was aware that material had been found in a search of the offices back in 2008. previously, damian green had described the claims as "completely untrue. " our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani's report contains some flashing images. at the heart of the government, the prime minister's right—hand man.