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The Bottom Line: Winter 2017

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

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Evan Davis Radio 4 Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: BBC For over 10 years The Open University and the BBC have been bringing Evan Davis and his panel of experts into your living room to share their insights on a range of subjects facing businesses both nationally and globally. Now they're back with a brand new series starting in January 2017.

Here on OpenLearn you'll find articles, free courses, podcasts and videos to discover more about the topics discussed in the programmes. Go beyond the headlines with experts from The Open University Business School and watch exclusive extended interviews with some of the guests.

For full details of upcoming broadcasts, and links to listen or watch again, visit the BBC website or visit the episode guide below.

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Britain's nuclear future

Britain's multi-billion pound nuclear dream. EDF is building the country's first new nuclear power station in decades at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. But that's just the start. Two other companies also have dreams of bringing nuclear to sites in Cumbria and on Anglesey. But the financing and logistics of these projects are tough. Power stations cost billions to build and investors won't see returns for more than five years. Critics of the nuclear option argue that renewables - wind and solar power - would be a better option to generate electricity. Just what are the options and the costs involved? Three nuclear rivals join Evan Davis.


  • Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, managing director, nuclear new build, EDF Energy UK
  • Duncan Hawthorne, chief executive, Horizon Nuclear Power
  • Tom Samson, chief executive, NuGeneration Nuclear Power
  • Dame Sue Ion, chair of the Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board

Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Negotiating a Trade Deal How to negotiate international trade deals after Brexit. Evan Davis meets the experts. Read more
Care Homes The care home business model is unsustainable. Evan Davis discovers why. Read more
The Challenges of Running a Charity The challenges of running a charity. Evans Davis meets the experts. Read more
Managing Workplace Relationships Evan Davis and guests look at relationships in the workplace. Read more
The UK Space Industry Evan Davis does some black sky thinking as he hears about the growing UK space industry. Read more
How does stuff get to us? A hidden industry that makes globalisation work: Evan Davis and guests discuss logistics. Read more
The Secrets of Fixing a Price From budget airline seats to insurance, Evan Davis discovers the secrets of pricing. Read more
Fintech Does financial services technology - 'fintech' - pose a threat to traditional banking? Read more
Migrant Entrepreneurs Migrants create one in seven businesses in the UK. Evan Davis meets three of them. Read more
Britain's nuclear future Britain's multi-billion pound nuclear dream. Three nuclear rivals join Evan Davis. Read more


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