and prompting concerns around health and safety. now the bbc has been found wanting in its management of the project. the corporation says building on a brownfield site is intrinsically difficult, and points to procurement delays, lengthy contractual negotiations aimed at securing value for money and inflation associated with the construction. yet the national audit office does find reason to criticise decisions and processes undertaken by the bbc. and, action! eastenders is such a vitaljewel in the corporation's crown that securing its long—term future was not something the bbc could compromise on. nevertheless, at a time when parts of the corporation are enduring sharp cost—cutting, this overspend is an embarrassment. amol rajan, bbc news. you can't tell me what to do, you ain't my mother! time for a look at the weather, here's stav da naos. we start with the pressure chart, we
are sandwiched in between a big area of high pressure, and area of low pressure out towards the atlantic. what is going on is the next couple of days, high pressure will be bringing ourfine and dry of days, high pressure will be bringing our fine and dry weather, the settled conditions of low pressure begins to move in to bring us pressure begins to move in to bring us very unsettled weather into the weekend. but this area of high pressure is also driving in some pretty strong, bitterly cold east south—easterly winds this afternoon so south—easterly winds this afternoon so it will feel very cold. this evening and overnight, even colder than last night and a clearer skies, so than last night and a clearer skies, $03 than last night and a clearer skies, so a widespread frost, not quite as cold near the coast, certainly from northern ireland, more cloud here, three or 4 degrees below. we are starting tomorrow morning off on a cold and frosty nerd, but plenty of sunshine around. the winds will be a feature but not quite what we have through today. there will be quite another cold one, three to five celsius, then across the west, northern ireland, they pressure with a bit of snow on its leading edge. that is the story into saturday,
this vigorous, deep area of low pressure will come hurtling in, bringing wet and windy weather, but also a spell of potentially disruptive snow, particularly to the northern half of the country, especially in northern england and scotland, a mixture of snow and ice. if you are heading out shopping or on the roads commute really need to watch future weather forecasts and ta ke watch future weather forecasts and take heed, because it looks like it will be quite a severe spell: probably the most widespread snow we have seen of the season so far, affecting north wales into the pennines, then into northern england, central and southern scotland, where we could even see some drifting and blizzard conditions over the mountains with the wind is being very strong as well. maybe some snow down to lower levels but they will be reverting down to reign as mild air starts to spreading from the south. it will be extremely wet and windy than northern ireland, much of england and wales, risk of local flooding too. that's sweeps northward into saturday night sunday morning. gales oi’ saturday night sunday morning. gales or severe gales, but it will be
taking the severe weather weather. sunday is an improving story, the rain, sleet and snow eventually clearing away from scotland and for much of the country a brighter one with some good sunny spells around, but plenty of heavy showers particularly across the south and west. the winds not quite as strong and noticed those temperatures a bit higher so it will feel a bit milder, and it stays mild as we head into next week. that is it. goodbye for me, now on bbc one, let's join that is it. goodbye for me, now on bbc one, let'sjoin our that is it. goodbye for me, now on bbc one, let's join our news teams where you are. have a good afternoon. good afternoon. it's 1:30pm and here's your latest sports news. the fa has announced that martin glenn has resigned from his position of chief executive officer. he'll step down at the end of the season. the fa said he'll leave having delivered much of what he came to do. under his tenure, england's men and women have both reached the semi final of a world cup,
and the under 17s and under 20s are both world champions. revenue at the fa has also increased by a0%. but he's also faced criticism during his time at the fa, over issues such as the appointment and then dismissal of sam allardyce as england manager and the failed sale of wembley stadium. manchester united manager jose mourinho has criticised his starting line—up, after their defeat by valencia in their final champions league group match. philjones scored an embarrassing own goal, as they lost 2—1 — united had already qualified for the knock out phase, but withjuventus losing last night, they could've won the group and faced an easier game in the last 16. and mourinho said he was forced into making substitutions. i expect from my players, especially players that week in, week out, you ask me why they don't play, why they don't start, it was a good match to
play, a match without any kind of pressure, a match in a competition that everybody likes to play. and, in the end, my team improved, really, when i made the changes i did not want to make. by contrast, manchester city manager pep guardiola was delighted with his side's performance, as they came from behind to beat hoffenheim 2—1 — leroy sane with both goals. that meant they finished top of their group. big teams are out. inter milan is an exceptional team in the europa league. so many good, top clubs will be there. one day, if you slip a little bit, you will be in the europa league. so that's why i'm so glad to be the last 16. from my point of view, i've said many times and i will repeat that when a team like manchester city go through, it's an incredible success. the women's tennis association has announced increased
protection for mothers returning to the tour. from next season, players coming back after childbirth or injury will be able to use their previous ranking to enter i2 tournaments over a three—year period. but serena williams‘ wish that returning mothers would also be seeded in line with their ranking has not been granted. justin rose has a chance to make a great season even better this week. he's defending his title at the indonesian masters injakarta — and he was just one shot off the pace, on five—under—par, when play was interrupted by bad weather, towards the end of the first round. rose can end the year as world number one with a top—i2 finish here. he's playing alongside another of the victorious european ryder cup team, henrik stenson. england now know who they'll face in the semi—finals of the hockey world cup. they'll play belgium on saturday, after they beat germany 2—1, the winner coming in the final quarter. england beat olympic champions argentina. it's their third consecutive world cup semi final. that's all the sport for now.
you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. i will be back with more from tpm. thank you. theresa may is in brussels where she hopes to get something that might help to break the deadlock back in westminster. former conservative chancellor and father of the house ken clarke spoke to my colleaguejoanna gosling. he says he is optimistic about the conversative party's chances of eventually coming back together after the bitter battle over brexit. both parties are shattered by this particular issue and the divisive effects of the referendum. but our party is luckier than the labour party, i think. if you took out the issue of europe, which is a very big if at the moment, but the sooner we do the better. if you leave one side the issue of europe, our party is still
remarkably united. it's the old conservative party, is a right of centre party, and it can draw up economic policies, policies about public services, health and education and so on which are not divisive at all, we can be very coherent, competent party of government. but the word europe has always caused disturbances as long as i've been in politics. it has never reach the level of hysteria which some people have allowed it to reach in the last week or two before. i hope over christmas everybody calms down and come back with their minds really concentrated on the crisis facing the country, because it looks likely that, by the 29th of march, it's either no deal or it's no brexit and we revoke article 50. i prefer the second. which do you think will happen? i have no idea. anybody forecasting events in this mad world is doing harm. ijust hope that minds
are concentrated. the ideal would be to get smoothly through march with a withdrawal agreement in place. that is all we are actually in crisis about at this moment. it only covers three points. citizens, we've done that. money, we've done that. we owe that money, it is our debt. we simply have to make some arrangement to reassure everybody that the irish border remains open. settle that, go through march, then you've got years of more calm negotiations while you negotiate the long—term arrangements for future generations between the eu and britain. at the moment, i do think that, after the last week or two, personally, i'm very pessimistic about theresa having much chance of getting a parliamentary majority for any kind of withdrawal
deal at all. if that's the case, then it's no deal or no brexit. we've heard reaction from westminster and from brussels, but what are people across the uk making of this week's events? john maguire has spent the morning in sunderland, a city which voted heavily to leave in the eu referendum. we are right by the side of the river wear here. shipyards closed down here almost exactly 30 years ago, december 1988. but the port of sunderland is still very busy and there has been a lot of work to regenerate this area. this is the national glass centre. we will take you inside where they do glass—blowing demonstrations. we have got matt and ian inside who can show us what they are making, i think they have been making christmas baubles this morning. if you have never seen glass being worked on before, it really is quite mesmerising. they twist it around, they call that the gathering. you need a good set
of lungs to keep it going. that is the christmas bauble being made. a great tourist attraction for this part of the world. it might pop! we have also gathered together some students this morning from the university of sunderland. this is a part of the uk that voted to leave the european union, 61%, so it was one of the highest rates of leavers across the uk. this is the place where they return results of any referendum or general election very quickly. good morning to you all, students past and present. jess, you have ambitions to be a barrister. what do you make of the nature of the discourse we have been talking about over the last couple of years? last night especially and the last couple of years it has been quite a healthy debate over the last couple of years and it has been
nice to see a healthy debate in the sense that, yes, there has been bad discourse and people have had bad arguments and there has been bad press, but there has been a healthy debate that has helped shape what the country wants and it has changed a lot of people's opinions. you think opinions have changed? yes, even personally having spoken with people, sunderland voted quite strongly to leave and i know a lot of people who voted to leave who have changed their opinion now they know what is going on. you are from northern ireland and the backstop is a key element at the moment. the difference between getting an agreement and not. explain to us how important it is to you. the northern ireland backstop, if it did not go into play would be detrimental for northern ireland, notjust economically and politically but also socially. we rely heavily on free movement between the north and the south of island. as a country we are very
unstable and it is the glue that holds us together. with free movement between the north and the south if that is in trouble, the peace in northern ireland is in trouble as well. what do you think about the results run last night? the confidence vote? do you believe theresa may is below the water line or is she in trouble? she could have been in trouble last night. the party across the board made the right decision to keep her as mp. for her own party to oust her as prime minister would have been political suicide for the party and would have caused major issues. she has been given the worst of this bad deal, she has been left with this mess by a previous administration and has had to pick up and move on and do something with it.
thank you very much indeed. from the national glass centre a bit of clarity, if that is not too bad a pun. that was the view from sunderland. our correspondent, joanna writtle, has been in the town of wem in north shropshire, getting reaction from its residents. we are in the tiny town of wem, the constituency of the north shropshire mp and former environment secretary owen paterson. he of course was among the first yesterday to call for theresa may to go, so how are people feeling here a day later? poor woman, theresa may, nobody has ever backed her up and now they are all complaining, but they didn't put any input in from the start to help her get over all the obstacles she had to climb. i think they are all being quite harsh on her. i think she has had a big task to do considering it was not something she believed in. ithink she is a hero, you know, i don't know how she has put up with it all the while. i would have thought by now she would have said i'm off, i've had enough of it all, but, no, she is still
there fighting. i think theresa may needs to be backed by everyone at the moment and given support. she is stuck between a rock and a hard place whatever she tries to do. she can't please everyone. i think it was all wrong, she is doing her best. i'm not a big tory fan but i think it is a very hard job she has got. keeping her in was the best idea. because let's get the job done, let's get it over and done with. pretty much everyone we have spoken to has an opinion with no one able to second—guess what might happen next. the view from north rupture there. moving on now. at least nine people have been killed and more than a0 seriously injured — after a high speed train collided with another locomotive — in the turkish capital ankara. chi chi izunda reports. shocked, dazed and confused, the injured being escorted to safety. this is what is left of the high—speed train which should
have been a normal day's commute into central turkey. the train was carrying 206 passengers. emergency services are now fighting against the elements to help those still trapped in the wreckage. the morning light reveals the full horror of the devastation. translation: at 6:30am the accident took place after a high—speed train travelling from ankara to konya collided with a locomotive which was inspecting the tracks going in the same direction. the crash happened at marsandiz station. an overpass collapsed onto some of the train cars. it is not clear at what speed the trains were travelling when the crash occurred. it is thought the train driver is amongst the dead. three of the injured are said to be in a serious condition. whilst the rescue effort continues, investigations have begun as to how and why this happened.
in a moment we'll have all the business news, but first the headlines on bbc news. theresa may is in brussels, where she's seeking solutions over the irish backstop at the eu summit after winning last night's confidence vote called by her own mps. hospital beds in england were almost full last week, with the usual winter pressures, still to come. the government announces a 2.8% rise in funding for councils in england. i'm ben bland. in the business news: the brexit effect on bricks and mortar — the uk housing market slips to its weakest level in six years. the royal institute of chartered surveyors says fewer people want to move and fewer want to sell because of the uncertainty around brexit. it expects a further fall in house prices and the number of homes being sold in the next three months. fashion chain bonmarche says trading
conditions on the high street are "unprecedented" and "significantly worse" than at the height of the financial crisis. it's warning that it could make a full year loss of £4 million. its shares fell sharply. the yorkshire—based firm has about 300 stores around the uk. the warning is the latest indication that the christmas shopping period is not matching up to retailers‘ hopes. sports direct‘s owner mike ashley has written a bluntly worded letter to the boss of debenhams discussing his offer of a £40 million investment in the struggling department store chain. the letter, addressed to sergio bucher, suggests without the money the company "has zero chance of survival". mr ashley wrote that he was frustrated debenhams doesn't want his "help". earlier this week all the political uncertainty meant the pound took, well, a pounding.
sterling is really acting as a barometer, telling us what the business world is making of the current to—ing and fro—ing over brexit. investors anticipated that theresa may would win the vote of no confidence, the pound rose on that expectation. but it later dipped when the margin of victory suggested the deep divisions still within the conservative party. it's up slightly today against the dollar and the euro. jane foley, is head of foreign exchange fx strategy at rabobank. what's pushed the pound higher today? there has been some relief. because theresa may retains herjob. that has brought some certainty for the market. but every thing else is still more or less the same. if they consider the names that could have gone into the hat to replace, had
she lost that, most of them are in support of brexit. most of them are relieved that the possibility of a hardline brexit of reduce was up she does want to push her plan through, but there are some people betting that if she cannot get that plan true, then maybe she can potentially delay brexit or even call another referendum. stirling is still very vulnerable, and everyone is still focused on the headlines. what about other market reaction. we keep talking about the pound is the barometer of business reaction to the markets was not what about other markets? other markets are looking at brexit, and trade wars are the main concerns for markets in general. they have already had a significant impact in slowing the chinese economy, and china is the number two economy in the world. that is a big worry for world growth. what we saw this
morning with some news there had been some concessions in the trade wa i’s been some concessions in the trade wars was not it is early days. we think they could carry on through 2019. but the signs are that china after around six months, buying us soybeans, which is a sign of consolidation. just bringing things back to brexit briefly, now that the leadership challenge is over, at least the internal one, what factors will sway the pound in the weeks to come? it will remain politics was it is usually the economy that takes the first stance was it still politics was top what it means over the summer politics was top what it means over the summer recess politics was top what it means over the summer recess of parliament, starting in december, it is likely to be quieter. but the market will be quite nervy, and many visitors are stuck on the sidelines, waiting to see what will happen. —— many businesses are stuck on the
sidelines was not quick round up of other stories: apple will invest $1 billion — about £800 million — in building a new campus in texas. it'll be making investments in a number of other cities across the us, despite growing concerns about iphone sales. the tech company employs about 90,000 people in the states but the majority of the company's products are made in china. in september, president donald trump suggested apple should move its product manufacturing to america to avoid new tariffs being imposed on chinese imports. hamleys has stopped selling a children's slime toy a chemical that can impair fertility. tests by consumer group which? found that frootiputti slime, made by goobands and sold at hamleys, had four times the eu limit for boron in toys. sir richard branson‘s virgin galactic is hoping to reach the edge of space for the first time on thursday. the flight, over the desert
in california, is the fourth powered test since an accident in 2014 that left a pilot dead and set space hopes back by three years. the chief executive says if the flight perfoms as planned, the company will only need two or three more powered tests to prove it is capable of taking paying customers into space. let's have a look at the markets. the ftse 100 is flat. gains among mining companies and financial stocks being counter—balanced by a fall in some major housebuilder and retailers shares. uk's domestically focused stocks — so the ftse 250 — fell as investors decided prime minister theresa may's victory in a leadership challenge had changed little in the country's prolonged divorce from the european union. firms on the ftse250 rely more on the uk market for their income. the pound is up slightly against the dollar and the euro. but who knows where that
roller—coaster ride will go in the coming hours, days and weeks? that's all the business news. london's royal albert hall was transformed into a wonderland last night for the world premier of mary poppins returns. it comes 5a years after the original and this time, emily blunt is playing the world's most famous nanny. colin firth and emily mortimer are among the cast including an appearance from 92—year—old dick van dyke, who played the original bert. alice bhandhukravi was at the premier. i was flying my kite and it got caught in a nanny. mary poppins, you came back. you seem hardly to have aged at all. really, one never discusses a woman's age, michael. i thought i taught you better. welcome to the royal albert hall which has been transformed into a magical wonderland, really,
for this premiere of mary poppins returns. the stars are arriving and a second ago i managed to have a quick word with the star, mary poppins herself, emily blunt. how did you approach this role? did you feel the burden, the weight ofjulie andrews on you? sure, i think that comes with this iconic territory, but i was just so delighted by the character, she is such an exciting, magical person to play. so i think my excitement at playing her quickly sort of surpassed any fear i had. and the cast is pretty good as well. you have dick van dyke, the original. i know, and when he comes into the film people sort of scream—cry. they are so amazed that he is there. he'd tap dances on top of a desk at 91 years old, it was pretty inspiring. you filmed this mostly in london in some of the most famous spots in london. the fans were going
crazy at the time. i think that was very cool, you wanted to feel the city, you wanted to feel that this was a love letter to london. you have got some incredible sites that make it into the film. and the original did have an element of sadness. does this one as well? what can fans expect? i think this is a more profound backdrop for her to reappear from the skies. there is a need for her. it is during the great depression so i think we need her to come back and i think that has got relevance for people today. now it's time for a look at the weather. what a cold deities out there. significant wind—chill blowing in from the east, making it biting and
bracing if you are out and about. we have high pressure to the east, low pressure to the west, driving south—easterly winds across cars, and they are pretty strong with a lot of cold air across the near continent, which is why we have got these subzero feeling winds. temperatures no higher than around six or 7 degrees. some showers across the far south—west which will clear this evening. it will remain cloudy for northern ireland overnight, so temperatures do not drop below three or 4 degrees here. for much of the country, under the clear skies, a cold night with a widespread frost. a largely fine and settle date due to high pressure for a cold and frosty start with lots of sunshine around. some showers clipping the north—east of scotland. for northern ireland it turns increasingly wet and windy as a weather front comes in full so it all changes on friday night into the weekend as we see low pressure hu rtle weekend as we see low pressure hurtle in from the atlantic. it will
bring some wet and windy weather, and suffered significant snow for central and more northern parts of the country. a mixture of snow and ice, particular saturday into sunday. that is for scotland and northern england. stay tuned to the weather forecast, they could northern england. stay tuned to the weatherforecast, they could be northern england. stay tuned to the weather forecast, they could be some disruption on the roads was top the snow will likely fall over north wales, northern england and into central and southern scotland, mainly over high ground, but even snow down to low levels with a key mule agents through the day here. obviously it will be disruptive to travel for a while. we start to see wet weather pushing in from the south—west was up they could be a risk of localised flooding for —— it all happens on saturday. some severe gales for the north—west of the country into sunday. quieter on sunday, with some sunshine around with some heavy showers. the sleet
and snow will eventually clear away from scotland with some sunshine moving in. all the while, milderair moving in. all the while, milderair moving its way northwards. temperatures top out at ten or 11 degrees in the south, closer to six 01’ degrees in the south, closer to six or seven further north. stay tuned to the forecast and keep on either website for the severe weather warnings in the weekend. the prime minister is back here in brussels for a crucial eu summit — the day after surviving a confidence vote. theresa may is hoping to win fresh consessions from eu leaders to break the deadlock over the irish backstop. i don't expect an immediate breakthrough, but what i do hope is that we can start work as quickly as possible on the nature —— the assurances that are necessary. i'm here in westminster, where the government has set out its timetable for parliamentary business next week, which doesn't include plans for mps to vote on theresa may's brexit deal. this isn't an ordinary election and