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Jet away at a fraction of the price

As temperatures drop and bank balances dry up, a sunny getaway is all too appealing. But what kind of holiday can you expect to get with more than a week till payday?

Simon Calder shows us which idyllic destinations you can jet off to at a fraction of the price, where you can book with a minimal deposit, and how to get it with all the extras!

He’ll also discuss how to avoid being caught out by ‘bad’ deals, before revealing how you can go somewhere truly adventurous without breaking the bank.

Should we teach primary school children about masturbation?

With young people having more access to the internet, pornography is a big worry for parents.

Irish academic and sex educator on The Wiser Programme Kate Dawson believes this isn’t just a talking point but porn and masturbation should be taught to children as young as eight.

Kate says studies show the younger you teach children about this, the less likely they will be to lose their virginity and regret it later in life.

She joins us on the sofa to discuss her teaching methods and why it’s important to break the taboo.

Tuck into Martin Lewis' Veganuary restaurant deals

Urgent self-assessment tax deadline, free £900 for some married couples, ‘Veganuary’ restaurant deals, and driving licence renewal warning. These are our Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’ Quick Deals.

Remember, deals can change quickly, even while I’m on the programme. So always double-check the terms and conditions before spending. Plus, while I hope these deals will save you cash, don’t spend if you can’t afford it, don’t need it, or won’t use it.

Laugh your way to a stress-free January

It’s that time of the year again - festive fun seems like a distant memory, and the chilliest weeks of winter lie ahead.

So as we all search for a remedy for our January Blues, could the answer lie in a little bit of laughter?

Well according to one laughter yoga guru, a good giggle not only provides a full-scale workout for your muscles, but unleashes a rush of stress-busting endorphins. So prepare yourselves, as Louise shows us the best methods to get us laughing.

Meet the Quadmother who had four babies at 51!

She made history after becoming Britain's oldest mother of quadruplets back in October. And three months on, 51-year-old Tracey Britten is finally settling into life as a full-time mum to four newborn babies!

But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing - along with the stress of night feeds and endless nappy changes, Tracey has had to deal with public backlash from critics who have branded her ‘too old’ to be a mum.

Tracey joins us in the studio alongside her quadruplets Grace, Francesca, Fredrica and George.

Can you give royal dog Hank a home?

Today we’re joined by a dog by royal appointment. Three-year-old Bulldog-cross Hank is currently looking for a new home through animal welfare charity Mayhew - which Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has just announced as one of her new patronages.

Despite all the royal attention, Hank is still on the lookout for a loving new family, and joins us in studio ahead of Meghan’s visit to Mayhew later today.

ABOUT HANK: Hank is a three-year-old Bulldog crossbreed. He's an intelligent and playful dog and loves his toys. He can be unsure of strangers but it doesn't take him long to make friends and before you know it he's sneaking onto your lap for a cuddle. He met the Duchess of Sussex on her last visit to the shelter just before Christmas.

WHAT HOME DOES HANK NEED? Hank is looking for a strong, confident and active owner. He can be left alone for three to four hours providing he has been adequately exercised first. He's looking for an all adult home without visiting young children or other animals.

Alison experiences après ski in the Alps

The last time we saw Alison, she was boarding a helicopter on the top of a mountain - so what happened next?

From DJing at the summit, to sledging down the slopes at full-speed, Alison continues to enjoy the best après ski the French Alps has to offer.

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