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Monday 29 December 2014

Colin Firth to edit Today programme

Colin Firth will edit the Today programme
Colin Firth will edit the Today programme

Colin Firth will be among the guest editors of Radio 4's Today programme - but Katie Price will not be giving her services.

The actor will be joined by four other notable figures including Sam Taylor-Wood in editing the influential morning news show.

Programme bosses approached Katie among others to do a stint on the show.

Editor Ceri Thomas said today that the programme was still in discussions with the model.

"We've been talking to Katie about doing something with Today, and we're still talking," he said. "Katie Price inhabits a world a million miles from the one that Today usually occupies, but that's not a reason for us to ignore it. Maybe she could tell us something interesting about the way a part of this country works? That's what we ask from anyone who comes on the programme."

The guest editors will take the helm between Christmas and New Year.

Taking a turn alongside Colin - who has recently starred in A Single Man and The King's Speech - will be Diana Athill, the literary editor and memoirist, Private Eye and The Oldie founder Richard Ingrams and businesswoman Dame Clara Furse, a former CEO of the London School of Economics.

Taylor-Wood, who directed her first movie Nowhere Boy last year, will look at issues surrounding childbirth and examine the role of women in Hollywood.

Colin tackles international aid and Ingrams will look at the case of James Hanratty, who was hanged for murder in 1961.

Past guest editors have included Radiohead's Thom Yorke, the Duchess of York and writer PD James who famously took the BBC director-general Mark Thompson to task last year.

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