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Right - be warned. I have a cold, I think it might escalate into full-blown man-flu and am in a bit of a grump because of it. On the show last Friday, we heard from Chris Evans who, in his new book, suggests that people in London walk faster than those anywhere else. Nonsense, because today people in my vicinity seem to be wandering around aimlessly in a complete and utter day-dream. My daily routine involves getting off the train at St Pancras and hiking up the hill to ITN Towers, but it's becomming a daily gauntlet that has to be run between groups of people who insist upon stretching themselves across the width of the pavement, like some kind of police cordon, while they saunter along at a snail's pace. It's annoying. Single file or pick up the pace, people!

A speedy look through the running order then and the day after Boris Johnson appeared at the Tory Party Conference to outline £5b of savings, one of his former deputy mayors has pleaded guilty to misusing his expenses. Ian Clement quit as deputy mayor for external relations in June. He admitted three offences under the Fraud Act when he appeared in court, effectively coughing up to cheating London taxpayers. Ben Scotchbrook has the details for is.

Also tonight, the latest development in the hunt for the killer of Surrey schoolgirl Milly Dowler. 13 year old Milly vanished on her way home from school in Walton-on-Thames in March 2002, her body was found six months later in Hampshire woodland. Today, police have been searching a small fishing lake near Heathrow airport after a tip-off that the car used to abduct Milly may have been dumped there. The main suspect of her killing, Levi Bellfield, is now serving life for murdering two students. Marcus Powell will fill us in.

Now, I took a bit of a double-take at this next story...Heath Ledger's new film? I thought his role as 'The Joker' in the last Batman movie - for which he won a posthumous Oscar - was the last work of the actor who died of an accidental overdose in January 2008? In fact, he was part-way through shooting 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus', directed by Terry Gilliam. Following Ledger's untimely death, the movie was almost abandoned, but a hasty re-write and the inclusion of three of Ledger's close friends - Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell, no less - saw the project saved. The three Hollywood heavyweights fill the void in the fantasy adventure story by morphing into Ledger's character whenever he steps through a magic mirror. Sounds like typically surreal Gilliam stuff. Lucy Cotter will be walking up the red carpet in Leicester Square for us later, but I shall be telling her not to saunter - you know how it annoys me!

Footnote: Katie's just brought me a piece of lemon drizzle cake...I wouldn't normally partake, but the sugar might help me make it through until 6.