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The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has been called 'the chief Eurocrat' by the British press and accused of looking to bully Britain during the Brexit negotiations. But what do we know about the man Theresa May has promised to be 'a bloody difficult woman' to?

One of the longest serving democratically elected leaders in the world, Juncker was Prime Minister of Luxembourg for eighteen years. A workaholic, with a famously informal greeting style that sometimes involves affectionately slapping world leaders, Juncker has developed a political reputation as a negotiator, skilled at finding compromises between two sides.

But in his spare time, he's a pinball wizard.

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Mark Coles profiles Robert Mueller who's just been appointed as special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russian interference in the US election. Mueller retired as director of the FBI four years ago, but now finds himself centre stage again.

The squared-jawed Princeton graduate was decorated for bravery during the Vietnam War before training as a lawyer. Dissatisfied with private practice, he found a government job as assistant US attorney in San Francisco - a move which marked the beginning of a steady climb to the top of law enforcement in America.

Robert Mueller became FBI director one week before the 2001 World Trade Center attacks and over the next twelve years transformed the organisation, moving thousands of staff from criminal investigations into counter terrorism and security. Yet surprisingly little is known about him personally.

Adam Schiff2019111620191117 (R4)Did Donald Trump ‘bribe' a foreign power – Ukraine - to try to discredit a political rival ahead of next year's US Presidential race ?

On Profile this week, we're looking at Adam Schiff - the man tasked with finding out.

A leading Democrat Congressman and former lawyer, Schiff chairs the House Intelligence Committee and is leading the impeachment investigation.

President Trump calls him biased…a “pencil neck, low life” who's conducting a “hoax witch-hunt”.

Mark Coles talks to Schiff's close friends, critics and former colleagues to find out what he's really like…and why – before getting into politics - he wanted to be a Hollywood movie writer.

Producer: Smita Patel
Researcher: May Cameron

A look at the life of Adam Schiff, chair of the US House Intelligence Committeee.

Alexandria Ocasio-cortez2018111020181111 (R4)The story of the youngest woman ever elected to the US congress. Five months ago, nobody knew who Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was. Now she's been dubbed the future of the Democratic Party. When she dared to challenge a long standing Democratic congressman in June's primaries, she had no money and no experience. But against all odds she won by a staggering 15 points. She was catapulted into the spotlight and in this week's mid term elections she won a place in the House of Representatives, breaking records to become the youngest woman ever to be voted into Congress.

She grew up in the Bronx but her parents worked hard to send her to a good school in the suburbs. Her father died when she was in her twenties, leaving her working at a taco restaurant to help her Puerto Rican mother pay the bills. She didn't let that stop her and campaigned for Bernie Sanders while waiting tables and serving Margaritas. Fast forward a year, this waitress is now billed as the future of the Democratic Party.

Mark Coles follows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's journey to Congress, speaking to her friends, supporters, critics and those she's inspired.

Thank you to New York One TV news for the footage of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez winning the Primary.

Allegra Stratton2020112120201122 (R4)This week the political turmoil at Number 10 has made the headlines. One of the prime minister's aides whose star appears to be on the rise is former journalist Allegra Stratton, the government's new press secretary. She'll be fronting televised briefings shortly. Becky Milligan examines her life and her career so far.
Producers: Bethan Head and Sally Abrahams.

The former journalist, now Number 10's new White House-style spokesperson.

Anas Sarwar2021030620210307 (R4)The former dentist who's just become the new leader of Scottish Labour. Anas' childhood was infused with politics - his father became the UK's first muslim MP and his mother devoted a great deal of time to activism and campaigning. But that came at a cost. The family endured racist threats while he was growing up. Now a lot rests on his shoulders. With only nine weeks until the Holyrood elections, can he turn round the party's fortunes in Scotland and in so doing change the make-up of Westminster politics too? Mark Coles explores his life and career.
Producer: Sally Abrahams
Researcher: Maia Lowerson
Studio manager: Neil Churchill
Editor: Rosamund Jones

The former dentist who's just been elected the new leader of the Scottish Labour party.

Anders Holch Povlsen2021013020210131 (R4)Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen is the biggest private landowner in Scotland and the biggest private shareholder in ASOS, the online fashion company that is in talks to buy Topshop.

Having cut his teeth in the family fashion business, Bestseller, and following a series of canny investments, Anders Povlsen has more recently become known for his ambitious plans to ‘rewild' large areas of Scotland To that end he has bought up hundreds of thousands of acres, now owning more land there than the Queen. He is determined to transform the landscape, turning it back into forest, through sometimes controversial means.

After kidnap attempts and family tragedy he has gained a reputation as a man of extreme privacy. So just who is Anders Holch Povlsen? Mark Coles tries find out the secrets of the eco-conscious online fashion supremo and CEO.

Producer: May Cameron
Researchers: Maia Lowerson & Beth Sagar-Fenton
Editor: Rosamund Jones
Mix: Nigel Appleton
Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples

Danish billionaire, ASOS shareholder and Scotland's biggest private landowner.

Andrew Bailey2020032120200322 (R4)The Bank of England's new governor started work on Monday amid global turmoil. The world economy is in chaos as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. How will he handle the difficult decisions to come? Edward Stourton profiles Andrew Bailey, from his childhood in Leicester all the way to Threadneedle Street. This is not the first crisis in his long banking career, but it may well be the toughest.

Producers: Eleanor Biggs and Rosamund Jones

The Bank of England's new governor starts his job amid economic chaos. How will he do?

Andrew Cuomo2020050920200510 (R4)Mark Coles profiles Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York.

Some on the left of his party think he's too establishment and Washington thinks he's a rebel out to do his own thing, but Andrew Cuomo has gained widespread support for his handling of the coronavirus crisis. Mark Coles looks at the life of the New York Governor, a son of one of America's most respected politicians.

Producer: Sandra Kanthal
Researcher: May Cameron
Editor: Ravin Sampat

Andrew Moffat2019040620190407 (R4)The primary school teacher at the centre of a row over LGBT rights has said he's received threats. Pupils have been pulled out of Parkfield School in Birmingham and parents have protested outside the school gates, chanting 'Say no to No Outsiders'. No Outsiders is the programme Andrew Moffat designed to teach pupils to be accepting of different types of people - despite their race, religion or sexuality. Some story books he uses feature families with two mothers or two fathers. He says he designed the programme so that no child has to hide who they are as he did when he was young.

Thanks to the Varkey Foundation for footage of the Global Teacher Prize.

Producers: Viv Jones, Phoebe Keane

The primary school teacher at the centre of a row over LGBT rights.

Andy Evans2019050420190505 (R4)Andy Evans has been at the forefront of the campaign to secure justice for himself and thousands of others - many who have not survived - affected by what's been called the worst scandal in NHS history. Next week he'll give evidence at the Infected Blood Inquiry. He's waited a long time. The group he co-founded, Tainted Blood, takes as its motto words from the philosopher Voltaire: “to the living we owe respect, to the dead we owe only the truth”.

Producer: Smita Patel
Researcher: Tural Ahmedzade
Editor: Richard Knight

Andy Evans will soon give evidence at the Infected Blood Inquiry. He's waited a long time.

Antonio Guterres2017092320170924 (R4)Mark Coles looks at the life and career of Antonio Guterres, UN secretary general.

On Profile this week, we look at the life and career of the world's top diplomat - the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.

When he opened the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, the 68 year old former Portuguese Prime Minister warned the world was in danger, "in pieces" and needed putting back together again.

So, who is he and how does he plan to go about it ?

Mark Coles talks to childhood friends, political colleagues past and present - even Portugal's President - who help explain the events and personal tragedies that have shaped Guterres and led him to take on arguably the most difficult job on the planet.

Floods, cancer, Catholicism, chocolate and cheese...everything you need to know about new UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, on Profile this week.

Aretha Franklin2017042920170430 (R4)Mark Coles profiles the Queen of Soul.

Aretha Franklin has won hearts - and 18 Grammy awards - with her astonishing voice. But this week a bust up with another iconic singer revealed her spikier side. Always a sensation on stage, there have been struggles off it. Mark Coles talks to people who grew up with and have worked with the Queen of Soul.

Arlene Foster2017011420170115 (R4)Mark Coles looks at the life and career of Arlene Foster.

had been hoping to celebrate her first twelve months in charge of Northern Ireland this week.

Instead, she's found herself forced out of office.

It's got little to do with religion, constitution or the almost four THOUSAND people who've lost their lives during political conflict over the decades.

The DUP leader and Northern Ireland First Minister has had to step down in a bitter row over renewable energy subsidies.

On Profile, Mark Coles looks back at Arlene Foster's life and career and the reasons behind this week's political upheavals.

Producer Smita Patel

Researcher Jordan Dunbar.

Arlene Foster had been hoping to celebrate her first twelve months in charge of Northern Ireland this week.

Arlene Foster2017061020170611 (R4)Mark Coles takes an updated look at leader of the DUP, Arlene Foster.

Arlene Foster's Democratic Unionist Party now holds the balance of power, after elections this week. Some people have suggested that all the parties lost - but across the Irish Sea one party definitely won. Only with their votes can the Conservatives get things through the House of Commons. Which makes Arlene Foster possibly the most powerful woman in Britain. Mark Coles takes an updated look at the former first minister of Northern Ireland.

Producer Smita Patel
Editor Richard Vadon
Researcher Jordan Dunbar.

Baroness Brenda Hale2019092820190929 (R4)Baroness Hale, President of the Supreme Court, was wearing a giant spider brooch as she delivered this week's bombshell ruling that Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful. "Spiderwoman takes down the Hulk" was the headline in one newspaper. Mark Coles looks at the life of the first woman to lead the UK's highest court.

Producers: Smita Patel and Jordan Dundar
Researcher: Darin Graham

Baroness Hale, president of the Supreme Court, delivered a bombshell ruling this week.

Mark Coles on the life of Baroness Hale, president of the Supreme Court of the UK.

Baroness Hale2019092820190929 (R4)Baroness Hale, President of the Supreme Court, was wearing a giant spider brooch as she delivered this week's bombshell ruling that Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful. "Spiderwoman takes down the Hulk" was the headline in one newspaper. Mark Coles looks at the life of the first woman to lead the UK's highest court.

Producers: Smita Patel and Jordan Dundar
Researcher: Darin Graham

Baroness Hale, president of the Supreme Court, delivered a bombshell ruling this week.

Baroness Trumpington2017101420171015 (R4)Edward Stourton profiles Baroness Trumpington, famous for flicking a V sign in the Lords.

Edward Stourton profiles former minister, and mistress of the deadpan one-liner, Baroness Trumpington, who this week announced she will retire from the House of Lords at the age of 95. He talks to Ian Hislop, Viscount Astor, friends and family about her extraordinary life, which took her from riches, through the Wall Street Crash, code-breaking at Bletchley Park, into politics and finally to unexpected celebrity status after giving a two finger salute to a fellow peer. One of few politicians with the guts to stand up to Margaret Thatcher, some have even called her an unlikely feminist icon.
Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton.

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A profile of Baroness Young, chief executive of the Environment Agency.

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Benjamin Netanyahu
Bernardine Evaristo2019101920191020 (R4)Bernardine Evaristo is the first black British woman to win the Booker Prize. Her novel Girl, Woman, Other shared the 2019 award with Margaret Atwood's The Testaments. Mark Coles has been finding out about Evaristo's life as an activist, actor and writer.

Producer: Smita Patel
Researcher: May Cameron

Bill Browder2020071120200712 (R4)As the UK imposes sanctions on 49 people implicated in the deaths of Sergei Magnitsky and Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Mark Coles profiles the man whose global anti-corruption campaign has led to the government's action, financier Bill Browder.

Producer: Ben Crighton
Researcher: Diane Richardson

Mark Coles hears about the life of the man behind the Magnitsky Act, Bill Browder.

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Brendan O'carroll2020122620201227 (R4)The creator of Mrs Brown's Boys has had a bumpy ride to stardom. Becky Milligan charts the journey - born the youngest of 11 children in Dublin, he faced bankruptcy and serial disappointments before finding success as the the matriarch of his very own family sitcom. This year it returns - for the 10th consecutive year - to our TV screens over Christmas.
Producer: Ben Crighton
Editor: Rosamund Jones

Becky Milligan charts the bumpy ride to stardom for the creator of Mrs Brown's Boys.

The creator of Mrs Brown's Boys has had a bumpy ride to stardom.Becky Milligan charts the journey - born the youngest of 11 children in Dublin, he faced bankruptcy and serial disappointments before finding success as the the matriarch of his very own family sitcom. This year it returns - for the 10th consecutive year - to our TV screens over Christmas.
Producer: Ben Crighton
Editor: Rosamund Jones

Becky Milligan charts the bumpy ride to stardom for the creator of Mrs Brown's Boys.

Bridget Riley2019102620191027 (R4)We explore the life and career of British artist Bridget Riley as a new retrospective of her work opens at London's Hayward Gallery. She found fame in the sixties with a series of challenging black and white abstract works. Now in her eighties, she's still producing new work - perhaps even her best, according to some critics.

Producer: Smita Patel
Researcher: May Cameron

We explore the life and career of British artist Bridget Riley.

Producer: Smita Patel
Researcher: May Cameron

Caroline Corby2018112420181125 (R4)The new chair of the Parole Board, the body that decides when and if the most serious prisoners can be released into the community.

The Parole Board was thrust into the spotlight when it ruled that John Worboys, the "black cab rapist," could be released from jail. Worboys' victims launched a legal challenge and The High Court ruled in their favour, forcing the parole board to perform a u-turn. The head stepped down and the new chair of the Parole Board is Caroline Corby. She'll have to oversee major changes, but she hasn't had a traditional route into criminal justice. She's written children's books and worked in the city. Mark Coles finds out how she travelled this unusual path.

The new chair of the Parole Board, which rules on releasing the most serious prisoners.

Carrie Symonds2021022720210228 (R4)Carrie Symonds is Boris Johnson's fiancee and the mother of his baby.

She is a also a former special advisor, committed animal rights activist and Brexit supporter. And, not that long ago, she was director of communications for the Conservative Party.

It's that political experience that has fuelled questions about how much influence she has over decisions made in Downing Street. The Bow Group think tank this week called for an inquiry into her role.

Mark Coles profiles the woman who has been making waves, and headlines, in recent weeks.

Producer: Simon Maybin

Researcher: Maia Lowerson

Editor: Rosamund Jones

Studio manager: Graham Puddifoot

Production co-ordinator: Aretha Holmes

A think tank says she is playing a 'central role' in running the country, but who is she?

Catherine Corless2017032520170326 (R4)The story of Catherine Corless, who has been described as 'Ireland's Erin Brockovich'.

has made headlines around the world for exposing the horrifying story of a mass grave of almost 800 infants at a former institution for unmarried mothers run by nuns. Corless has been described as Ireland's Erin Brockovich; an ordinary woman and amateur historian who, in her dogged pursuit of the truth, took on the Catholic Church, the Irish government and members of her own community - and won. The case has shaken Ireland and provoked very difficult questions about how women and children were treated at Catholic institutions in the past.

Presenter: Becky Milligan

Producer: Ben Crighton.

Catherine Corless has made headlines around the world for exposing the horrifying story of a mass grave of almost 800 infants at a former institution for unmarried mothers run by nuns. Corless has been described as Ireland's Erin Brockovich; an ordinary woman and amateur historian who, in her dogged pursuit of the truth, took on the Catholic Church, the Irish government and members of her own community - and won. The case has shaken Ireland and provoked very difficult questions about how women and children were treated at Catholic institutions in the past.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis2019113020191201 (R4)In the headlines this week was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Ephraim Mirvis.

Just weeks before the general election he made it clear that he believed Jeremy Corbyn was unfit to become PM because of his record on dealing with anti-Semitism within the Labour party - though Mr Corbyn said the party had taken "rapid and effective" action.

Edward Stourton traces the Chief Rabbi's story, which begins with a childhood in apartheid South Africa. His tenure as Chief Rabbi has been marked by a few liberalising initiatives, which have ruffled feathers and caused some disquiet within the wider Jewish community.

But observers might wonder if the initiatives have gone far enough. He is used to controversy within his own community, but unused to being in the wider public's gaze.

So what persuaded Ephraim Mirvis to enter the political fray and what does his intervention tell us about the man?

Producer: Rosamund Jones

What does Ephraim Mirvis' entry into the political fray this week tell us about the man?

Chris Evans2017072220170723 (R4)Mark Coles profiles the broadcaster Chris Evans.
Chris Grayling2019021620190217 (R4)The transport secretary's critics call him “failing Grayling" - an unkind nickname, perhaps, but one made more likely to stick by his infamous decision to award a valuable contract to a Brexit ferry company with no ferries. He cancelled the contract this week amid much derision in Parliament.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer; Sally Abrahams

Mark Coles profiles transport secretary Chris Grayling.

Chuck Feeney2020100320201004 (R4)Billionaire Chuck Feeney said he would give away all of his money by 2020 – and he's done it. An entrepreneur from childhood, he amassed a huge fortune in the duty-free business, before spending it on projects ranging from concert halls in Ireland to AIDS support in South Africa. For many years the money was only given out on condition of secrecy, that his name should never be mentioned in connection with the donations.

Mark Coles finds out what's driven this unique mission - and what his family think.

Producer: Ben Crighton
Researchers: Benita Barden & Beth Sagar-Fenton

The billionaire who has given away his fortune. With Mark Coles.

Clare Smyth2021020620210207 (R4)The first female british chef to win 3 Michelin stars at her own restaurant hails from a farm in County Antrim. Mark Coles talks to those who know Clare Smyth well - at home and in the kitchen - including legendary chefs Alain Ducasse and Angela Hartnett. Clare Smyth left Northern Ireland to train in England at just 16 and has gone her own way ever since. A protegee of some of the world's best known chefs, she ran Gordon Ramsay's flagship restaurant before setting up her own, Core, just three years ago. She says she's now reached the pinnacle of any chef's career - but food critic Jay Rayner questions why this milestone has been so long coming.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Researcher: Maia Lowerson
Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton
Editor: Rosamund Jones

The first female british chef to win 3 Michelin stars at her own restaurant.

Cornelia Parker2017060320170604 (R4)Mark Coles profiles artist Cornelia Parker, 2017's official election artist.

Mark Coles profiles sculptor and installation artist Cornelia Parker, this year's official election artist. Parker's work has involved spectacular acts of destruction, from flattening brass band instruments, to dismantling old barns and blowing up sheds. As Parker roams the country observing the election campaign, Coles speaks to her friends and peers about how she went from a childhood spent in rural Cheshire where she struggled to fit in, to Turner Prize-nominated artist.

Crawford Falconer2017082620170827 (R4)Mark Coles profiles Crawford Falconer, who could prove key to Britain's post-Brexit future

Mark Coles profiles Crawford Falconer, the New Zealander who could prove key to Britain's post-Brexit future. Falconer is a 63 year old former Kiwi trade negotiator.
This week, he started a new job at the Department for International Trade....in charge of negotiating UK trade deals with the rest of the world once Britain leaves the EU. Friends and former colleagues shed light on his government career in New Zealand as well as his time chairing talks at the World Trade Organisation.
We also hear why he can't drive, loves running, rugby and rummaging for cardoons in French fields. And why he once tried to sell his younger sister to some South Korean fishermen.

Producer Smita Patel
Researcher Beth Sagar-Fenton
Editor Emma Rippon.

Cressida Dick2017030420170305 (R4)Mark Coles profiles the first woman to lead the Metropolitan Police.

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman2017070820170709 (R4)Mark Coles looks at the life of Mohammed Bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

The Gulf region is in crisis this weekend after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt condemned Qatar's response to a series of demands they've made. Qatar's four Arab neighbours broke links with the Gulf emirate a month ago accusing it of supporting terrorism. On this week's Profile, Mark Coles looks at one of the key players in the dispute....Saudi Arabia's new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Producer Smita Patel
Researcher Kate Lamble
Editor Richard Vadon.

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman2018102720181028 (R4)Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, is at the centre of a storm over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

This week the Crown Prince broke his silence and denounced the killing. But with Donald Trump calling it “the worst cover up ever” and Western leaders threatening sanctions, will his path to the Saudi throne be blocked?

Helen Grady finds out how the young prince – now aged 33 – came to power so quickly.

A Washington-based analyst tells us why he'd argue the Crown Prince is a reformer, but not the kind the West thought he'd be.

And we talk to a Middle East expert about whether she thinks the Khashoggi killing has damaged Mohammed bin Salman's reputation.

Producers Smita Patel & Oliver Jones
Editor Penny Murphy

Helen Grady looks at the life of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

This week the Crown Prince broke his silence and denounced the killing. But with Donald Trump calling it “the worst cover up ever ? and Western leaders threatening sanctions, will his path to the Saudi throne be blocked?

Producers Smita Patel & Oliver Jones
Editor Penny Murphy

Cyril Ramaphosa2018021720180218 (R4)Becky Milligan looks back at the extraordinary life of South Africa's new president. From humble beginnings, he became a lawyer, established the country's most powerful trade union organisation and was a key player in negotiating the end of apartheid. After losing out at an earlier attempt to become president, he turned to business and rapidly became one of South Africa's richest men - while also attracting controversy over allegations about his role during the Marikana massacre of striking miners. As he takes power, what really makes him tick?

Producer: Smita Patel
Researcher: Darin Graham
Editor Hugh Levinson.

Becky Milligan looks at the life of South Africa's new president.

Producer: Smita Patel
Researcher: Darin Graham
Editor Hugh Levinson.

Dame Pat Mcgrath2021010920210110 (R4)The legendary make-up artist has just become the first in her industry to be made a Dame. Growing up in Northampton without industry contacts or formal training, Pat McGrath taught herself the techniques that have made her one of the most in-demand names in fashion. If you can name a designer label, she's probably worked for them, and now runs her own billion-dollar business. Supermodels, colleagues and friends tell Becky Milligan why she's had such a huge impact.

Pat McGrath met Kim Bowen at the Wag Club and not the Blitz Club as is suggested at the beginning of this programme.

Producer: Sharon Hemans
Researcher: Beth Sagar-Fenton
Production Coordinator: Janet Staples
Mix: Neil Churchill
Editor: Rosamund Jones

The famed make-up artist and entrepreneur is the first in her industry to be made a dame.

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Mark Coles looks at the life of Dame Vera Lynn.

Dame Vera Lynn's story is well known. She's regarded by many as one of Britain's national treasures. Dubbed 'the forces sweetheart' during the Second World War, her songs like 'We'll Meet Again' and 'There'll Always Be An England' became synonymous with hope and survival during dark times.

It's rare for us to profile someone so iconic. But courtesy of a mention by the Queen in her recent address to the nation, at 103 years old Vera Lynn is trending again. She even has a number one single on the UK iTunes chart. Mark Coles talks to her family and close friends to find out what she makes of all the attention. And, perhaps more importantly, why - 80 years on - her best known song 'We'll Meet Again' is striking a chord during the coronavirus crisis.

Producer Smita Patel
Researcher Bethan Head

Daniel Ek2018040720180408 (R4)Daniel Ek, co-founder and CEO of music streaming service Spotify. Mark Coles tracks the life of the shy Swede transforming the music industry.

This week 35-year-old Daniel Ek became very, very rich when his company Spotify floated on the New York Stock Exchange - with an initial value of more than $26 billion.

It's a long way from his home in a working-class suburb of Stockholm where Daniel's interest in both music and computers was piqued at an early age.

He started his first businesses while a teenager, in between starring in school musicals, and earned his first fortune in his early 20s.

He launched Spotify in 2006 with business partner Martin Lorentzon, with a goal to 'save the music industry' at a time when illegal downloads were eating into profits.

Today Spotify has revolutionised the way we listen to music and last year Daniel Ek was named the most-powerful person in the music industry by Billboard magazine - but what does the future hold in store for the tech industry's latest billionaire?

CONTRIBUTORS

Tony Kinberg, Daniel Ek's former music teacher

Kina Zeidler, journalist and author of Det Svenska Techundret (The Swedish Tech Miracle)

Jonas Nordlander, co-founder & CEO of Avito and founder and former owner of Tradera.

Pelle Lidell, founder of EKKO Music Rights Europe and former executive at Universal Music

D.A. Wallach - musician, tech investor and former artists services lead at Spotify

Diego Planas, former Spotify employee.

Mark Coles tracks the life of Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek.

Diego Planas, former Spotify employee.

Jonas Nordlander, co-founder and CEO of Avito and founder and former owner of Tradera.

Diego Planas, former Spotify employee.

Daniel Kaluuya2018022420180225 (R4)Black Panther star Daniel Kaluuya has already won BAFTA's Rising Star award and now he's been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. The 28-year-old Londoner is up against acting giants Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman and Denzel Washington, having been shortlisted for his role in the satirical horror movie Get Out.

Raised by his Ugandan mother, who remains an inspiration, Kaluuya grew up on a council estate in North London. He first came to public attention as a teenager, when he wrote and performed in the hit television series, Skins. But he's been acting and writing from an early age, having won a play-writing competition when he was nine and impressed talent spotters when he was still at school.

Mark Coles talks to those who recognised and nurtured the young Kaluuya's talents, including his A level drama teacher Jo Fenton, the co-creator of Skins Bryan Elsley, playwright Roy Williams and the director of his forthcoming film Widows, Steve McQueen.

Producer: Arlene Gregorius.

Mark Coles profiles the Oscar-nominated star of Get Out and Black Panther, Daniel Kaluuya.

Producer: Arlene Gregorius.

Danny Rose2019041320190414 (R4)The England and Tottenham Hotspur defender Danny Rose says he's had enough of being on the end of racist abuse at matches and “can't wait to leave football behind”.

On Profile this week, Mark Coles tries to find out why.

Friends and colleagues talk about the footballer's formative years, his remarkable premiership debut against arch-rivals Arsenal and how a knee injury sparked depression and introspection.

But it's racism that dominates his story.

A black player representing England in international matches, he's been subjected to racist chanting and abuse.

After last month's Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro, he said , enough is enough… it's time for football's governing bodies to stamp it out.

Producer Smita Patel
Researcher Tural Ahmedzade
Editor Emma Rippon

Marks Coles looks at the life of Tottenham Hotspur footballer, Danny Rose

On Profile this week, Mark Coles tries to find out why.

David Adjaye2019020920190210 (R4)We're talking buildings and monuments on Profile this week – looking at the life and career of Sir David Adjaye. The 52-year-old British-Ghanaian architect shot to fame in the US for his 2016 Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. An exhibition featuring his work has just opened in London.

Producer: Sally Abrahams
Presenter: Mark Coles

Mark Coles profiles the British-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye.

David Frost2020022920200301 (R4)The UK's chief Brexit negotiator is hardly a household name and until very recently this former diplomat had no public profile at all.
Now David Frost has arguably one of the most challenging jobs in British politics. How has he made it to the top?

Presenter: Edward Stourton

Producers: Eleanor Biggs, Kate Lamble, Olga Smirnova, and Phoebe Keane

The UK's chief Brexit negotiator

David Gauke2019090720190908 (R4)This week David Gauke - MP for South West Hertfordshire - shook the government he served as a cabinet minister only a few weeks ago, voting to stop Boris Johnson taking the UK out of the EU without a deal. He's given the Tory rebels their label: the "Gaukeward Squad." Edward Stourton looks at the life of this unlikely rebel.

Producers: Darin Graham and Smita Patel

Edward Stourton looks at the life of an unlikely rebel.

David Lammy2018042820180429 (R4)Tottenham MP David Lammy has been leading the parliamentary charge for the Windrush generation as they fight for their residency rights. Mark Coles charts the life and career of one of parliament's most formidable campaigners.

Born in North London to Guyanese parents, Lammy grew up in Tottenham but moved to Peterborough aged 11 after winning a council scholarship to the city's cathedral boarding school. He went on to study law in London and at Harvard. Then, after a brief spell as a barrister, he became MP for his home borough of Tottenham at the age of just 27. His political career soon took off, with Tony Blair making him a minister in the New Labour government and Lammy was quickly hailed as 'the Black Blair' or 'Britain's Obama'. But not everything went smoothly for the junior minister.

Since Labour went into opposition, Lammy has spent his time on the back benches. There, he's found his political voice and passion as a defender of those he feels have been failed by the system - from the Grenfell fire victims, to working-class young people struggling to get into top universities, and now the Windrush immigrants. Alastair Campbell calls him "a good old-fashioned class warrior, in the best possible sense".

Mark Coles meets some of the people who know Lammy best - from childhood friends, former teachers and his beloved 'Aunty May' who firmly believes that, one day, her godson will be Britain's first black Prime Minister.

Presenter: Mark Coles.
Producers: Diane Richardson and Arlene Gregorius
Editor: Helen Grady.

The life and career of Windrush champion and Tottenham MP, David Lammy.

Presenter: Mark Coles.
Producers: Diane Richardson and Arlene Gregorius
Editor: Helen Grady.

David Lynch2017052720170528 (R4)Mark Coles profiles the director David Lynch.

Mark Coles profiles the director David Lynch, whose classic TV series Twin Peaks has just returned to the screen after 25 years.

Obsessed with drawing and painting from an early age, Lynch's mother didn't even allow him colouring books in case they halted his artistic development. Despite dropping out of art school, Lynch first made his name with surreal short films before directing the cult hit Eraserhead. There was further success with The Elephant Man and Blue Velvet before Twin Peaks brought his work to a mainstream TV audience.

Alongside his film work, Lynch has also produced paintings, photographs of abandoned factories, musical collaborations, and even designed nightclubs. A continual stream of creative output fuelled by Transcendental Meditation.

David Martindale2021021320210214 (R4)David Martindale joined Livingston FC as a volunteer six years ago, picking up bibs and cones after training sessions. Now he is managing a team that's about to play in the Scottish League Cup Final.

It has been an unconventional and bumpy rise to the top. Martindale went to jail in 2006, doing time for his involvement in organised crime, Mark Coles talks to his family, friends and football colleagues about his past, his leadership style and what the future may hold. Will his chequered history thwart his ambition?

Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton

Researcher: Maia Lowerson

Editor: Rosamund Jones

Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples

Studio Manager: Rod Farquhar

How the football manager with a criminal past has turned his life around. With Mark Coles.

Demis Hassabis2020120520201206 (R4)The British artificial intelligence lab DeepMind have made an astonishing breakthrough in one of biology's toughest problems. The firm announced this week that it had largely cracked the problem of predicting how proteins folds into unique shapes, a challenge scientists have been working on for 50 years. The discovery is expected to accelerate research into illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer's, and could even help find solutions to climate change. Behind the project is DeepMind's co-founder, Demis Hassabis. A former chess prodigy, Hassabis has always been captivated by games and the mental agility needed to play them. This fascination with the human mind inspired his determination to use artificial intelligence to solve the world's problems.

Producers: Ben Crighton, Viv Jones
Editor: Rosamund Jones

The chess prodigy and video game designer behind a breakthrough that could change medicine

Denise Coates2017123020171231 (R4)How a gambling hunch made the elusive Denise Coates Britain's best paid boss.

A hunch about Online gambling has made Denise Coates from Bet365 Britain's best paid boss. Chris Bowlby discovers how this elusive figure from Stoke masterminded a global betting revolution. We follow her career from the tough world of 1990s betting shops to today's lucrative round the clock business. But why has hardly anyone - even in her home town - ever heard of her?

Producer: Smita Patel
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Diana Lamplugh19900506BBC Programme Number: 90FQ0164

Recorded on 1990-05-03

Producer: C. DRYSDALE

Notes: CAIRS 550920

Next in series: CAHAL DALY

Previous in series: RODNEY FITCH

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SBH:A portrait of Diana Lamplugh who founded the Suzy Lamplugh Trust after her daughter vanished to help people deal with aggression. Incl. refs. to her dyslexia and interest in the treatment of sex offenders. Interviewer: Andrea Adams. Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

Broadcast history

06 May 1990 16:42-17:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Cathy Drysdale (Producer)

Diana Lamplugh (Speaker)

Ray Wyre (Speaker)

Andrea Adams (Speaker)

Paul Lamplugh (Speaker)

Dido Harding2020082920200830 (R4)Health secretary Matt Hancock announced last week that Public Health England will be replaced with a new National Institute for Health Protection. Baroness Dido Harding, who ran NHS Test and Trace in England, will be heading up this new agency too, for now. Who is she? And why are some cynical about whether she'll be able to handle the new role?

Dido Harding started out on a pig farm in Dorset, and has spent most of her adult life splitting her time between the corporate world and her beloved horses. Married to Conservative MP John Penrose, she's spent the last three years working in the public sector, and recently been a regular feature at Number 10's daily coronavirus briefings. Mark Coles speaks to her best friend and former boss, amongst others, to find out more.

Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton
Researcher: May Cameron
Editor: Kirsty Reid

Who is the horse-loving peer now in charge of our public health? With Mark Coles

Dina Asher-smith2020010420200105 (R4)Becky Milligan looks at the life of Dina Asher-Smith, the fastest woman in British history. An athlete who's also a keen historian, role model and lover of the glitz. For years she's been winning championships and breaking records. But will the great British hope win gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

Producer: Smita Patel

Becky Milligan looks at the life of Dina Asher-Smith, the fastest woman in British history. An athlete who's also a keen historian, role model and lover of the glitz. For years she's been winning championships and breaking records. But will the great British hope win gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

Dippy The Diplodocus20170108Mark Coles profiles Dippy the Diplodocus.
Dominic Cummings2019072720190728 (R4)Arguably the most controversial appointment of new Prime Minister Boris Johnson's reshuffle was that of 47-year-old Dominic Cummings as his head of Brexit strategy. After serving as Michael Gove's special adviser in the Department for Education, his role as the mastermind behind Vote Leave changed the course of British history – and now he is back to finish what he started. How did a swotty schoolboy from Durham come to be hailed as a political genius, and the most feared – and revered – man in Whitehall?

Presented by Becky Milligan
Produced by Jordan Dunbar
Researched by Kirsteen Knight and Eleanor Biggs

Becky Milligan takes a look at the life of Dominic Cummings.

Dominic Grieve2018062320180624 (R4)Labelled 'the rebel who forgot to rebel', who is Dominic Grieve? Some political commentators thought the Conservative MP, and former Attorney General, could inflict a significant parliamentary defeat on the government. He wanted the Commons to have more of a say over the final outcome of Brexit negotiations. But he called off his own rebellion on Wednesday.

Grieve was called the modern day grand old Duke of York - accused of marching the troops to the top of the hill, only to march them down again.

His wife Caroline tells Mark Coles he has been misunderstood, and describes how he agonised over this week's vote. She also outlines some of the quirkier aspects of her husband's character.

Producer: Smita Patel and Clare Spencer
Researcher: Bethan Head
Editor: Penny Murphy.

Labelled 'the rebel who forgot to rebel', who is Dominic Grieve? Mark Coles finds out.

Producer: Smita Patel and Clare Spencer
Researcher: Bethan Head
Editor: Penny Murphy.

Dominic Raab2018071420180715 (R4)Dominic Raab has been thrust into the key government role of Brexit secretary following the resignation David Davis.

The 44-year-old was tipped for high office from the moment he was elected to the safe Conservative seat of Esher and Walton in 2010.

His rise through the ministerial ranks has not been without controversy, with Theresa May accusing him of fuelling gender warfare by describing some feminists as "obnoxious bigots".

With just months to go to broker a deal with EU negotiators, not to mention steering Brexit through a divided Commons, the amateur boxer and karate black belt has got a real fight on his hands.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Ben Crighton, Clare Spencer.

Mark Coles profiles the new Brexit secretary, boxer and karate black belt Dominic Raab.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Ben Crighton, Clare Spencer.

Dominic Raab2020041120200412 (R4)On Profile this week, we look at the man who has effectively become Britain's acting Prime Minister.

The 46-year-old Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, asked to deputise “where necessary ? for Boris Johnson while he recovers from coronavirus.

A staunch Brexiteer and a karate black belt, he's perhaps not the best-known member of the Cabinet.

So, who is he and – more importantly - is he up to the job?

A former lawyer, Raab has experience in international justice – but his hard-line on Brexit as well as past comments about feminism, welfare and Britain's work ethic have angered his critics.

Mark Coles hears from political colleagues, Westminster journalists – even Dominic Raab's boxing coach.

Producer Smita Patel
Editor Ravin Sampat
Researcher Bethan Head

Mark Coles looks at the life and career of Dominic Raab.

The 46-year-old Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, asked to deputise “where necessary” for Boris Johnson while he recovers from coronavirus.

Donald Glover2018051920180520 (R4)You may know him as Childish Gambino, the creator of viral video hit 'This is America' or as the Emmy award winning actor and director of comedy drama Atlanta.

Mark Coles profiles Donald Glover, the multi-talented American comedian, record producer, songwriter, rapper and DJ who is forcing the world to confront racism, violence and societies contradictions.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Estelle Doyle and Diane Richardson
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Mark Coles profiles Childish Gambino, the creator of viral video hit This is America.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Estelle Doyle and Diane Richardson
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Mark Coles profiles Childish Gambino, the creator of viral video hit This is America.

Dr Anthony Fauci2020040420200405 (R4)Anthony Fauci Is a doctor, immunologist and director of the USA's National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases. He's also a lead member of the White House coronavirus task force. He's next to President Trump at his daily briefings. Mark Coles talks to those who know him well.

Producer: Ben Crighton
Researcher: Bethan Head

Mark Coles profiles America's top immunologist.

Dr Gail Bradbrook2018121520181216 (R4)Gail Bradbrook is one of the founders of a radical and rapidly-growing environmental protest group called Extinction Rebellion. Its aim: using non-violent direct action to force governments to tackle climate change. It's energised a lot of people who're fed up with what they see as the slow pace of change. And it's won support from the great and good of the environmental world. One hundred leading academics, authors, politicians and religious leaders have endorsed it. But critics have likened the group to a watermelon; green on the outside, red on the inside. So who is Gail Bradbrook? And where is she leading Extinction Rebellion?

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Arlene Gregorius

Photo Credit: Martin Lever/Core Periphery

Gail Bradbrook is behind the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion.

Dr June Raine2020121220201213 (R4)After a 30 year career of quiet public service, Dr June Raine has found herself in the spotlight when the UK became the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. As the head of the MHRA she has ultimate responsibility for the process of approving any new Covid-19 vaccines in the UK, and when the eminent American immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci cast doubt over the speed of UK's approval process Dr Raine was forced to make a public response. Becky Milligan finds out more about her life, character and career.

Producers: Viv Jones, Ben Crighton
Editor: Rosamund Jones

Dr June Raine, the UK's top medical regulator, makes the call on approving Covid vaccines.

After a 30 year career of quiet public service, Dr June Raine has found herself in the spotlight when the UK became the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. As the head of the MHRA she has ultimate responsibility for the process of approving any new Covid-19 vaccines in the UK, and when the eminent American immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci cast doubt over the speed of UK's approval process Dr Raine was forced to make a public response.Becky Milligan finds out more about her life, character and career.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus2020052320200524 (R4)Mark Coles profiles Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organisation.

Mark Coles profiles Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was the first African to be elected Director-General of the World Health Organisation. Three years on, he finds himself at the centre of a political storm. Some say he has been too soft on China - where the coronavirus began. Others accuse the WHO of being too slow to declare a global public health emergency and US President, Donald Trump, has threatened to withdraw funding. Now one of the most recognisable faces in the world due to the pandemic yet little is known about Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Producer: Jim Frank
Researcher: Vivien Jones
Editor: Penny Murphy

Eddie Jones2019110220191103 (R4)Becky Milligan explores how a Sydney teacher came to lead the England rugby team.
Eliot Higgins2018101320181014 (R4)British blogger Eliot Higgins and his investigative website Bellingcat have been making headlines around the world this week with claims that they've uncovered the true identities of two Russian men suspected of carrying out a nerve agent attack in Salisbury.
Not tourists as the Kremlin maintains – but highly decorated members of Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU.

Higgins – isn't your typical journalist. A former video gamer, in the past he's worked for a bank, an oil rig company even a lingerie firm.

Unlike old-school foreign correspondents, he uses ‘armchair analytics' – what he calls ‘open source' materials like Facebook, twitter and Google earth to try to uncover what's really going on in far away conflicts.

Chemical weapons in Syria, the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine and most recently the attempted poisoning of Sergei and Julia Skripal in Salisbury, he's had one scoop after another.

On Profile this week, Mark Coles tries to discover more about the man.

His brother Ross Higgins, gives us his first ever broadcast interview.

Guardian journalist Luke Harding explains why he thinks Higgins is a pioneer, in digital investigative journalism.

And we hear from those who suspect Eliot Higgins is being used as a front

Producer Smita Patel
Researcher Oliver Jones
Editor Emma Rippon

Mark Coles looks at the man behind the investigative website Bellingcat.

Producer Smita Patel
Researcher Oliver Jones
Editor Emma Rippon

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Discussing her life and work, the author explains why her novels are hard to write.

Discussing her life and work with Sally Hardcastle, Elisabeth Jane Howard explains why her novels are hard to write. From July 1987.

Discussing her life and work with Sally Hardcastle, Elisabeth Jane Howard explains why her novels are hard to write. From July 1987.

Emerald Fennell2021040320210404 (R4)Emerald Fennell is the first British woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. The film, that she also wrote - 'Promising Young Woman' - has been called a 'revenge-comedy', a movie for the #MeToo era. Fennell's rise has been meteoric - showrunner for the second series of 'Killing Eve', she's also well-known for her roles in front of the camera, including her portrayal of the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, in 'The Crown'. Becky Milligan tells the story of a prolific and multi-talented young woman.

Presenter: Becky Milligan
Researchers: Matt Murphy and Stefania Okereke
Studio manager: Rod Farquhar
Programme co-ordinator: Janet Staples
Producer: Linda Pressly
Editor: Richard Vadon

Who is Emerald Fennell - the first UK woman to be nominated for an Oscar as Best Director?

An insight into the character of an influential person making the news headlines

Emmanuel Macron2017062420170625 (R4)Emmanuel Macron is France's youngest-ever President. How did he rise so far so fast?

Emmanuel Macron has become France's youngest-ever President at the age of 39. He created a new political movement out of nothing and defeated the populist Marine Le Pen of the Front National. But who is the former banker and civil servant and how did he rise so far so fast? The BBC's Paris Correspondent Lucy Williamson speaks to his old friends, his biographer, his voice coach and his political colleagues to find out how this son of two provincial doctors - who once dreamed of being a novelist or actor - has made it to the top of French politics.

Emmerson Mnangagwa2017111820171119 (R4)Edward Stourton profiles the man hotly tipped to become the next president of Zimbabwe.

After the Zimbabwean army moved against Robert Mugabe this week, one man has been hotly tipped to succeed him. The former Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, portrays himself to the west as a free-market enthusiast who could change the fortunes of Zimbabwe. But 'The Crocodile', as Mnangagwa is nicknamed, has been at Mugabe's side since the independence struggle, and is associated with some of the regime's most notorious actions.

Presenter: Edward Stourton
Producers: Kate Lamble and Beth Sagar-Fenton.

Eniola Aluko2017102820171029 (R4)England women's football player - and FA whistleblower - Eniola Aluko.

The Football Association's chairman, Greg Clarke, said this week that the FA had "lost the trust of the public" over its handling of discrimination claims against former England women's manager Mark Sampson. Mark Coles profiles England and Chelsea Ladies player - and whistleblower - Eniola Aluko, who made the claims.

Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton
Researcher: Nick Raikes.

Eric Monkman2017040120170402 (R4)Mark Coles profiles University Challenge contestant and Twitter sensation Eric Monkman.

Esther Mcvey2018102020181021 (R4)Government minister Esther McVey has become a lightening rod for anger about benefit cuts and welfare reform.

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions knows all about financial struggle, starting out in life as a foster child.

Mark Coles finds out how the former presenter has gone from a breakfast TV sofa to the front benches of the House of Commons.

In a rare interview, Esther's father Jim tells us why he decided to put his daughter into care, and how he helped kick-start her on-screen career.

We find out what a former producer really thinks of her, and her partner Conservative MP Philip Davies reveals what made him fall for Esther.

Mark Coles profiles Esther McVey, the minister defending universal credit.

We find out what a former producer really thinks of her, and her partner Conservative MP Philip Davies reveals what made him fall for Esther.

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar2019042020190421 (R4)As Libya edges towards civil war, Becky Milligan looks at the life of the man behind the most recent conflict, which began with his military assault on the city of Tripoli.

Known as "The Strongman", Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar comes from a family of soldiers and as a young man admired his fellow army student Muammar Gaddafi, who would later denounce him after their disastrous defeat in a war in Chad.

He was given refuge by the Americans and ended up living for twenty years in Langley, Virginia, home of the CIA, before returning to Libya, with the self-proclaimed aim of saving the country from extremists.

Producers Smita Patel & Tural Ahmedzade
Editor Andrew Smith

Becky Milligan looks at the life of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Gareth Southgate2018061620180617 (R4)Footballer Gareth Southgate's career has been haunted by a decisive penalty he missed against Germany in the semi-final of Euro '96.

Even when he went on honeymoon to Bali a Buddhist monk reminded him of that miss.

Now he has a chance to make amends - this time as England manager at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

His path to the top job has not followed the conventional route, being sacked from his only other management role.

But commentators say he has the attributes of a great leader.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Smita Patel and Clare Spencer
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Mark Coles profiles England football manager Gareth Southgate ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Mark Coles profiles England football manager Gareth Southgate ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Smita Patel and Clare Spencer
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Gareth Thomas2019092120190922 (R4)The former Wales and British Lions captain, Gareth Thomas, has been headline news this week after announcing he's living with HIV.

In Wales, Thomas is a legend.

In 2005, he led the national team to its first Six Nations grand slam title for 27 years…became the first Welsh player to be capped 100 times for his country.

Mark Coles talks his friends and former colleagues. We hear about his early days as a postman, his success on the field and how he became one of the first sporting superstars to come out as gay.

Producer Smita Patel
Researcher Darin Graham
Editor Penny Murphy

Mark Coles looks at the life of former rugby player Gareth Thomas.

Gavin Williamson2017093020171001 (R4)Mark Coles on the life and career of Gavin Williamson, chief whip of the House of Commons.

This week the Chief Whip will deliver a major speech at the Tory party conference, just before the Prime Minister takes the stage.
But who is Gavin Williamson? Mark Coles looks at the life and career of the Yorkshire man who knows about pottery, loves hedgehogs and keeps an eight legged pet on his desk in parliament. And some say, has his sights set on higher political office.

General John Kelly2017080520170806 (R4)General John Kelly, from a working class Boston neighbourhood to the White House.

General John Kelly is the man they hope can bring order to Trump's office. We follow his journey from a working class Boston neighbourhood to the White House.

A decorated Marine General, an Iraq war veteran, who is adored by his troops and known for making tough decisions, General John Francis Kelly has come a long way from his beginnings born to an Irish Catholic family in the working class Brighton neighbourhood of Boston.

From his first mission delivering 10'000 tonnes of beer to troops in Vietnam to overseeing President Trump's controversial immigration policies as head of Homeland Security, he's described as being a straight talker who isn't afraid to 'speak truth to power'.

Mark Coles talks to friends and colleagues about about his distinguished career - and how he might fare in Trump's White House.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19801003]Ted Harrison draws a personal portrait of Donald Swann.
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A title which can only be earned through making more cross-Channel swims than anvone else. Pamela Donald reports

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Now in his 70s, he is still writing and his third volume of autobiography is nearing completion. He says he has a passionate desire ' to go nowhere ' and has admitted he looks forward immensely to death.

Tonight's portrait of one of the country's finest talkers is written and presented by Henry Kelly. Producer KAROLYN SHINDLER

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Freddie ' to his friends, is 70 this week. Einstein called him that clever young man '. Considered by many to be a revolutionary heretic in the 1930s, he is now recognised as the foremost living British philosopher. Producer

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Germany and an EEC Commissioner in Brussels. He talks to Ted Harrison about his succession of identities.

Producer KAREN HENDERSON

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Fr Michael A. E. Campbell -Johnston, SJ

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Reporter: Jon Silverman.

Producer: Chris Harmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910814]The third of seven radio portraits in conversation, recollection and anecdote. Sir John TemPleton Reporter Peter Day. Producer Stephanie Harris

Contributors

Unknown: Sir John Templeton

Reporter: Peter Day.

Producer: Stephanie Harris

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Reporter: Peter Day.

Producer: Stephanie Harris

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910821]The fourth of seven radio portraits in conversation, recollection and anecdote.

Usha Prashar

Reporter

Hugh Prysor-Jones. Producer Chris Harmer

Contributors

Unknown: Usha Prashar

Unknown: Hugh Prysor-Jones

Producer: Chris Harmer

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Unknown: Hugh Prysor-Jones

Producer: Chris Harmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910828]Seven radio portraits in conversation, recollection and anecdote.

5: Neil Rudenstine

The new President of America's oldest

University - Harvard.

Reporter David Walker. Producer Chris Harmer

Contributors

Unknown: Neil Rudenstine

Reporter: David Walker.

Producer: Chris Harmer

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Reporter: David Walker.

Producer: Chris Harmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910904]Seven radio portraits. 6: Tom Burke

The environmentalist and Michael Heseltine 's adviser. Reporter Alex Kirby. Producer Chris Harmer

Contributors

Unknown: Tom Burke

Unknown: Michael Heseltine

Reporter: Alex Kirby.

Producer: Chris Harmer

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Unknown: Michael Heseltine

Reporter: Alex Kirby.

Producer: Chris Harmer

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910911]The last in the series of radio portraits. Dr Beyers Naude The veteran anti-apartheid campaigner. Reporter

Mike Wooldridge.

Producer Bevertey McAinsh

Contributors

Unknown: Dr Beyers Naude

Unknown: Mike Wooldridge.

Producer: Bevertey McAinsh

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Unknown: Mike Wooldridge.

Producer: Bevertey McAinsh

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920304]Another series of radio portraits, in conversation, recollection and anecdote.

Producer Howard Rogers

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Producer Howard Rogers

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19920318]A radio portrait in conversation, recollection and anecdote.

Producer Howard Rogers

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19920401]A portrait in conversation, recollection and anecdote. Producer Howard Rogers
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Genome: [r4 Bd=19920408]A radio portrait, in conversation, recollection and anecdote. Producer Howard Rogers
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Genome: [r4 Bd=19920826]A new season of Profile features eight extraordinary men and women and one dog, in a series of graphic portrayals of what it is to be famous, or simply ahead of the pack.

1: Tom Jackson used to be the postmen's trade union leader. Now he sells second-hand cookery books by mail order. Gordon Clough got a parcel of views on his two posts, past and present. Producer Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920826] Unknown: Tom Jackson

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Producer: Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920902]Graphic portrayals of extraordinary characters. 2: Elizabeth Jennings writes, she says, to search for order. A search which begins most days in a cafe in Oxford. There,

Germaine Greer met this fine poet of the senses. Producer Vanessa Harrison

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Unknown: Germaine Greer

Producer: Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920909]3: John Hegley is a strange man in glasses who makes a spectacle of himself. John Walters tracks one man and his dog in search of the bark behind the bite of this savage satirist.

Producer Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920909] Unknown: John Hegley

Unknown: John Walters

Producer: Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920916]Graphic portrayals of extraordinary characters. 4: He's been called the "Donald Trump of Russia" and the "shark of socialism".

Bridget Kendall meets

Andrei Stroyev. probably Moscow's most successful developer and one of the richest businessmen in the country.

Producer Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920916] Unknown: Donald Trump

Unknown: Bridget Kendall

Unknown: Andrei Stroyev.

Producer: Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920923]5: David Walker meets

Howard Davies ,

Mancunian grammar school boy and youngest-ever head of the employers' association, the CBI.

Producer Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920923] Unknown: David Walker

Unknown: Howard Davies

Producer: Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920930]6: Mark Tully talks to

Swami Agnivesh , India's best-known Hindu monk, whose vows of celibacy and poverty have not prevented him from being a controversial and powerful righter of wrongs. Producer Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920930] Talks: Mark Tully

Unknown: Swami Agnivesh

Producer: Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921007]Dickie Bird , cricket's best-known umpire, talks to

Jonathan Agnew about the by-ways of the game. Producer Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921007] Unknown: Dickie Bird

Unknown: Jonathan Agnew

Producer: Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921014]Canadians are preparing to vote in a referendum.

As the self-government of the aboriginal people reaches its last hurdle,

Margaret Horsefield meets Chief Wendy Grant , an outspoken Indian chief. Producer Vanessa Harrison

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921014] Unknown: Margaret Horsefield

Unknown: Wendy Grant

Producer: Vanessa Harrison

Geoffrey Cox2018120820181209 (R4)He's the Attorney General who this week told MPs to 'grow up' and 'get real.' Becky Milligan profiles Geoffrey Cox QC, whose rousing Parliamentary performance lost the argument but won admirers. Becky meets a former teacher who recollects a young poet, colleagues who recall flamboyant courtroom appearances and a clerk whose mission was to deliver forbidden treats.

Producers: Phoebe Keane and Diane Richardson
Editor: Richard Knight

The Attorney General who told MPs to 'grow up' and 'get real.'

George Soros2018060920180610 (R4)Characterised as both a benevolent philanthropist and as a meddling influence, George Soros has been present at some of the most defining moments in modern history.

Soros was born into a Hungarian Jewish family, and later took on a false identity to survive the Nazi occupation in 1944. It was an experience that shaped his life and his outlook and he went on to escape to the West via his knowledge of the international language Esperanto.

Beginning his career as a tobacco salesman, Soros went on to fund one of the most successful hedge funds in US history. Known for his high risk and brazen approach, he is infamous for his involvement in the devaluation of the British pound, known as Black Wednesday.

But his career as a financial investor was not limited to the markets - he went on to use his money to promote non-violent democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. More recently he has proved a controversial figure, providing funding for the pro-Remain campaign in the UK Brexit debate and is now the subject of vilification by the leaders of his native Hungary.

Presenter: Ed Stourton

Producer: Clare Spencer and Serena Tarling.

Ed Stourton profiles the billionaire philanthropist and investor George Soros.

Producer: Clare Spencer and Serena Tarling.

George Weah2018012720180128 (R4)The remarkable story of George Weah, footballing legend turned politician, on his journey from the slums of Monrovia to inauguration this week as president of Liberia. Spotted by Arsene Wenger at a young age, Weah became a star striker in the '90s for Paris St Germain, AC Milan and Chelsea. In 1995 he won the Ballon d'Or as the world's best player, the only African ever to win the honour. Back home, Weah became an inspiration to a generation of Liberians. When he retired from football, he returned to a country devastated by two civil wars and the outbreak of Ebola, with the aim of becoming president. Two decades and two attempts later he has made it. But has he got the experience to succeed in government? Edward Stourton talks to his cousin, Arsenal legend Chris Wreh, along with friends and colleagues about his extraordinary determination and asks whether he can meet the expectations of a generation.
Producer: Ben Carter
Researcher: Siobhan O'Connell.

Edward Stourton profiles the football legend who has become president of Liberia.

The remarkable story of George Weah, footballing legend turned politician, on his journey from the slums of Monrovia to inauguration this week as president of Liberia. Spotted by Arsene Wenger at a young age, Weah became a star striker in the '90s for Paris St Germain, AC Milan and Chelsea. In 1995 he won the Ballon d'Or as the world's best player, the only African ever to win the honour. Back home, Weah became an inspiration to a generation of Liberians. When he retired from football, he returned to a country devastated by two civil wars and the outbreak of Ebola, with the aim of becoming president. Two decades and two attempts later he has made it. But has he got the experience to succeed in government? Edward Stourton talks to his cousin, Arsenal legend Chris Wreh, along with friends and colleagues about his extraordinary determination and asks whether he can meet the expectations of a generation.
Producer: Ben Carter
Researcher: Siobhan O'Connell.

Gibraltar2017040820170409 (R4)Becky Milligan profiles the tiny British Overseas Territory making headlines this week.

Becky Milligan profiles Gibraltar, the tiny British Overseas Territory on the southern tip of the Iberian coast which made headlines this week. First, Spain raised its 300-year-old claim on the territory in draft guidelines for Brexit negotiations. Then Michael Howard, a former Conservative Party leader, appeared to suggest Britain would go to war to keep it. So what is the story of 'the rock'?

Producer: Smita Patel.

Gina Haspel2018051220180513 (R4)Donald Trump's choice for CIA director, Gina Haspel. Mark Coles profiles the controversial figure whose nomination has forced her out of the shadows to face difficult questions.

Gina Haspel describes herself as a typical middle-class American but the testimony of former colleagues reveals a skilled intelligence operative with an empirical mind, a taste for adventure and a talent for infiltrating terrorist cells.

At her confirmation hearing this week she was commended as an intelligence professional with unwavering honesty but was also grilled about the use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques, the waterboarding of terrorist suspects at a CIA base she ran and the subsequent destruction of evidence. The interrogation issue could block her confirmation by the Senate.

Mark Coles talks to former colleagues and security experts about the agent who's spent 30 years trying not to be noticed but who now needs to convince US Senators that she's right for the top job.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Estelle Doyle and Diane Richardson
Editor: Helen Grady.

Mark Coles profiles Gina Haspel, Donald Trump's controversial choice for CIA director.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Estelle Doyle and Diane Richardson
Editor: Helen Grady.

Giuseppe Conte2018052620180527 (R4)Few Italians had heard of Giuseppe Conte when they found out he would most probably become their new prime minister.

President Sergio Mattarella approved his nomination as prime minister after a deadlock which had seen Italy without a government for 11 weeks.

The surprise candidate is a law professor in Florence and has no political experience. Even people close to him said he had never mentioned politics.

In the first few days of new-found fame he was accused of embellishing his CV, which he denied.

But as PM he could now become a key player influencing the future of the European Union.

Presenter: Mark Coles

Producers: Estelle Doyle, Clare Spencer

Editor: Emma Rippon.

Mark Coles profiles the prospective new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Editor: Emma Rippon.

Hania Rani2020032820200329 (R4)On Profile this week - it's a personal one.

In lockdown at home because of the coronavirus, presenter Mark Coles has turned to music to help get him through the past few days…captivated by an album he bought by chance in a London record store a couple of weeks ago.

It's called‘Esja'- the debut album from a little-known 29 year old Polish pianist, Hania Rani.

The music is sublime and minimalist…solo acoustic piano inspired in part by the mountains and countryside of Iceland where some of it was recorded.

For Mark, it's become his sanctuary….his headspace - a much needed nightly respite from the cacophony of coronavirus news bulletins and press conferences.

But who is the mystery woman behind the music?

Producer: Smita Patel

Photo of Hania Rani by Kinga Karpati

Marks Coles looks at the life and music of the Polish pianist.

Iain Duncan Smith, Work And Pensions Secretary20101016Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Iain Duncan Smith whose Work and Pensions Department will be hit during next week's Spending Review. His proposed welfare reforms have been described as 'the biggest since the war-time work of Beveridge' and a white paper is expected after the Spending Review.

Iain Duncan Smith started out briefly in industry after leaving the army where he served twice in Northern Ireland. His father was a famous World War II flying ace & his mother a ballerina.

In the 1990s, he was best-known as one of the Tory party's most strident euro-sceptic MPs. His short two year leadership of the Conservative party was mostly unsuccessful. The "quiet man" was unable to unite his party. But it was during this time that Iain Duncan Smith began to see the need for welfare reform. After he was ousted from the leadership he set up the Centre for Social Justice and is credited with forming much of David Cameron's social agenda.

Mary Ann Sieghart talks to his political allies & foes, long-standing friends and the people who began to change his political direction.

Producer : Rosamund Jones.

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith started out briefly in industry after leaving the army where he served twice in Northern Ireland. His father was a famous World War II flying ace and his mother a ballerina.

Mary Ann Sieghart talks to his political allies and foes, long-standing friends and the people who began to change his political direction.

Ilhan Omar2019072020190721 (R4)Ihlan Omar is the 37-year-old Somali-born US congresswoman - one of only two Muslim women ever elected to Congress - who's become a thorn in President Trump's side and on the receiving end of his temper. Omar was one of four congresswomen Trump told to “go back” to where they came from. So who is Ilhan Omar, why has she got the President's back up - and what's he really up to in targeting her? Mark Coles has been finding out.

Thank you to Norah Shapiro for use of clips from her documentary 'Time for Ilhan'.

Researchers: Khadidja Ndiaye and Kirsteen Knight
Producer: Phoebe Keane

The Somali-born US congresswoman who's become a thorn in President Trump's side.

Ihlan Omar is the 37-year-old Somali-born US congresswoman - one of only two Muslim women ever elected to Congress - who's become a thorn in President Trump's side and on the receiving end of his temper. Omar was one of four congresswomen Trump told to “go back” to where they came from. So who is Ilhan Omar, why has she got the President's back up - and what's he really up to in targeting her? Mark Coles has been finding out.

Inga Beale2018072820180729 (R4)In 2014, one of the oldest financial institutions in the City of London, Lloyd's, appointed its first ever female chief executive, Inga Beale. Next year, she will step down from the role.

A champion for diversity in the workplace, Beale has overseen big cultural and technological changes at the insurance market - some controversial. A drinking ban for Lloyd's employees during working hours made the headlines in 2017, as did a loosening of the famously conservative dress code.

She has faced other challenges during her leadership, notably Brexit and a "disastrous" 2017, which was one of the worst ever years for natural disasters globally. Big insurance pay-outs led to Lloyd's reporting a £2bn loss that year.

Inga Beale, one of the UK's few openly bisexual senior business leaders, did not follow a typical route to the top. She dropped out of financial services for a year to go back-packing in Asia and Australia, and is a former competitive rugby player.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Clare Spencer, Elisabeth Mahy and Bethan Head.

One of the most powerful women in the city with Mark Coles.

She has faced other challenges during her leadership, notably Brexit and a "disastrous" 2017, which was one of the worst ever years for natural disasters globally. Big insurance pay-outs led to Lloyd's reporting a £2bn loss that year.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Clare Spencer, Elisabeth Mahy and Bethan Head.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Clare Spencer, Elisabeth Mahy and Bethan Head.

Jacinda Ardern2019032320190324 (R4)The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has received international attention for her response to the Christchurch attacks. Her call for unity was followed by swift action to tighten the country's gun laws. Edward Stourton looks at the rise of this young leader.

Producer: Phoebe Keane

(Jacinda Ardern DJing audio courtesy of Marty Duda and The 13th Floor)

The New Zealand PM was widely praised for her response to the Christchurch attacks.

Jacob Collier2018072120180722 (R4)The vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and YouTube star Jacob Collier has some very famous fans.

Music industry titan Quincy Jones described him as an absolute genius and asked to work with him.

But Jacob declined his invitation and suggested instead if they could just be friends.

He wanted to make his first album on his own terms. The gamble paid off as he went on to win two Grammy awards.

And now, at just 23 years old, he is performing his own Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Ben Crighton and Clare Spencer.

Hailed 'jazz's new messiah', who is 23-year-old Jacob Collier? Mark Coles finds out.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Ben Crighton and Clare Spencer.

Jair Bolsonaro2018110320181104 (R4)Brazil's new President-elect has a reputation for speaking his mind regardless of who he offends, earning him the nickname 'Trump of the Tropics'. He's suggested gay neighbours would decrease the value of his home, told a female politician "I would never rape you, because you don't deserve it" and declared his support for torture.

Jair Bolsonaro grew up in a poor village in Sao Paolo and came of age during Brazil's long military dictatorship. He paid his way through school by selling fish he caught with friends in the local river then joined the army, where he made a name for himself as a campaigner for better pay. After leaving the military, he entered politics, winning a seat in Congress. There, he moved between nine different political parties before standing as a candidate for the Presidency.

Edward Stourton traces Jair Bolsonaro's journey to the top of Brazilian politics, speaking to his supporters, to those who have studied his rise and to one of his many critics.

Producer: Oliver Jones
Research and translation: Laura Gozzi
Editor: Richard Vadon

Edward Stourton looks at the life and career of Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

Jake Wood2017091620170917 (R4)Jake Wood, founder of Team Rubicon, the disaster relief group staffed by veterans.

Edward Stourton looks at Jake Wood, founder of Team Rubicon, the international disaster relief group staffed by veterans as it works in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. He finds out what motivates the former marine and talks to General David Petraeus and General Sir Nick Parker, former UN worker Ben Parker and friends, family and colleagues.

Jean-claude Juncker2017050620170507 (R4)Mark Coles profiles the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.
Jennifer Doudna2019030220190303 (R4)CRISPR Cas9 has been described as the greatest biological breakthrough in decades. The hopes resting on this gene editing technology are immense - this week a Swiss drug company announced it is beginning a landmark clinical trial using CRISPR on a patient with a dangerous blood disease. Mark Coles profiles one of the creators of the technology, the American biochemist Jennifer Doudna.

Clarification: In 2018 a federal court confirmed that the patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to the Broad Institute, MIT and Harvard concerning CRISPR editing of eukaryotic genomes do not interfere with patent claims filed by the University of California, Berkeley where Jennifer Doudna is based. A new decision in February 2019 has granted Jennifer Doudna and her team the patent at the heart of this intellectual property dispute. Jennifer Doudna and her team have been granted several substantial patents for CRISPR technology.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Viv Jones, Tural Ahmedzade

Jennifer Doudna co-created the revolutionary gene editing technology CRISPR.

Jo Swinson2019061520190616 (R4)Jo Swinson, the favourite to be the next Liberal Democrat leader.

, the favourite to be the next Liberal Democrat leader.

Joaquin 'el Chapo' Guzman2018111720181118 (R4)There were extraordinary scenes in New York this week when the Brooklyn Bridge was closed to all traffic apart from a motorcade of heavily-armored cars. They were taking Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán to court. For the US authorities, this moment was a long time coming. And they had every reason to expect trouble. El Chapo - the infamous Mexican drug lord - is one of the most brutal, feared and powerful men in the world. He has slipped through the fingers of justice several times before. Becky Milligan tells the remarkable story of El Chapo's improbable life. The programme contains reference to some violent and distressing acts.

Producer: Phoebe Keane

One of the world's most dangerous and powerful men is on trial in New York.

John Bercow2017021120170212 (R4)John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons.

John Bercow2019091420190915 (R4)The life story of Commons Speaker John Bercow. He has announced he will stand down at the end of October after ten highly controversial years in the job. In turbulent political times, he's proved to be a polarizing figure. For some, he is the backbencher's champion - the most modernising Speaker in parliament's history. Others accuse him of bias, and deliberately trying to stop Brexit.

Mark Coles talks to friends, colleagues and critics of Speaker Bercow - hearing about his long political journey which started on the far right - and how he wooed his now wife with feats of rhetoric. And with his thunderous shouts of ‘Order Order' now mimicked and memed around the world, we hear how for some, he has become an unlikely social media superstar.

Producer Smita Patel
Researcher Darin Graham

The life story of the most controversial Commons speaker of modern times.

John Bolton2019052520190526 (R4)John Bolton is the moustachioed US national security adviser pushing a hard line on Iran.
John Boyega2019122120191222 (R4)How Peckham schoolboy, John Boyega, became a Hollywood Stormtrooper.
John Mcdonnell2018090820180909 (R4)As political rebrands go, it's an unlikely one - say his critics.

The shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell - former hard man of the left this week playing peacemaker in a row between Jewish groups and Labour over the party's stance on anti-Semitism.

On Profile this week, Mark Coles goes in search of the real John McDonnell.

A journey which takes us from his working class Liverpudlian roots, his time fighting Thatcher at the GLC and into parliament where his hard left politics reviled New Labour and where two decades on he's got his revenge...reshaping the party in his own image after he helped elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

From bingo to making marmalade....we get the lowdown on John McDonnell.

Producers Smita Patel & Darin Graham
Editor Emma Rippon.

Mark Coles profiles Labour shadow chancellor, John McDonnell.

Producers Smita Patel and Darin Graham
Editor Emma Rippon.

Jon Lansman2018012020180121 (R4)Earlier this week Jon Lansman, founder and leader of left-wing political group Momentum, was elected to the Labour Party's National Executive Committee.

A 60-year-old veteran of the hard left, Lansman has been credited with helping get Jeremy Corbyn elected as Labour leader and to successfully rallying thousands of activists behind the Momentum movement.

But his critics say he can be a dogmatic, even bullying, leader, quick to crush dissent.

On this week's 'Profile', Mark Coles speaks to relatives, friends, colleagues and analysts about Lansman's triumphs and tragedies.

Producer: Ben Carter
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Mark Coles profiles Momentum leader Jon Lansman.

Producer: Ben Carter
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Joshua Wong2019062220190623 (R4)Joshua Wong has gone from schoolboy protester to the face of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong - a passionate defender of the territory's right to self determination. He's been repeatedly arrested and jailed. Now this week - fresh out of prison - the 22-year-old Wong is back in the limelight, putting himself on a collision course with the authorities in mainland China.

Joshua Wong has gone from schoolboy protester to Hong Kong's leading activist.

Juan Guaidf32019020220190203 (R4)Juan Guaidó - who recently declared himself Venezuela's president - was elected to the National Assembly in 2011 and won the seat of his home state in 2016. But he only really came to prominence more recently when he was picked to head Venezuela's parliament, the National Assembly.

US President Donald Trump has recognised Guaidó as the country's legitimate leader - as has Canada, Brazil, Australia and the European parliament - but, for now, Nicolás Maduro is showing no signs of giving way.

In this edition of Profile Edward Stourton traces Guaidó's life and hears from his family, friends and those who have followed his career. Guaidó grew up in the beachside state of Vargas where his family survived the horrendous 1999 mudslide tragedy. Juan's mother, Norka Marquez, tells Edward how her family lost everything in that disaster.

Producer: Darin Graham

Edward Stourton profiles Venezuela's self-declared interim president, Juan Guaido.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh2018091520180916 (R4)America is bitterly divided.

Should conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh be given a seat on the US Supreme Court ?

Opponents fear his appointment - if confirmed later this month - will shift the country's most powerful legislative body further right and turn the clock back on decades of civil and human rights reforms.
Others argue he's only been nominated by President Trump to ensure he can't be prosecuted for any perceived wrongdoing in the Russia collusion investigation.
Nonsense, say his supporters. Kavanaugh, they insist, is a fair and decent man driven by law rather than politics.

On Profile this week, Mark Coles looks at Kavanaugh's life and career..

We hear from former college friends, colleagues who worked with him trying to get President Clinton impeached in the 1990s as well as young law students he mentors today.

From abortion to gun ownership, basketball, rap and spaghetti with ketchup... we get the lowdown on why Brett Kavanaugh is such a polarising figure.

Producers Smita Patel & Darin Graham
Editor Penny Murphy.

Mark Coles looks at Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's nominee for the US Supreme Court.

Producers Smita Patel & Darin Graham
Editor Penny Murphy.

Producers Smita Patel and Darin Graham
Editor Penny Murphy.

Julian Smith2018120120181202 (R4)It's almost crunch time for Theresa May as she prepares for the Commons vote on her Brexit withdrawal agreement. The numbers do not appear to be on her side. It's thought as many 100 Conservative MPs are planning to vote against it. The government's chief whip is Julian Smith. It's his rather daunting job to persuade rebel Tory MPs to vote with the PM. Can he do it? We look for clues in his life story so far.

Producer: Oliver Jones
Presenter: Mark Coles

The government's chief whip, charged with getting the PM's Brexit deal through Parliament.

Jurgen Klopp2020022220200223 (R4)The manager who's put Liverpool Football Club on the path to winning the treble and has lead them to so many victories, their lead at the top of the table is the biggest in premier league history. But he wasn't always this successful. When he was a young footballer at Mainz 05 in Germany, his former team mate Guido Shafer says he 'had no talent'. So what can we learn from his childhood in Germany's Black Forest? How did he become the manager he is today?

Presenter: Becky Milligan
Producers: Phoebe Keane and Eleanor Biggs

Thanks to BBC 5 Live podcast: At Home With Colin Murray and SWR.

The manager who's put Liverpool Football Club on the path to winning the treble.

Kamala Harris2020091920200920 (R4)The woman who could soon be "a heartbeat away" from the presidency. This week voters in some states started sending in their ballot papers for the US presidential election. If the Democrats win when results are announced in November, it's vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris who'll be second in line to the Oval Office. She would be first black person, the first woman and the first person of Indian descent to become VP. But what is Kamala Harris really like? Why has she attracted criticism in some circles for her record as a prosecutor and a legislator, while being hailed a hero by others? And is she likely to attract voters to Joe Biden's presidential campaign, or drive them away?

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Ben Crighton
Researcher: Beth Sagar-Fenton

The woman who, come November, could be just a heartbeat away from the US presidency.

Karen Pierce2018041420180415 (R4)Karen Pierce is the UK's new Permanent Representative at the UN in New York, Britain's most senior ambassadorial post. She only started in the role three weeks ago and has been thrown in at the deep end with the chemical weapons attack in Syria.
Friends and colleagues alike are struck by her glamorous and colourful sense of style. This includes high heels, to the dismay of her security detail in places like Afghanistan, who fear her footwear could impede a swift exit. We hear how she tackles meetings fearlessly, and has been known to reduce a roomful of shouting men to silence, without raising her voice.

Becky Milligan looks at the life of an unusual diplomat, who may now be facing her biggest challenge yet.

Producers: Arlene Gregorius and Ros Jones.

Karen Pierce is the UK's new ambassador at the UN in New York.

Producers: Arlene Gregorius and Ros Jones.

Kathy Sullivan2020061320200614 (R4)Mark Coles profiles former NASA astronaut and oceanographer, Dr Kathy Sullivan

Former NASA astronaut Dr Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, has made history again by travelling to the deepest known point on earth. Last Sunday, the 68 year-old space-walker and oceanographer travelled seven miles below the surface of the Pacific ocean to reach the Challenger Deep, the ocean's lowest spot, becoming the first woman to do so. Mark Coles talks to her fellow astronauts as he profiles one of the world's most intrepid explorers.

Producer: Viv Jones
Producer: Sally Abrahams
Editor: Penny Murphy

Keith Ellison2021031320210314 (R4)The attorney general of Minnesota is the lead prosecutor in the trial for murder of George Floyd who died in May last year. His death became front page news after a video showed a white police officer kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes. It sparked massive civil unrest and forced a wider debate about law enforcement and racial inequality. Keith Ellison's role in the trial which started this week will be closely watched. He was born in Detroit in 1963, one of five brothers to parents with high expectations and a strong sense of social justice. As a young law student he became involved in community activism, a path which led to his election to Congress in 2006, the first muslim to achieve that. Becky Milligan talks to his family and friends.
Producer: Sally Abrahams
Researchers: Maia Lowerson & Matt Murphy
Studio manager: Graham Puddifoot
Production co-ordinator: Janet Staples
Editor: Rosamund Jones

The lead prosecutor in the trial for the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Kelvin Mackenzie2017051320170514 (R4)Becky Milligan profiles the former editor of The Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie.

Former editor and columnist of The Sun Kelvin MacKenzie is to leave the paper after comparing Everton footballer Ross Barkley to a gorilla. It's not the first time MacKenzie has attracted controversy. In 1989, under his editorship, The Sun published a story claiming that Liverpool fans urinated on police, pick-pocketed the dead and prevented policemen giving the kiss of life to some of the victims at Hillsborough. It proved to be, as the paper later admitted, the "most terrible blunder" in The Sun's history and one for which Kelvin Mackenzie would be personally blamed. There have been allegations of bullying in the workplace and humiliating colleagues. But, as Becky Milligan hears, he's also considered to be a brilliant editor with an instinct for knowing exactly what his readers want. So is there a softer, more sensitive side to the abrasive newspaper man?

Kendrick Lamar2018042120180422 (R4)Mark Coles profiles Pulitzer Prize winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose concepts and ideas are changing hip-hop culture.

Lamar won the award for his latest album Damn, which also collected five Grammy awards in January and is praised for lyrics which reveal the complexity of modern African-American life.

Growing up in the deprived city of Compton, California, Lamar credits his father with keeping him on the right path and providing the balance that some of his peers were missing. His album good kid, m.A.A.d city tells the stories of young black men trying to escape the negative influences surrounding them.

Lamar's lyrical journey explores violence, depression, religion and also the limits of fame and fortune, he's the rapper who says that helping the next generation find positivity and God is where it's at.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Arlene Gregorius and Diane Richardson
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Mark Coles profiles Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Arlene Gregorius and Diane Richardson
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Killer Mike2020060620200607 (R4)Mark Coles looks at the life of American rapper and activist Killer Mike.

America hasn't witnessed civil unrest like this since the late 1960s.

There have been protests and rioting in cities across the US, following the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis.

In Atlanta, at the height of the demonstrations, the rapper Killer Mike - the son of an Atlanta policeman - addressed protesters calling for calm and urging them to go home.

His speech went viral around the world.

On Profile this week, Mark Coles looks at his life and career.

He talks to close friends, community activists and the rapper's manager, to find out what led to his impassioned, and at times tearful, plea for peace.

Producer Smita Patel
Research Vivien Jones
Editor Kirsty Reid

Kim Yo-jong2020050220200503 (R4)Becky Milligan looks at the life of North Korean politician Kim Yo-jong.

Supreme Leader of North Korea had not been seen in public for a number of weeks, setting off a global frenzy regarding his whereabouts and health.

Speculation was rife as to who would succeed him.

The most likely candidate is his closest confidant. A young woman whose always by his side.

Becky Milligan pieces together the mystery of Kim Yo-jong. Politician and sister of Kim Jong-un.

Producer Smita Patel
Researcher Darin Graham
Editor Ravin Sampat

Lady Brenda Hale2017072920170730 (R4)Mark Coles profiles Lady Brenda Hale, the new President of the UK Supreme Court.

Lady Brenda Hale has been announced as the new president of the UK Supreme Court - the first woman to hold the post. Lady Hale has a long track record as a female pioneer in the legal profession and has been critical of the lack of diversity within the judicial system.

Born in Yorkshire, she was an outstanding student, passing the 11 plus exam a year early. She took a different route into the judiciary, having pursued a career as a legal academic first, rather than spend years working as a barrister.

After becoming a part time judge while working for the Law Commission - the body which promotes law reform - she then went quickly through the ranks sitting in the Court of Appeal and then the House of Lords. She became the first female justice at the Supreme Court and then its first female deputy president - and will take on role of President in October.

Mark Coles talks to friends, family and colleagues about about her distinguished career - and early love for Cliff Richard.

Producer: Jordan Dunbar.

Leo Varadkar2017061720170618 (R4)Mark Coles looks at the life of Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland.

Mark Coles looks at the life of Leo Varadkar, head of Fine Gail, the country's governing centre right party and the newly appointed Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland.

Varadkar has made history in Irish politics. The country's first openly gay leader and at 38, its youngest ever. He's the son of an Indian GP and Irish nurse, who followed in family footsteps to become a doctor. Aged just eight, he expressed his desire to become health minister, a position he would come to hold in his early political career.

Interviews include: his oldest friend Andy Garvey, close friend Nollaig Crowley, former teacher John Rafter, Noel Whelan, a political columnist with the Irish Times and the Irish politician Paschal Donohoe.

Producer Smita Patel
Researcher Sarah Shebbeare
Editor Penny Murphy.

Interviews include: his oldest friend Andy Garvey, close friend Nollaig Crowley, former teacher John Rafter, Noel Whelan, a political columnist with the Irish Times & the Irish politician Paschal Donohoe.

Lewis Hamilton2020092620200927 (R4)Lewis Hamilton could be about to equal Michael Schumacher's incredible record of 91 Grand Prix wins - but can he achieve even more? The first black Formula 1 driver has been a champion since childhood, when he ran rings around the adults with his remote control car. Three decades on he's tipped to equal and even exceed the long standing record - but is he now determined to achieve as much off the track as on it? We hear from those who know Hamilton best, including an exclusive interview with his father, Anthony.

Presenter: Becky Milligan
Producer: Ben Crighton
Researchers: Beth Sagar-Fenton & Benita Barden

The first and only black Formula 1 driver stands on the brink of a world record.

Lex Greensill2021041020210411 (R4)The billionaire banker whose finance firm has collapsed and who is now at the centre of a lobbying scandal involving ex-Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Alexander "Lex" Greensill, grew up on his family's sugar cane and melon farm in Queensland, Australia. After moving to the UK, he went into investment banking, founded a supply chain finance empire - complete with private jets - and, under David Cameron, secured a role in Britain's Conservative-led Coalition government. After leaving office, the ex-PM became an adviser to the firm – Greensill Capital - which went bust last month, putting at risk 50,000 jobs worldwide.

Mark Coles charts the rise and fall of the farmer's son who, so the story goes, began his finance company to help small firms get paid more quickly by big businesses.

Researchers: Matt Murphy and Stefania Okereke
Producer: Sally Abrahams
Editor: Richard Vadon

The billionaire banker, whose financial firm has gone bust, threatening thousands of jobs

An insight into the character of an influential person making the news headlines

Lin-manuel Miranda2017121620171217 (R4)Lin-Manuel Miranda, of award-winning hip-hop musical Hamilton.

This week on Profile, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hip hop musical, Hamilton, the tale of a Caribbean immigrant who became one of America's founding fathers. Miranda has freestyled with President Obama, won a Pulitzer Prize and is now bringing his show to London for the first time.

Mark Coles speaks to Lin-Manuel Miranda's old teacher, old friends, the chief theatre critic of the New York Times, and even his auntie to find out more about him.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton.

Liz Truss2017021820170219 (R4)Becky Milligan profiles the Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss.

became the Lord Chancellor & Secretary of State for Justice last year, the first woman to hold either post. Her appointment was controversial, partly because she'd never worked in the legal profession.

Becky Milligan talks to Liz Truss's brother, former boss and political supporters and opponents - and hears about her toughness, determination and love of karaoke.

Presenter: Becky Milligan

Producers: Smita Patel and Beth Sagar-Fenton.

Liz Truss became the Lord Chancellor & Secretary of State for Justice last year, the first woman to hold either post. Her appointment was controversial, partly because she'd never worked in the legal profession.

became the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice last year, the first woman to hold either post. Her appointment was controversial, partly because she'd never worked in the legal profession.

Lizzo2019112320191124 (R4)The American rapper and singer nominated for eight Grammy Awards - more than any other artist this year. A global chart-topping success, Lizzo has captivated audiences across the world this year from the Glastonbury festival to America's Video and Music Awards. A classically trained flautist, her flute even has 250,000 Instagram followers. But she isn't just celebrated for her music, she's known for inspiring self-love and acceptance too, earning her icon status in the body positivity movement.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Phoebe Keane and May Cameron

The American rapper and singer nominated for eight Grammy Awards.

Lord Reed2020011820200119 (R4)The judge taking up the presidency of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom as tensions with the government simmer.

British judges have been under attack like never before in recent years, described as “enemies of the people ? by one newspaper. The Supreme Court was accused by Downing Street of making “a serious mistake ? in its ruling on the prorogation of Parliament.

The Conservative Party's election manifesto promised ominously to look at “the relationship between the Government, Parliament and the courts ?

The role of the country's most senior judge has arguably never been more important.

So who is Lord Reed? Mark Coles investigates.

Producers: Simon Maybin & Diane Richardson

The judge taking up the Supreme Court presidency as tensions with the government simmer.

British judges have been under attack like never before in recent years, described as “enemies of the people” by one newspaper. The Supreme Court was accused by Downing Street of making “a serious mistake” in its ruling on the prorogation of Parliament.

The Conservative Party's election manifesto promised ominously to look at “the relationship between the Government, Parliament and the courts”.

So who is Lord Reed? Mark Coles investigates.

Producers: Simon Maybin & Diane Richardson

Loyle Carner2019042720190428 (R4)Loyle Carner might not be a household name yet. But in the music world this week he's the one everyone's talking about; a young British hip hop artist rapping about things the macho world of hip hop usually ignores - like family. His 2017 debut album was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Now the follow up - ‘Not Waving But Drowning' - is poised in the charts to bring him mainstream success.

Producer: Smita Patel
Researcher: Tural Ahmedzade
Editor: Richard Knight

Mark Coles profiles the British hip hop artist Loyle Carner.

Luciana Berger2019022320190224 (R4)MP Luciana Berger resigned from the Labour Party this week to join the newly-formed Independent Group. For years she has been the target of sustained anti-Semitic abuse, and has criticised the Labour Party's handling of the issue. One of the reasons she gave for leaving the party is that she has come to view it as "institutionally anti-Semitic”. Her resignation comes within days of her facing a vote of no-confidence in her Liverpool Wavertree constituency, which was withdrawn after a bitter row.

Presenter: Becky Milligan
Producer: Viv Jones, Tural Ahmedzade
Editor: Penny Murphy

Becky Milligan profiles MP Luciana Berger of the newly formed Independent Group.

MP Luciana Berger resigned from the Labour Party this week to join the newly-formed Independent Group. For years she has been the target of sustained anti-Semitic abuse, and has criticised the Labour Party's handling of the issue. One of the reasons she gave for leaving the party is that she has come to view it as "institutionally anti-Semitic ? Her resignation comes within days of her facing a vote of no-confidence in her Liverpool Wavertree constituency, which was withdrawn after a bitter row.

Malorie Blackman2018100620181007 (R4)As the new series of Dr Who launches, Mark Coles profiles the life of new Dr Who script writer and distinguished children's author Malorie Blackman.

The former Children's Laureate has been called a “phenomenal author and a childhood hero” by rapper Stormzy and name checked on Tiny Tempah's hit Written In The Stars.

She has written over 60 books for children and young adults, plays the drums, speaks several languages and apparently Klingon.

Producers: Diane Richardson, Smita Patel and Jade Thompson.
Editor: Emma Rippon

Mark Coles profiles children's author and former children's laureate Malorie Blackman.

The former Children's Laureate has been called a “phenomenal author and a childhood hero ? by rapper Stormzy and name checked on Tiny Tempah's hit Written In The Stars.

Producers: Diane Richardson, Smita Patel and Jade Thompson.
Editor: Emma Rippon

Marcus Rashford2020062020200621 (R4)The Manchester United forward who is credited with forcing a government u-turn this week.

The Manchester United forward who is credited with forcing a government U-turn this week.

The Manchester United forward is credited with forcing a government U-turn this week, following his open letter calling on the government to end child poverty and extend free school meals for children during the summer holidays.

Born in Wythenshawe and raised by a single mum, Marcus Rashford caught the eye of professional clubs at an early age. At first training with both Manchester City and Manchester United, he decided to dedicate himself to the Reds, and rapidly rose through the ranks.

He debuted for the senior squad at 17 years of age, scoring twice, and scored again when he was first called up for England.

A regular fixture for both United and England, he is now gaining attention for his philanthropic work, which is said to be inspired by the struggles he and his family faced when he was growing up.

Producer: Richard Fenton-Smith

Margarita Simonyan2018031720180318 (R4)As RT's editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan runs a news network described by US intelligence as "the Kremlin's principal international propaganda outlet". Formerly known as Russia Today, RT risks being stripped of its UK broadcast licence in the wake of the Salisbury spy poisoning. So who is the woman at its helm?

Born into an Armenian family in Krasnodar in Southern Russia, Simonyan grew up in poverty, but her academic achievements helped her win a place on a prestigious exchange program to the United States. Arriving in New Hampshire just four years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the experience changed her life. Initially shocked by the excesses of Western capitalism, Simonyan soon found her feet and was even crowned 'Carnival Queen' of her All-American high school.

After returning to Russia, Simonyan started a career in journalism, becoming a household name after reporting from the carnage of the Beslan school siege. Shortly after, when she was just 25, she was handpicked to create the new Kremlin-funded international news network Russia Today. Controversy has dogged the channel, with allegations of pro-Kremlin propaganda and biased reporting, but all agree that under Simonyan's leadership the channel has given Russia a far bigger - and stronger - voice abroad.

Married with two children, Simonyan is known by her friends for her love of disco, Cossack folk music and traditional cooking - including boiled beaver's head. Mark Coles asks some of those who know her best what drives her - including her best friend and the American woman who offered to adopt her as a teenager.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Beth Sagar-Fenton & Jordan Dunbar
Researcher: Sylvie Carlos.

The life story of Margarita Simonyan, head of the controversial Russian news network RT.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Beth Sagar-Fenton & Jordan Dunbar
Researcher: Sylvie Carlos.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Beth Sagar-Fenton and Jordan Dunbar
Researcher: Sylvie Carlos.

Mariano Rajoy2017100720171008 (R4)Mark Coles profiles Mariano Rajoy, the Prime Minister of Spain.

It's Barcelona versus Madrid...and we're not talking football.

Spain is facing its biggest political crisis for years....the autonomous region of Catalonia considering breaking away from the rest of the country.

Mark Coles profiles Spain's right wing Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, as he goes head to head with the Catalan President to try to stop it happening.

The programme examines his Galician roots and his grandfather's role in wresting power from the Spanish state back in the 1930s.

We follow Rajoy's rise to power, hear about the setbacks - two accidents that nearly that nearly claimed his life - and why the 2004 Madrid terror attacks came close to
ending his political career.

Producer Smita Patel.
Researcher Beth Sagar-Fenton
Editor Penny Murphy.

Mark Drakeford2020110720201108 (R4)As Wales eases its covid restrictions, Profile explores the life and various careers of the country's First Minister. Born and brought up in rural Wales, before entering the world of Labour politics Mark Drakeford worked as a social worker and an academic. And Mark Coles discovers that those are not his only interests. Tending his allotment, playing music and body boarding in all weathers also loom large.
Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Luke Radcliff and Ben Carter

Mark Coles explores the life and career of the First Minister of Wales.

Mark Sedwill2019062920190630 (R4)It's Britain's top civil servant this week: Sir Mark Sedwill, Cabinet Secretary and the UK's National Security Adviser. He's the first person to juggle both roles at the same time. And - what with Brexit, a new PM, perhaps even a looming constitutional crisis - he's doing it at a time of serious uncertainty. So: who is he?

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Ben Crighton

Sir Mark Sedwill is Cabinet secretary and the UK's national security adviser.

Martin Moore-bick20170701

Mark Coles profiles Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the retired judge leading the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire

Sir Martin was born in Wales and educated at Cambridge. His career has spanned nearly five decades after being called to the Bar in 1969.
As a lawyer, he specialised in commercial law which involved dealing with disputes relating to maritime and land transport of goods.
He was a judge for more than twenty years in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal until his retirement in 2016.

Producers: Smita Patel and Jordan Dunbar.

Martin Selmayr2017102120171022 (R4)Mark Coles profiles the man who some say really runs Europe, Martin Selmayr.

As the EU commission meets to discuss the progress of Brexit negotiations, Mark Coles profiles the man some say really runs Europe, Martin Selmayr - right hand man to the President of the European Commission.

Just what impact is the passionate European having on the process of Britain leaving the EU? And does he deserve his reputation as the 'Monster at the Berlaymont'?

Mary Lou Mcdonald2018060220180603 (R4)The leader of Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald has been a face of the campaign to scrap a ban on abortions.

In a referendum, voters in the Republic of Ireland voted overwhelmingly to overturn the abortion ban.

The campaign also increased the profile of Ms McDonald who took over as the leader of Sinn Féin in February.

Her personal story is very different from other leading Sinn Féin politicians.

Growing up in a middle class suburb of Dublin - a world away from the tough areas of Northern Ireland most Sinn Féin leaders knew during the years of the Troubles - insiders asked whether her untypical background would work for or against her.

Presenter: Ed Stourton
Producers: Estelle Doyle, Clare Spencer.

Ed Stourton profiles the leader of Sinn Fein Mary Lou McDonald.

Presenter: Ed Stourton
Producers: Estelle Doyle, Clare Spencer.

Matt Hancock2020042520200426 (R4)Mark Coles profiles Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health & Social Care for England

A look at the life of Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health & Social Care for England. He has been criticised for promises he's made about testing and supply of personal protective equipment for health workers. According to newspaper reports, unnamed Downing Street sources have been suggesting the targets are "arbitrary" and "irrational". Mark Coles talks to friends, family and his mentor - the former Chancellor George Osborne - to find out more about Matt Hancock. An expedtion to the North Pole, a game of cricket on the Arctic ice, a stint as a sports broadcaster - it's not what you might expect.

Producer Smita Patel
Editor Ravin Sampat
Researcher Bethan Head

Matteo Salvini2018063020180701 (R4)Since Matteo Salvini was sworn in as Italy's Interior Minister, his controversial stance on immigration, Roma people and the European Union has made the headlines.

The press have dubbed him the European Donald Trump and commentators say he could pose a threat to the existence of the European Union as we know it.

This week he was in the news again, for refusing to allow another migrant rescue ship to dock in Italy and for his radical proposals to crack down on migration.

But his perfect day would be a much quieter one, in the Italian mountains with his TV host partner and a fishing rod in hand.

Presenter: Helen Grady
Producer: Clare Spencer
Researchers: Bethan Head and Francesca Marchese
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Helen Grady profiles the Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini.

Presenter: Helen Grady
Producer: Clare Spencer
Researchers: Bethan Head and Francesca Marchese
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Megan Rapinoe2019070620190707 (R4)The US women's football team has made it to the World Cup final. One American newspaper has described the team's iconic player - Megan Rapinoe - as the most important athlete on the planet right now. But she isn't only a sensation on the pitch. She's a controversial figure off it.

Presenter: Becky Milligan
Producer: Viv Jones

Megan Rapinoe's US national team has made it to the Women's World Cup final.

Melania Trump2018122920181230 (R4)Melania Trump is the second foreign-born First Lady and Donald Trump's third wife; an ex-model, 24 years his junior, who once posed pregnant in a gold bikini on the steps of her husband's jet. It was modelling that took Melania from small-town Slovenia to New York and her fateful encounter with the future President. But despite being one of the most recognisable woman in the world she remains something an enigma. So who is Melania Trump? What does she believe? And what might she do on the global stage which – however improbably, given her origins in far away Slovenia – she now shares with the President of the United States?

Presenter: Becky Milligan
Producer: Ben Crighton

Photo by Stane Jerko

Becky Milligan profiles America's First Lady.

Michael Morpurgo2019122820191229 (R4)On ‘Profile' this week - one of Britain's most celebrated storytellers.

Michael Morpurgo has written 180 books over the past half century.

Over Christmas, he narrated a new BBC TV film adaptation of his 2014 children's story ‘Mimi And The Mountain Dragon'.

Morpurgo is best known for ‘War Horse' - a book about a horse bought by the British army to serve in the First World War and its young owner's attempts to bring it home to safety.

Turned into a National Theatre play, then a Hollywood movie – it's made him a household name.

Mark Coles hears from Morpurgo's wife, brother, biographer and close friends talk about what inspired his writing - the profound impact war had on him as a child and the father he didn't know for years.

We hear about his time in the army, the charity he set up to give city children experience of the countryside – and why now in his mid 70s, he's taken up his love of singing again.

Producer Smita Patel
Editor Penny Murphy

The programme contains music from the BBC TV Film, "Mimi & the Mountain Dragon", composed by Rachel Portman

Mark Coles looks at one of Britain's most celebrated storytellers, Michael Morpurgo

On Christmas Day, he narrated a new BBC TV film adaptation of his 2014 children's story ‘Mimi And The Mountain Dragon'.

Michelle O'neill2017090220170903 (R4)Michelle O'Neill, leader of Sinn Fein.

Profile this week looks at the life and a career of a politician at the centre of political deadlock in Northern Ireland.

40 year old Michelle O'Neill is Sinn Fein's new leader in the north. She was appointed in January after Martin McGuinness stood down, but has yet to make her debut leading her party in the Northern Ireland Assembly because power sharing has been suspended. This week, Sinn Fein and the rival DUP both blamed each other for the impasse - rejecting each others terms for getting talks re-started.

Mark Coles hears from Michelle O'Neill's friends, colleagues and the occasional political foe to try to understand what makes her tick.

And discovers why, in a new play about her and DUP leader Arlene Foster, they're really good friends who enjoy clubbing and drinking in Ibiza.

Producers Smita Patel and Sandie Kanthal
Editor Richard Vadon.

Mark Coles hears from Michelle O'Neill's friends, colleagues and the occasional political foe to try to understand what makes her tick.

And discovers why, in a new play about her and DUP leader Arlene Foster, they're really good friends who enjoy clubbing and drinking in Ibiza.

Producers Smita Patel & Sandie Kanthal
Editor Richard Vadon.

Mick Cash2019120720191208 (R4)We're profiling the relatively little known RMT union leader Mick Cash this week.

Train guards have begun what they say will be 27 days of strike action across the entire South Western Railway region in December.

More than 600,000 journeys a day are being affected.

The aim, says 59 year old Mick Cash, is to prevent SWR introducing new driver-only controlled trains next year.

Mark Coles tries to find out more about the man.

Mark Coles profiles the head of the RMT union, Mick Cash.

Mike Pence2017012120170122 (R4)Becky Milligan profiles the new vice-president of America.
Mike Pence20170122Becky Milligan profiles the man who could be the next President of America. Mild mannered, disciplined and a seasoned politician, Mike Pence was largely unknown until he was selected by Donald Trump to serve as his Vice-President.

PRODUCERS: Beth Sagar Fenton and Joe Kent

EDITOR Penny Murphy.

Becky Milligan profiles the new vice-president of America.

Mike Pence2020101020201011 (R4)The man from Indiana who's "a heartbeat away" from the US presidency. Mark Coles tells the story of how a Catholic boy with Democratic Party leanings became a born-again evangelical and a hero of the Republican right. With President Donald Trump's recent bout with Covid-19, there has been more and more attention paid to the man next in line for the Oval Office. But there are doubts about whether a majority of the American public agree with the vice-president's strictly socially conservative views.
Producer: Ben Crighton
Researcher: Luke Radcliff

The man from Indiana who's 'a heartbeat away' from the US presidency.

Mike Pompeo2020020120200202 (R4)The US Secretary of State caught up in the Ukraine impeachment scandal.

Mike Pompeo has a lot on his plate. He's at the centre of the impeachment investigation into US President Donald Trump, who's accused of breaking the law by pressuring Ukraine's president to dig up damaging information on a political rival. He's pressuring the UK government to look again at its decision to give Chinese company Huawei a role in its 5G mobile phone network. And he's facing criticism for refusing an extradition request relating to the death of British teenager Harry Dunn. In the week Mike Pompeo visits both the UK and Ukraine, Edward Stourton investigates the life and record of America's top diplomat.

Producers: Simon Maybin & Diane Richardson
Editor: Penny Murphy

Mike Pompeo has a lot on his plate. He's at the centre of the impeachment investigation into US President Donald Trump, who's accused of breaking the law by pressuring Ukraine's president to dig up damaging information on a political rival. He's pressuring the UK government to look again at its decision to give Chinese company Huawei a role in its 5G mobile phone network. And he's facing criticism for refusing an extradition request relating to the death of British teenager Harry Dunn. In the week Mike Pompeo visits both the UK and Ukraine, Edward Stourton investigates the life and record of America's top diplomat.

Producers: Simon Maybin & Diane Richardson
Editor: Penny Murphy

Moeen Ali2017081220170813 (R4)Mark Coles profiles the England cricketer, Moeen Ali.

This summer, Moeen Ali has broken several cricketing records. He's become the first player ever to score more than 250 runs and take 25 wickets in a four match Test Series

Mark Coles profiles the spin-bowler and batsman - who grew up in the Midlands, started playing the sport at a young age, and who has inspired today's England fans to chant about his facial hair.

Producers: Nina Robinson and Hannah Sander.

Mohsin And Zuber Issa2021042420210425 (R4)The rags to riches story of the billionaire brothers from Blackburn, Lancashire who have grown their business from a single petrol station in 2001 to a global empire of six thousand garage forecourts in less than twenty years.

Notoriously private, the brothers became national news last year after buying the supermarket giant, Asda. Last week they added the fast-food chain, Leon, to their portfolio. And now they're rumoured to have their eye on Caffé Nero.

Talking to family, friends and business associates, Mark Coles discovers how different the brothers are, what fuels their passion for petrol stations and how they cope with media attention.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Sally Abrahams
Editor: Richard Vadon

The billionaire brothers who bought Asda after making a fortune from petrol stations.

An insight into the character of an influential person making the news headlines

Munira Mirza2020062720200628 (R4)The No 10 adviser's appointment on a race inequality commission has caused controversy.

Boris Johnson says she's a ‘brilliant thinker' who inspires him. Now he has chosen Munira Mirza, the head of the No 10 policy unit, as the person to establish a new government commission on racial inequalities. Her appointment has proved controversial. Mirza has questioned the existence of institutional racism and criticised previous inquiries for fostering a “culture of grievance”. Her critics say her mind is already made up on the issues the commission will seek to investigate. Last weekend, Black Lives Matter demonstrators in London demanded her resignation. Mirza was raised in Oldham, became a supporter of the Revolutionary Communist Party as a student at Oxford, and eventually went to work for Boris Johnson after he was elected Mayor of London. Mark Coles profiles one of the government's most influential advisers.

Nadhim Zahawi2021011620210117 (R4)Nadhim Zahawi began life as a Kurdish refugee, fleeing to the UK when he was nine years old. A businessman with an eclectic portfolio, he co-founded pollsters YouGov in 2000 before becoming a Conservative MP in 2010. Now a Minister with one of the most pressing jobs in Government, who is the man responsible for England's Covid-19 vaccination programme? Mark Coles speaks to friends and colleagues to find out.

Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton
Researchers: Maia Lowerson and May Cameron
Production Coordinator: Janet Staples
Mix: Rod Farquhar
Editor: Rosamund Jones

The fascinating life of Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi, with Mark Coles.

Nan Goldin2019030920190310 (R4)Nan Goldin is a cultural icon and pioneer of art photography celebrated for her provocative and intimate photos of drag queens, drug addicts and sex. But recently she has been generating headlines not for her art but for her activism. The photographer has been fighting the US opioid epidemic after battling her own addiction to prescription painkillers.

CORRECTION: In this edition of Profile we said Nan Goldin has protested on the steps of the Museum of Modern Art. In fact she has protested on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Producers: Viv Jones and Tural Ahmedzade

Protest audio courtesy of Mike Quinn

Photographer Nan Goldin has been grabbing headlines not for her art but for her activism.

Nancy Pelosi2019011220190113 (R4)On Profile this week, Mark Coles looks at the most powerful woman in American politics – the veteran Democratic congresswoman and new Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

It's a remarkable comeback for her…it puts her third in line to the Presidency itself.

Having first done the job back in 2007 when George W Bush was Commander in Chief – now 78, many thought Pelosi was too old this time round.
But only a week into the role, she's already engaged in a bitter war of words with President Trump over his demand for Congress to fund his Mexico border wall.
For many, with the Democrats now controlling Congress, Nancy Pelosi is set to become the face of opposition to the President for the next two years.

We hear from childhood friends, former colleagues and those who've followed her career down the decades.

From campaigning for her dad when he was Mayor of Baltimore back in the 1940s to helping President Obama reform American health care, we examine Nancy Pelosi's life and career and – in these turbulent times – look at the challenges that lie ahead for her.

Producer: Smita Patel
Researcher: Darin Graham
Editor: Penny Murphy

Mark Coles looks at the most powerful woman in American politics.

Naomi Osaka2021010220210103 (R4)Tennis star Naomi Osaka had a massive year in 2020, becoming the highest earning sportswoman ever, and protesting police violence against black Americans in both her private and professional life. This year she's set to light up the Tokyo Olympics as one of the popular faces of the games.. Born in Osaka she has spent most of her like in the US. What else lies ahead for Naomi Osaka? We hear from those closest to her including her coach and manager, and feature an exclusive interview with a tennis campaigner and tennis legend in her own day, Billie Jean King.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton
Editor: Rosamund Jones
Mix: Rod Farquhar

The activist tennis star set to light up the Tokyo Olympics - featuring Billie Jean King.

Tennis star Naomi Osaka had a massive year in 2020, becoming the highest earning sportswoman ever, and protesting police violence against black Americans in both her private and professional life. Born in Japan, she's spent most of her life in the US. This year she's set to light up the Tokyo Olympics as one of the stars of the games. What else lies ahead for Naomi Osaka? We hear from those closest to her including her coach and manager, and feature an exclusive interview with campaigner and tennis legend Billie Jean King.

Naomie Harris2017022520170226 (R4)Edward Stourton profiles the Oscar-nominated actress from north London.

Neil Gorsuch2017020420170205 (R4)Mark Coles profiles the man Donald Trump has nominated to join the US Supreme Court.

Ngozi Okonjo-iweala2021022020210221 (R4)Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's journey to head the World Trade Organisation has been particularly note-worthy. She is the first woman and the first African to hold the position. A trained economist, she was at the World Bank during the financial crisis and, as Nigeria's finance minister, she faced down corruption.

It's not just her career that sets her apart. As a child she lived through the Biafran War. Years later she faced another crisis: the kidnapping of her elderly mother. But her friends say she does find time for a laugh and the occasional boogie.

Becky Milligan hears about her fascinating life and career from close family, friends and colleagues.

Producer: Ben Crighton
Researcher: Maia Lowerson
Studio manager: Rod Farquhar
Production co-ordinator: Janet Staples
Editor: Rosamund Jones

The first African and first woman elected head of the World Trade Organisation.

Nick Boles2019012620190127 (R4)Conservative MP Nick Boles has hatched a plan with Labour's Yvette Cooper to reduce the chances of a 'no deal' Brexit. Their amendment - with cross party support - will be put to the Commons next week. Becky Milligan profiles a rebel who has survived cancer twice and has spent a surprising amount of time throwing shapes on Ibiza dance floors.

Researcher: Darin Graham
Producer: Smita Patel
Editor: Richard Knight

Becky Milligan profiles Conservative MP Nick Boles.

Nigel Oakes2018032420180325 (R4)Nigel Oakes was a pioneer of 'behaviour dynamics', the art of influencing people. He set up a successful company, Strategic Communications Limited, which boasts clients from NATO to the UK government. But now he finds himself caught up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

He was born in 1962 into a world of privilege. Schooled at Eton, his father was a Major in the Irish Guards and once captained the British Ski Team at the Winter Olympics. Once Nigel hit London he began a music career even releasing a single.

But it was the move into marketing that set him on the path to success, we hear how mobile discos, the Royal Family and the smell of golf all played a part in the story of the man who can allegedly help win elections and end wars.

Big data, psychological warfare and mobile discos in the life of Nigel Oakes.

Nigel Oaks was a pioneer of 'behaviour dynamics', the art of influencing people. He set up a successful company, Strategic Communications Limited, which boasts clients from NATO to the UK government. But now he finds himself caught up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

But it was the move into marketing that set him on the path to success, we hear how mobile discos, the Royal Family and the smell of golf all played a part in the story of the man who can allegedly help win elections and end wars.

Nikki Haley2017090920170910 (R4)Nikki Haley - why the US ambassador to the UN is such an intriguing figure.

Nikki Haley is US ambassador to the UN and one of the most intriguing figures in the Trump administration.Chris Bowlby discovers how an Indian family background and life in the US deep South shaped her. How has she mixed Sikh heritage with a meteoric rise in South Carolina conservative politics? What's her relationship with Donald Trump really like? Is she aiming for the presidency?

Producers: Smita Patel and Bob Howard
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Nikki Haley is US ambassador to the UN and one of the most intriguing figures in the Trump administration. Chris Bowlby discovers how an Indian family background and life in the US deep South shaped her. How has she mixed Sikh heritage with a meteoric rise in South Carolina conservative politics? What's her relationship with Donald Trump really like? Is she aiming for the presidency?

Producers: Smita Patel & Bob Howard
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Oliver Letwin2019033020190331 (R4)This week Oliver Letwin persuaded the Commons to try to agree its own Brexit plan.
Oliver Robbins2018021020180211 (R4)He's been called the government's "real Mr Brexit", but is little known outside Whitehall. Mark Coles asks who is Oliver Robbins, the Prime Minister's right hand man for the Brexit negotiations? In the last few months Robbins' role has grown, taking the lead on negotiations with Brussels often without the Brexit Secretary, David Davis. This has led some to question whether a senior civil servant should be given so much power.

He had a meteoric rise, becoming Tony Blair's Principal Private Secretary, the most senior civil servant at Number 10, aged only 31. He is almost universally admired by those who've come across him for being able to distil huge amounts of information quickly, keeping calm under pressure, and having a sense of humour. He is popular in Brussels, where his interlocutors appreciate that he is straight with them, and that he "doesn't lie". The consummate mandarin and public servant, not even long-term friends know where he actually stands on politics or Brexit. And he's managed to keep a low profile, despite his role.

Producer: Arlene Gregorius.

He has been called the government's 'real Mr Brexit', but who is Oliver Robbins?

Producer: Arlene Gregorius.

Oprah Winfrey2018011320180114 (R4)Following her barn-storming speech about sexual harassment at the Golden Globe awards, Mark Coles charts the rise of talk show host, philanthropist, media proprietor and actress Oprah Winfrey.

With calls urging Winfrey to run for President, close friends and former colleagues recount their favourite moments with her on-set and at home. We learn about the woman behind the screen and her remarkable tale of rags to riches, from clothes made out of potato sacks to one of the richest black women in the world.

Producer: Ben Carter
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Mark Coles profiles Oprah Winfrey following her speech at the Golden Globes.

Producer: Ben Carter
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Pascal Soriot2021032720210328 (R4)AstraZeneca's CEO faces scrutiny as his company's vaccine, and its roll out, comes under fire. Mark Coles explores the life and career one of big pharma's biggest names.
The oldest of four boys, Pascal Soriot grew up in a working class area of Paris. He took the helm at AZ in 2012 after years in top jobs across the world. One of his first challenges was to fight off a takeover from Pfizer. The AZ vaccine, currently not-for-profit, was hailed as a life saver for millions. But with accusations of confusing drug trial data, dishonest dealings with the EU and safety fears, has the AstraZeneca CEO lost his shine?
Presenter: Mark Coles
Researcher: Matt Murphy
Studio manager: Graham Puddifoot
Programme co-ordinator: Janet Staples
Producer: Linda Pressly
Editor: Rosamund Jones

AstraZeneca's CEO faces scrutiny as his company's vaccine comes under fire.

Paul Manafort2017110420171105 (R4).

He's worked with almost every US President since Gerald Ford. Paul Manafort, a political lobbyist and Trump's former campaign manager, is under house arrest charged with money laundering and fraud, his lavish lifestyle of luxurious mansions, fast cars and antique rugs laid bare by the FBI. Mark Coles profiles this powerbroker who some say may become a key witness for the investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the US election.

Producers: Beth Sagar-Fenton & Siobhan O'Connell.

Producers: Beth Sagar-Fenton and Siobhan O'Connell.

Penny Mordaunt2019051120190512 (R4)Penny Mordaunt has just been handed her dream job. This daughter of a former paratrooper has been appointed Britain's new Defence Secretary following Gavin Williamson's sacking. She's the first woman ever to hold the role. A Brexiter, Royal Navy reservist, reality TV contestant and one-time magician's assistant, some Conservatives apparently see Penny Mordaunt as a potential future leader.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Ben Carter

Penny Mordaunt is the UK's first female defence secretary.

Peter Navarro2019083120190901 (R4)Peter Navarro is the economist who's egged President Trump on in his trade war with China.
Philip Hammond2017031820170319 (R4)Mark Coles profiles the chancellor, Philip Hammond.

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, made a U-turn on his Budget this week. Just seven days after announcing a rise in National Insurance Contributions for some self-employed people, the policy was reversed. It's been portrayed as a huge political setback for the man nicknamed 'spreadsheet Phil'

But who is the man behind the headlines? Mark Coles finds out.

Producer: China Collins.

Phoebe Waller-bridge2018092220180923 (R4)BBC TV's ‘Killing Eve' is all the rage this week - a new drama about an MI5 officer trying to catch a Russian assassin which has earned near unanimous rave reviews.

On Profile, Mark Coles examines the life of the show's creator – the actor and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

From childhood poetry about frogs to mooning on stage and ‘Fleabag' - her award winning TV show about a sex obsessed singleton, we find out why Waller-Bridge seems determined to shock her audience.

We hear from her close friend & writing partner, her former English teacher and the author of the book ‘Killing Eve'is based on.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the woman behind BBC drama Killing Eve is profiled by Mark Coles.

We hear from her close friend & writing partner, her former English teacher and the author of the book ‘Killing Eve'is based on.

We hear from her close friend and writing partner, her former English teacher and the author of the book ‘Killing Eve'is based on.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the woman behind BBC drama Killing Eve is profiled by Mark Coles.

Piers Morgan2021032020210321 (R4)Journalist, controversialist, celebrity - Mark Coles explores the explosive career of Piers Morgan, one of the country's youngest-ever and best-known newspaper editors. In the spotlight, again, this time for storming off the set of ITV's "Good Morning Britain", colleagues, competitors, friends and foes detail a roller-coaster career. If it started with a desire to report from behind the headlines, as years passed he has all too frequently become their subject.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Researcher: Matt Murphy
Production co-ordinator: Janet Staples
Studio manager: Rod Farquhar
Editor: Rosamund Jones:

Journalist, controversialist, celebrity - what's next for the man who craves headlines?

Pope Benedict Xvi
President Hassan Rouhani2018010620180107 (R4)It's been a tumultuous week in Iran.

Thousands of protestors in more than twenty towns and cities taking to the streets to demand economic and political change.

On the programme this week, we update a profile we did of Hassan Rouhani when he first became President of Iran back in 2013.

Regarded as more liberal than some of his predecessors - and now in his second term as President - he faces the unenviable task of trying to balance the demands of the Iranian people who want better living conditions with the religious establishment which still wields ultimate power.

Meanwhile, lurking in the wings, is US President Donald Trump - threatening to tear up a 2015 deal that waived sanctions in return for Iran reigning in its nuclear programme.

Mark Coles hears from Iranian journalists, political analysts and some of the President's former colleagues as we get to grips with where he's come from and what his future may be.

Producer Smita Patel
Editor Emma Rippon.

Mark Coles looks at the life and career of President Hassan Rouhani.

Producer Smita Patel
Editor Emma Rippon.

Priti Patel2017111120171112 (R4)Priti Patel, the ambitious right wing cabinet minister, forced to resign.

, the ambitious right wing cabinet minister, forced to resign this week.

Priti Patel was forced to resign as International Development Secretary this week after holding extra curricular holiday meetings in Israel. Luke Jones profiles this passionate Leave campaigner, the ambitious daughter of Indian newsagents, who wants to follow in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher.

Presenter: Luke Jones
Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton
Producer: Siobhan O'Connell.

Priti Patel, the ambitious right wing cabinet minister, forced to resign this week.

Priti Patel2020030720200308 (R4)The Home Secretary Priti Patel has been accused of bullying civil servants.

The Cabinet Office is investigating several allegations about Ms Patel's behaviour, all of which she denies.

Sir Philip Rutnam, the Home Office's most senior official, resigned on 29 February, alleging Ms Patel's conduct towards staff included "swearing, belittling people, making unreasonable and repeated demands". Since then, similar allegations have emerged from the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for International Development.

Mark Coles delves into the life and times of the ambitious daughter of Indian newsagents, who wants to follow in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher.

Producer: Ruth Alexander

The home secretary facing allegations of bullying.

Professor Chris Whitty2020031420200315 (R4)The coronavirus epidemic is a growing crisis for England's chief medical officer. This week he has faced criticism from journalists, politicians and public health specialists. Mark Coles finds out about the life and career of Professor Chris Whitty. He is a physician, a plague expert and an epidemiologist. But that's just for starters. He has also studied law, economics and business. But how will he cope with a role in the bright political spotlight?
Producers: Ruth Alexander and Eleanor Biggs.

The coronavirus epidemic is a crisis for England's chief medical officer. How will he do?

Professor Sarah Gilbert2020072520200726 (R4)Mark Coles profiles the scientist leading the Oxford University vaccine team.
Professor Sarah Gilbert2020112820201129 (R4)The scientist leading the team behind the Oxford coronavirus vaccine.
Programme Catalogue - Details: 01 April 199019900401BBC Programme Number: 46SX3089

Recorded on 1990-03-09

Notes: CAIRS 463089

Next in series: JOHN WALLACE

Previous in series: SUSIE ORBACH

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SBH:Portrait of restaurateur Joe Allen. Jack Tinker talks to him about his low-profile style; Terry Hands of the RSC & actress Maria Charles explain why the discreet Covent Garden restaurant is so popular with theatre people. Comment from general manager Richard Polo & former manager Jeremy King, who now runs The Caprice.

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01 Apr 1990 00:00-00:00 (RADIO 4)

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Jack Tinker (int)

Maria Charles (Speaker)

Terry Hands (Speaker)

Jeremy King (Speaker)

Joe Allen (Speaker)

Richard Polo (Speaker)

SBH:Portrait of restaurateur Joe Allen. Jack Tinker talks to him about his low-profile style; Terry Hands of the RSC and actress Maria Charles explain why the discreet Covent Garden restaurant is so popular with theatre people. Comment from general manager Richard Polo and former manager Jeremy King, who now runs The Caprice.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 03 January 199019900103BBC Programme Number: 90FQ0004

Recorded on 1989-12-29

Producer: J. RAY

Next in series: MIGUEL AUGUSTIN TORRES

Previous in series: JIM EDE

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03 Jan 1990 20:55-21:15 (RADIO 4).

Programme Catalogue - Details: 04 March 199019900304BBC Programme Number: 90FQ0121

Recorded on 1990-02-28

Producer: F. MCLEAN

Next in series: 11 March 1990

Previous in series: MIGUEL AUGUSTIN TORRES

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04 Mar 1990 16:42-17:00 (RADIO 4).

Programme Catalogue - Details: 11 March 199019900311BBC Programme Number: 90FQ0094

Recorded on 1990-03-06

Producer: C. WALLACE

Next in series: DENIS NOBLE

Previous in series: 04 March 1990

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11 Mar 1990 16:40-17:00 (RADIO 4)

Programme Catalogue - Details: Bishop Michael Nazir19900415-ALI

Producer: N. WINTER

Next in series: RAYMOND BRIGGS - ARTIST

Previous in series: JOHN WALLACE

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15 Apr 1990 16:42-17:00 (RADIO 4)

Recorded on 1990-04-11

BBC Programme Number: 90FQ0165

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Programme Catalogue - Details: Denis Noble19900318BBC Programme Number: 90FQ0123

Recorded on 1990-03-16

Producer: D. COHEN

Notes: CAIRS 509450

Next in series: SUSIE ORBACH

Previous in series: 11 March 1990

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SBH:Profile - Denis Noble. Geoff Watts presents a portrait of Denis Noble, the scientist who is fighting against the decline of research in this country. Producer: Deborah Cohen.

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18 Mar 1990 16:42-17:00 (RADIO 4)

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Deborah Cohen (Producer)

Geoff Watts (Speaker)

Denis Noble (Speaker)

John Mulvey (Speaker)

Ray Noble (Speaker)

Hilary Brown (Speaker)

Malcolm Chapman (Speaker)

Jane Denyer (Speaker)

Programme Catalogue - Details: Diana Lamplugh19900506BBC Programme Number: 90FQ0164

Recorded on 1990-05-03

Producer: C. DRYSDALE

Notes: CAIRS 550920

Next in series: CAHAL DALY

Previous in series: RODNEY FITCH

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SBH:A portrait of Diana Lamplugh who founded the Suzy Lamplugh Trust after her daughter vanished to help people deal with aggression. Incl. refs. to her dyslexia & interest in the treatment of sex offenders. Interviewer: Andrea Adams. Producer: Cathy Drysdale.

Broadcast history

06 May 1990 16:42-17:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Cathy Drysdale (Producer)

Diana Lamplugh (Speaker)

Ray Wyre (Speaker)

Andrea Adams (Speaker)

Paul Lamplugh (Speaker)

Programme Catalogue - Details: John Tavener Tx R4 30.08.8919900218BBC Programme Number: 89FD0107

First broadcast on 1989-08-30

Recorded on 1989-08-15

Producer: A. HANCOX

Next in series: 06 September 1989

Previous in series: JEANETTE WINTERSON

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30 Aug 1989 21:25-21:45 (RADIO 4)

18 Feb 1990 16:42-17:00 (RADIO 4).

Programme Catalogue - Details: John Wallace19900408BBC Programme Number: 89FD0335

Recorded on 1990-03-23

Producer: D. SNOWMAN

Next in series: BISHOP MICHAEL NAZIR-ALI

Previous in series: 01 April 1990

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08 Apr 1990 16:42-17:00 (RADIO 4).

Programme Catalogue - Details: Miguel Augustin Torres19900225BBC Programme Number: 90VQ9108

Recorded on 1990-02-22

Producer: H. ROGERS

Next in series: 04 March 1990

Previous in series: 03 January 1990

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25 Feb 1990 16:42-17:00 (RADIO 4).

Programme Catalogue - Details: Raymond Briggs19900422- ARTIST

Producer: B. RUBENS

Next in series: RODNEY FITCH

Previous in series: BISHOP MICHAEL NAZIR-ALI

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SBH:A portrait of the creator of illustrated books, with contributions from colleagues and admirers. Interviewer: Chris Powling. A programme in the R4 series Profile.

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22 Apr 1990 16:42-17:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Chris Powling (int)

Beaty Rubens (Producer)

John Tydeman (Speaker)

Raymond Briggs (Speaker)

Steve Bell (Speaker)

Julia Eccleshare (Speaker)

John Coates (Speaker)

Jane Nissen (Speaker)

Notes: CAIRS 537795

BBC Programme Number: 90FQ0163

Recorded on 1990-04-16

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Programme Catalogue - Details: Rodney Fitch19900429BBC Programme Number: 90FQ0197

Recorded on 1990-04-27

Producer: H. MYKURA

Notes: CAIRS 411929

Next in series: DIANA LAMPLUGH

Previous in series: RAYMOND BRIGGS - ARTIST

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SBH:A portrait of designer Rodney Fitch with contributions from his business associates. Presenter: Michael Woodhead.

Broadcast history

29 Apr 1990 16:42-17:00 (RADIO 4)

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Terence Conran (Speaker)

Michael Woodhead (Speaker)

Rodney Fitch (Speaker)

Jane Priestman (Speaker)

John Thackara (Speaker)

Terry Marr (Speaker).

Programme Catalogue - Details: Susie Orbach19900325BBC Programme Number: 90FQ0095

Recorded on 1990-03-15

Producer: C. DRYSDALE

Notes: RELEASED BY TK (L) 09/05/01

Next in series: 01 April 1990

Previous in series: DENIS NOBLE

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25 Mar 1990 16:42-17:00 (RADIO 4).

Programme Catalogue - StationRadio 4.
Prue Leith2020103120201101 (R4)The business woman and Great British Bake Off judge now working with the government to improve NHS food - her independent review demanding healthier meals for hospital patients.

Born in South Africa, it was time spent in Paris which sparked Prue Leith's love of food. Transferring to London, she started a food empire in her bedsit, going on to open a catering college and a Michelin star restaurant.

She took on public roles too, becoming the first woman on the board of British Rail, charged with fixing the network's food which had become a laughing stock.

Prue built her media profile alongside roles in the arts, charity sector and education. Then after controversial team-changes in The Great British Bake Off, she's now become a bona fide celebrity, helping the hit programme reach record audiences.

Producers: Richard Fenton-Smith & Ben Crighton
Editor: Ros jones

The business woman and Bake Off judge now working to improve NHS hospital food.

Raymond Briggs19900422- ARTIST

BBC Programme Number: 90FQ0163

Recorded on 1990-04-16

Producer: B. RUBENS

Notes: CAIRS 537795

Next in series: RODNEY FITCH

Previous in series: BISHOP MICHAEL NAZIR-ALI

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SBH:A portrait of the creator of illustrated books, with contributions from colleagues and admirers. Interviewer: Chris Powling. A programme in the R4 series Profile.

Broadcast history

22 Apr 1990 16:42-17:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Chris Powling (int)

Beaty Rubens (Producer)

John Tydeman (Speaker)

Raymond Briggs (Speaker)

Steve Bell (Speaker)

Julia Eccleshare (Speaker)

John Coates (Speaker)

Jane Nissen (Speaker)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan2019101220191013 (R4)The president of Turkey has controversially sent troops into northern Syria. The decision has been widely condemned by foreign leaders and at home there are signs that his popularity could be fading. But how did Recep Tayyip Erdogan rise to power? How did the son of a sea captain end up in a palace of a thousand rooms?

The president of Turkey who has sent troops into northern Syria.

Reed Hastings2018122220181223 (R4)The founder of Netflix, the streaming service that's turned us all into binge watchers.

It's Christmas and for many that means settling in to watch seasonal TV. But traditional broadcasters have a big rival: Netflix. With 125 million subscribers worldwide it's changed television. So who is Reed Hastings, the man behind the seismic shift in broadcasting, and how did he do it?

Thanks to CBS/60 Minutes for audio of Reed Hastings.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Phoebe Keane

The founder of Netflix, the streaming service that's turned us all into binge watchers.

Rex Tillerson2017041520170416 (R4)Mark Coles looks at the life and career of the American secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.

On Profile this week, we look at the life and career of new US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson.

He flew to Moscow this week to urge Russia to abandon its support for Syria's President Assad following the chemical weapons on a town in northern Syria earlier this month.

It seems he came away empty handed, with Donald Trump warning that relations between Russia and the US were now at an all-time low.

So who is Rex Tillerson ?

Mark Coles gets to grips with Tillerson's past : his formative years in the Scouts, his time as a drummer at university, the four decades spent at oil and gas giant ExxonMobil where he ended up as CEO and his controversial business ties with Russia which now hang over his new role as America's top diplomat.

Rishi Sunak2020021520200216 (R4)Appointed as Chancellor of the Exchequer within just five years of becoming an MP, Rishi Sunak's rise has been rapid. He was parachuted into a safe seat for the Conservative party during the 2015 election and his trajectory has been skywards ever since. However, he takes office under difficult circumstances, the post only became vacant as former Chancellor Sajid Javid rejected the prime minister's order to fire his team of aides, saying "no self-respecting minister" could accept such a condition. So can Rishi Sunak take the helm and will he stand up to the Prime Minister?

Appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer within just five years of becoming an MP.

Rob Goldstone2017071520170716 (R4)Who is Rob Goldstone, the man at the centre of the Donald Trump junior/Russia saga?

Mark Coles profiles Rob Goldstone, the man at the centre of the Donald Trump junior/Russia saga. This week it emerged that Rob Goldstone fixed a meeting between Donald Trump junior and a Russian lawyer. Goldstone had reportedly sent an email to Trump junior before the meeting saying that the Russian lawyer could offer damaging information about Hillary Clinton - and that the material was part of a Russian government attempt to boost his father's presidential campaign. So how did this tabloid journalist turned music PR from Manchester gain access to the inner circle of the Trump family and the Russians?

Producers: Smita Patel and Kate Lamble.

Robert Mueller2017052020170521 (R4)Mark Coles profiles Robert Mueller, special counsel leading the Trump-Russia investigation
Rodney Fitch19900429
Roger Stone2020071820200719 (R4)President Trump calls him a quality guy, others call him a dirty trickster. Mark Coles looks at the life of political strategist Roger Stone, who's advised Republican politicians since the 1970s and proudly wears a tattoo of President Nixon on his back.

Stone was convicted of lying to congress and witness tampering in 2019 but his sentence was commuted by President Trump, days before he was due to report to prison.

This programme contains clips from Netflix Film Get Me Roger Stone. The writers are Morgan Pehme, Daniel DiMauro and Dylan Bank.

Producer: Ben Crighton
Researcher: Di Richardson

Mark Coles profiles President Trump's political strategist and confidante Roger Stone.

Roger Whiteside2019011920190120 (R4)There's only one story this week. People up and down the country are bitterly divided. Yes, it's the vegan sausage roll. The latest PR-friendly innovation from bakery-turned-fast food chain Greggs. But the success of this faux meat pastry product is just the latest chapter in what is one of the retail turnaround stories of the past decade. Down in the doldrums five years ago these days Greggs is on a – ahem – roll. And it's largely down to one man, apparently: Roger Whiteside, our subject this week.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Smita Patel

Mark Coles profiles Greggs' CEO Roger Whiteside.

There’s only one story this week. People up and down the country are bitterly divided. Yes, it’s the vegan sausage roll. The latest PR-friendly innovation from bakery-turned-fast food chain Greggs. But the success of this faux meat pastry product is just the latest chapter in what is one of the retail turnaround stories of the past decade. Down in the doldrums five years ago these days Greggs is on a – ahem – roll. And it’s largely down to one man, apparently: Roger Whiteside, our subject this week.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Smita Patel

Rosena Allin-khan2020051620200517 (R4)Mark Coles profiles Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Labour MP.

The coronavirus crisis presents a difficult challenge for opposition MPs seeking to win national support without being accused of opportunistic point scoring. One shadow minister has managed to get the nation's attention. Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Shadow Minister for Mental Health, is both an MP and an A&E doctor. During lockdown she has been working shifts at her local hospital and her first-hand experience there led her to accuse the Health Secretary Matt Hancock of manipulating testing figures last week. Their exchange in the commons has been viewed over 5 million times on social media.

Producer: Anna Meisel
Researcher: Vivien Jones

Rudolph Giuliani2019100520191006 (R4)Rudy Giuliani is both a divisive figure and a man who once united his nation.
Russell T Davies2021012320210124 (R4)Welsh screenwriter and television producer Russell T Davies has been entertaining the country for decades. From his ground-breaking series Queer as Folk to the revamped Doctor Who – his new series for Channel 4 - It's a Sin - focuses on the 1980s AIDS crisis. The son of two teachers, Davies grew up loving drama and drawing cartoons - early indications of creativity that have served him well ever since. Mark Coles speaks to family and friends to find out more about one of the TV industry's most respected, and at times controversial, writers.

Producer: Ben Crighton
Researchers: Maia Lowerson and May Cameron
Production Coordinator: Janet Staples
Studio manager: Rod Farquhar
Editor: Rosamund Jones

Mark Coles on the life of the screenwriter behind some of the most popular TV series.

Sadiq Khan2019060820190609 (R4)This week Sadiq Khan was called a "stone cold loser" and mocked for his compact stature by the President of the United States. But London's mayor hit back. He described the President's behaviour as that of an 11 year old. Becky Milligan profiles the first Muslim to become mayor of a European capital.

Producer: Ben Carter

The man Donald Trump described this week as a 'stone cold loser'.

Sajid Javid2018050520180506 (R4)Born in Rochdale to Pakistani parents, the new Home Secretary Sajid Javid had a modest start in life. His father worked as a bus driver before moving to Bristol to open a women's clothes shop - the family of seven squeezing into a two-bed flat above it.

Despite these humble beginnings, Javid quickly achieved success, wealth and power. After studying at Exeter University, where he gained a reputation as a committed Thatcherite, he became an investment banker and a multi-millionaire. Javid then moved into politics, becoming a Minister in just four years.

His journey to the top of British politics has not always been smooth - as Business Secretary he was criticised for appearing to be caught unawares by Tata Steel's plans to close its Port Talbot plant at the cost of thousands of jobs.

He now faces his biggest challenge yet as, in the wake of the Windrush controversy, he takes over a Home Office that has been accused of institutional racism.

Mark Coles speaks to friends, colleagues and opponents to find out more about this driven high-flyer.

Producers: Arlene Gregorius and Diane Richardson
Editor: Helen Grady.

Mark Coles profiles Sajid Javid, the first British Asian to be made home secretary.

Producers: Arlene Gregorius and Diane Richardson
Editor: Helen Grady.

Sam Warburton2017042220170423 (R4)Mark Coles talks to those who know Sam Warburton.

Welsh rugby union star Sam Warburton has been given perhaps the game's most prestigious role - captain of the British & Irish Lions - for a second time. Mark Coles talks to those who know him, as he prepares to lead the team against the mighty All Blacks.

Welsh rugby union star Sam Warburton has been given perhaps the game's most prestigious role - captain of the British and Irish Lions - for a second time. Mark Coles talks to those who know him, as he prepares to lead the team against the mighty All Blacks.

Sanna Marin2019121420191215 (R4)Pink trams, flying squirrels and a taste for rock music. Mark Coles finds out about the life and character of Finland's new Prime Minister, Sanna Marin.

The first to graduate in her family, Sanna Marin entered politics at the age of 20 and rose quickly through the ranks of the Social Democratic (SDP) party becoming an MP in 2015. She now leads a five-party governing coalition.

Mark Coles asks colleagues and friends what drives the world's youngest Prime Minister.

Mark Coles profiles Finland's new Prime Minister, Sanna Marin.

Sara Khan2018020320180204 (R4)This week the Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced that Sara Khan will lead the newly created Commission for Countering Extremism - an appointment which was not welcomed with blanket approval, with some sections of the Muslim community calling on her to quit.

Sara Khan is the co-founder of Inspire - a counter-extremism and human rights organisation engaging with Muslim women, which has also engaged with the government's Prevent scheme. The counter-extremism programme has proved controversial, with critics claiming it unfairly 'spies' on the Muslim community - but Sara Khan has been a vocal supporter, saying it is vital tool in tackling terrorism at its root.

This has put her at odds with some British Muslim organisations, and has also led to vicious online abuse and accusations that she is a 'house Muslim' and a government stooge.

This criticism has re-emerged in light of her new appointment, with questions about her experience and whether she really qualifies for the role.

Becky Milligan charts Sara Khan's life growing up in Bradford, speaking to old friends who worked alongside her in her early advocacy work as a leader in a prominent British Muslim youth group and charts the road which has taken her to a prominent role in central government.

The new lead commissioner for countering extremism has provoked criticism - why?

Becky Milligan charts Sara Khan's life growing up in Bradford, speaking to old friends who worked alongside her in her early advocacy work as a leader in a prominent British Muslim youth group and charts the road which has taken her to a prominent role in central government.

Sarah Mullally2017122320171224 (R4)Sarah Mullally, a former chief nurse, is appointed as London's first woman Bishop.

Sarah Mullally, appointed this week as the first woman Bishop of London, the third most senior position in the Anglican Church.
A former nurse and senior civil servant, she was ordained in 2001. Her surprise appointment followed a brief spell as Bishop of Devon in Crediton.
She's expected to attract criticism from more conservative elements of the Anglo-Catholic and Evangelical elements of the church.
Mark Coles profiles the most senior woman in the Anglican Church.

Produced by Helen Grady and Siobhan O'Connell.

Scott Morrison2020011120200112 (R4)The Australian prime minister feeling the heat over his response to his country's bushfire crisis.

Pilloried for holidaying in Hawaii while his homeland burned, then heckled on camera by angry victims, Scott Morrison has been making international headlines for all the wrong reasons. It's not been good PR for someone with a background in marketing and tourism. Mark Coles unpicks the character of Australia's man of the moment.

Producers: Simon Maybin & Diane Richardson
Editor: Hugh Levinson

The Australian prime minister criticised over his response to the bushfire crisis.

Pilloried for holidaying in Hawaii while his homeland burned, then heckled on camera by angry victims, Scott Morrison has been making international headlines for all the wrong reasons. It's not been good PR for someone with a background in marketing and tourism.Mark Coles unpicks the character of Australia's man of the moment.

Producers: Simon Maybin & Diane Richardson
Editor: Hugh Levinson

Serena Williams2018070720180708 (R4)Serena Williams has dominated the tennis scene since 1999 with 23 grand slam titles to her name. Last year she added marriage and motherhood to her achievements.

In September 2017, Serena Williams nearly died in childbirth. Ten months on she's back on Wimbledon's Centre Court hoping for her 8th title at the All England Club.

Becky Milligan speaks to Serena's first tennis coach and hears how tennis has been in her blood since a young age.

But this Williams sister doesn't just put on a performance on the court, as you'll hear she's partial to karaoke.

Presenter: Becky Milligan
Producer: Clare Spencer
Researcher: Bethan Head.

Becky Milligan profiles the tennis superstar Serena Williams.

Presenter: Becky Milligan
Producer: Clare Spencer
Researcher: Bethan Head.

Sergey Kislyak2017031120170312 (R4)Who is Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador at the heart of a global controversy?

Who is Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador at the heart of a massive global controversy?

Sergey Kislyak - Russia's convivial Ambassador to Washington - has been in the eye of a media storm since it emerged that members of the Trump administration had undisclosed meetings with him in the run up to the 2016 US election. Kislyak is a career diplomat, having spent 35 years working for the Soviet and Russian governments.

He has previously kept a low profile, favouring lavish dinners over media appearances to get his message across. But the recent controversy over the Trump administration's relationship with Russia has forced him into the spotlight.

Mark Coles speaks to people who have worked with him and followed his career to get under his skin and find out where his career might go now that he's become such a controversial figure.

Producer: Ben Crighton.

Sheku Kanneh-mason2020012520200126 (R4)The young, black cellist from Nottingham making chart history.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason was the first ever black winner of the BBC's Young Musician of the Year. He performed with the eyes of the world looking on at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. And now he's become the first ever cellist to reach the UK's top 10 album chart. Who is the 20-year-old making classical accessible? Mark Coles finds out from those who know him best.

Producers: Simon Maybin & Diane Richardson
Editor: Penny Murphy

Sheku Kanneh-Mason was the first ever black winner of the BBC's Young Musician of the Year. He performed with the eyes of the world looking on at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. And now he's become the first ever cellist to reach the UK's top 10 album chart. Who is the 20-year-old making classical accessible? Mark Coles finds out from those who know him best.

Simon Armitage2019051820190519 (R4)Becky Milligan profiles the new poet laureate, Simon Armitage.
Simon Byrne2021041720210418 (R4)Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland - who's facing calls to resign over the policing of a republican funeral during the pandemic, sparking violent disorder and protests.

Simon Byrne, who's 57, is a policeman through and through. He joined the Metropolitan police as a teenager, straight out of school. Rising through the ranks, he took on senior roles in Merseyside, Manchester, London and Cheshire. He's now head of police in Northern Ireland, a post which many regard as the most difficult policing job in the UK, if not the world. Less than two years in post, and with the added challenges of Covid-19 and Brexit, Simon Byrne finds himself in a situation where policing and politics have collided.

Becky Milligan talks to friends and colleagues about the man with a reputation for getting things done, a love of steam trains and a commitment to public service.

Researcher: Stefania Okereke
Producer: Sally Abrahams
Editor: Richard Vadon

Chief Constable at the Police Service of Northern Ireland, who's facing calls to resign.

An insight into the character of an influential person making the news headlines.

Simon Case2020090520200906 (R4)Those in the know say he's "the ultimate keeper of secrets" - Simon Case was announced this week as the new Cabinet Secretary and head of the Civil Service. Aged just 41 and with a CV that takes him from GCHQ to Kensington Palace, he's now set to take on a role at the heart of government, heading up a workforce of more than 400,000 people. But with Covid an ongoing problem and Brexit on the cards - and without any experience of running a department - has the so-called "Rolls Royce of Sir Humphreys" got what it takes?

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producers: Ben Crighton & Beth Sagar-Fenton
Editor: Penny Murphy

Who is the man newly promoted to head up the Civil Service?

Simon Stevens2017012820170129 (R4)Mark Coles profiles the man who runs NHS England.

Sir Bradley Wiggins2018031020180311 (R4)Cycling hero Bradley Wiggins was accused by MPs this week of "crossing an ethical line" by taking medication that could have enhanced his race performance. Rising from a rocky start to become Great Britain's most decorated Olympian, Wiggins has lived a fascinating life including murder, mods and music. Can his reputation survive this?

Presented by Mark Coles

Produced by Jordan Dunbar and Beth Sagar-Fenton.

Cycling hero Bradley Wiggins, who MPs have accused of 'crossing an ethical line'.

Produced by Jordan Dunbar and Beth Sagar-Fenton.

Sir Edward Lister2020102420201025 (R4)The chief strategic advisor to PM Boris Johnson who thrives on getting things done and who was once regarded as Margaret Thatcher's favourite council leader.

A former alarms company executive, Edward Lister's political career began in the London Borough of Wandsworth which was at the forefront of Thatcherism at the turn of the 1980s.

A council leader for nearly two decades, he made the leap to City Hall when Boris Johnson made him his deputy - and he's been a trusted aide and fixer ever since.

Despite his position, Sir Edward has kept a low public profile, working behind the scenes resolving recent Brexit stalemates.

This week he's been the go-between in the negotiations between the government and city mayors in the North of England in the debate over the financial cost of Covid-19.

Mark Coles profiles the life of the man described as the 'grown-up' at Number 10 who thrives on solving problems.

Producers: Richard Fenton-Smith & Ben Crighton

The chief strategic advisor to PM Boris Johnson who thrives on solving political problems.

Sir Ian Mckellen2020070420200705 (R4)As theatre bosses across the country warn they face devastation amid the coronavirus pandemic, actor Sir Ian McKellen is preparing to tread the boards in an age-blind interpretation of Hamlet. It will be one of the first major new theatre productions to start rehearsals in the UK since auditoriums went dark in March. The renowned theatre and film actor said he was happy to be working again in the role of the young prince he first played nearly 50 years ago. Becky Milligan speaks to close friends and colleagues, including Dame Judi Dench and Armistead Maupin, to find out what still drives him.

Producer: Viv Jones

Becky Milligan looks at the life of actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle2019110920191110 (R4)Mark Coles profiles the new speaker of the House of Commons.
Sir Martin Moore-bick2017070120170702 (R4)Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who is leading the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.
Sir Tim Berners-lee2019031620190317 (R4)We profile Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.
Sonita Alleyne2019060120190602 (R4)Sonita Alleyne is the first black woman to lead an Oxbridge college.
Staffan De Mistura2018030320180304
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As the United Nations' Special Envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura is said to have one of the toughest jobs in the world. Edward Stourton talks to the people who know him best to find out what drives him and how he is navigating one of the most complex conflicts in recent history.

Born in Stockholm to a Swedish mother and an Italian father, de Mistura went to primary school on the island of Capri, where he was taught by Catholic nuns who instilled in him a strong faith and a desire to help other people.

Growing up in a privileged and aristocratic family, he went on to attend a prestigious Catholic secondary school in Rome, where friends say he knew from an early age that he wanted to work for the United Nations.

His diplomatic career includes stints in some of the world's trickiest war zones - from Sudan to Kosovo, Iraq to Afghanistan, and now Syria. He has a distinctive sense of style and is known for his charm and love of the finer things of life. We also hear about the 'linguistic acrobatics' and the wry sense of humour that have helped him survive in hostile situations.

Producer: Arlene Gregorius.

Edward Stourton examines the life of Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy to Syria.

Producer: Arlene Gregorius.

Steve Rotheram2020101720201018 (R4)The former bricklayer steering Liverpool through the latest coronavirus lockdown. Liverpool was the first region to face the toughest restrictions as the second wave of the pandemic takes hold. The man in charge of dealing with this new crisis is the first mayor of the city region, Steve Rotheram. Becky Milligan charts his rise, from a 16-year-old school leaver to prominent politician.
Producer: Ben Crighton
Researcher: Luke Radcliff
Stormy Daniels2018033120180401 (R4)Taking on Trump, horse trials and dancing dogs. Presenter Mark Coles explores the life of Stormy Daniels, the award winning adult film actress who's revolutionising the porn industry and has previously considered a career in politics.

Presenter Mark Coles
Producers: Jordan Dunbar and Diane Richardson.

Mark Coles explores the life of the adult film actress who is taking on President Trump.

Presenter Mark Coles
Producers: Jordan Dunbar and Diane Richardson
Editor: Emma Rippon.

Presenter Mark Coles
Producers: Jordan Dunbar and Diane Richardson.

Stormzy2019010520190106 (R4)Grime music's biggest star, Stormzy, says he's from a place "where success doesn't happen". But he's had a remarkable rise to fame. Six years ago Stormzy, real name Michael Omari, was working at an oil refinery in Southampton. Now, he's a millionaire. His success began with his debut album Gang Signs & Prayer, the first grime record to reach number one. It's not just his music that has made him a household name in the UK. During the 2017 General Election, he lent his support to Jeremy Corbyn and at the Brit Awards last year he used his fame to speak out against the Government's response to Grenfell. This summer Stormzy will be the first grime act to headline at Glastonbury, his performance to beamed to million across the world.

Producer: Oliver Jones
Presenter: Mark Coles

The rise of a south London grime artist to global stardom.

Sue Gray2017120220171203 (R4)Sue Gray is in the spotlight this week for her investigation into minister Damian Green.

First Secretary of State, Damian Green, is under mounting pressure this week due to allegations of improper behaviour, and claims that pornography was found on a computer in his office back in 2008 - allegations he staunchly denies. Sue Gray, Head of Propriety and Ethics at the Cabinet Office, is leading the inquiry into whether he broke any rules.

Gray has been described as "the most powerful person you've never heard of". Mark Coles finds out more about the woman who joined the civil service straight from school, and has risen to occupy a pivotal position right at the heart of government.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton.

Suella Braverman2020053020200531 (R4)Edward Stourton profiles the attorney general for England and Wales, Suella Braverman.

Suella Braverman is a barrister, MP and Brexiteer. In February 2020 she was appointed to the role of Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland. This week she found herself in the headlines after sending a tweet in support of Dominic Cummings, a senior government adviser caught travelling across the country during lock down. Edward Stourton profiles the minister for Fareham and government's chief legal adviser.

Producer: Sandra Kanthal, Vivien Jones
Editor: Penny Murphy

Taylor Swift2017081920170820 (R4)Becky Milligan profiles pop superstar Taylor Swift.

Becky Milligan profiles the pop superstar, Taylor Swift who has recently won a case against an ex-DJ over her claim that she was sexually assaulted when he groped her during a pre-concert photo opportunity in 2013.
Taylor Swift is a multi award winning, platinum selling American singer-songwriter. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, before moving to Nashville, Tennessee at age 14 to pursue a career in country music. There, she was signed by an independent record label. Her second album released in 2008 when she was just 19 years of age, became the best-selling album of 2009 in the United States. The album won four Grammy Awards, cementing Taylor Swift's success which continues to go from strength to strength.
Produced by Nina Robinson and Beth Sagar-Fenton.

The Winklevoss Brothers2017120920171210 (R4)The 'Bitcoin billionaires' and Olympic rowers, the Winklevoss twins.

The Winklevoss twins - Cameron and Tyler - became famous for suing Mark Zuckerberg, claiming he stole their idea for Facebook.
This week it was announced they'd made a fortune from Bitcoin.
They're former Olympic rowers, and also rowed for Oxford in the 2010 Boat Race.
Becky Milligan explores their early life, including talking to their Dad, to discover what drives their ambition.

Producers: Smita Patel and Beth Sagar-Fenton.

Tiger Woods2018092920180930 (R4)“One of the greatest comebacks in sporting history”.

That's how US journalists reacted to golfer Tiger Woods winning the PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta last weekend.

Having struggled with injury and the fall-out from marital infidelity, Woods hadn't won for five years.

Many thought he was finished.

This weekend, as the comeback kid joins the US Ryder Cup team in Paris, Mark Coles looks back on Tiger Woods' life and career.

We hear from former friends and associates, his first ever golf coach as well as the man who taught him to dive.

There's archive of the young Tiger Woods making his first ever TV appearance age two and his late father, Earl – the man credited with turning his son into one of golf's greatest ever players.

And ‘the Voice of Golf' - the veteran BBC commentator and player Peter Alliss gives us his unique take on the man many call the greatest athlete of the early twenty first century.

Producers Smita Patel & Darin Graham
Editor Emma Rippon

Mark Coles looks at the life of one of the most successful golfers, Tiger Woods

Tim Berners-lee20190316
Tony Abbott2020091220200913 (R4)Why is the former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott such a controversial choice for trade adviser? Appointed by the Government to help negotiate post-Brexit deals for the UK, his supporters say he's a persuasive political operator and already has three free trade agreements under his belt. But others have been staggered by his appointment, saying he has a track record of sexism and homophobia, and will prove an "embarrassment" to the UK.

Mark Coles speaks to colleagues, critics and even Abbott's sister to find out what drives the so-called "Mad Monk", and whether he'll make a success of the job.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Ben Crighton
Researchers: Charlotte McDonald & Beth Sagar-Fenton
Editor: Penny Murphy

Why is Tony Abbott, former Australian PM, such a controversial choice for trade adviser?

Ugur Sahin And Ozlem Tureci2020111420201115 (R4)On Monday, early results from the world's first effective coronavirus vaccine showed it could prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid.

The vaccine has been developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech and is one of 11 vaccines that are currently in the final stages of testing.

Mark Coles explores the lives and careers of Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci - the little known Turkish-German husband-and-wife team responsible for the development of the vaccine.

Producers: Sally Abrahams and Ben Carter
Editor: Rosamund Jones

Mark Coles explores the lives and careers of the two doctors behind the Covid vaccine.

Ursula Von Der Leyen2019071320190714 (R4)Ursula von der Leyen is likely to be the next president of the European Commission.
Ursula von der Leyen20210501

Brexit, Coronavirus and now ‘Sofagate’. It's been a challenging year for the first female President of the European Commission, who’s been criticised for the EU’s response to Covid-19 and blamed for a delay in getting people jabbed. Now, the organisation she heads is suing vaccine manufacturer, AstraZeneca, over delays in supplying doses. This week, she told the European parliament how she'd been left standing during a recent meeting in Turkey, because she is a woman. Her male counterparts took the only chairs available. Mark Coles profiles the Brussels-born German politician whose passion for the job means she lives, works and sleeps in the office.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Sally Abrahams
Editor: Alex Lewis

The European Commission President who says she was left standing because she is a woman.

An insight into the character of an influential figure making news headlines

Ursula von der Leyen2021050120210502 (R4)

Brexit, Coronavirus and now ‘Sofagate’. It's been a challenging year for the first female President of the European Commission, who’s been criticised for the EU’s response to Covid-19 and blamed for a delay in getting people jabbed. Now, the organisation she heads is suing vaccine manufacturer, AstraZeneca, over delays in supplying doses. This week, she told the European parliament how she'd been left standing during a recent meeting in Turkey, because she is a woman. Her male counterparts took the only chairs available. Mark Coles profiles the Brussels-born German politician whose passion for the job means she lives, works and sleeps in the office.

Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Sally Abrahams
Editor: Alex Lewis

The European Commission President who says she was left standing because she is a woman.

An insight into the character of an influential figure making news headlines

Victor Headley2018090120180902 (R4)It's been a long time coming.

A sticker on the cover of Jamaican born writer Victor Headley's 1992 novel 'Yardie' said "soon to be made into a major movie".
A quarter of a century on, it finally has.

Directed by British actor Idris Elba, the film - about violent Jamaican drug gangs operating in London in the 1980s - opens this weekend.

On Profile this week, Mark Coles finds out more about the man who wrote the original story.
Described by a friend, as an 'enigma wrapped in a mystery'. We hear from friends who grew up with him in Jamaica, from his daughter Sol - who was just eight when her father wrote the book.
And we find out why at the height of his success he fled to Africa for ten years. And what he makes of the new movie.

Producer Smita Patel
Researcher Darin Graham.

Mark Coles profiles Victor Headley, author of Yardie.

Producer Smita Patel
Researcher Darin Graham.

Viola Davis2020121920201220 (R4)The academy award winning actor's latest film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, is one of the first big budget releases since the pandemic closed cinemas. Viola Davis is the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award – a triple crown of the most prestigious awards in film, television and theatre.
Born on her grandmother's farm, a former slave plantation in South Carolina. Davis was raised on the East Coast – in Providence, Rhode Island. As a child growing up in poverty, acting became a means of escape.

After a decades-long career as a respected theatre actor, she was propelled to international attention in 2008, when she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in a single scene; alongside Meryl Streep in the film Doubt. Since then, she's starred in a great many films and TV series; becoming widely recognised as one of the greatest actors of stage and screen this century.

Becky Milligan explores her life and career and talks to her sister, Deloris, to find out what motivates an actor whose meteoric rise is symbolic of a deeper shift in how the film industry values black artists.

Producers: Tom Wright and Ben Crighton
Editor: Rosamund Jones

Becky Milligan profiles the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award.

Becky Milligan explores her life and career and talks to her sister, Deloris, to find out what motivates an actor whose meteoric rise is symbolic of a deeper shift in how the film industry values black artists.

Becky Milligan profiles the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award.

Waad Al-kateab2020020820200209 (R4)The citizen journalist behind the highly acclaimed film 'For Sama', which tells the story of life, love and motherhood in war-torn Aleppo.

Already the winner of 25 awards, including a BAFTA, the documentary is now in the running for an Oscar.

Mark Coles reveals the extraordinary life of the Syrian student compelled to capture the daily lives of citizens trapped in the terror of civil war.

Producers: Phoebe Keane & Diane Richardson

The Syrian filmmaker exposing the horrors of life and death in war-torn Aleppo.

Yevgeny Prigozhin2017112520171126 (R4)Becky Milligan looks at the Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin.

At the Lord Mayors banquet a couple of weeks ago the Prime Minister Theresa May didn't mince her words when she waded into the alleged Russian interference in western countries accusing them of sowing disinformation she declared "We know what you are doing and you will not succeed."

This week on Profile we look at the man accused of funding the St Petersburg troll factory which has produced so much pro-Russian material online. Yevgeny Prigozhin has moved from jail to restaurateur and close friend of President Putin, but precious little is known about his personal life.

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0101Ehud Olmert2006010720060108Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Profiles of people who are making the headlines.

Profile is the weekly programme which offers fresh insight into someone in the news.

Radio 4 shines the spotlight on Ehud Olmert, the man who has been appointed acting Prime Minister of Israel after Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke.

In the first of a new series, Radio 4 shines the spotlight on Ehud Olmert, the man who has been appointed acting Prime Minister of Israel after Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke. [Rptd Sun 5.40pm]

In the first of a new series, Radio 4 shines the spotlight on Ehud Olmert, the man who has been appointed acting Prime Minister of Israel after Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0102Terry Leahy2006011420060115This programme focuses on Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of Tesco, who has been voted one of the most powerful people in Britain in two recent polls.

Since Sir Terry took over as chief executive of Tesco eight years ago he has more than doubled profits and pulled in a record number of customers.

Yet behind the success lies a very ordinary man.

Despite his multi-million pound salary he lives in a modest house and drives himself to work.

He's been described as so ordinary that even his employees would be hard pushed to spot him if he shopped at their store.

Presented by Chris Blackhurst, City Editor of the London Evening Standard - a journalist who has followed the progress of Sir Terry through his meteoric rise.

Profiles of people who are making the headlines.

Since Sir Terry took over as chief executive of Tesco eight years ago he has more than doubled profits and pulled in a record number of customers. Yet behind the success lies a very ordinary man. Despite his multi-million pound salary he lives in a modest house and drives himself to work. He's been described as so ordinary that even his employees would be hard pushed to spot him if he shopped at their store.

Profiles of people who are currently making headlines. By talking to friends and enemies, colleagues and confidants we present a revealing insight into personality and motivation. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0103Porter Goss2006012120060122Profile offers fresh insights into the motivation of people making the headlines.

One individual, from any walk of life, is chosen each week.

By talking to a range of people, the programme aims to find out who they are and what makes them tick.

America's chief of spooks has come under scrutiny this week over 'rendition' flights.

This edition of the programme shines the spotlight on the head of the CIA, Porter Goss.

He was put in charge of the CIA to address failures of intelligence over 9/11 and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

But since he took over, a number of senior intelligence officers have left and critics say that Goss is too close to the White House.

Is the CIA under Porter Goss able to provide the intelligence necessary to prevent further terrorist attacks? Tom Mangold talks to Goss' friends and colleagues to assess his impact.

Profile offers fresh insights into the motivation of people making the headlines. One individual, from any walk of life, is chosen each week. By talking to a range of people, the programme aims to find out who they are and what makes them tick.

America's chief of spooks has come under scrutiny this week over 'rendition' flights. This edition of the programme shines the spotlight on the head of the CIA, Porter Goss. He was put in charge of the CIA to address failures of intelligence over 9/11 and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But since he took over, a number of senior intelligence officers have left and critics say that Goss is too close to the White House.

0104Brian Barwick2006012820060129When the England team run out on to the pitch this summer at the World Cup, all eyes will be on Sven and the boys.

But the man who will shoulder a great deal of stress is someone that we know little about - Brian Barwick, the Chief Executive of the Football Association.

In this edition of Profile, Paul Mason looks at the man who this week has negotiated an agreement for Sven Goran Eriksson's contract to come to an end after the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

He is also trying to steer the FA through the controversy over alleged illegal payments, while keeping the Wembley stadium project on track.

By talking to a range of colleagues and associates, the programme aims to find out what makes him tick.

When the England team run out on to the pitch this summer at the World Cup, all eyes will be on Sven and the boys. But the man who will shoulder a great deal of stress is someone that we know little about - Brian Barwick, the Chief Executive of the Football Association.

In this edition of Profile, Paul Mason looks at the man who this week has negotiated an agreement for Sven Goran Eriksson's contract to come to an end after the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany. He is also trying to steer the FA through the controversy over alleged illegal payments, while keeping the Wembley stadium project on track.

0105George Clooney2006020420060205There are rumours that George Clooney has his eye on the US Presidency.

In the week that he pulls off the rare feat of multiple Oscar nominations for writer, actor and director, Profile looks at the man who started out as a shoe salesman, wooed the world as Dr Doug Ross in ER and is now flexing his political muscles.

The BBC's arts correspondent Razia Iqbal gives her insight into the pin-up turned political activist.

0106Charles Clarke2006021120060212In a week of renewed concern about Islamic radicals, the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, is the man charged with countering the terrorist threat.

On Monday, he leads the push for one of the government's riskiest political gambles to date, the Identity Cards Bill.

Charles Clarke was elected to Parliament less than nine years ago, but has long been Labour's toughest backroom boy.

He was President of the NUS and Neil Kinnock's chief of staff, before becoming one of Tony Blair's right-hand men.

He's on the news every day, yet few people know his colourful past.

Have the battles he's fought over the past 35 years prepared him for the struggle that now awaits him? Michael White talks to Neil Kinnock and others who've worked closely with him to find out.

In a week of renewed concern about Islamic radicals, the Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, is the man charged with countering the terrorist threat. On Monday, he leads the push for one of the government's riskiest political gambles to date, the Identity Cards Bill.

Charles Clarke was elected to Parliament less than nine years ago, but has long been Labour's toughest backroom boy. He was President of the NUS and Neil Kinnock's chief of staff, before becoming one of Tony Blair's right-hand men. He's on the news every day, yet few people know his colourful past. Have the battles he's fought over the past 35 years prepared him for the struggle that now awaits him? Michael White talks to Neil Kinnock and others who've worked closely with him to find out.

Charles Clarke was elected to Parliament less than nine years ago and has long been Labour's toughest backroom boy. He was President of the NUS and Neil Kinnock's chief of staff, before becoming one of Tony Blair's right-hand men. He's on the news every day, yet few people know his colourful past. Have the battles he's fought over the past 35 years prepared him for the struggle that now awaits him? Michael White talks to Neil Kinnock and others who've worked closely with him to find out.

01072006021820060219Combining interviews and archive, Profile shines the spotlight on an individual who is making headlines. We get under the skin of who they are and what makes them tick. [Rptd Sun 5.40pm]

Combining interviews and archive, Profile shines the spotlight on an individual who is making headlines. We get under the skin of who they are and what makes them tick. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0108Debby Reynolds2006022520060226is Britain's first line of defence against avian flu.

As Chief Veterinary officer she'll be devising the policies for containing a disease that could not only wipe out the British poultry industry if it hits Britain, but could cause a human pandemic if it mutates.

Miriam O'reilly profiles Debby Reynolds.

Debby Reynolds is Britain's first line of defence against avian flu.

0109Dan Brown2006030420060305This edition attempts to crack the real Da Vinci Code: who is its reclusive writer Dan Brown?

The author of the fastest-selling adult novel ever, he's been taken to court this week, accused of plagiarism.

But less is known of his career as a Barry Manilow-style singer-songwriter, the influence of his art historian wife and his first attempts at penning a best-seller.

The author and critic DJ Taylor takes up the challenge to discover the man behind the publishing phenomenon of the decade.

The weekly programme which offers fresh insight into one of the movers and shakers of the week.

The author of the fastest-selling adult novel ever, he's been taken to court this week, accused of plagiarism. But less is known of his career as a Barry Manilow-style singer-songwriter, the influence of his art historian wife and his first attempts at penning a best-seller.

0110John Bond2006031120060312When he failed to get into university he got a job scrubbing the decks on a boat to Hong Kong.

He fell in love with the place and later returned as a trainee banker.

Forty five years later he has just announced the highest ever pre-tax profits.

He is Sir John Bond, the chairman of HSBC.

Business journalist Chris Blackhurst assesses his career and whether his magic touch will help to transform the fortunes of Vodafone when he takes over as chairman later this year.

The weekly programme which offers fresh insight into one of the movers and shakers of the week.

When he failed to get into university he got a job scrubbing the decks on a boat to Hong Kong. He fell in love with the place and later returned as a trainee banker. Forty five years later he has just announced the highest ever pre-tax profits. He is Sir John Bond, the chairman of HSBC. Business journalist Chris Blackhurst assesses his career and whether his magic touch will help to transform the fortunes of Vodafone when he takes over as chairman later this year.

0111Marko Milosevic2006031820060319This weekend Slobodan Milosevic is to be buried in his home town of Pozarevac.

His body was brought from The Hague by his son Marko, who has accused prosecutors there of murdering the former Serbian leader.

Unlike his parents, this chain-saw wielding, night-club owning playboy has little interest in politics.

But Marko's story provides an insight into the Milosevic regime and its enduring appeal to Serb nationalists.

Misha Glenny profiles the former Serbian leader's son, Marko Milosevic.

This weekend Slobodan Milosevic is to be buried in his home town of Pozarevac. His body was brought from The Hague by his son Marko, who has accused prosecutors there of murdering the former Serbian leader.

Unlike his parents, this chain-saw wielding, night-club owning playboy has little interest in politics. But Marko's story provides an insight into the Milosevic regime and its enduring appeal to Serb nationalists. Misha Glenny profiles the former Serbian leader's son, Marko Milosevic.

0112Dominique De Villepin2006032520060326The BBC's Paris correspondent, Caroline Wyatt, profiles French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, the man who wants to fill President Chirac's shoes.

Next week is a make or break week for Dominique de Villepin, whose controversial youth unemployment law has led to protests in Paris and elsewhere.

While the aristocratic, poetry writing politician says he might compromise slightly over plans to end the jobs for life culture in his country, he won't back down.

Trade unions are calling his bluff and plan a day of action next Tuesday.

But has he alienated voters and his own supporters too much?

While the aristocratic, poetry writing politician says he might compromise slightly over plans to end the jobs for life culture in his country, he won't back down. Trade unions are calling his bluff and plan a day of action next Tuesday.

But has he alienated voters and his own supporters too much? [Rptd Sun 5.40pm]

But has he alienated voters and his own supporters too much? [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0113Patricia Hewitt2006040120060402As the new financial year starts, the spiralling deficit in the NHS and what it means for patients, hits the headlines daily.

This edition looks at the woman who's got to play doctor - Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.

A Blair loyalist with a cool, calm manner - has she been handed a poisoned chalice?

The Guardian's Michael White profiles Patricia Hewitt, who's leading the charge for value for money in the NHS.

But will she get the support she needs?

0114Romano Prodi2006040820060409Italians go to the polls this weekend, and the man tipped to replace Silvio Berlusconi is Romano Prodi, familiar in Britain for his shaky leadership of the EU.

Known to his political enemies as Mr Mortadella and to supporters as the Professor, Prodi has a kindly manner which belies a fierce intellect and ambition.

Supporters say he is a better Prime Minister than he is a candidate.

The programme describes the mysterious s退ance during which the devoutly Catholic Prodi uncovered the location of a political ally kidnapped by the mafia, and the book Prodi recently co-authored with his wife called Together, which details their close relationship.

Mark Mardell profiles Romano Prodi - is he really Italy's Mr Clean? What would his election mean for the rest of Europe? And what answers does he have to Italy's huge problems?

Known to his political enemies as Mr Mortadella and to supporters as the Professor, Prodi has a kindly manner which belies a fierce intellect and ambition. Supporters say he is a better Prime Minister than he is a candidate.

01152006041520060416The violence in Iraq hits the headlines daily, with a recent warning that the country could be descending into civil war.

This programme looks at the man who's wielding American influence there - the US Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad.

Hes a complex man, a tough talker and aligned with the Bush administration and the neo conservatives.

But Khalilzad has also been described as an Orientalist.

Born in Afghanistan, he's credited with doing a good job as US ambassador there after the fall of the Taliban.

But can he do the same in Iraq? Can he bring the factions together to form a stable government and stop the violence?

Hes a complex man, a tough talker and aligned with the Bush administration and the neo conservatives. But Khalilzad has also been described as an Orientalist. Born in Afghanistan, he's credited with doing a good job as US ambassador there after the fall of the Taliban.

01162006042220060423David Grossman profiles Zac Goldsmith, the 31 year old multi-millionaire editor of The Ecologist.

He is also advising the Tory Party on the environment.

Zac Goldsmith is a man of contradictions.

A poker-playing, chain-smoking socialite.

The son of an arch-capitalist, yet he hates supermarkets and flying, and thinks plastic should be illegal.

Expelled from Eton aged 16, Zac has always been cynical about politicians and was once quoted as saying the only way he would vote Conservative was if he was drugged first.

Now he says of David Cameron:

The people he has got around him, who are helping him to craft this new identity, are good people.

I am genuinely enthusiastic about him.

How can the man who once said that all unnecessary consumer products should be banned, who opposed GM food and nuclear energy, fit in with the traditional policies and free market ethos of the Conservative party? Could this be the man who turns the Tory blue to green?

David Grossman profiles Zac Goldsmith, the 31 year old multi-millionaire editor of The Ecologist. He is also advising the Tory Party on the environment.

Zac Goldsmith is a man of contradictions. A poker-playing, chain-smoking socialite. The son of an arch-capitalist, yet he hates supermarkets and flying, and thinks plastic should be illegal.

Expelled from Eton aged 16, Zac has always been cynical about politicians and was once quoted as saying the only way he would vote Conservative was if he was drugged first. Now he says of David Cameron:

The people he has got around him, who are helping him to craft this new identity, are good people. I am genuinely enthusiastic about him.

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0201Katharine Jefferts Schori2006062420060625She's an expert on squid and oyster, she flies a plane to visit her flock and she's a rock climber - not skills one would normally associate with a newly appointed chief bishop.

But it's not her hobbies that have caused such a furore sending ripples across the world.

Katharine Jefferts Schori is the first woman to head the American Episcopalian Church and this week in Profile the BBC's Jane Little reveals the woman who has taken the church by storm.

0202Lakshmi Mittal2006070120060702Jeff Randall hears from friends and foe to reveal the man behind Mittal Steel, Britain's richest man ever and owner of the world's largest steel company.
0202 LASTJohn Yates
0203Tariq Ghaffur2006070820060709Following the London bombings a year ago, Assistant Commissioner Tariq Ghaffur - Britain's most senior Muslim policeman - is profiled by Barnie Choudhury.

[Rptd Sun 5.45am, 5.40pm]

02042006071520060716You couldn't make it up.

Late last year, Lech Kaczynski became Poland's President.

This week, his identical twin brother Jaroslaw was nominated as the country's Prime Minister.

In this week's Profile, Tim Whewell focuses on Europe's most unusual political partnership: the Kaczynski brothers.

They may be a gift to satirists and cartoonists but the 57 year old brothers are seasoned politicians whose Law and Justice Party is dedicated to fighting corruption and a bullish nationalist agenda.

Former child actors who then became active in Solidarity, the rise of the Kaczynskis has been nothing short of spectacular.

But how is their conservative double act affecting Poland? Outside Poland they stand accused of homophobia and intolerance.

With Poland now one of the EU's major players, what will the Kaczynski twins mean for Europe?

0205The Kaczynski Brothers2006072220060723You couldn't make it up.

Late last year, Lech Kaczynski became Poland's President.

This week, his identical twin brother Jaroslaw was nominated as the country's Prime Minister.

In this week's Profile, Tim Whewell focuses on Europe's most unusual political partnership: the Kaczynski brothers.

In addition to the potentially tricky situation of having identical twins holding the two most powerful positions in Poland, the 57-year-old brothers are committed to a nationalist and Catholic agenda that has been criticised for its lack of tolerance.

Former child actors who then became active in Solidarity, the rise of the Kaczynskis has been nothing short of spectacular.

But how is their conservative double act affecting Poland's hard-won progressive reforms? And what does it mean for Poland's relations with the European Union?

You couldn't make it up. Late last year, Lech Kaczynski became Poland's President. This week, his identical twin brother Jaroslaw was nominated as the country's Prime Minister. In this week's Profile, Tim Whewell focuses on Europe's most unusual political partnership: the Kaczynski brothers.

In addition to the potentially tricky situation of having identical twins holding the two most powerful positions in Poland, the 57-year-old brothers are committed to a nationalist and Catholic agenda that has been criticised for its lack of tolerance. Former child actors who then became active in Solidarity, the rise of the Kaczynskis has been nothing short of spectacular. But how is their conservative double act affecting Poland's hard-won progressive reforms? And what does it mean for Poland's relations with the European Union?

0206Andrew Lloyd Webber2006072920060730As Andrew Lloyd Webber begins his television hunt to cast The Sound of Music, we examine the man who divides the nation's musical tastes.

Combining interviews and archive, Profile shines the spotlight on an individual who is making the headlines. What makes them tick? [Rptd Sun 5.45am, 5.40pm]

As Andrew Lloyd Webber begins his television hunt to cast The Sound of Music, we examine the man who divides the nation's musical tastes. [Rptd Sun 5.45am, 5.40pm]

As Andrew Lloyd Webber begins his television hunt to cast The Sound of Music, we examine the man who divides the nation's musical tastes. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0207John Howard2006080520060806Australian prime minister John Howard has this week announced that he is standing for a fifth term.

How has a man who could easily pass as an elderly country solicitor become such a powerful political force? Australian journalist Michael Dodd talks to friends and foe.

Australian prime minister John Howard has this week announced that he is standing for a fifth term. How has a man who could easily pass as an elderly country solicitor become such a powerful political force? Australian journalist Michael Dodd talks to friends and foe.

Combining interviews and archive, Profile shines the spotlight on an individual who is making the headlines. What makes them tick? [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

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0208Andy Coulson2006081220060813Nick Higham examines the man behind some of the biggest tabloid expos退s of recent years, News of the World editor Andy Coulson

Nick Higham examines the man behind some of the biggest tabloid expos退s of recent years, News of the World editor Andy Coulson. [Rptd Sun 5.45am, 5.40pm]

Nick Higham examines the man behind some of the biggest tabloid expos退s of recent years, News of the World editor Andy Coulson. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0209Michael Ryan2006081920060820Simon Calder presents a profile of Michael Ryan, CEO of Ryanair.

Simon Calder presents a profile of Michael Ryan, CEO of Ryanair. [Rptd Sun 5.45am, 5.40pm]

Simon Calder presents a profile of Michael Ryan, CEO of Ryanair. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0210John Reid2006082620060827Simon Hoggart delves into the life of the Home Secretary John Reid, casting a satirical look at Reid's political journey from former communist to Blair's hardman.

Simon Hoggart delves into the life of the Home Secretary John Reid, casting a satirical look at Reid's political journey from former communist to Blair's hardman. [Rptd Sun 5.45am, 5.40pm]

Simon Hoggart delves into the life of the Home Secretary John Reid, casting a satirical look at Reid's political journey from former communist to Blair's hardman. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0211Suzi Leather2006090220060903Nick Higham profiles Dame Suzi Leather the newly appointed head of the Charity Commission.

Nick Higham profiles Dame Suzi Leather the newly appointed head of the Charity Commission. [Rptd Sun 5.45am, 5.40pm]

0212Trevor Phillips2006090920060910Elinor Goodman takes a closer look at one of the most powerful black public figures in Britain - Trevor Phillips

Elinor Goodman takes a closer look at one of the most powerful black public figures in Britain - Trevor Phillips. [Rptd Sun 5.45am, 5.40pm]

Elinor Goodman takes a closer look at one of the most powerful black public figures in Britain - Trevor Phillips. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

Combining interviews and archive, Profile shines the spotlight on an individual who is making the headlines. What makes them tick? [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0213Ant And Dec2006091620060917John Wilson uncovers the secret of the success of arguably the most powerful players in British television - duo Ant and Dec.

John Wilson uncovers the secret of the success of arguably the most powerful players in British television - duo Ant and Dec. [Rptd Sun 5.45am, 5.40pm]

John Wilson uncovers the secret of the success of arguably the most powerful players in British television - duo Ant and Dec. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0214Mahmoud Ahmadinejad2006092320060924As part of Radio 4's Uncovering Iran Season, Profile takes a look at the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

As part of Radio 4's Uncovering Iran Season, Profile takes a look at the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. [Rptd Sun 5.45am, 5.40pm]

As part of Radio 4's Uncovering Iran Season, Profile takes a look at the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0215George Osborne2006093020061001On the eve of the Conservative Party conference, Profile takes a look at one of the key party figures, who aspire to challenge Labour in the next election.

On the eve of the Conservative Party conference, Profile takes a look at one of the key party figures, who aspire to challenge Labour in the next election. [Rptd Sun 5.45am, 5.40pm]

On the eve of the Conservative Party conference, Profile takes a look at one of the key party figures, who aspire to challenge Labour in the next election. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0216Ban Ki-moon2006100720061008, the foreign minister of South Korea, a virtual unknown outside his own country, is almost certain to be confirmed as the successor to Kofi Annan as Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Who is he and how has he clawed his way to the top? Mike Wooldridge tells all.

Ban Ki-Moon, the foreign minister of South Korea, a virtual unknown outside his own country, is almost certain to be confirmed as the successor to Kofi Annan as Secretary-General of the United Nations. Who is he and how has he clawed his way to the top? Mike Wooldridge tells all.

0217 LAST2006101420061015Combining interviews and archive, Profile shines the spotlight on an individual who is making the headlines. What makes them tick? [Rptd Sun 5.45am, 5.40pm]

Combining interviews and archive, Profile shines the spotlight on an individual who is making the headlines. What makes them tick? [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

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0301Sheikh Mohammed Bin Al Rashid Maktoum2006121620061217Hugh Pym examines Sheikh Mohammed Bin Al Rashid Maktoum.

He's the King of British horse-racing, the ruler of Dubai, a poet and one of the wealthiest men in the world.

Sheikh Mo to his friends and the 'boss' to his employees, he has snapped up the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Travelodge and is now poised to buy one of the jewels of UK sport, Liverpool Football Club.

So who is this man busy hoovering up British interests and where does he have his sights set next?

Profile shines the spotlight on an individual who is making the headlines. Hugh Pym examines Sheikh Mohammed Bin Al Rashid Maktoum. He's the King of British horse-racing, the ruler of Dubai, a poet and one of the wealthiest men in the world. Sheikh Mo to his friends and the 'boss' to his employees, he has snapped up the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Travelodge and is now poised to buy one of the jewels of UK sport, Liverpool Football Club. So who is this man busy hoovering up British interests and where does he have his sights set next?

03022006121720061224Profile shines the spotlight on an individual who is making the headlines. Hugh Pym examines Sheikh Mohammed Bin Al Rashid Maktoum. He's the King of British horse-racing, the ruler of Dubai, a poet and one of the wealthiest men in the world. Sheikh Mo to his friends and the 'boss' to his employees, he has snapped up the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Travelodge and is now poised to buy one of the jewels of UK sport, Liverpool Football Club. So who is this man busy hoovering up British interests and where does he have his sights set next?
0302Charlie Mayfield2006122320061224He's the young Turk of British business.

Not even 40, Charlie Mayfield has just been appointed chairman of John Lewis.

After serving in the Scots Guards, Mayfield switched his uniform for the city suit, got a job as a management consultant and just a few years later was head-hunted by John Lewis to join the board of directors.

So what is behind his meteoric rise? Lesley Curwen finds out.

He's the young Turk of British business. Not even 40, Charlie Mayfield has just been appointed chairman of John Lewis. After serving in the Scots Guards, Mayfield switched his uniform for the city suit, got a job as a management consultant and just a few years later was head-hunted by John Lewis to join the board of directors.

0303Nancy Pelosi2006123020061231Justin Webb puts the spotlight on Nancy Pelosi, the new speaker of the House of Representatives.

The 66-year-old grandmother is known for being something of a snappy dresser and for not mincing her words.

Justin Webb puts the spotlight on Nancy Pelosi, the new speaker of the House of Representatives. The 66-year-old grandmother is known for being something of a snappy dresser and for not mincing her words.

0304Lady Elizabeth Butler-sloss.2007010620070107In the legal world, she has not been afraid to be the odd one out.

Back in the 1960s as a mother of three - in a very male domain - she set up and ran the first nursery for toddlers in the basement of the Inner Temple.

But Lady Butler-Sloss had not taken the usual path to legal eminence.

She never went to university.

Instead, she took a secretarial course and then worked her way up to the top of the judiciary becoming the first woman Justice of the Court of Appeal.

Next week, she comes out of retirement to preside over the inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.

Joshua Rozenberg profiles Lady Elizabeth Butler-Sloss.

In the legal world, she has not been afraid to be the odd one out. Back in the 1960s as a mother of three - in a very male domain - she set up and ran the first nursery for toddlers in the basement of the Inner Temple.

But Lady Butler-Sloss had not taken the usual path to legal eminence. She never went to university. Instead, she took a secretarial course and then worked her way up to the top of the judiciary becoming the first woman Justice of the Court of Appeal.

0305Lieutenant General David Petraeus2007011320070114'Tell me how this ends' - the rhetorical question repeatedly posed by Lieutenant General David Petraeus as he and his troops marched on Baghdad in 2003.

Four years on, the American soldier has got to come up with some answers.

Lt Gen Petraeus - described as a unique combination of warrior and intellectual - has just been appointed the US military's most senior man in Iraq.

Robert Fox assesses why President Bush has picked him to do what's been described as one of the toughest assignments since Vietnam.

'Tell me how this ends' - the rhetorical question repeatedly posed by Lieutenant General David Petraeus as he and his troops marched on Baghdad in 2003. Four years on, the American soldier has got to come up with some answers.

Lt Gen Petraeus - described as a unique combination of warrior and intellectual - has just been appointed the US military's most senior man in Iraq. Robert Fox assesses why President Bush has picked him to do what's been described as one of the toughest assignments since Vietnam.

0306Barack Obama2007012020070121
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America came a tiny step closer to having its first black President.

Barack Obama - the charismatic Democrat from Illinois - announced he would form an exploratory committee to start fundraising for a possible presidential bid.

Justin Webb hears about the man who appeals to mid-west housewives and hard-bitten political hacks alike.

Does Barack Obama have what it takes to get to the White House?

America came a tiny step closer to having its first black President. Barack Obama - the charismatic Democrat from Illinois - announced he would form an exploratory committee to start fundraising for a possible presidential bid. Justin Webb hears about the man who appeals to mid-west housewives and hard-bitten political hacks alike. Does Barack Obama have what it takes to get to the White House?

0307Willie Walsh2007012720070128Security alerts, Christmas fog, clashes over a cross and planes contaminated with radioactive polonium-210.

There's been an awful lot in the in-tray of Willie Walsh since he took up the job of Chief Executive of British Airways 15 months ago.

Now the company is trying to stave off more airport chaos threatened by a cabin crew strike.

Stephen Evans takes a look at Walsh, a former pilot and union negotiator turned 'suit', who is ruffling feathers with his tough talking management style.

Security alerts, Christmas fog, clashes over a cross and planes contaminated with radioactive polonium-210. There's been an awful lot in the in-tray of Willie Walsh since he took up the job of Chief Executive of British Airways 15 months ago.

Now the company is trying to stave off more airport chaos threatened by a cabin crew strike. Stephen Evans takes a look at Walsh, a former pilot and union negotiator turned 'suit', who is ruffling feathers with his tough talking management style.

0308Khalid Meshal2007020320070204
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Allan Little presents an insight into the life of Khalid Meshal, an elusive figure who has risen to prominence through the ranks of Hamas to become the organisation's leader and a vital component in the politics of the Middle East.

He survived an Israeli assassination attempt in 1997, which made him revered figure among Hamas supporters, and he forms an important bridgehead between the political masters of Hamas and the gunmen and bombers who enforce their authority on the streets.

Allan Little presents an insight into the life of Khalid Meshal, an elusive figure who has risen to prominence through the ranks of Hamas to become the organisation's leader.

Allan Little presents an insight into the life of Khalid Meshal, an elusive figure who has risen to prominence through the ranks of Hamas to become the organisation's leader and a vital component in the politics of the Middle East. He survived an Israeli assassination attempt in 1997, which made him revered figure among Hamas supporters, and he forms an important bridgehead between the political masters of Hamas and the gunmen and bombers who enforce their authority on the streets.

Allan Little presents an insight into the life of Hamas leader Khalid Meshal.

0309Guido Fawkes2007021020070211
20070211 (R4)
Profile of a newsworthy individual, looking at their past and investigating their current role in life.

David Grossman of Newsnight profiles the political blogger Guido Fawkes.

0310Duncan Fletcher2007021720070218
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Duncan Fletcher became a national hero in 2005 when his England cricket team defeated Australia to take the Ashes for the first time in a generation.

Little more than a year later he'd turned into a national villain.

England had surrendered the Ashes in the most humiliating fashion, beaten 5-0 Down Under.

Then they looked utterly lost in the one-day series that followed, as they suffered defeat after defeat.

But suddenly the team turned the cricket world on its head by defeating Australia in the finals to win the one-day tournament in Sydney, and raised hopes that they would mount a decent challenge in the World Cup in March.

It could be Fletcher's last tour as England coach.

Christopher Martin-Jenkins profiles the Zimbabwean who's presided over both one of England's greatest triumphs and humiliating defeats.

Little more than a year later he'd turned into a national villain. England had surrendered the Ashes in the most humiliating fashion, beaten 5-0 Down Under. Then they looked utterly lost in the one-day series that followed, as they suffered defeat after defeat.

But suddenly the team turned the cricket world on its head by defeating Australia in the finals to win the one-day tournament in Sydney, and raised hopes that they would mount a decent challenge in the World Cup in March. It could be Fletcher's last tour as England coach.

Duncan Fletcher became a national hero in 2005 when his England cricket team defeated Australia to take the Ashes for the first time in a generation.

Christopher Martin-Jenkins profiles Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher, England's cricket coach.

0311Cressida Dick2007022420070225
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Jon Silverman profiles the highest ranking woman in the Metropolitan Police, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick
0312Ronald Cohen2007030320070304
0312Sir Ronald Cohen2007030320070304Journalist Peter Oborne profiles the financier Sir Ronald Cohen.
0313Attorney General Lord Goldsmith2007031020070311Guardian columnist and legal writer Marcel Berlins profiles Attorney General Lord Goldsmith.
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0315John Bird2007032420070325John Bird, the founder of The Big Issue
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0316Charles Saumarez Smith2007033120070401Director of the National Gallery in London.
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0317Alan Johnstone2007040720070408Alan Graham Johnston (born 17 May 1962) is a British journalist working for the BBC.

He has been the BBC's correspondent in Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and the Gaza Strip.

Johnston was kidnapped by a group of Palestinian militants on 12 March 2007, and released nearly four months later on 4 July, after Hamas' military occupation of Gaza.

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0322 LASTBertie Ahern2007051220070513Patrick Bartholomew Bertie Ahern (Irish: Pကdraig Parthalကn Ӏ hEachthairn;[1] born 12 September 1951) is an Irish politician who, since 26 June 1997, has served as the tenth Taoiseach of Ireland.

He currently heads a coalition government that is led by his Fianna Fကil party and includes the Green Party and the Progressive Democrats, with the support of independent TDs.

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0401Wolfgang Wagner2007072120070722
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A profile of the Bayreuth Festival's artistic director Wolfgang Wagner.
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0402Barbara Young2007072820070729Barbara Scott Young, Baroness Young of Old Scone (born 8 April 1948) is a Labour member of the House of Lords.

She was created a life peer in 1997 as Baroness Young of Old Scone, of Old Scone in Perth and Kinross.

Lady Young of Old Scone was the chief executive of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds from 1991 to 1998, and has been chief executive of the Environment Agency since 2000.

She has been Chairman of English Nature and Vice-Chairman of the BBC.

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0403Benazir Bhutto2007080420070805
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A profile of Pakistan's former leader Benazir Bhutto.
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0404Michel Aoun2007081120070812Tim Llewellyn profiles Lebanese politician Michel Aoun.

Series on people who are currently making headlines.

Followed by News.

0405Mitt Romney2007081820070819Allan Little profiles Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney.

Series on people who are currently making headlines. Allan Little profiles Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney.

Followed by News.

0406Portia Simpson-miller2007082520070826David Dabydeen profiles Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica.

Series on people who are currently making headlines. David Dabydeen profiles Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica.

0407Ian Mcewan2007090120070902John Mullan of UCL looks at the life and work of Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian Mcewan

John Mullan of UCL looks at the life and work of Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian Mcewan

John Mullan of UCL looks at the life and work of Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan.

Followed by News.

0408Manuel Noriega2007090820070909Nic Caistor looks at the life of former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega.

Followed by News.

0409Michael Caplan2007091520070916Clive Coleman profiles Michael Caplan QC.

Followed by News.

0410Mervyn King2007092220070923BBC Business Editor Robert Peston looks at the career of Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England.

Followed by News.

04112007092920070930Independent film maker Evan Williams examines the shadowy figures in charge of the Burmese regime.

Followed by News.

0412Agustin Pichot2007100620071007John Inverdale profiles Argentine rugby captain Agustin Pichot, businessman, art collector, campaigner and olive oil producer, tipped by some as a future president of Argentina.

Series of portraits of people who are currently making headlines.

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0413Adam Crozier2007101320071014Oliver Morgan, freelance business and industry reporter profiles Adam Crozier, who has been running the Royal Mail since 2003, with the aim to modernise the last big government-owned company.

Implementing change is his forte.

Before the Royal Mail, Crozier was chief executive of the Football Association, where he soon made headlines when he hired the first ever foreigner to become England manager: Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Implementing change is his forte. Before the Royal Mail, Crozier was chief executive of the Football Association, where he soon made headlines when he hired the first ever foreigner to become England manager: Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Followed by News.

0414Kevin Rudd2007102020071021A look at the man taking on Australian PM John Howard in the November general election.

Kevin Rudd aims to get the Australian Labor Party back into power after 11 years in Opposition.

Rudd is a fluent Chinese speaker and former diplomat with a new-age agenda, focusing on issues ranging from global warming to getting the nation onto broadband.

But will his past catch up with him?

Presented by Rafael Epstein of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

0415David King2007102720071028Science writer and broadcaster Richard Hollingham profiles David King, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser.

Series of portraits of people who are currently making headlines.

0416 LAST2007110320071104Followed by News.
0501Phil Redmond2008010520080106As Liverpool prepares for the launch of its year as the European Capital of Culture, James Silver looks at the life and career of soap opera king Phil Redmond, now an arts grandee promising 'real culture for real people'.

James Silver looks at the life and career of soap opera king Phil Redmond.

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0502Ratan Tata2008011220080113
20080113 (R4)
Business Correspondent Nils Blythe profiles Ratan Tata, head of India's Tata Group, an industrial giant whose interests range from steel to tea to computing, and now motor cars.

The group took over Tetley Tea in 2000 and Corus Steel in 2006, and now looks set to buy the Land Rover and Jaguar brands from Ford.

New Delhi's Auto Show this week sees the launch of its People's Car.

Business Correspondent Nils Blythe profiles Ratan Tata, head of India's Tata Group, an industrial giant whose interests range from steel to tea to computing, and now motor cars. The group took over Tetley Tea in 2000 and Corus Steel in 2006, and now looks set to buy the Land Rover and Jaguar brands from Ford. New Delhi's Auto Show this week sees the launch of its People's Car.

Followed by News.

Business Correspondent Nils Blythe profiles Ratan Tata, head of India's Tata Group.

0503Daniel Day-lewis2008011920080120
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Profile of one of Britain's leading actors, Daniel Day-Lewis, who has just won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a ruthless oil prospector in There Will Be Blood.

Profile of one of Britain's leading actors, Daniel Day-Lewis.

0504Ben Bernanke2008012620080127
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Stephanie Flanders, Economics Editor of Newsnight, profiles Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, who has just stunned markets with a major interest rate cut.

Can this saxophone-playing macro-economist with a deadpan humour steer the US and world economies away from depression?

Stephanie Flanders, Economics Editor of Newsnight, profiles Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, who has just stunned markets with a major interest rate cut. Can this saxophone-playing macro-economist with a deadpan humour steer the US and world economies away from depression?

Stephanie Flanders profiles Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve.

0505Adair Turner2008020220080203
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Hugh Pym profiles Adair Turner, the new Chair of the Climate Change Committee.
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0506Pervez Musharraf2008020920080210
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Mishal Hussein profiles Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf.
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0507Asif Ali Zardari2008021620080217
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Kate Clark examines the life of Asif Ali Zardari, husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who is now leading her Pakistan People's Party into Monday's election.

Born into the landholding gentry, he has a reputation for flamboyance and has spent years fighting accusations of corruption from political enemies.

Is his reputation deserved, or is he the victim of character assassination?

Kate Clark examines the life of Asif Ali Zardari, husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who is now leading her Pakistan People's Party into Monday's election. Born into the landholding gentry, he has a reputation for flamboyance and has spent years fighting accusations of corruption from political enemies. Is his reputation deserved, or is he the victim of character assassination?

Kate Clark examines the life of Asif Ali Zardari, husband of the late Benazir Bhutto.

0508Michael Martin2008022320080224Michael Cockerell tells the story of Michael Martin, speaker of the Commons.

A former sheet metal worker from Glasgow, Martin used to be seen as a New Labour working-class hero who could put the party back in touch with its roots outside Westminster.

Now, however, his parliamentary perks are becoming the subject of increasing scrutiny.

Michael Cockerell tells the story of Michael Martin, speaker of the Commons. A former sheet metal worker from Glasgow, Martin used to be seen as a New Labour working-class hero who could put the party back in touch with its roots outside Westminster. Now, however, his parliamentary perks are becoming the subject of increasing scrutiny.

0509Michelle Obama2008030120080302Colleagues and friends discuss Michelle Obama's influence on her husband's campaign and trace her journey from a childhood in working-class Chicago to the brink of the White House.
0510Nick Clegg2008030820080309
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0511Gurkhas2008031520080316BBC Kathmandu correspondent Charles Haviland examines the history and culture of the Gurkhas, who are recruited from four ethnic groups in the Nepalese Himalayas.

He explores their combat record in the British army and their reputation around the world.

Next Wednesday some three thousand Gurkhas are expected to gather outside parliament to demand the right to stay in the United Kingdom after retirement from the army.

BBC Kathmandu correspondent Charles Haviland examines the history and culture of the Gurkhas, who are recruited from four ethnic groups in the Nepalese Himalayas. He explores their combat record in the British army and their reputation around the world. Next Wednesday some three thousand Gurkhas are expected to gather outside parliament to demand the right to stay in the United Kingdom after retirement from the army.

0512Simba Makoni2008032220080323BBC Johannesburg correspondent Peter Biles profiles Simba Makoni, Robert Mugabe's former finance minister who is standing against the president in this week's election.
0513Britney Spears2008032920080330Paul Henley profiles troubled pop phenomenon Britney Spears, who has made headlines in recent months for reasons far removed from her musical career.

Divorce, a bitter custody battle for her two children and her admission to a psychiatric ward in a Los Angeles hospital have all eclipsed the success she continues to enjoy.

Can Britney overcome her demons and make the personal comeback her fans are hoping for?

Paul Henley profiles troubled pop phenomenon Britney Spears, who has made headlines in recent months for reasons far removed from her musical career. Divorce, a bitter custody battle for her two children and her admission to a psychiatric ward in a Los Angeles hospital have all eclipsed the success she continues to enjoy. Can Britney overcome her demons and make the personal comeback her fans are hoping for?

0514Comte Jacques Rogge2008040520080406Gordon Farquhar assesses the form of Comte Jacques Rogge and asks if he is strong enough to smooth the path of the Olympic torch as it makes its way to Beijing.
0515Peter Robinson2008041220080413David McKittrick looks at the life and career of the Democratic Unionist Party's deputy leader Peter Robinson, who is likely to replace Ian Paisley as party leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland next month.

The youngest ever MP when first elected, he has amassed a formidable track record as long-standing MP for East Belfast, Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly and, until recently, Alderman of Castlereagh Council.

David McKittrick looks at the life and career of the Democratic Unionist Party's deputy leader Peter Robinson, who is likely to replace Ian Paisley as party leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland next month. The youngest ever MP when first elected, he has amassed a formidable track record as long-standing MP for East Belfast, Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly and, until recently, Alderman of Castlereagh Council.

0516 LASTGiles Clarke2008041920080420Sybil Ruscoe profiles Giles Clarke, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Former City golden boy Clarke co-founded upmarket off-licence chain Majestic Wine and made another fortune with the PetCity business.

It was Clarke who first negotiated the rights deal which took cricket off terrestrial TV.

He now faces the challenge of the Indian Premier League and the riches on offer to the world's top players.

Sybil Ruscoe profiles Giles Clarke, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board. Former City golden boy Clarke co-founded upmarket off-licence chain Majestic Wine and made another fortune with the PetCity business. It was Clarke who first negotiated the rights deal which took cricket off terrestrial TV. He now faces the challenge of the Indian Premier League and the riches on offer to the world's top players.

0620081012Rob Bonnet profiles Lord David Triesman, the former university radical who is now Chairman of the Football Association.

He discovers how this one-time trade union leader, General Secretary of the Labour Party and fanatical Tottenham Hotspur supporter is now trying to curb the excesses of professional football. He has already clashed with the Premier League over players' commitments, and is now warning that even the biggest clubs could be overtaken by debt.

0601Arthur Ryan2008062120080622The spotlight falls on Arthur Ryan, who has steered clothes chain Primark to top of the UK retail sales league.

Tanya Datta is on the trail of the man behind 'Prim-ani'.

The spotlight falls on Arthur Ryan, who has steered clothes chain Primark to top of the UK retail sales league. Tanya Datta is on the trail of the man behind 'Prim-ani'.

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060220080622The spotlight falls on Arthur Ryan, who has steered clothes chain Primark to top of the UK retail sales league. Tanya Datta is on the trail of the man behind 'Prim-ani'.
0602Thabo Mbeki2008062820080629Grant Ferrett looks at the life of South African President Thabo Mbeki.

He took on the unenviable challenge of stepping into Nelson Mandela's shoes in 1999, but to many he seems more comfortable in the back rooms of political power.

Grant Ferrett looks at the life of South African President Thabo Mbeki. He took on the unenviable challenge of stepping into Nelson Mandela's shoes in 1999, but to many he seems more comfortable in the back rooms of political power.

060320080629Grant Ferrett looks at the life of South African President Thabo Mbeki. He took on the unenviable challenge of stepping into Nelson Mandela's shoes in 1999, but to many he seems more comfortable in the back rooms of political power.
0603Michael Nazir Ali2008070520080706Mishal Husein looks at Michael Nazir Ali, Bishop of Rochester.
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0604Colin Myler2008071220080713Mishal Husain looks at the personality and career of News of the World editor Colin Myler.
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0605Luis Moreno-ocampo2008071920080720Brian Hanrahan looks at Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

He made his reputation as deputy public prosecutor in the trial of former members of Argentina's military government, the first trial for the mass killing of civilians since Nuremberg.

His recent announcement that he is seeking an arrest warrant for the President of Sudan has attracted controversy.

Brian Hanrahan looks at Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He made his reputation as deputy public prosecutor in the trial of former members of Argentina's military government, the first trial for the mass killing of civilians since Nuremberg. His recent announcement that he is seeking an arrest warrant for the President of Sudan has attracted controversy.

060620080720Brian Hanrahan looks at Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He made his reputation as deputy public prosecutor in the trial of former members of Argentina's military government, the first trial for the mass killing of civilians since Nuremberg. His recent announcement that he is seeking an arrest warrant for the President of Sudan has attracted controversy.
0606Susan Rice2008072620080727Mishal Husain looks at Susan Rice, a rising star in Barack Obama's inner circle of policy advisors.

As Director of Peacekeeping at the National Security Council, Rice was criticised for not taking enough of a hard line during the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

Three years later she became Assistant Secretary of State for Africa under Bill Clinton.

Recently she has taken a tough stance on Sudan, advocating US military force.

Mishal Husain looks at Susan Rice, a rising star in Barack Obama's inner circle of policy advisors. As Director of Peacekeeping at the National Security Council, Rice was criticised for not taking enough of a hard line during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Three years later she became Assistant Secretary of State for Africa under Bill Clinton. Recently she has taken a tough stance on Sudan, advocating US military force.

060720080727Mishal Husain looks at Susan Rice, a rising star in Barack Obama's inner circle of policy advisors. As Director of Peacekeeping at the National Security Council, Rice was criticised for not taking enough of a hard line during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Three years later she became Assistant Secretary of State for Africa under Bill Clinton. Recently she has taken a tough stance on Sudan, advocating US military force.
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0609Mikheil Saakashvili2008081620080817Claire Bolderson looks at the career of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Since coming to power in 2003, the American-educated leader has been a staunch ally of the West.

What do the events of the last week reveal about him?

Claire Bolderson looks at the career of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. Since coming to power in 2003, the American-educated leader has been a staunch ally of the West. What do the events of the last week reveal about him?

061020080817Claire Bolderson looks at the career of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. Since coming to power in 2003, the American-educated leader has been a staunch ally of the West. What do the events of the last week reveal about him?
0610Jon Stewart2008082320080824
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0611Jude Kelly2008083020080831
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0612Alistair Darling2008090620080907
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0613Damien Hirst2008091320080914John Wilson, presenter of Radio 4's Front Row, profiles Damien Hirst.

Explaining the controversy behind Hirst's forthcoming auction at Sotheby's next week, Wilson attempts to get under the skin of the man who only got at an E grade in his Art A-level.

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0615Steve Gibson2008092720080928Profile looks at Steve Gibson, David Cameron's director of strategy and the man credited with successfully rebranding the Conservative Party.

The son of Hungarian immigrants, the former Saatchi ad man and marketing expert is known for shunning the limelight and being more at home in jeans than a suit.

Interviewees including Tim Allan, a friend and former adversary as an adviser to Tony Blair, consider what lies behind his influence.

The son of Hungarian immigrants, the former Saatchi ad man and marketing expert is known for shunning the limelight and being more at home in jeans than a suit. Interviewees including Tim Allan, a friend and former adversary as an adviser to Tony Blair, consider what lies behind his influence.

061620080928Profile looks at Steve Gibson, David Cameron's director of strategy and the man credited with successfully rebranding the Conservative Party.

The son of Hungarian immigrants, the former Saatchi ad man and marketing expert is known for shunning the limelight and being more at home in jeans than a suit. Interviewees including Tim Allan, a friend and former adversary as an adviser to Tony Blair, consider what lies behind his influence.

06162008100420081005Hugh Pym profiles Sir Victor Blank, the chairman of Lloyds TSB.

Thanks to recent events, Sir Victor Blank could come to be regarded as the man that kept the British economy afloat, with the UK financial markets hanging on his decision to buy up HBOS.

Hugh Pym profiles Sir Victor Blank, the chairman of Lloyds TSB. Thanks to recent events, Sir Victor Blank could come to be regarded as the man that kept the British economy afloat, with the UK financial markets hanging on his decision to buy up HBOS.

061720081005Hugh Pym profiles Sir Victor Blank, the chairman of Lloyds TSB. Thanks to recent events, Sir Victor Blank could come to be regarded as the man that kept the British economy afloat, with the UK financial markets hanging on his decision to buy up HBOS.
0617 LASTDavid Triesman2008101120081012Rob Bonnet profiles Lord David Triesman, the former university radical who is now Chairman of the Football Association.

He discovers how this one-time trade union leader, General Secretary of the Labour Party and fanatical Tottenham Hotspur supporter is now trying to curb the excesses of professional football.

He has already clashed with the Premier League over players' commitments, and is now warning that even the biggest clubs could be overtaken by debt.

He discovers how this one-time trade union leader, General Secretary of the Labour Party and fanatical Tottenham Hotspur supporter is now trying to curb the excesses of professional football. He has already clashed with the Premier League over players' commitments, and is now warning that even the biggest clubs could be overtaken by debt.

07Phillip Blond20090426Profile of Philip Blond, the theologian who has become an influence on the Conservatives.
0701Simon Cowell2008121320081214With his sights set on a fourth consecutive Christmas number one single, X-Factor supremo Simon Cowell remains one of the most powerful figures in the British music business.

Colin Patterson talks to Pete Waterman, former X-Factor winner Steve Brookstein and Cowell's own family to find out how he has come to dominate the music industry and our television schedules.

With his sights set on a fourth consecutive Christmas number one single, X-Factor supremo Simon Cowell remains one of the most powerful figures in the British music business. Colin Patterson talks to Pete Waterman, former X-Factor winner Steve Brookstein and Cowell's own family to find out how he has come to dominate the music industry and our television schedules.

070213/12/200820081214Colin Patterson talks to associates and family of X-Factor supremo Simon Cowell.
0702Dame Liz Forgan2008122020081221Sheena Mcdonald profiles Dame Liz Forgan, named this week as the first woman to chair the Arts Council.

She began her career as a journalist and rose at some speed through the ranks to become one of the most powerful figures in British broadcasting, responsible for Channel 4 News, Dispatches and the launch of BBC Radio 5 Live as a news and current affairs-driven channel.

Sheena McDonald profiles Dame Liz Forgan, the first woman to chair the Arts Council.

Sheena McDonald profiles Dame Liz Forgan, named this week as the first woman to chair the Arts Council. She began her career as a journalist and rose at some speed through the ranks to become one of the most powerful figures in British broadcasting, responsible for Channel 4 News, Dispatches and the launch of BBC Radio 5 Live as a news and current affairs-driven channel.

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0703Dame Liz Forgan20081221Sheena McDonald profiles Dame Liz Forgan, the first woman to chair the Arts Council.
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0705Kevin Pietersen2009011020090111A profile of Kevin Pietersen, who has left his job as captain of the England cricket team.

An aggressive batsman on the pitch and equally high-profile off it, he has made a striking impact on the English game, challenging the traditionalists with his self-assured approach.

A profile of Kevin Pietersen, who has left his job as captain of the England cricket team. An aggressive batsman on the pitch and equally high-profile off it, he has made a striking impact on the English game, challenging the traditionalists with his self-assured approach.

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0706Kevin Pietersen20090111A profile of Kevin Pietersen, who has left his job as captain of the England cricket team.
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0708Sara Payne2009013120090201Chris Bowlby profiles Sara Payne, whose daughter, Sarah, was murdered by a paedophile in July 2000.

Sara Payne has been appointed Victims' Champion by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, working from a desk in Whitehall, promoting the rights of victims of crime in a new government initiative.

Chris charts the emergence of Payne as a voice for victims from terrible personal tragedy to a symbol of victimhood for both the media and the government.

0709Greg Stemm2009020720090208Stephen Sackur profiles Greg Stemm, the American behind the controversial exploration of HMS Victory in the English Channel.

The ship, the predecessor to Nelson's Victory, sank in 1744 with the loss of over 1000 lives.

Stemm and his company, Odyssey, have already recovered two rare bronze cannon and are seeking permission from the British authorities to raise the rest of the cargo, which may include valuable treasure.

Stephen talks to crew members from Stemm's exploration team, as well as marine archaeologists, about the man who started off as Bob Hope's PR agent, but always dreamt of underwater exploration.

The ship, the predecessor to Nelson's Victory, sank in 1744 with the loss of over 1000 lives. Stemm and his company, Odyssey, have already recovered two rare bronze cannon and are seeking permission from the British authorities to raise the rest of the cargo, which may include valuable treasure. Stephen talks to crew members from Stemm's exploration team, as well as marine archaeologists, about the man who started off as Bob Hope's PR agent, but always dreamt of underwater exploration.

Stephen Sackur profiles Greg Stemm, the American behind the exploration of HMS Victory.

0710Greg Stemm20090208Stephen Sackur profiles Greg Stemm, the American behind the exploration of HMS Victory.
0710John Mcfall2009021420090215Stephen Sackur profiles John McFall, the chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Committee, who has been grilling the top bankers at the heart of the economic crisis.

A former teacher, McFall, Labour MP for West Dumbartonshire, has chaired the committee for eight years.

Stephen hears from those who have been called to his study, including the Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy.

Stephen Sackur profiles John McFall, the chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Committee, who has been grilling the top bankers at the heart of the economic crisis. A former teacher, McFall, Labour MP for West Dumbartonshire, has chaired the committee for eight years. Stephen hears from those who have been called to his study, including the Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy.

Stephen Sackur profiles John McFall, chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Committee.

071114/02/200920090215Stephen Sackur profiles John McFall, chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Committee.
0711M I A2009022120090222Stephen Sackur profiles MIA, the British-born Tamil singer and artist who has become known for her fiery and politicised style of songwriting and has been nominated for an Oscar for the song she contributed to the soundtrack of Slumdog Millionaire.

Stephen hears about MIA from friends, family and fellow musicians and asks if, amid the success and the hype, she is the real deal or whether she may be just another world music flash in the pan.

Stephen Sackur profiles MIA, the British-born Tamil singer and artist who has become known for her fiery and politicised style of songwriting and has been nominated for an Oscar for the song she contributed to the soundtrack of Slumdog Millionaire. Stephen hears about MIA from friends, family and fellow musicians and asks if, amid the success and the hype, she is the real deal or whether she may be just another world music flash in the pan.

Stephen Sackur profiles MIA, the British-born Tamil singer and artist.

071221/02/200920090222Stephen Sackur profiles MIA, the British-born Tamil singer and artist.
0712Bobby Jindal2009022820090301Claire Bolderson profiles Bobby Jindal, the young Indian-American governor of Louisiana who was chosen to give the Republican response to President Obama's Congressional address on the economy.

Born and raised a Hindu, Jindal converted to Catholicism as a teenager.

The former Rhodes Scholar has since made a name for himself as a conservative Republican, opposing abortion, gay marriage and stem cell research, while advocating the teaching of intelligent design in schools.

Claire hears from those who knew, and have tracked the career of, this rising star who has been tipped by some as a potential presidential candidate in 2012.

Born and raised a Hindu, Jindal converted to Catholicism as a teenager. The former Rhodes Scholar has since made a name for himself as a conservative Republican, opposing abortion, gay marriage and stem cell research, while advocating the teaching of intelligent design in schools.

Claire Bolderson profiles the young Indian-American governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal.

0713Bobby Jindal2009030720090301Claire Bolderson profiles the young Indian-American governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal.
0713Pen Hadow2009030720090308Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Polar explorer Pen Hadow.

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Polar explorer Pen Hadow, who is leading the Catlin Arctic Survey to determine the likely meltdown date of the ice cap.

The British trailblazer and his team will drag a mobile radar unit more than 1000 kilometres as they trek to the North Pole.

Hadow, a self-confessed 'tortured soul', has been criticised by some in the past for his so-called reckless behaviour.

But his current trip, he insists, is not about exploration, but about gathering scientific data that could be crucial to our understanding of climate change.

Mary Ann hears from friends and family of this enigmatic explorer.

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0714Pen Hadow20090308Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Polar explorer Pen Hadow.

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Polar explorer Pen Hadow, who is leading the Catlin Arctic Survey to determine the likely meltdown date of the ice cap. The British trailblazer and his team will drag a mobile radar unit more than 1000 kilometres as they trek to the North Pole.

Hadow, a self-confessed 'tortured soul', has been criticised by some in the past for his so-called reckless behaviour. But his current trip, he insists, is not about exploration, but about gathering scientific data that could be crucial to our understanding of climate change. Mary Ann hears from friends and family of this enigmatic explorer.

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0716Richard Holbrooke2009032820090329Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the American diplomat Richard Holbrooke.

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the American diplomat Richard Holbrooke, the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He has a reputation for getting results, and from Asia to the Balkans, and from Germany to Wall Street, he has spurned old-style diplomacy, provoking praise and fury in equal measure. In his current role he is tasked with leading President Obama's new strategy for the war-torn region and seeking an exit plan for western troops.

0717Richard Holbrooke20090329Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the American diplomat Richard Holbrooke.
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0720 LASTPhillip Blond2009042520090426Chris Bowlby profiles Philip Blond, the theologian who has become an unexpected new influence on Conservative Party policy.

He has moved from teaching theology in Cumbria to telling the Tories to abandon free market idolatry and do more for the poor.

Chris hears how the man who calls himself a 'Red Tory' hopes to change political debate.

He has moved from teaching theology in Cumbria to telling the Tories to abandon free market idolatry and do more for the poor. Chris hears how the man who calls himself a 'Red Tory' hopes to change political debate.

Profile of Philip Blond, the theologian who has become an influence on the Conservatives.

08Jose Manuel Barroso20091101Edward Stourton profiles the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso.
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0802Silvio Berlusconi2009070420090705Jonathan Maitland profiles Silvio Berlusconi

Jonathan Maitland profiles Silvio Berlusconi, who hosts the latest G8 summit in the wake of accusations of hiring prostitutes, as well as corruption and media interference.

However, he still manages to remain popular with Italian voters.

Jonathan asks what is it about Berlusconi that has made him so successful and if those talents are enough to ensure that he survives the current controversy about his private life.

Jonathan Maitland profiles Silvio Berlusconi, who hosts the latest G8 summit in the wake of accusations of hiring prostitutes, as well as corruption and media interference. However, he still manages to remain popular with Italian voters. Jonathan asks what is it about Berlusconi that has made him so successful and if those talents are enough to ensure that he survives the current controversy about his private life.

0803Andy Coulson2009071120090712It is said a spin doctor should never become the story.

But David Cameron's Communications Director, Andy Coulson, has been catapulted into the spotlight after News of the World staff were accused of paying private investigators to intercept the phone messages of politicians and celebrities while he was the editor.

James Silver examines the life a man whose job is to create headlines rather than be the subject of them.

James Silver examines the life of Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World.

It is said a spin doctor should never become the story. But David Cameron's Communications Director, Andy Coulson, has been catapulted into the spotlight after News of the World staff were accused of paying private investigators to intercept the phone messages of politicians and celebrities while he was the editor. James Silver examines the life a man whose job is to create headlines rather than be the subject of them.

0803Silvio Berlusconi20090705Jonathan Maitland profiles Silvio Berlusconi.
0804Andy Coulson20090712James Silver examines the life of Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World.
0804Sonia Sotomayor2009071820090719Claire Bolderson profiles Sonia Sotomayor.

Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama, Sotomayor would, if confirmed by the Senate, become the first Hispanic - and only the third woman - to hold a seat in the highest court in the United States.

Claire Bolderson profiles Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court.

Claire Bolderson profiles Sonia Sotomayor. Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama, Sotomayor would, if confirmed by the Senate, become the first Hispanic - and only the third woman - to hold a seat in the highest court in the United States.

0805Peter Gabriel2009072520090726Clive Coleman profiles Peter Gabriel.

He came to fame - and fortune - as the extravagantly-dressed lead singer of Genesis, before launching a successful solo career.

But Gabriel has pushed many other frontiers, notably helping to found the World Music festival WOMAD.

He has also experimented with new technologies, brought elder statesmen together and campaigned for human rights.

Clive hears from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Irish President Mary Robinson and Peter Gabriel's mother about what makes him tick.

Clive Coleman profiles Peter Gabriel. He came to fame - and fortune - as the extravagantly-dressed lead singer of Genesis, before launching a successful solo career. But Gabriel has pushed many other frontiers, notably helping to found the World Music festival WOMAD. He has also experimented with new technologies, brought elder statesmen together and campaigned for human rights.

Clive Coleman profiles the musician Peter Gabriel.

0806Peter Gabriel20090726Clive Coleman profiles the musician Peter Gabriel.
0806Sebastian Coe2009080120090802Seb Coe was victorious on the running track, gaining gold for the UK.

Later in life he won again - bringing home the Olympic Games for London 2012 - now just three years away.

But what of the years in between? A stint as a Tory MP resulted in a lost seat.

This was followed by a short spell as William Hague's 'chief of staff'.

How did Coe re-invent himself as the champion of Britain, the underdog, in its battle against Paris for the laurel crown?

Clive Coleman hears from Coe's geography teacher, Ken Livingstone and his former boss and judo partner William Hague about what kind of man Sebastian Coe really is.

Clive Coleman hears about what kind of man Sebastian Coe really is.

Seb Coe was victorious on the running track, gaining gold for the UK. Later in life he won again - bringing home the Olympic Games for London 2012 - now just three years away. But what of the years in between? A stint as a Tory MP resulted in a lost seat. This was followed by a short spell as William Hague's 'chief of staff'. How did Coe re-invent himself as the champion of Britain, the underdog, in its battle against Paris for the laurel crown?

0807James Murdoch2009080820090809Clive Coleman profiles the media modul James Murdoch, son of Rupert and a growing influence within News Corp.

He is an unusual business giant; he is young, has an interest in green issues and was the founder of a rap music studio, launching new acts onto the New York scene.

But his biggest contribution to popular culture has been his development of the satellite broadcaster BSkyB, which now boasts a 40 per cent share of the UK television market.

Clive Coleman profiles the media mogul James Murdoch.

Clive Coleman profiles the media modul James Murdoch, son of RuPublishing

He is an unusual business giant; he is young, has an interest in green issues and was the founder of a rap music studio, launching new acts onto the New York scene. But his biggest contribution to popular culture has been his development of the satellite broadcaster BSkyB, which now boasts a 40 per cent share of the UK television market.

0808Hamid Karzai2009081520090816Lucy Ash profiles Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan and almost certain to win the forthcoming election there.

Karzai is in a difficult position, though; he has to appeal to Western powers embroiled in military efforts to extend his authority across his country, but also to war-weary Afghans, who resent foreign interference and want a return to ancient tribal traditions and values.

It is a complex balancing act requiring courage, leadership and character.

Lucy Ash asks if he is up to it.

Featuring contributions from Christina Lamb, Rory Stewart, Jason Amerine, Afghan friends of Karzai, Elizabeth Rubin, Jawed Ludin and Christopher Alexander.

Lucy Ash profiles Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan.

Karzai is in a difficult position, though; he has to appeal to Western powers embroiled in military efforts to extend his authority across his country, but also to war-weary Afghans, who resent foreign interference and want a return to ancient tribal traditions and values. It is a complex balancing act requiring courage, leadership and character. Lucy Ash asks if he is up to it.

0808James Murdoch20090809Clive Coleman profiles the media mogul James Murdoch.
0809Hamid Karzai20090816Lucy Ash profiles Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan.
0809Neil Morrissey2009082220090823Jonathan Maitland profiles the actor Neil Morrissey, who was rescued from an introverted childhood by the stage and television.

He captured a global market with Bob The Builder and invested his money in brewing and in property, with rather less success.

As his latest play, Rain Man, opens in Bath, he has found himself having to promise his creditors that he will avoid bankruptcy in order to pay them back.

Featuring contributions from Martin Clunes, his business partner Richard Fox and the producers of Men Behaving Badly and Bob The Builder.

He captured a global market with Bob The Builder and invested his money in brewing and in property, with rather less success. As his latest play, Rain Man, opens in Bath, he has found himself having to promise his creditors that he will avoid bankruptcy in order to pay them back.

Jonathan Maitland profiles the actor Neil Morrissey.

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0810Neil Morrissey20090823Jonathan Maitland profiles the actor Neil Morrissey.
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0811Alex Salmond2009090520090906Jonathan Maitland profiles Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister and the leader of the SNP.

Salmond is a private man with a very public image.

Passionate about horse racing and renewable energy, he a pragmatic nationalist, a leader who reshaped his party and then abruptly left as leader in 2000, only to return four years later.

So who is the real Alex Salmond and how serious is he about pursuing Scottish independence?

Jonathan Maitland profiles Alex Salmond, SNP leader and Scotland's First Minister.

Salmond is a private man with a very public image. Passionate about horse racing and renewable energy, he a pragmatic nationalist, a leader who reshaped his party and then abruptly left as leader in 2000, only to return four years later.

0812Alex Salmond20090906Jonathan Maitland profiles Alex Salmond, SNP leader and Scotland's First Minister.
0812Angela Merkel2009091220090913Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

She has gone from being Helmut Kohl's 'little girl' to one of the world's most influential stateswomen.

Forbes Magazine recently declared Ms Merkel to be the most powerful woman in the world for the fourth time.

All the opinion polls indicate that she will remain as Chancellor after the latest elections.

So how did this physicist from a small town in East Germany become a world leader?

She has gone from being Helmut Kohl's 'little girl' to one of the world's most influential stateswomen. Forbes Magazine recently declared Ms Merkel to be the most powerful woman in the world for the fourth time. All the opinion polls indicate that she will remain as Chancellor after the latest elections.

0813Angela Merkel20090913Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
0813Christopher Bailey2009091920090920Mary Ann Sieghart profiles fashion designer Christopher Bailey, the Yorkshire lad who made his mark in New York and Milan before returning to rescue Burberry from the unwanted attention of the chavs.

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles fashion designer Christopher Bailey.

0814Christopher Bailey20090920Mary Ann Sieghart profiles fashion designer Christopher Bailey.
0814Keir Starmer2009092620090927, the Director of Public Prosecutions, is in the spotlight.

As the DPP announces new guidelines on assisted suicide, Clive Coleman traces Starmer's progression through the legal ranks, and looks at his blue-collar origins, unashamed political commitments and passion for football.

Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, is in the spotlight.

Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, is in the spotlight. As the DPP announces new guidelines on assisted suicide, Clive Coleman traces Starmer's progression through the legal ranks, and looks at his blue-collar origins, unashamed political commitments and passion for football.

0815Keir Starmer20090927, the Director of Public Prosecutions, is in the spotlight.

Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, is in the spotlight.

0815Sarah Brown2009100320091004Claire Bolderson profiles Sarah Brown, the wife of the prime minister.

She introduced him at the Labour Party Conference again this year and she is growing in popularity among delegates and activists who warm to her personality and read her Twitter messages with interest.

But is she simply a 'first lady' who owes her influence to her husband's political status, or is she successfully carving out a career behind the scenes, working on her many charities and restoring some of the political ground that the Labour Party has lost?

We talk to childhood friends, former colleagues and those who know her now.

0816Alexander Lebedev2009101020091011Stephen Sackur profiles Alexander Lebedev, the Russian owner of the London Evening Standard.

He traces Lebedev's origins, from KGB officer at the Russian Embassy in London to billionaire businessman, socialite and political liberal.

Whatever could he want with the Evening Standard?

Stephen Sackur profiles Alexander Lebedev, the owner of the London Evening Standard.

0817Alexander Lebedev20091011Stephen Sackur profiles Alexander Lebedev, the owner of the London Evening Standard.
0817Sir Thomas Legg2009101720091018is the lawyer who has been combing through the past five years of MPs' expenses.

The letters he sent out to MPs about their claims have surprised and angered many of them.

Chris Bowlby takes a closer look at the retired, unknown civil servant, who is suddenly at the centre of a media and political storm.

Chris Bowlby takes a look at the man at the centre of a political storm on MPs expenses.

0818Armando Iannucci2009102420091025Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Armando Iannucci, the comedian and writer behind satirical comedies including On The Hour, I'm Alan Partridge and The Thick of It.

0819Armando Iannucci20091025Mary Ann Sieghart profiles comedian and writer Armando Iannucci.
0819 LASTJose Manuel Barroso2009103120091101Edward Stourton takes a closer look at the life and career of the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso.

Edward Stourton profiles the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso.

09Lloyd Blankfein20100425Edward Stourton profiles Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of investment bank Goldman Sachs.
0901Fabio Capello2010010220100103As World Cup year begins, England's football hopes centre on manager Fabio Capello.

But despite intense media attention this art-loving Italian remains a distant, mysterious figure.

Chris Bowlby looks for the man behind the stern façade.

Chris Bowlby profiles the England football manager Fabio Capello.

As World Cup year begins, England's football hopes centre on manager Fabio Capello. But despite intense media attention this art-loving Italian remains a distant, mysterious figure. Chris Bowlby looks for the man behind the stern facade.

As World Cup year begins, England's football hopes centre on manager Fabio Capello. But despite intense media attention this art-loving Italian remains a distant, mysterious figure. Chris Bowlby looks for the man behind the stern façade.

0902Fabio Capello20100103Chris Bowlby profiles the England football manager Fabio Capello.
0902Sir Roderic Lyne2010010920100110Starting next week some of those most closely involved in the decision to go to war in Iraq will be appearing before the Chilcot Inquiry.

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Sir Roderic Lyne, the Iraq Inquiry panellist who is asking the toughest questions.

He is a former Ambassador to Moscow and private secretary to John Major.

Alastair Campbell has been a running buddy.

So how tough will Sir Roderic be with his friends and former colleagues?

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Sir Roderic Lyne, the Iraq Inquiry panellist.

Starting next week some of those most closely involved in the decision to go to war in Iraq will be appearing before the Chilcot Inquiry. Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Sir Roderic Lyne, the Iraq Inquiry panellist who is asking the toughest questions. He is a former Ambassador to Moscow and private secretary to John Major. Alastair Campbell has been a running buddy. So how tough will Sir Roderic be with his friends and former colleagues?

0903Arlene Foster2010011620100117

Jonathan Maitland charts the rise of N Ireland's acting First Minister Arlene Foster.

Jonathan Maitland charts the meteoric rise of Northern Ireland's acting First Minister, Arlene Foster. She is stepping into the shoes of Peter Robinson and is the first woman to hold the top post. But can she make a permanent mark on the face of politics in Northern Ireland?

0903Sir Roderic Lyne20100110Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Sir Roderic Lyne, the Iraq Inquiry panellist.
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0904Scott Brown2010012320100124Claire Bolderson on newly elected Republican senator for Massachusetts, Scott Brown.

Claire Bolderson looks at the colourful life of the senator elect for Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown.

His victory in the previously safe Democrat seat, held by the late Ted Kennedy, is a huge blow for President Obama and his legislative plans.

Dubbed Senator Beefcake in the US media, Scott Brown is a lawyer, an athlete and a former model.

Claire Bolderson looks at the colourful life of the senator elect for Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown. His victory in the previously safe Democrat seat, held by the late Ted Kennedy, is a huge blow for President Obama and his legislative plans. Dubbed Senator Beefcake in the US media, Scott Brown is a lawyer, an athlete and a former model.

0905Chris Morris2010013020100131

Claire Bolderson profiles the satirist Chris Morris.

Best known for his cult TV shows The Day Today and Brass Eye, he has tackled subjects considered taboo by many people, including paedophilia, incest and suicide. His latest offering, a film poking fun at jihadis, promises to be no different. But who is this intensely private individual, and where does his decidedly angry brand of humour come from?

Contributors include Morris's writing partner David Quantick, former boss Trevor Dann and Michael Grade.

Contributors include his brother Tom Morris, his writing partner David Quantick, former boss Trevor Dann, Michael Grade and former Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg, who advised Morris on his latest film, Four Lions.

0905Scott Brown20100124Claire Bolderson on newly elected Republican senator for Massachusetts, Scott Brown.
0906Chris Morris20100131Claire Bolderson profiles the satirist Chris Morris.
0906Vincent Nichols, Archbishop Of Westminster2010020620100207Clive Coleman profiles Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

Clive Coleman profiles Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

In a week in which the Pope has attacked UK equality laws, Clive looks at the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Who were his influences and what is his vision for the Church?

Interviewees include Clifford Longley, whose daughter's wedding he officiated, and Austin Ivereigh, former press secretary to his predecessor, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor.

Clive Coleman profiles Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. In a week in which the Pope has attacked UK equality laws, Clive looks at the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales. Who were his influences and what is his vision for the Church?

0907Rajendra Pachauri2010021320100214Jonathan Maitland profiles Rajendra Pachauri, a key player in the climate change debate.

As the head of the UN's climate change panel, he is coming under increasing fire for a glaring error in the IPCC reporting on glaciers.

Pechauri's critics also claim that his business interests - as a consultant to energy industry giants - could represent a conflict of interest.

But his supporters say he's a tireless champion in alerting people to the impact of climate change on developing nations.

Jonathan Maitland profiles Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN's climate change panel.

As the head of the UN's climate change panel, he is coming under increasing fire for a glaring error in the IPCC reporting on glaciers. Pechauri's critics also claim that his business interests - as a consultant to energy industry giants - could represent a conflict of interest. But his supporters say he's a tireless champion in alerting people to the impact of climate change on developing nations.

0908George Papandreou2010022020100221Jonathan Maitland profiles the Greek prime minister George Papandreou, the man whose job it is to steer his country through its economic crisis.

He comes from a long political dynasty: both his father and grandfather also held the top job in Greece.

George Papandreou Jnr has led an eventful life; as a teenager he had a gun pointed to his head during an army coup.

But is he tough enough to deal with his country's vast public debts?

Interviewees include Baroness Kinnock and Papandreou's brother, Nikos.

Jonathan Maitland profiles the Greek prime minister George Papandreou.

Jonathan Maitland profiles the Greek prime minister George Papandreou, the man whose job it is to steer his country through its economic crisis. He comes from a long political dynasty: both his father and grandfather also held the top job in Greece. George Papandreou Jnr has led an eventful life; as a teenager he had a gun pointed to his head during an army coup. But is he tough enough to deal with his country's vast public debts?

0908Rajendra Pachauri20100214Jonathan Maitland profiles Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN's climate change panel.
0909George Papandreou20100221Jonathan Maitland profiles the Greek prime minister George Papandreou.
0909Sir Gus O'donnell2010022720100228Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'donnell

0910Sir Gus O'donnell20100228Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell.
0910Tidjane Thiam2010030620100307Mary Anne Sieghart profiles Tidjane Thiam, the chief executive of Prudential.

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Tidjane Thiam, the Ivory Coast-born chief executive of Prudential.

He is the first black person to head a FTSE 100 company and describes himself as 'African, francophone and 6ft 4ins'.

Others describe him as 'the most interesting man in insurance'.

This week he brokered a deal which could make his company the biggest insurer in South East Asia.

Mary Anne Sieghart profiles Tidjane Thiam, the chief executive of Prudential.

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He is the first black person to head a FTSE 100 company and describes himself as 'African, francophone and 6ft 4ins'. Others describe him as 'the most interesting man in insurance'. This week he brokered a deal which could make his company the biggest insurer in South East Asia.

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0911Baroness Catherine Ashton2010031320100314James Silver profiles one of the world's most powerful female politicians, Baroness Catherine Ashton.

Since her appointment as the EU's first High Representative for Foreign Affairs, the British politician has come under attack for not being up to the job.

She has been in the headlines again over her controversial plans for a European diplomatic service and an upcoming visit to Gaza.

So how has this former head of a health authority become such a significant global figure without being elected, and why does she have a life-size dalek in her living room?

James Silver profiles Baroness Catherine Ashton.

James Silver profiles one of the world's most powerful female politicians, Baroness Catherine Ashton. Since her appointment as the EU's first High Representative for Foreign Affairs, the British politician has come under attack for not being up to the job. She has been in the headlines again over her controversial plans for a European diplomatic service and an upcoming visit to Gaza. So how has this former head of a health authority become such a significant global figure without being elected, and why does she have a life-size dalek in her living room?

0912Baroness Catherine Ashton20100314James Silver profiles Baroness Catherine Ashton.
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0913Philip Pullman2010032720100328Jonathan Maitland profiles the writer Philip Pullman, whose latest book 'The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ' has prompted letters damning him to eternal hell - even though it has yet to be published.

Pullman is no stranger to controversy: the film of the first book in the trilogy 'His Dark Materials' outraged influential American Catholics who campaigned to get the dramatisation of his next two books shelved.

Jonathan Maitland profiles the writer Philip Pullman, whose latest book 'The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ' has prompted letters damning him to eternal hell - even though it has yet to be published. Pullman is no stranger to controversy: the film of the first book in the trilogy 'His Dark Materials' outraged influential American Catholics who campaigned to get the dramatisation of his next two books shelved.

0914Bob Crow2010040320100404Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Bob Crow, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, who is at the centre of threatened strikes on Britain's railways.

Regarded by some as a member of 'the Awkward Squad', a group of left-wing union leaders who came to power in the last ten years, Crow has been called 'a dinosaur', 'a bully', 'a thug' and probably even worse.

Some have suggested he revels in the notoriety which has been heaped upon him by commuters, New Labour and even fellow union leaders and that he enjoys playing the pantomime villain.

Under his leadership the RMT has become one of the fastest growing unions in Britain.

Those who've met him say he is polite, charming and considerate - a good man to have on your side but not someone you would like to work against.

He was born in East London and started work on London Underground in 1978.

He joined the National Union of Railwaymen and has never looked back.

He was elected General Secretary of the RMT in 2002 following the death of Jimmy Knapp, with the biggest winning margin in the union's history.

With contributions from Tim O'Toole (former Managing Director of London Underground), Tom Winsor (former Rail Regulator), the Labour MP Ian Davidson and transport journalist Christian Wolmar.

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Bob Crow, General Secretary of the transport union, the RMT.

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Bob Crow, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, who is at the centre of threatened strikes on Britain's railways. Regarded by some as a member of 'the Awkward Squad', a group of left-wing union leaders who came to power in the last ten years, Crow has been called 'a dinosaur', 'a bully', 'a thug' and probably even worse. Some have suggested he revels in the notoriety which has been heaped upon him by commuters, New Labour and even fellow union leaders and that he enjoys playing the pantomime villain. Under his leadership the RMT has become one of the fastest growing unions in Britain. Those who've met him say he is polite, charming and considerate - a good man to have on your side but not someone you would like to work against.

He was born in East London and started work on London Underground in 1978. He joined the National Union of Railwaymen and has never looked back. He was elected General Secretary of the RMT in 2002 following the death of Jimmy Knapp, with the biggest winning margin in the union's history.

0914Philip Pullman20100328Jonathan Maitland profiles the writer Philip Pullman.
0915Bob Crow20100404Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Bob Crow, General Secretary of the transport union, the RMT.
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0916Dominique Strauss-kahn2010041720100418Chris Bowlby profiles France's Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the charismatic head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a man many say is destined to become the next President of France.

When Dominique Strauss-Kahn, DSK as he is known, took charge of the IMF in 2007 many thought his political career was finished.

A man described variously as a 21st century Metternich, a champagne socialist and a dilettante, DSK had failed in a bid to become the Socialist party's candidate in the 2006 French Presidential election.

But his response to the global financial crisis in which he has skillfully positioned the IMF as a key player, has earned him European and international accolades.

And in recent months he has played a crucial role in using IMF clout to help stabilize the failing Greek economy.

Along the way the man nicknamed "chaud lapin" (hot rabbit) has survived a sex scandal and a very public divorce.

Now many commentators, who had written him off politically, are seeing DSK as a strong candidiate to emerge as President when France goes to the polls in 2012.

Chris Bowlby profiles Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Director of the International Monetary Fund.

Along the way the man nicknamed chaud lapin (hot rabbit) has survived a sex scandal and a very public divorce.

When Dominique Strauss-Kahn, DSK as he is known, took charge of the IMF in 2007 many thought his political career was finished. A man described variously as a 21st century Metternich, a champagne socialist and a dilettante, DSK had failed in a bid to become the Socialist party's candidate in the 2006 French Presidential election. But his response to the global financial crisis in which he has skillfully positioned the IMF as a key player, has earned him European and international accolades. And in recent months he has played a crucial role in using IMF clout to help stabilize the failing Greek economy. Along the way the man nicknamed "chaud lapin" (hot rabbit) has survived a sex scandal and a very public divorce. Now many commentators, who had written him off politically, are seeing DSK as a strong candidiate to emerge as President when France goes to the polls in 2012.

0917Dominique Strauss-kahn20100418Chris Bowlby profiles Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Director of the International Monetary Fund.
0917 LASTLloyd Blankfein2010042420100425Edward Stourton profiles Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs, the highly successful but controversial global investment bank at the centre of fraud allegations.

Lloyd Blankfein looks like a classic American success story, rising from a tough upbringing to head the top Goldman Sachs bank.

But the economic crisis and allegations of fraud have challenged the bank's mythical reputation.

Edward Stourton profiles the man at the centre of that storm.

Edward Stourton profiles Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Lloyd Blankfein looks like a classic American success story, rising from a tough upbringing to head the top Goldman Sachs bank. But the economic crisis and allegations of fraud have challenged the bank's mythical reputation. Edward Stourton profiles the man at the centre of that storm.

10Glenn Beck20101024Mary Ann Sieghart profiles provocative US talk show host, Glenn Beck.
1001Eric Pickles2010062620100627As spending cuts loom over town hall budgets, the first of a new series of 'Profile' focuses on the man who will wield the axe: Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles.

His bluff northern charm has won him many admirers as well as adversaries throughout a political career that began in Bradford Council more than thirty years ago.

But critics say as leader of Bradford City Council he championed swingeing spending cuts and outsourcing of services.

Reporter Gerry Northam speaks to friends and foes of the man once dubbed the 'Beast of Bradford' and asks how he will handle his responsibilities on the national stage.

Producer Andy Denwood.

What makes Tory political heavyweight Eric Pickles tick? Gerry Northam reports.

1002Sir Hugh Orde2010070320100704He is the straight talking, marathon running public face of the police service.

Sir Hugh Orde - president of the Association of Chief Police Officers - has warned budget cuts announced by the government could mean less officers on the beat.

It's another crisis for the senior officer who has taken charge of some of the UK's most politically sensitive beats.

From tackling black on black gun crime in London to running the Police Service of Northern Ireland, close colleagues reveal the inside track on some of the major moments in his career and how he has learned to deal with conflict.

Labelled the king of the one liners, we hear something of the private man and how even a major criminal investigation did not stand in the way of him running one of his beloved marathons

Reporter - Gerry Northam, Producer - Paul Grant.

Gerry Northam profiles Sir Hugh Orde, head of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

He is the straight talking, marathon running public face of the police service. Sir Hugh Orde - president of the Association of Chief Police Officers - has warned budget cuts announced by the government could mean less officers on the beat. It's another crisis for the senior officer who has taken charge of some of the UK's most politically sensitive beats. From tackling black on black gun crime in London to running the Police Service of Northern Ireland, close colleagues reveal the inside track on some of the major moments in his career and how he has learned to deal with conflict. Labelled the king of the one liners, we hear something of the private man and how even a major criminal investigation did not stand in the way of him running one of his beloved marathons

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1003Sir Hugh Orde20100704Gerry Northam profiles Sir Hugh Orde, head of the Association of Chief Police Officers.
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1004Rt Rev John Broadhurst2010071720100718
10052010072420100725Lord Black of Crossharbour, the press baron who owned the Daily Telegraph was sentenced to six and half years in jail two years ago.

This week, he astonished his detractors when he was released on appeal.

Convicted of defrauding shareholders, the unrepentant Lord is now threatening to wreak vengeance on the foes he believes are responsible for his spectacular fall from grace.

Michael Cockerell revisits a Profile he first made in 2007 and follows the latest twist in the astonishing story of Conrad Black.

He asks if the man who admires Napoleon can make good on his threats to return to rout his enemies.

Conrad Black is back.

Michael Cockerell asks: will the fallen press baron slay his foes?

Lord Black of Crossharbour, the press baron who owned the Daily Telegraph was sentenced to six and half years in jail two years ago. This week, he astonished his detractors when he was released on appeal. Convicted of defrauding shareholders, the unrepentant Lord is now threatening to wreak vengeance on the foes he believes are responsible for his spectacular fall from grace. Michael Cockerell revisits a Profile he first made in 2007 and follows the latest twist in the astonishing story of Conrad Black. He asks if the man who admires Napoleon can make good on his threats to return to rout his enemies.

Conrad Black is back. Michael Cockerell asks: will the fallen press baron slay his foes?

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100624/07/201020100725Conrad Black is back. Michael Cockerell asks: will the fallen press baron slay his foes?
1006Julian Assange2010073120100801Julian Assange is the controversial editor-in-chief and public face of Wikileaks, the website that publishes sensitive documents, whilst protecting their sources.

It's dominated this week's headlines following the release online of over 90,000 secret military reports from Afghanistan, and is accused of having blood on its hands.

The documents give insights into military operations, and reveal there have been more civilian casualties than previously acknowledged.

Some material also reveals the names of Afghan informers, and Assange is being held responsible for putting people's lives at risk and endangering national security.

An Australian, Julian Assange first gained notoriety in the 1990s when he was charged with dozens of computer hacking offences.

Little is known about his upbringing, but his parents ran a puppet theatre and he's believed to have moved school dozens of times.

The organisation he founded in 2006 has no headquarters, no offices and little formal structure.

Assange again leads a nomadic lifestyle moving around Europe, saying he fears arrest if he returns to America - in April, the website released graphic, classified footage of an American helicopter gunship killing Iraqis in a Baghdad, and had previously revealed a classified US manual from Guantanamo Bay.

Admired by some for protecting whistle-blowers and puncturing state secrecy, Assange has been attacked by others for an irresponsible attitude, driven by ideology and prepared to accept 'collateral damage'.

Julian Assange is the controversial editor-in-chief and public face of Wikileaks, the website that publishes sensitive documents, whilst protecting their sources. It's dominated this week's headlines following the release online of over 90,000 secret military reports from Afghanistan, and is accused of having blood on its hands. The documents give insights into military operations, and reveal there have been more civilian casualties than previously acknowledged. Some material also reveals the names of Afghan informers, and Assange is being held responsible for putting people's lives at risk and endangering national security.

An Australian, Julian Assange first gained notoriety in the 1990s when he was charged with dozens of computer hacking offences. Little is known about his upbringing, but his parents ran a puppet theatre and he's believed to have moved school dozens of times. The organisation he founded in 2006 has no headquarters, no offices and little formal structure. Assange again leads a nomadic lifestyle moving around Europe, saying he fears arrest if he returns to America - in April, the website released graphic, classified footage of an American helicopter gunship killing Iraqis in a Baghdad, and had previously revealed a classified US manual from Guantanamo Bay.

With insights from friends, colleagues and critics, Nigel Thompson profiles the man behind Wikileaks.

Nigel Thompson profiles Julian Assange, controversial public face of the WikiLeaks website

1007Julian Assange20100801Nigel Thompson profiles Julian Assange, controversial public face of the WikiLeaks website
1007Paul Kagame2010080720100808On Monday Rwanda goes to the polls, amid claims that the Hutu opposition has been brutally quashed, and free speech stifled by President Paul Kagame and the majority Tutsi government.

The man who has led this tiny landlocked state since the genocide in 1994, taking it from basket case to emerging African success story, has been seen as a saviour, steering a traumatised country to democracy.

He outlawed talk of ethnicity or division, and instilled discipline and ambition in colleagues and citizens alike.

Aid money has been spent effectively: 19 out of 20 children are in school, the country has a health system.

He changed the official language from French to English, banned plastic bags, and is pushing broadband internet connections.

Sleeping little, Kagame reads voraciously about economic successes like Singapore or Korea, and has transformed Kigali into a clean and modern capital city.

He uses a PR agency, has a facebook page, and occasionally tweets: but he's also accused of censorship and control of the media.

Once praised by Clinton and Blair as a leader, Kagame is now under attack for banning political parties, and the unexplained and brutal murders of opposition politicians and journalists.

Almost uniquely among Africa leaders, Kagame faces no personal allegations of corruption or nepotism.

Kagame wants another term of office, and will get it.

He denies any involvement in the assassinations, but says that the scale of the horror experience in Rwanda means the country needs a strong hand, and that the West doesn't understand.

Nigel Thompson profiles the man behind Rwanda's extraordinary story.

Producer, Samantha Fenwick.

Rwanda is an economic success story, but is President Paul Kagame also a brutal dictator?

On Monday Rwanda goes to the polls, amid claims that the Hutu opposition has been brutally quashed, and free speech stifled by President Paul Kagame and the majority Tutsi government. The man who has led this tiny landlocked state since the genocide in 1994, taking it from basket case to emerging African success story, has been seen as a saviour, steering a traumatised country to democracy. He outlawed talk of ethnicity or division, and instilled discipline and ambition in colleagues and citizens alike. Aid money has been spent effectively: 19 out of 20 children are in school, the country has a health system. He changed the official language from French to English, banned plastic bags, and is pushing broadband internet connections. Sleeping little, Kagame reads voraciously about economic successes like Singapore or Korea, and has transformed Kigali into a clean and modern capital city. He uses a PR agency, has a facebook page, and occasionally tweets: but he's also accused of censorship and control of the media. Once praised by Clinton and Blair as a leader, Kagame is now under attack for banning political parties, and the unexplained and brutal murders of opposition politicians and journalists. Almost uniquely among Africa leaders, Kagame faces no personal allegations of corruption or nepotism. Kagame wants another term of office, and will get it. He denies any involvement in the assassinations, but says that the scale of the horror experience in Rwanda means the country needs a strong hand, and that the West doesn't understand. Nigel Thompson profiles the man behind Rwanda's extraordinary story.

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1008Paul Kagame20100808Rwanda is an economic success story, but is President Paul Kagame also a brutal dictator?
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1011Pope Benedict Vxi2010090420100905Who is Pope Benedict VXI? Jane Little delves into his background to find out.

Who is Pope Benedict VXI? Ahead of his visit to the UK, former BBC religious affairs correspondent Jane Little delves into his background to paint a portrait of a man many people know little about.

The Catholic Church is facing one of its biggest challenges in recent history as one sexual abuse scandal after another emerges in countries from Ireland to Germany to the US.

Critics are accusing the Church of cover-ups and are angry that the Pope has failed to issue an apology.

Some observers are suggesting the Pope will be met with some hostility when he comes to the UK in September.

Can the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide deal with the controversy, if protests happen, and does he have the temperament and personality to heal the cracks that are threatening the very fabric of his Church? Jane Little talks to former colleagues and students of this very devout Pope to find out.

Who is Pope Benedict VXI? Ahead of his visit to the UK, former BBC religious affairs correspondent Jane Little delves into his background to paint a portrait of a man many people know little about. The Catholic Church is facing one of its biggest challenges in recent history as one sexual abuse scandal after another emerges in countries from Ireland to Germany to the US. Critics are accusing the Church of cover-ups and are angry that the Pope has failed to issue an apology. Some observers are suggesting the Pope will be met with some hostility when he comes to the UK in September. Can the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide deal with the controversy, if protests happen, and does he have the temperament and personality to heal the cracks that are threatening the very fabric of his Church? Jane Little talks to former colleagues and students of this very devout Pope to find out.

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1012Pope Benedict Vxi20100905Who is Pope Benedict VXI? Jane Little delves into his background to find out.
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1013Danny Alexander2010091820100919Jonathan Maitland profiles Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the coalition government and Liberal Democrat who will wield the axe as the UK enters a new age of austerity.

Alexander emerged from a background in communications and a short career as a politician --he was first elected to a Highlands seat in 2005 --to become Treasury Chief Secretary.

It is a post that many commentators say makes Danny Alexander the third most powerful man in government, after the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer and ahead of his own boss the Deputy Prime Minister.

So how did a man whose last job outside of politics was to run communications for the Cairngorms National Park get so far so fast? And how will he fare once the cuts he is overseeing begin to take hold? Jonathan Maitland talks to his family, his friends and political commentators about the MP from Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.

Jonathan Maitland profiles Danny Alexander, Lib Dem MP and Treasury Chief Secretary.

So how did a man whose last job outside of politics was to run communications for the Cairngorms National Park get so far so fast? And how will he fare once the cuts he is overseeing begin to take hold? Jonathan Maitland talks to his family, his friends and political commentators about the MP from Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey.

Jonathan Maitland profiles Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the coalition government and Liberal Democrat who will wield the axe as the UK enters a new age of austerity. Alexander emerged from a background in communications and a short career as a politician --he was first elected to a Highlands seat in 2005 --to become Treasury Chief Secretary. It is a post that many commentators say makes Danny Alexander the third most powerful man in government, after the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer and ahead of his own boss the Deputy Prime Minister. So how did a man whose last job outside of politics was to run communications for the Cairngorms National Park get so far so fast? And how will he fare once the cuts he is overseeing begin to take hold? Jonathan Maitland talks to his family, his friends and political commentators about the MP from Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.

Jonathan Maitland profiles Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury in the coalition government and Liberal Democrat who will wield the axe as the UK enters a new age of austerity. Alexander emerged from a background in communications and a short career as a politician --he was first elected to a Highlands seat in 2005 --to become Treasury Chief Secretary. It is a post that many commentators say makes Danny Alexander the third most powerful man in government, after the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer and ahead of his own boss the Deputy Prime Minister. So how did a man whose last job outside of politics was to run communications for the Cairngorms National Park get so far so fast? And how will he fare once the cuts he is overseeing begin to take hold? Jonathan Maitland talks to his family, his friends and political commentators about the MP from Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey.

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1014Danny Alexander20100919Jonathan Maitland profiles Danny Alexander, Lib Dem MP and Treasury Chief Secretary.
1014Eric Daniels2010092520100926, CEO of Lloyds, Britain's biggest retail bank, who announced this week that he will retire in 12 months with an estimated £13 million pay off package.

He's the last survivor of the big banking beasts - Fred "the Shred" Goodwin and co - who were at the helm when the banking crisis struck.

Daniels is still being pursued by angry shareholders who saw their stake plummet after he presided over the Lloyds takeover of HBOS.

A heavy smoking, cricket-loving American, of Chinese/German parentage, Eric Daniels won a reputation as the quiet man, a safe pair of hands, risk averse: the archetypal boring banker.

That was before Gordon Brown persuaded him and his chairman at Lloyds to take on HBOS at the hight of the banking crisis.

Triumph rapidly turned to disaster.

As the Independent Banking Commission this week reveals its plans to re-shape the banking sector, Morland Sanders profiles a respected City figure, and through Daniels' story, throws a revealing light on Britain's recent banking culture and crisis.

Producer: Andy Denwood

Presenter: Morland Sanders.

Eric Daniels, CEO of Lloyds, to leave with a reputed 13m pound pay off.

Eric Daniels, CEO of Lloyds, Britain's biggest retail bank, who announced this week that he will retire in 12 months with an estimated £13 million pay off package.

Eric Daniels, CEO of Lloyds, Britain's biggest retail bank, who announced this week that he will retire in 12 months with an estimated £13 million pay off package. He's the last survivor of the big banking beasts - Fred "the Shred" Goodwin and co - who were at the helm when the banking crisis struck. Daniels is still being pursued by angry shareholders who saw their stake plummet after he presided over the Lloyds takeover of HBOS.

A heavy smoking, cricket-loving American, of Chinese/German parentage, Eric Daniels won a reputation as the quiet man, a safe pair of hands, risk averse: the archetypal boring banker. That was before Gordon Brown persuaded him and his chairman at Lloyds to take on HBOS at the hight of the banking crisis. Triumph rapidly turned to disaster. As the Independent Banking Commission this week reveals its plans to re-shape the banking sector, Morland Sanders profiles a respected City figure, and through Daniels' story, throws a revealing light on Britain's recent banking culture and crisis.

1015Dilma Rousseff2010100220101003Brazilians go to the polls this weekend, to elect a new president, replacing the charismatic Lula da Silva.

And, with Dilma Rousseff far ahead in the polls, it looks like the country could get its first female leader.

It's been an amazing journey for Rousseff, the daughter of a Bulgarian immigrant.

In the 1960's, she joined a revolutionary urban guerrilla group after the military coup, and was imprisoned and tortured.

She is now seen as Lula's successor, nicknamed 'The Iron Lady', though there are questions about her own public charisma and in which direction she will take this booming country of 200 million people.

If she wins, she could become one of the world's most powerful leaders.

Brazilians go to the polls this weekend, to elect a new president, replacing the charismatic Lula da Silva. And, with Dilma Rousseff far ahead in the polls, it looks like the country could get its first female leader. It's been an amazing journey for Rousseff, the daughter of a Bulgarian immigrant. In the 1960's, she joined a revolutionary urban guerrilla group after the military coup, and was imprisoned and tortured.

She is now seen as Lula's successor, nicknamed 'The Iron Lady', though there are questions about her own public charisma and in which direction she will take this booming country of 200 million people. If she wins, she could become one of the world's most powerful leaders.

1015Eric Daniels20100926, CEO of Lloyds, Britain's biggest retail bank, who announced this week that he will retire in 12 months with an estimated £13 million pay off package. He's the last survivor of the big banking beasts - Fred "the Shred" Goodwin and co - who were at the helm when the banking crisis struck. Daniels is still being pursued by angry shareholders who saw their stake plummet after he presided over the Lloyds takeover of HBOS.

A heavy smoking, cricket-loving American, of Chinese/German parentage, Eric Daniels won a reputation as the quiet man, a safe pair of hands, risk averse: the archetypal boring banker. That was before Gordon Brown persuaded him and his chairman at Lloyds to take on HBOS at the hight of the banking crisis. Triumph rapidly turned to disaster. As the Independent Banking Commission this week reveals its plans to re-shape the banking sector, Morland Sanders profiles a respected City figure, and through Daniels' story, throws a revealing light on Britain's recent banking culture and crisis.

Producer: Andy Denwood

Presenter: Morland Sanders.

Eric Daniels, CEO of Lloyds, to leave with a reputed 13m pound pay off.

Eric Daniels, CEO of Lloyds, Britain's biggest retail bank, who announced this week that he will retire in 12 months with an estimated £13 million pay off package. He's the last survivor of the big banking beasts - Fred "the Shred" Goodwin and co - who were at the helm when the banking crisis struck. Daniels is still being pursued by angry shareholders who saw their stake plummet after he presided over the Lloyds takeover of HBOS.

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1016Yvette Cooper2010100920101010Shadow Foreign Secretary.
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1017Iain Duncan Smith2010101620101017Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Iain Duncan Smith whose Work and Pensions Department will be hit during next week's Spending Review.

His proposed welfare reforms have been described as 'the biggest since the war-time work of Beveridge' and a white paper is expected after the Spending Review.

Iain Duncan Smith started out briefly in industry after leaving the army where he served twice in Northern Ireland.

His father was a famous World War II flying ace and his mother a ballerina.

In the 1990s, he was best-known as one of the Tory party's most strident euro-sceptic MPs.

His short two year leadership of the Conservative party was mostly unsuccessful.

The "quiet man" was unable to unite his party.

But it was during this time that Iain Duncan Smith began to see the need for welfare reform.

After he was ousted from the leadership he set up the Centre for Social Justice and is credited with forming much of David Cameron's social agenda.

Mary Ann Sieghart talks to his political allies and foes, long-standing friends and the people who began to change his political direction.

Producer : Rosamund Jones.

His father was a famous World War II flying ace & his mother a ballerina.

Mary Ann Sieghart talks to his political allies & foes, long-standing friends and the people who began to change his political direction.

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Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith

1018 LASTGlenn Beck2010102320101024Mary Ann Sieghart profiles provocative US talk show host, Glenn Beck.

, the provocative tv and radio talk show host, represents the polarised politics of American media.

Those who like him describe him as an 'inspiration' and those that don't call him 'toxic'.

His TV show on Fox News averages a daily audience of two million viewers.

Beck doesn't shy away from controversy, recently describing progressivism as "the cancer in America eating our Constitution" and referring to President Obama as having "a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture".

Along with Sarah Palin, he's often invoked as a spiritual leader by the Tea Party Movement

Mary Ann Sieghart looks at the man who grew up in small town America as a Catholic, became a disc jockey in his home town of Mount Vernon at the age of 13, converted to mormonism and now runs a multimedia empire.

Glenn Beck, the provocative tv and radio talk show host, represents the polarised politics of American media. Those who like him describe him as an 'inspiration' and those that don't call him 'toxic'. His TV show on Fox News averages a daily audience of two million viewers.

Beck doesn't shy away from controversy, recently describing progressivism as "the cancer in America eating our Constitution" and referring to President Obama as having "a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture". Along with Sarah Palin, he's often invoked as a spiritual leader by the Tea Party Movement

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1101Lady Gaga2010122520101226Stephen Smith profiles Lady Gaga and her dizzying dash to global pop music dominance.

The numbers are staggering: more than 1 billion music video online hits, record sales of more than 50 million, number 7 on the Forbes List of the world's 100 most influential women.

Not bad at all for 24 year old Stefani Germanotta, a girl from New York's Lower East Side whom the world now knows as Lady Gaga.

In this week's Christmas day Profile, Stephen Smith follows Germanotta's story from rebellious, classically trained pianist to pop's newest and hottest icon.

The numbers are staggering: more than 1 billion music video online hits, record sales of more than 50 million, number 7 on the Forbes List of the world's 100 most influential women. Not bad at all for 24 year old Stefani Germanotta, a girl from New York's Lower East Side whom the world now knows as Lady Gaga. In this week's Christmas day Profile, Stephen Smith follows Germanotta's story from rebellious, classically trained pianist to pop's newest and hottest icon.

1102Lady Gaga20101226Stephen Smith profiles Lady Gaga and her dizzying dash to global pop music dominance.
1102Prince William20110101The royal wedding this year will bring Prince William back to Westminster Abbey, the place where he first attracted global attention as the son mourning his mother's tragic death.

Since then he has had to negotiate his relations with the Spencer and Windsor families, and follow the carefully constructed training of the man likely to be king.

His time as a student, professional and military careers have all been steps on this path.

So how difficult an inheritance has this been? And what does the preparation of William the young prince tell us about plans for the future role and image of the monarchy?

In this week's Profile, Chris Bowlby considers the mix of family duty, personal choice and careful PR that has gone into the making of Prince William.

Producer: Daniel Tetlow.

The royal wedding this year will bring Prince William back to Westminster Abbey, the place where he first attracted global attention as the son mourning his mother's tragic death. Since then he has had to negotiate his relations with the Spencer and Windsor families, and follow the carefully constructed training of the man likely to be king. His time as a student, professional and military careers have all been steps on this path. So how difficult an inheritance has this been? And what does the preparation of William the young prince tell us about plans for the future role and image of the monarchy?

As Prince William prepares to marry, who and what has shaped him and his royal role?

1103Mark Zuckerberg.2011010820110109Profile this week is Facebook co-founder and Chief Executive, Mark Zuckerberg.

With new investment by Goldman Sachs, the company is now valued at 50 billion dollars.

But how much do we know about the man behind it all? Is he really the character portrayed in recent film, The Social Network? And what next for the 26-year-old now thought to be the world's youngest billionaire?

Reporter Morland Sanders, producer Rob Cave.

1103Prince William20110102As Prince William prepares to marry, who and what has shaped him and his royal role?
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1104Colin Firth2011011520110116.

Presenter: Gerry Northam,

Producer: Gail Champion.

1105Andy Coulson2011012220110123

Presenter: Gerry Northam,

Producer: Gail Champion.

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What makes Craig Oliver the best choice for David Cameron's Director of Communications? Jane Dodge profiles the career TV journalist taking over at the Number 10 press office.

An insight into Craig Oliver, newly appointed Government Director of Communications.

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1108Arianna Huffington2011021220110213
20110213 (R4)

Emma Jane Kirby profiles new media mogul Arianna Huffington.

has had a rich and prolific career.

A best selling author and TV presenter, her political transformation saw her first stand as a Republican candidate before switching to the Democrats, as she sought high public office.

After setting up the highly sucessful internet newspaper, The Huffington Post, which championed "citizen journalism", this week she agreed a buyout by media giants AOL.

But who is Arianna Huffington and what makes her tick? In this week's Profile, Emma Jane Kirby, looks into the life of America's latest media mogul and asks what next for the woman who's been described as "the most upwardly mobile Greek since Icarus".

Arianna Huffington has had a rich and prolific career. A best selling author and TV presenter, her political transformation saw her first stand as a Republican candidate before switching to the Democrats, as she sought high public office. After setting up the highly sucessful internet newspaper, The Huffington Post, which championed citizen journalism, this week she agreed a buyout by media giants AOL. But who is Arianna Huffington and what makes her tick? In this week's Profile, Emma Jane Kirby, looks into the life of America's latest media mogul and asks what next for the woman who's been described as the most upwardly mobile Greek since Icarus.

1109Arianna Huffington20110213has had a rich and prolific career. A best selling author and TV presenter, her political transformation saw her first stand as a Republican candidate before switching to the Democrats, as she sought high public office. After setting up the highly sucessful internet newspaper, The Huffington Post, which championed "citizen journalism", this week she agreed a buyout by media giants AOL. But who is Arianna Huffington and what makes her tick? In this week's Profile, Emma Jane Kirby, looks into the life of America's latest media mogul and asks what next for the woman who's been described as "the most upwardly mobile Greek since Icarus".

Emma Jane Kirby profiles new media mogul Arianna Huffington.

Arianna Huffington has had a rich and prolific career. A best selling author and TV presenter, her political transformation saw her first stand as a Republican candidate before switching to the Democrats, as she sought high public office. After setting up the highly sucessful internet newspaper, The Huffington Post, which championed "citizen journalism", this week she agreed a buyout by media giants AOL. But who is Arianna Huffington and what makes her tick? In this week's Profile, Emma Jane Kirby, looks into the life of America's latest media mogul and asks what next for the woman who's been described as "the most upwardly mobile Greek since Icarus".

1109Sachin Tendulkar2011021920110220
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As the Cricket World Cup gets underway, Rob Bonnet profiles Indian star Sachin Tendulkar.

"I have seen God.

He bats at No 4 for India in Tests".

Rob Bonnet profiles Sachin Tendulkar, possibly the most worshipped cricketer in the world.

He has broken records galore in Test and One-day international cricket.

In India he's revered more than Bollywood stars and politicians.

And his name and face are used to promote eveything from luxury cars to soft drinks.

Yet off the field he is one of the most reclusive players.

As the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 gets underway in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, Profile discovers how Tendulkar has become India's cricket God.

Producer: Emma Rippon

Presenter: Rob Bonnet.

I have seen God. He bats at No 4 for India in Tests. Rob Bonnet profiles Sachin Tendulkar, possibly the most worshipped cricketer in the world. He has broken records galore in Test and One-day international cricket. In India he's revered more than Bollywood stars and politicians. And his name and face are used to promote eveything from luxury cars to soft drinks. Yet off the field he is one of the most reclusive players. As the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 gets underway in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, Profile discovers how Tendulkar has become India's cricket God.

1110Lord Patten2011022620110227
20110227 (R4)

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Lord Patten.

Mary Ann Sieghart explores the life and career of Lord Patten, the Conservative peer who has achieved a number of high profile posts in a long political career.

A former speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher, he became a 'One Nation' Conservative, serving in a number of ministerial roles before accepting the Chairmanship of the party in difficult political times.

He steered his party to victory in the 1992 general election but lost his own seat in the process.

He was quickly installed as the Governor of Hong Kong, managing the handover of the former colony to China.

He also oversaw the handing over of police powers in Northern Ireland and served as European Commissioner.

Now he's the preferred candidate to take control of the BBC Trust in another, new role.

Mary Ann Sieghart explores the life and career of Lord Patten, the Conservative peer who has achieved a number of high profile posts in a long political career. A former speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher, he became a 'One Nation' Conservative, serving in a number of ministerial roles before accepting the Chairmanship of the party in difficult political times. He steered his party to victory in the 1992 general election but lost his own seat in the process. He was quickly installed as the Governor of Hong Kong, managing the handover of the former colony to China. He also oversaw the handing over of police powers in Northern Ireland and served as European Commissioner. Now he's the preferred candidate to take control of the BBC Trust in another, new role.

1110Sachin Tendulkar20110220"I have seen God. He bats at No 4 for India in Tests". Rob Bonnet profiles Sachin Tendulkar, possibly the most worshipped cricketer in the world. He has broken records galore in Test and One-day international cricket. In India he's revered more than Bollywood stars and politicians. And his name and face are used to promote eveything from luxury cars to soft drinks. Yet off the field he is one of the most reclusive players. As the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 gets underway in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka, Profile discovers how Tendulkar has become India's cricket God.

Producer: Emma Rippon

Presenter: Rob Bonnet.

As the Cricket World Cup gets underway, Rob Bonnet profiles Indian star Sachin Tendulkar.

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1111Lord Patten20110227Mary Ann Sieghart explores the life and career of Lord Patten, the Conservative peer who has achieved a number of high profile posts in a long political career. A former speechwriter for Margaret Thatcher, he became a 'One Nation' Conservative, serving in a number of ministerial roles before accepting the Chairmanship of the party in difficult political times. He steered his party to victory in the 1992 general election but lost his own seat in the process. He was quickly installed as the Governor of Hong Kong, managing the handover of the former colony to China. He also oversaw the handing over of police powers in Northern Ireland and served as European Commissioner. Now he's the preferred candidate to take control of the BBC Trust in another, new role.

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Lord Patten.

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1112Foreign Secretary, William Hague2011031220110313

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, who's been criticised over Libya this week.

He's a popular figure in the Conservative Party and a key player in the Coalition, but this week the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, was criticised after a bungled SAS mission into Libya.

The Prime Minister has defended him, but others are asking whether Hague still has a passion for politics at the highest level.

As Tory leader in 2001, he led his party to a crushing defeat and announced his resignation the day after the election.

Over the next few years, he enjoyed a rise in popularity, probably helped by appearances on the TV show, 'Have I Got News for You'.

Now, back at the top of the political game, he's again facing challenges which are testing his mettle.

He's a popular figure in the Conservative Party and a key player in the Coalition, but this week the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, was criticised after a bungled SAS mission into Libya. The Prime Minister has defended him, but others are asking whether Hague still has a passion for politics at the highest level.

As Tory leader in 2001, he led his party to a crushing defeat and announced his resignation the day after the election. Over the next few years, he enjoyed a rise in popularity, probably helped by appearances on the TV show, 'Have I Got News for You'. Now, back at the top of the political game, he's again facing challenges which are testing his mettle.

1113Foreign Secretary, William Hague20110313William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, who's been criticised over Libya this week.
1113Marine Le Pen2011031920110320

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1117Rebekah Brooks2011041620110417Edward Stourton profiles the Chief Executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks.

In the week that the News of the World has come under intense scrutiny over phone hacking allegations, Edward Stourton profiles the News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks, and asks how she has become one of the most powerful women in Britain today.

Producer: Ben Crighton.

111816/04/201120110417In the week that the News of the World has come under intense scrutiny over phone hacking allegations, Edward Stourton profiles the News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks, and asks how she has become one of the most powerful women in Britain today.

Producer: Ben Crighton.

Edward Stourton profiles the Chief Executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks.

1118 LASTMartin Amis2011042320110424
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1201Bashar Al-assad2011062520110626Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines, with Simon Cox.

Producer Ian MuirCochrane.

As President Assad battles to hold Syria, is he by nature a reformer or an autocrat?

Bashar al-Assad of Syria is facing a serious challenge to his rule in the form of widespread political protest across the country.

Simon Cox examines how instead of training to be an eye doctor in London he was thrust into the role of leader of an Arab state in the of a political storm.

Had his brother not died, Bashar would almost certainly have been destined for a quiet life outside politics and far from the spotlight.

He came to power in 2000 on a wave of hope for political and economic reform.

Under his leadership, the country underwent a degree of relaxation, with hundreds of political prisoners being released and a few tentative steps towards easing media restrictions.

But the pace of change has slowed - if not reversed - and President Assad has made clear his priority is economic rather than political reform.

The Syrian leader's vocal opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq prompted US anger, but it was popular in Syria and in the region.

His administration has also come under fire for its alleged support for Palestinian militants and insurgents in Iraq.

For Syria's security services and army, the ruling Baath Party and the massive state bureaucracies, Mr Assad represents stability and continuity after the 30-year rule of his father, Hafez al-Assad.

Some observers believe an old guard with entrenched interests may be holding back the young leader.

Others say Mr Assad is firmly in the driving seat.

So how much do we know about the real character of the man - is he reformer or autocrat?

Presenter: Simon Cox.

120225/06/201120110626Bashar al-Assad of Syria is facing a serious challenge to his rule in the form of widespread political protest across the country. Simon Cox examines how instead of training to be an eye doctor in London he was thrust into the role of leader of an Arab state in the of a political storm. Had his brother not died, Bashar would almost certainly have been destined for a quiet life outside politics and far from the spotlight.

He came to power in 2000 on a wave of hope for political and economic reform. Under his leadership, the country underwent a degree of relaxation, with hundreds of political prisoners being released and a few tentative steps towards easing media restrictions.

But the pace of change has slowed - if not reversed - and President Assad has made clear his priority is economic rather than political reform. The Syrian leader's vocal opposition to the US-led invasion of Iraq prompted US anger, but it was popular in Syria and in the region. His administration has also come under fire for its alleged support for Palestinian militants and insurgents in Iraq. For Syria's security services and army, the ruling Baath Party and the massive state bureaucracies, Mr Assad represents stability and continuity after the 30-year rule of his father, Hafez al-Assad. Some observers believe an old guard with entrenched interests may be holding back the young leader. Others say Mr Assad is firmly in the driving seat. So how much do we know about the real character of the man - is he reformer or autocrat?

Presenter: Simon Cox

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

As President Assad battles to hold Syria, is he by nature a reformer or an autocrat?

1202Christine Lagarde2011070220110703Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines, with Adrian Goldberg.
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1203Rebekah Brooks20110715On the day of her resignation, Edward Stourton profiles the former News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks. He asks how she became one of the most powerful women in Britain - and charts the mixture of charm and ruthlessness which took her to the top.

Producer: Ben Crighton.

Edward Stourton profiles the former News International chief executive, Rebekah Brooks.

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1205Elizabeth Filkin2011072320110724Presented by Shari Vahl.
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1207Ayatollah Ali Khamenei2011080620110807When Iran makes the news it is often that country's flamboyant and provocative president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who finds himself under the spotlight.

But the man who wields real power in Iran is not Ahmadinejad, nor was it any of his predecessors as president.

Instead it is the man who has served as the head of the country's religious structure since 1989, the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The Ayatollah owes his rise to power to two men - his predecessor as Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and the previous president, Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Ayatollah Khamenei has been a cleric for most of his life, beginning as a religious scholar in the city of Mashhad at the tender age of 11.

He served several terms in jail as a result of his religious convictions during the secular dictatorship of the Shah.

His rise to power began with the revolution of 1979 that turned Iran into the Islamic Republic.

Khamenei became, first president, a post with relatively little power, and his election as Supreme Leader after the death of Khomenei was a surprise to all.

Many believe this was engineered by Rafsanjani to allow Rafsanjani himself to remain in control.

But Khamenei has gradually made himself the most powerful man in Iran - and he's done so by recruiting the Revolutionary Guard to his side.

There are those who say that far from a religious dictatorship, Iran is in fact a military dictatorship.

But Ali Khamenei is 72 and with 70 per cent of the Iranian population having been born since the revolution, it's not clear that the post of Supreme Leader will survive his death.

Producer TIM MANSEL

Presenter JAMES REYNOLDS.

James Reynolds profiles Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran.

When Iran makes the news it is often that country's flamboyant and provocative president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who finds himself under the spotlight. But the man who wields real power in Iran is not Ahmadinejad, nor was it any of his predecessors as president. Instead it is the man who has served as the head of the country's religious structure since 1989, the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Ayatollah Khamenei has been a cleric for most of his life, beginning as a religious scholar in the city of Mashhad at the tender age of 11. He served several terms in jail as a result of his religious convictions during the secular dictatorship of the Shah. His rise to power began with the revolution of 1979 that turned Iran into the Islamic Republic. Khamenei became, first president, a post with relatively little power, and his election as Supreme Leader after the death of Khomenei was a surprise to all. Many believe this was engineered by Rafsanjani to allow Rafsanjani himself to remain in control.

But Khamenei has gradually made himself the most powerful man in Iran - and he's done so by recruiting the Revolutionary Guard to his side. There are those who say that far from a religious dictatorship, Iran is in fact a military dictatorship.

1208Ayatollah Ali Khamenei20110807James Reynolds profiles Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran.
1208Theresa May2011081320110814The Home Secretary, Theresa May, dealing with the aftermath of riots across England.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, is centre stage as she deals with the aftermath of riots across England which have shocked the country and led to the recall of Parliament.

Sparked by the shooting of a member of the public, the Metropolitan Police are again in the spotlight following the resignation of top officers over the hacking scandal and the criticisms over their handling of mass protests in central London.

But May is a politician who's not afraid to challenge the existing order - and speak the unspeakable.

Last year, she told the police that they need to cut their spending and re-organise the way they work.

As the chair of the Conservatives in the early 2000s, she said the party was perceived by the public as the "nasty party." It was a start of the rebranding of the Conservatives.

The daughter of a clergyman, she attended an independent convent and a number of state schools before going to Oxford.

After graduating, she joined the City - working for a time at the Bank of England.

She took the hard route into politics - starting off stuffing envelopes in a constituency office before being elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Merton where she spent the best part of a decade.

She has a reputation for being focused on the job and having a Thatcheresque work ethic with few outside interests.

Simon Cox profiles Theresa May, one of only four women to hold the key offices in British politics.

Producer: Paul Grant.

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, is centre stage as she deals with the aftermath of riots across England which have shocked the country and led to the recall of Parliament. Sparked by the shooting of a member of the public, the Metropolitan Police are again in the spotlight following the resignation of top officers over the hacking scandal and the criticisms over their handling of mass protests in central London.

But May is a politician who's not afraid to challenge the existing order - and speak the unspeakable. Last year, she told the police that they need to cut their spending and re-organise the way they work. As the chair of the Conservatives in the early 2000s, she said the party was perceived by the public as the "nasty party." It was a start of the rebranding of the Conservatives.

The daughter of a clergyman, she attended an independent convent and a number of state schools before going to Oxford. After graduating, she joined the City - working for a time at the Bank of England. She took the hard route into politics - starting off stuffing envelopes in a constituency office before being elected as a councillor in the London Borough of Merton where she spent the best part of a decade.

She has a reputation for being focused on the job and having a Thatcheresque work ethic with few outside interests. Simon Cox profiles Theresa May, one of only four women to hold the key offices in British politics.

1209Arsene Wenger2011082020110821With Andy Denwood.

A look at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

This programme looks at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

With Andy Denwood. This programme looks at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

With Andy Denwood. A look at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

1210Arsene Wenger20110821With Andy Denwood. A look at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
1210Mustafa Abdul Jalil2011082720110828, recent defector who now leads Libya's National Transitional Council.

Mustafa Abdul Jalil, recent defector who now leads Libya's National Transitional Council.

is a former Justice Minister for the Gaddafi regime and now Chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council.

He was jailed after confronting the dictator but was released as a sop to the democracy movement.

Gaddafi turned down his resignation preferring to keep Mustafa Abdul Jalil close, apparently encouraged by the leader's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

Known as a man of integrity and a stickler for the law, he is only a recent convert to the democratic movement having defected in February after visiting the city of Benghazi, near his home town.

Mr Jalil recently did the rounds of European capitals convincing their governments to support the rebels.

But as Nick Ravenscroft reports there are doubts as to whether he has the leadership qualities to manage the disparate rebel groups and steer the country toward democracy.

Producer: Rob Cave.

Mustafa Abdul Jalil is a former Justice Minister for the Gaddafi regime and now Chairman of Libya's National Transitional Council.

He was jailed after confronting the dictator but was released as a sop to the democracy movement. Gaddafi turned down his resignation preferring to keep Mustafa Abdul Jalil close, apparently encouraged by the leader's son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi.

Mr Jalil recently did the rounds of European capitals convincing their governments to support the rebels. But as Nick Ravenscroft reports there are doubts as to whether he has the leadership qualities to manage the disparate rebel groups and steer the country toward democracy.

1211Vanessa Redgrave2011090320110904Edward Stourton profiles Vanessa Redgrave, political activist and award-winning actress.

Edward Stourton profiles Vanessa Redgrave, the multi-award and Oscar-winning actress and political activist. A leading member of the Redgrave family of actors, she is the daughter, wife, mother and aunt of some of Britain's best known actors and directors. She has hit the headlines just as often for her political and human rights activities, as for her stage, film and theatre work. This week, she is in the news for supporting the travellers currently facing eviction from a site in Basildon.

Producers: Arlene Gregorius and Harbinder Minhas.

Edward Stourton profiles Vanessa Redgrave, political activist and award-winning actress.

Edward Stourton profiles Vanessa Redgrave, the multi-award and Oscar-winning actress and political activist.

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1213Bernard Hogan-howe2011091720110918A profile of the incoming Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Profile looks at the man who was appointed this week to the top job in policing - the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Described as a tough, straight northerner, he spent five years running the Merseyside police to 2009.

He introduced a zero tolerance approach to crime which he describes as "total policing".

Under his leadership there were significant falls in crime and anti-social behaviour.

He is not afraid to court controversy and spoke out against judges for being soft on gun crime.

He adopted a high public profile with regular web-chats and appearances on radio phone-ins.

He has a love of horses and also made regular public appearances on horseback

Danny Shaw talks to former colleagues, politicians and criminologists and others and finds out what drives Bernard Hogan-Howe and what sort of Metropolitan Police Commissioner he might be.

He introduced a zero tolerance approach to crime which he describes as "total policing". Under his leadership there were significant falls in crime and anti-social behaviour.

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1214Bernard Hogan-howe20110918Profile looks at the man who was appointed this week to the top job in policing - the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Described as a tough, straight northerner, he spent five years running the Merseyside police to 2009.

He introduced a zero tolerance approach to crime which he describes as "total policing". Under his leadership there were significant falls in crime and anti-social behaviour.

He is not afraid to court controversy and spoke out against judges for being soft on gun crime.

He adopted a high public profile with regular web-chats and appearances on radio phone-ins.

He has a love of horses and also made regular public appearances on horseback

Danny Shaw talks to former colleagues, politicians and criminologists and others and finds out what drives Bernard Hogan-Howe and what sort of Metropolitan Police Commissioner he might be.

A profile of the incoming Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe.

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1216Lord Justice Leveson2011100820111009Claire Bolderson profiles someone who is currently making headlines.

Producers:

Rosamund Jones

Linda Pressly.

121708/10/201120111009Claire Bolderson profiles someone who is currently making headlines.
1217Jeremy Heywood2011101520111016He's long been one of the most powerful figures in British government, but few outside Whitehall have heard of him.

The next Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood has been at the centre of British government for two decades.

He's been close to top politicians ranging from Norman Lamont to Tony Blair to David Cameron.

And he's been in the thick of controversial episodes such as Black Wednesday, rows within the Brown government, and the global financial crisis.

So what's the secret behind the huge influence of a man who shuns the limelight? Chris Bowlby profiles "the insider's insider".

Producer: Smita Patel.

Chris Bowlby profiles Jeremy Heywood who is to become the new Cabinet Secretary.

He's long been one of the most powerful figures in British government, but few outside Whitehall have heard of him. The next Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood has been at the centre of British government for two decades. He's been close to top politicians ranging from Norman Lamont to Tony Blair to David Cameron. And he's been in the thick of controversial episodes such as Black Wednesday, rows within the Brown government, and the global financial crisis. So what's the secret behind the huge influence of a man who shuns the limelight? Chris Bowlby profiles "the insider's insider".

1218Ian Brown2011102220111023Legendary band Stone Roses announced this week that they are reforming.

This week Linday Pressly profiles lead singer Ian Brown.

Brown formed the band with school friend John Squire but the rift between the two saw the break-up after just two albums and left a generation of music fans hanging.

Brown went on to have a solo career but now he has decided to make amends with his former bandmates.

He made a huge mark on music and influenced many who met him including bands such as Oasis and in their early days, Radiohead.

Producer: Wesley Stephenson.

Linda Pressly profiles Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown.

Legendary band Stone Roses announced this week that they are reforming. This week Linday Pressly profiles lead singer Ian Brown. Brown formed the band with school friend John Squire but the rift between the two saw the break-up after just two albums and left a generation of music fans hanging. Brown went on to have a solo career but now he has decided to make amends with his former bandmates. He made a huge mark on music and influenced many who met him including bands such as Oasis and in their early days, Radiohead.

1218Jeremy Heywood20111016Chris Bowlby profiles Jeremy Heywood who is to become the new Cabinet Secretary.
1219Ian Brown20111023Linda Pressly profiles Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown.
1219Umberto Bossi2011102920111030A profile of Italian politician Umberto Bossi.
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1220Mario Draghi2011110520111106The new President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi now finds himself at the centre of the European financial crisis.

The appointment of an Italian to this key role, from a country no stranger to inflation and which is itself at risk of defaulting may have raised some eyebrows, but Draghi was once dubbed 'Super Mario' for his combination of financial and diplomatic intelligence.

Lesley Curwen profiles the cool mountain climbing banker and charts his path to the top of European banking.

Reporter: Lesley Curwen

Producer: Gail Champion.

New President of the European Central Bank, Italian Mario Draghi, enters the Euro crisis.

1221Mario Draghi20111106New President of the European Central Bank, Italian Mario Draghi, enters the Euro crisis.
1221Tom Watson Mp2011111220111113The Labour MP Tom Watson compared James Murdoch with "a Mafia boss" while questioning him about phone hacking this week. He has led the charge in Parliament against News International, and has been forensically campaigning on phone hacking for years.

While many of his Labour colleagues regard him as a hero for his role in taking on the Murdoch empire, Watson wasn't always so popular. A close ally of Gordon Brown, he called for Tony Blair to resign in 2006, although he denied Brown conspired with him to bring down the Prime Minister.

Edward Stourton profiles the pioneer blogger and populist campaigner, who is unafraid to take on powerful figures in and out of politics.

Producer Bill Law.

Edward Stourton profiles Tom Watson, the MP who took on the Murdoch media empire.

1222Meryl Streep2011111920111120
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1223Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi2011112620111127
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1224Youssou N'dour2011120320111204Edward Stourton profiles the Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour.

Profile this week takes a look at the Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour who has surprised many by announcing he is to quit music for a career in politics.

The son of a car mechanic, N'Dour went on to become one of the most influential recording artists in the world.

With presidential elections taking place in Senegal next February, Edward Stourton asks if N'Dour has what it takes to succeed on the political stage.

Producers: Ben Crighton and Hannah Barnes.

Profile this week takes a look at the Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour who has surprised many by announcing he is to quit music for a career in politics. The son of a car mechanic, N'Dour went on to become one of the most influential recording artists in the world. With presidential elections taking place in Senegal next February, Edward Stourton asks if N'Dour has what it takes to succeed on the political stage.

1225Newt Gingrich2011121020111211Samira Ahmed profiles Newt Gingrich, leading Republican contender for the US election.

Samira Ahmed profiles Newt Gingrich, the American former Speaker of the House who is now a leading contender for the Republican nomination to run against Barack Obama in next year's US presidential election.

Earlier this year he was largely written off as a presidential contender when many of his staff left his campaign.

But now he has made a dramatic comeback.

In the 1990s he was one of the Republicans who led the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton for perjury over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Yet at the same time Mr Gingrich was engaged in his own extra-marital affair with the woman who became his third wife.

Samira Ahmed talks to people who have known and worked with Newt Gingrich throughout his career.

She hears of similarities between Gingrich and Clinton: both had difficult relationships with their step-fathers, dominating mothers, and both wanted to be transformational figures.

But Gingrich appears to lack Clinton's personal charm.

Gingrich is both attacked and admired as an ideological politician, although some say he is driven by pragmatism and has an acute sense of what will play well with his supporters.

With a controversial past - he was fined $300,000 for ethics breaches in Congress - how has he turned things round?

Who is the real Newt Gingrich, and would he make a good president?

Producers:

Ben Crighton and Arlene Gregorius.

Earlier this year he was largely written off as a presidential contender when many of his staff left his campaign. But now he has made a dramatic comeback.

In the 1990s he was one of the Republicans who led the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton for perjury over his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Yet at the same time Mr Gingrich was engaged in his own extra-marital affair with the woman who became his third wife.

Samira Ahmed talks to people who have known and worked with Newt Gingrich throughout his career. She hears of similarities between Gingrich and Clinton: both had difficult relationships with their step-fathers, dominating mothers, and both wanted to be transformational figures. But Gingrich appears to lack Clinton's personal charm.

1226Newt Gingrich20111211Samira Ahmed profiles Newt Gingrich, leading Republican contender for the US election.
1226Peter Higgs2011121720111218Samira Ahmed profiles the physicist Peter Higgs, the man behind the "God Particle".

Profile this week looks at the physicist Peter Higgs who in the 1960s predicted the existence of the so-called "God Particle" which scientists think they glimpsed at CERN this week.

The Higgs boson - which has so excited the scientific community this week - is a subatomic particle which gives mass to all matter and the quest to find it has been described as the holy grail of physics.

Peter Higgs made his prediction in the mid-1960s when he was a relatively young scientist, adding a crucial element to the Standard Model of the universe.

At the time the significance of his work was not widely recognised or understood, and one leading scientific journal even turned down one of his early papers setting out his groundbreaking theory.

Higgs, now in his 80s, is very much a theoretical scientist.

Colleagues say he has never excelled at practical experiments, and to this day he doesn't get on with computers.

What kind of man is he? Samira Ahmed talks to those who know the scientist, and asks what makes him tick.

Producers:

Ben Crighton and Arlene Gregorius.

Samira Ahmed profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

1227Archbishop Of Canterbury Rowan Williams2011122420111225Emily Buchanan profiles the Archbishop of Canterbury and examines his long struggle to stop the Anglican Church from fragmenting.Rowan Williams was tipped at an early age for high office and he is rated as possibly the most intellectually talented Archbishop of Canterbury for a thousand years. Yet after all the high hopes at his appointment, many are disappointed at what they see as a lack of key leadership qualities.

Dragged into seemingly endless rows about gay clergy and women bishops, Williams has had to endure a great deal of abuse from some members of the world's 77 million strong Anglican Communion. His period of office has even been described as a crucifixion. Is he misrepresented by Britain's tabloid press or does he actively court controversy?

His opposition to the Iraq war, his call for reparations for the slave trade and his candid predictions that last summer's riots could easily be repeated have raised eyebrows among parts of the political establishment. In 2008, he provoked an outcry after saying the application of Sharia law in England under certain circumstances was unavoidable.

A former Religious Affairs Correspondent, Emily Buchanan speaks to those who know him well including the Bishop of London, his school friend John Walters, his biographer Rupert Shortt, and the satirist Ian Hislop. She discovers how Rowan Williams' warm and sympathetic character, with the ability to see all sides of a question, is both his great strength and his weakness.

Producer: Lucy Ash.

Emily Buchanan profiles the archbishop of Canterbury, poet and scholar Rowan Williams

A former Religious Affairs Correspondent, Emily Buchanan speaks to those who know him well including the Bishop of London, his school friend John Walters, his biographer Rupert Shortt, his former spin doctor George Pitcher and the satirist Ian Hislop.

A former Religious Affairs Correspondent, Emily Buchanan speaks to those who know him well including the Bishop of London, his school friend John Walters, his biographer Rupert Shortt, his former spin doctor George Pitcher and the satirist Ian Hislop. She discovers how Rowan Williams' warm and sympathetic character, with the ability to see all sides of a question, is both his great strength and his weakness.

1227Peter Higgs20111218Profile this week looks at the physicist Peter Higgs who in the 1960s predicted the existence of the so-called "God Particle" which scientists think they glimpsed at CERN this week.

The Higgs boson - which has so excited the scientific community this week - is a subatomic particle which gives mass to all matter and the quest to find it has been described as the holy grail of physics.

Peter Higgs made his prediction in the mid-1960s when he was a relatively young scientist, adding a crucial element to the Standard Model of the universe. At the time the significance of his work was not widely recognised or understood, and one leading scientific journal even turned down one of his early papers setting out his groundbreaking theory.

Higgs, now in his 80s, is very much a theoretical scientist. Colleagues say he has never excelled at practical experiments, and to this day he doesn't get on with computers.

What kind of man is he? Samira Ahmed talks to those who know the scientist, and asks what makes him tick.

Producers:

Ben Crighton and Arlene Gregorius.

Samira Ahmed profiles the physicist Peter Higgs, the man behind the "God Particle".

1228Archbishop Of Canterbury Rowan Williams20111225Emily Buchanan profiles the Archbishop of Canterbury and examines his long struggle to stop the Anglican Church from fragmenting. Rowan Williams was tipped at an early age for high office and he is rated as possibly the most intellectually talented Archbishop of Canterbury for a thousand years. Yet after all the high hopes at his appointment, many are disappointed at what they see as a lack of key leadership qualities.

Dragged into seemingly endless rows about gay clergy and women bishops, Williams has had to endure a great deal of abuse from some members of the world's 77 million strong Anglican Communion. His period of office has even been described as a crucifixion. Is he misrepresented by Britain's tabloid press or does he actively court controversy?

His opposition to the Iraq war, his call for reparations for the slave trade and his candid predictions that last summer's riots could easily be repeated have raised eyebrows among parts of the political establishment. In 2008, he provoked an outcry after saying the application of Sharia law in England under certain circumstances was unavoidable.

A former Religious Affairs Correspondent, Emily Buchanan speaks to those who know him well including the Bishop of London, his school friend John Walters, his biographer Rupert Shortt, and the satirist Ian Hislop. She discovers how Rowan Williams' warm and sympathetic character, with the ability to see all sides of a question, is both his great strength and his weakness.

Producer: Lucy Ash.

Emily Buchanan profiles the archbishop of Canterbury, poet and scholar Rowan Williams.

1228Michael Acton Smith2011123120120101Rory Cellan-Jones profiles Moshi Monsters founder Michael Acton Smith.

Once described as the 'rock star version of Willie Wonka', Michael Acton Smith is emerging as one of the major players in Britain's high tech industry. You may not have heard of him, but any five to eleven year old will know of his Moshi Monsters video game website, where children tend a virtual pet. Moshi Monsters is growing rapidly and has 50 million members worldwide. Acton Smith began his first business in the late 1990s when he was not long out of university. Despite recent success he has suffered major setbacks in the past. Rory Cellan-Jones profiles the 37 year old who is already making waves beyond these shores.

Producer: Kate Dixon.

1229Michael Acton Smith20120101Rory Cellan-Jones profiles Moshi Monsters founder Michael Acton Smith.
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1301Francois Hollande2012031020120311Chris Bowlby profiles the French Socialist Party presidential candidate Francois Hollande.

Edward Stourton profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

Producers:

Jane Beresford

Lesley McAlpine.

130210/03/201220120311Edward Stourton profiles a person who is currently making headlines.
1302Jimmy Wales2012031720120318Claire Bolderson profiles the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, who is working as an unpaid advisor to the UK Government helping open up policy making to the public.

Producers:

Lesley McAlpine

Anna Meisel.

Claire Bolderson profiles the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales.

130317/03/201220120318Claire Bolderson profiles someone who is currently making headlines.

Producers:

Lesley McAlpine

Anna Meisel.

1303Dame Edna Everage2012032420120325Rosie Goldsmith profiles Dame Edna Everage, one of entertainment's most colourful characters. Dame Edna stepped into the public spotlight in 1950s as a dowdy Melbourne housewife. Over the years her popularity has soared and she has turned into a flamboyant "gigastar". She is known for her outlandish outfits, her wit and her derision of the cult of celebrity. But she is soon to leave the stage - her forthcoming tour of the UK will be her last.

Producers:

John Murphy

Anna Meisel.

Rosie Goldsmith profiles one of entertainment's best known characters - Dame Edna Everage

1303Jimmy Wales20120318Claire Bolderson profiles the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales.
130424/03/201220120325Rosie Goldsmith profiles one of entertainment's best known characters - Dame Edna Everage.
1304Len Mccluskey2012033120120401As the threat of strike action by fuel tanker drivers looms over the Easter break, Mukul Devichand profiles Len McCluskey, the left winger who became general secretary of Unite in 2010. As the UK's biggest union and the Labour party's biggest donor, Unite is often in the headlines - many generated by its leader. Len McCluskey courted controversy by raising the prospect of strikes during the Olympics and was roundly criticised by both the Coalition and the Labour party. He has been an outspoken critic of Ed Miliband's leadership despite having played a key role in getting him elected. This week's Profile asks what Len McCluskey stands for and charts his journey from white-collar worker on the Liverpool docks to the most powerful trade union leader in the country.

Presenter: Mukul Devichand

Producer: Phillip Kemp.

Mukul Devichand profiles union leader Len McCluskey, who leads the fuel tanker drivers.

Mukul Devichand profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

Philip Kemp.

1305Len Mccluskey20120401As the threat of strike action by fuel tanker drivers looms over the Easter break, Mukul Devichand profiles Len McCluskey, the left winger who became general secretary of Unite in 2010. As the UK's biggest union and the Labour party's biggest donor, Unite is often in the headlines - many generated by its leader. Len McCluskey courted controversy by raising the prospect of strikes during the Olympics and was roundly criticised by both the Coalition and the Labour party. He has been an outspoken critic of Ed Miliband's leadership despite having played a key role in getting him elected. This week's Profile asks what Len McCluskey stands for and charts his journey from white-collar worker on the Liverpool docks to the most powerful trade union leader in the country.

Presenter: Mukul Devichand

Producer: Phillip Kemp.

Mukul Devichand profiles union leader Len McCluskey, who leads the fuel tanker drivers.

1305Suzanne Collins2012040720120408This Easter's hit movie, the Hunger Games, is based on a best-selling book trilogy. Gerry Northam profiles its author, Suzanne Collins.
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1306Kim Jong-un2012041420120415After North Korea's controversial rocket launch, David Torrance profiles the country's new young leader, Kim Jong-un, as he assumes his nation's top political offices.

David Torrance profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

Producer:

Chris Bowlby

John Murphy.

130714/04/201220120415David Torrance profiles a person who is currently making headlines.
1307Ralf Hutter2012042120120422Chris Bowlby profiles Ralf Hutter, a founding member of the highly influential German electronic band Kraftwerk, who are credited with influencing a host of other musicians.

Chris Bowlby profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

Producer:

John Murphy.

130821/04/201220120422Chris Bowlby profiles a person who is currently making headlines.
1308Jeremy Hunt2012042820120429Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, who has come under pressure to resign following the release of emails to the Leveson Inquiry.

Mary Ann Seighart profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

Producers:

John Murphy

Anna Meisel.

130928/04/201220120429Mary Ann Seighart profiles a person who is currently making headlines.
1309Roy Hodgson2012050520120506Multi-lingual, intelligent and a surprise choice for the biggest job in sport, Roy Hodgson

Multi-lingual, a good listener and a surprise choice for arguably the biggest job in British sport - manager of the England football team.

Hodgson has coached football teams in eight different countries during a career which has lasted 36 years. He is said to have revolutionised the techniqes of some players - he took Switzerland to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup. He's much better known in Italy than the UK after his time at Inter Milan.

At Fulham he was regarded as an eccentric but clever choice as they avoided relegation before reaching the 2010 Europa League Final.

Hodgson is not into mind games and isn't known for saying things for impact - like some other Premier League managers. Some say he is bereft of ego and a gentleman, others that he can be as passionate and defensive as the rest. He has a rigorous approach to preparation - players at Liverpool complained about the complexity of his training schedules.

A great lover of literature he is said to have read the works of nearly every Nobel prize winner - not intimidated by taking on the works of foreign authors.

Gerry Northam profiles the man friends say has a complex character - on the one hand obsessed with football, on the other never happier than when away from the beautiful game.

Producer: Samantha Fenwick.

1310Alexis Tsipras2012051220120513Andy Denwood profiles Alexis Tsipras, the brash young leader of Greece's far left-wing bloc Syriza. The country now faces another election and polls say Tsipras is a man to watch.
1310Roy Hodgson20120506Multi-lingual, intelligent and a surprise choice for the biggest job in sport, Roy Hodgson
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1312 LASTEngelbert Humperdinck2012052620120527Pascale Harter profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

Producers:

Arlene Gregorius

Smita Patel.

Pascale Harter profiles singer Engelbert Humperdinck.

Pascale Harter looks at the life and career of the singer Engelbert Humperdinck.

1401Charles Van Commenee2012072820120729Going for Gold - Charles Van Commenee head coach to the GB athletics squad.

The London 2012 Olympics will be the biggest test yet for Charles Van Commenee, the no-nonsense head coach to the GB athletics squad. If he achieves the target number of medals, then British athletics and Van Commenee will be propelled onto the world stage. Van Commenee doesn't shy away from controversy - he is tough with his athletes and is unsympathetic to people who fail to deliver. And there's speculation that if his squad does badly, he'll fall on his sword.

1402Boris Johnson2012080420120805As the Olympics come to London, Mayor Boris Johnson finds himself on the global stage.

With his trademark blonde hair and a reputation for colourful antics, Boris Johnson has had a seemingly unstoppable rise through the ranks of UK politics. After seizing a second term as London mayor earlier this year and thanks to the Olympic games coming to London, he's become firmly associated with the city on the world stage.

But alongside his various careers as mayor, journalist, author and quiz show panellist, it seems his political prospects within the ranks of the Tory party also remain strong. Recent polls suggest a groundswell of support for him as a potential future leader of the party. James Silver charts the rise and rise of a unique politician.

Producer - Gail Champion.

1403Dave Brailsford2012081120120812Ruth Alexander profiles Dave Brailsford, the mastermind behind the British cycling team.

British cycling is enjoying unprecedented success and cyclists are now household names. Dave Brailsford, the performance director of the British cycling team, has been widely credited with Britain's rise to the top. His winning methods include combining an encyclopaedic knowledge of the sport with an obsessive work ethic, relentlessly crunching numbers and other data in a constant quest for any competitive advantage, however small. But he's not just a numbers man. Ruth Alexander talks to those who know Brailsford, and finds out what motivates the quiet cycling supremo.

Presenter Ruth Alexander

Producer Ben Crighton.

1404Dame Helen Ghosh2012081820120819Chris Bowlby profiles Dame Helen Ghosh, who is to take over as head of the National Trust.

The most senior official at the Home Office is resigning after a 33-year civil service career.

Dame Helen Ghosh - who has led the department since January 2011 - will take up the role of director general of the National Trust.

She is one of a number of permanent secretaries who have left the civil service this year. She said she was torn about leaving but the chance to work for the National Trust was a rare opportunity.

Dame Helen Ghosh has worked in Government since 1979 for both Conservative and Labour Ministers. Her tenure included controversy at Defra over the Rural Payments Agency and more recently at the Home Office with concerns over the Border Agency.

Chris Bowlby assesses her career and the qualities that propelled her to the senior ranks in Whitehall and asks what they tell us about the approach she is likely to bring to her new role.

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

Presented by Chris Bowlby.

1405Lee Pearson2012082520120826A profile of nine-times paralympic gold medallist, Lee Pearson.

If nine-times gold medal winner Lee Pearson adds a further three golds to his collection at the London 2012 Paralympics, he could surpass the modern era record haul of 11.

Dressage champion Pearson was born with a condition called arthrogryposis which twisted his limbs.

He won a Children of Courage medal in 1980 aged six, with Margaret Thatcher insisting on carrying him up the stairs of number 10.

An outspoken character on various issues, including the levels of funding in disabled sport and the recognition that goes with it, Pearson has a 100% record in his field, having won gold in every event at every Games he has ever competed in.

So what drives him? And how will he cope with the pressure knowing that if he continues his winning streak in London in the coming weeks, he will be one of the most successful Paralympians in history?

Presenter: Gerry Northam

Producer: Kate O'Hara.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines, presented by Gerry Northam.

1406Frances O'grady2012090120120902Claire Bolderson profiles Frances O'Grady, soon to the the first woman to lead the TUC.

Claire Bolderson profiles Frances O'Grady, soon to become the first woman to lead the Trades Union Congress. She hears from colleagues and close observers of the trade union scene about how she has risen so far, how she has dealt with the macho traditions of union leadership, and what kind of challenge she may mount to the government as austerity bites.

Producers: Chris Bowlby and Anna Meisel.

Claire Bolderson profiles a person who is making news headlines.

1407Grant Shapps2012090820120909Geeta Guru-Murthy profiles Grant Shapps, the new Conservative party co-chairman.

The new Conservative party co-chairman Grant Shapps is a man with a colourful past. The former grammar schoolboy is a pilot, rapper and successful businessman - but he's also battled cancer and survived a near fatal car crash. Geeta Guru-Murthy profiles the pugnacious and sometimes controversial politician tasked with bringing home the Tory vote.

Producer: Chris Bowlby.

Geeta Guru-Murphy profiles a person who is making the news headlines.

Producers: Ben Crighton and Chris Bowlby

1408Andy Murray2012091520120916It is Andy Murray's year: he missed out in the men's singles at Wimbledon but made up for it by winning an Olympic Gold by defeating Roger Federer in straight sets in the men's singles. Now the Scotsman has won his first grand slam in the US Open against Novak Djokovic.

It has taken Murray grit and determination to get where he is. He has struggled with a fiery temper and his own demons as well as a problem with his knee which forced him to stop playing tennis for at least six months.

He has also faced difficulties in his personal life. When he was eight, he attended Dunblane Primary School where lone gunman Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children and their teacher. His parents separated when he was around ten and his promise as a young tennis player took him to a tennis academy in Spain far away from home.

Producers: Mark Savage and Arlene Gregorius.

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles a person who is making headlines.

1409Pete Cashmore2012092220120923Edward Stourton profiles Pete Cashmore, one of the world's most popular bloggers and tweeters, who founded the social media and technology website Mashable.

An insight into the character of an influential figure who is making news headlines.

1410Justin Welby2012092920120930Edward Stourton profiles Justin Welby, former oil executive and now Bishop of Durham, emerging as one of the most striking candidates for the post of Archbishop of Canterbury.

Edward Stourton profiles an influential person making the news headlines.

Producers: Smita Patel and Chris Bowlby.

1411Psy2012100620121007Chris Bowlby profiles South Korean singer Psy, the sudden global star whose 'Gangnam Style' has topped UK singles charts and is the most popular video ever on Youtube.

Chris Bowlby profiles an influential person making the news headlines.

Producer: Smita Patel.

1412Paul Ryan2012101320121014Claire Bolderson profiles US Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

Producers: Smita Patel and Chris Bowlby.

1413Sam Mendes2012102020121021Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Sam Mendes, director of the new Bond film, who wanted to play cricket for England but became a theatre supremo and acclaimed Hollywood director.

James Silver profiles an influential person making the news headlines.

James Silver profiles and influential person making the news headlines.

Producers: Smita Patel and Mark Savage.

1414Alexei Navalny2012102720121028Lucy Ash profiles the Russian lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, who this week topped a ballot to elect leaders of the opposition to President Putin.

He came to prominence as a leader during the anti-Putin demonstrations in Moscow last December, the biggest such rallies since the end of the Soviet Union.

He has also been fighting against corruption through a website that invites the public to report suspected cases to the police or prosecutors.

One of his tactics, was to become a minority shareholder in major Russian oil companies, banks, and ministries to ask awkward questions about holes in state finances. Those holes are huge. Last year Dmitri Medvedev - then President now PM - said that a trillion rubles-thirty-three billion dollars- disappears annually on government contracts.

Aleksey Navalny's anti graft campaign has won him popularity across a wide spectrum opf Russian society, including nationalists wioth far right connections. This has unsettled many of more liberal supporters. And in a week when three other opposition activists have been charged with causing mass unrest, does he have what it takes to challenge the tough man in the Kremlin?

Producer Arlene Gregorius.

Lucy Ash profiles an influential person making the news headlines.

1415Xi Jinping2012110320121104Tim Franks profiles the Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping.

Producer: Kai Wang.

1416Nadine Dorries2012111020121111Mark Coles profiles the controversial Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who has been suspended from her party for taking part in 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here'.

Profiles of a person currently making headlines.

1417Abu Qatada2012111720121118Mark Coles profiles Abu Qatada, the radical Islamic cleric described by the Home Secretary as 'dangerous man, a suspected terrorist, who is accused of serious crimes in Jordan'.
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1420Sir Philip Green2012120820121209Lesley Curwen profiles a person currently making headlines.
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1501John Brennan2013020920130210, President Obama's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, is a controversial choice. Jane Deith profiles Obama's most trusted security advisor.
1502Tom Ford2013021620130217What is the secret of designer Tom Ford's legendary success? James Silver charts his rise.

James Silver profiles fashion designer turned movie director Tom Ford.

Designer Tom Ford has become a brand in his own right. Running his own label, producing and directing the film 'A Single Man' and dressing the stars are just some of his successes.

Now as he prepares his first full scale catwalk show for London Fashion Week, he's credited with attracting record interest and unprecedented numbers of US buyers to the event.

In the 1990s he turned around the fortunes of Gucci, the luxury fashion house and revolutionised the luxury brand market. Despite controversial advertising campaigns his unique designs attracted celebrity clients and financial success.

With his collections under his own label now eagerly anticipated, James Silver looks for the secret of his success.

Producer: Gail Champion.

Tom Ford has become one of fashion's most influential designers. James Silver charts his rise and rise, ahead of an eagerly awaited catwalk show at London Fashion week.

1503Mike Ashley2013022320130224is the owner of Sports Direct and Newcastle United. Chris Bowlby profiles the reclusive retailer defying the downturn.
1504Beppe Grillo2013030220130303has achieved a stunning success in the Italian elections with the performance of the new citizens' protest network - the Five Star Movement. He is its guiding star, a comedian-turned politician. The movement emerged from the web and took its argument into town squares all over Italy. The citizen activists oppose what they regard as the corrupted, self-serving traditional parties - the entire failed political establishment. The movement has connected with huge numbers of Italians who have developed a contempt for the governing elite.

Producer Ian MuirCochrane.

James Silver profiles the Italian comedian, actor, blogger and politician Beppe Grillo.

Beppe Grillo has achieved a stunning success in the Italian elections with the performance of the new citizens' protest network - the Five Star Movement. He is its guiding star, a comedian-turned politician. The movement emerged from the web and took its argument into town squares all over Italy. The citizen activists oppose what they regard as the corrupted, self-serving traditional parties - the entire failed political establishment. The movement has connected with huge numbers of Italians who have developed a contempt for the governing elite.

1505Justin Bieber2013030920130310Mark Coles on Canadian pop phenomenon Justin Bieber, who upset British fans on his UK tour

Justin Bieber, the 19-year-old Canadian pop star, is an internet phenomenon with 21 million Twitter followers, second only to Lady Gaga. His first hit is the most-watched video in YouTube history.

He has upset fans on his UK tour by keeping them waiting before taking the stage, prompting some to suggest that the pressure of such extraordinary fame, experienced at such a young age, is beginning to show.

Although Justin Bieber came to fame as a musical prodigy, who found his audience through the internet, these days his power as a global brand overshadows his reputation as an artist.

Business is playing a growing part in his activities as he branches into venture capitalism by buying stakes in tech start-ups like Spotify.

1506Zhang Xin2013031620130317Chris Bowlby profiles the British-educated Chinese property billionaire Zhang Xin, one of the most powerful women in business.
1507Magnus Carlsen2013032320130324Chris Bowlby looks at the 22-year old Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen. He has the highest rating in the world ever, and has been called the Mozart of chess.

Lesley Curwen profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

1508Lucy Winkett2013033020130331Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Lucy Winkett, a favourite to become the first female bishop.

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's Piccadilly, and a former Canon of St Paul's Cathedral in London. Many inside the Church see her as favourite to become the first female bishop of the Church of England, if the rules change.

Lucy Winkett read history at Cambridge before studying theology, and then trained as a soprano at the Royal College of Music for a year, even though she'd already decided to enter the priesthood. She uses her musical and creative side in her ministry, too, and has been known to burst into a rendition of Aretha Franklin's Natural Woman while playing the piano after morning service.

Her appointment to St Paul's was controversial at the time and was initially tough for Lucy Winkett. Some couldn't accept the presence of a woman priest, and refused to take communion from her. But today her supporters are, it seems, many.

Producer Fiona Leach.

1509Jeff Bezos2013040620130407Amazon has revolutionised the world of shopping, and now it is doing the same for computing. But its founder Jeff Bezos has ambitions that go far beyond planet Earth.

Mark Coles presents a profile of someone currently making headlines.

1510Elizabeth Llewellyn2013041320130414Mary Ann Seighart profiles opera star Elizabeth Llewellyn, who gave up singing in her youth only to be discovered years later.

Profile of someone currently making headlines.

1511Robert Mueller2013042020130421Mark Coles profiles the long-serving and influential head of the FBI, Robert Mueller. Mueller took on the job one week before the 2001 World Trade Center attacks. Now, as he approaches retirement, the FBI is again dealing with the aftermath of an attack on American soil.

The squared-jawed Princeton graduate was decorated for bravery during the Vietnam War before training as a lawyer. Dissatisfied with private practice, he found a government job as assistant US attorney in San Francisco - a move which marked the beginning of a steady climb to the top of law enforcement in America.

He transformed the FBI from an organisation that solves crimes into one that also seeks to prevent terrorist attacks. He's now the longest-serving FBI director since J Edgar Hoover. Yet surprisingly little is known about him.

Mark Coles profiles Robert Mueller, the long-serving and influential director of the FBI.

Mark Coles presents a profile of someone currently making headlines.

1512Alisher Usmanov2013042720130428Mark Coles profiles Alisher Usmanov, just named Britain's richest man, and investor in everything from post-Soviet plastic bags to Facebook and Arsenal football club.

Profile of someone currently making headlines.

1513Margaret Hodge2013050420130505Edward Stourton profiles Labour MP Margaret Hodge, who is enjoying an Indian summer in her political life.

Edward Stourton profiles Labour MP Margaret Hodge.

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1601Alastair Cook2013071320130714Mark Coles presents a profile of cricket captain Alastair Cook.
1602Samantha Cameron2013072020130721Edward Stourton profiles Samantha Cameron. There's been debate this week about the degree to which her views are affecting government policy. Three years into her role as Prime Minister's wife, how is she handling life in Number 10?

Edward Stourton profiles the Prime Minister's wife, Samantha Cameron.

1603Andre Geim2013072720130728Helen Grady profiles Professor Sir Andre Geim who has been awarded the Copley Medal, believed to be the world's oldest science prize.

It is not the only prize Geim has won - some more prestigious than others. In the year 2000, Geim shared the Ig Nobel Prize for improbable research for using magnets to levitate a frog. Ten years later, however, he was jointly awarded the real Nobel Prize in Physics for his ground-breaking experiments using graphene, thought by many to be the miracle material of the 21st century.

Graphene sheets are the building blocks of graphite, a material found in the lead of ordinary pencils. It looks like chicken wire but is only one atom thick. A hammock made of one square metre of graphene is strong enough to bear the weight of a cat but weighs less than a milligram - the weight of a cat's whisker.

Helen Grady profiles the prize-winning scientist Professor Sir Andre Geim.

1604Haifaa Al-mansour2013080320130804Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Saudi Arabia's first female film director.
1605Mark Carney2013081020130811Chris Bowlby profiles the new governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney.

Chris Bowlby profiles the new governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, who unveiled his economic strategy this week.

Heralded as 'the outstanding central banker of his generation' by George Osborne, Mr Carney now faces the task of guiding the UK's economy towards full recovery. Since arriving in London he has caused a stir by arriving to work on his first day by tube and unveiling Jane Austen as the face on the new £10 notes.

He has come a long way from his roots in the remoteness of Canada's Northern Territories, a journey which included time at Harvard and Oxford Universities and a successful career at Goldman Sachs.

Producer: Lucy Proctor.

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Jane Deith profiles the double Olympic and World champion, Mo Farah.

Jane Deith profiles Mo Farah.

This week he became the first British man - and only second man ever - to hold the Olympic and World 10,000m and 5,000m titles.

He was born in Somalia and moved to Britain as a young boy, where his athletic journey began. But it was an unusual one for such a successful athlete - he needed cajoling, ran the wrong way in cross-country races and enjoyed playing to the crowd.

Mo Farah was born to run. But he wasn't destined to win.

Producer: Helena Merriman.

Jane Deith presents a profile of someone who is currently making headlines.

1607General Abdul Fattah Al-sisi2013082420130825Edward Stourton profiles the Commander of Egypt's Armed Forces, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, now the most powerful man in Egypt.

General al-Sisi was appointed Defence Minister and Head of the Army by President Morsi in August 2012, and he was thought by many to be sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood.

But he was instrumental in Morsi's downfall in July and oversaw the subsequent violent suppression of Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

His former teacher from the US Army War College is among those who tell us more about this elusive former military intelligence chief.

Producer: Helena Merriman.

Edward Stourton profiles the head of Egypt's Armed Forces, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

1608John Kerry2013083120130901Mark Coles explores the life and motivations of the US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

Mark Coles explores the life of US Secretary of State, John Kerry, who is taking a global leadership role over Syria.

As President Obama said when he nominated him for Secretary of State, Kerry's entire life prepared him for this role.

One of his childhood friends tells us that Secretary Kerry has kept the same principles he held as a young man at Yale. But others see him as a man of contradictions: a Vietnam veteran who lead the anti-war movement, then voted for war in Iraq.

What are his guiding principles and motivations? Is he ready to handle the unfolding crisis in Syria?

Producer: Helena Merriman.

1609Angela Merkel2013090720130908

Chris Bowlby profiles German chancellor Angela Merkel, as she campaigns for a third term.

Chris Bowlby profiles German Chancellor Angela Merkel - always underestimated, physicist and ruthless politician, the woman at the centre of the eurozone crisis. What has shaped a figure who grew up under East German communism, came to dominate united German politics and proclaims her love of football and opera? And as her friendship with David Cameron deepens, might she be key to Britain's EU future?

Producer: Chris Bowlby

Editor: Richard Knight.

1610Sergei Lavrov2013091420130915Mark Coles profiles Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Mark Coles profiles Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, a key figure in the Syria crisis. Has this chain-smoking, vodka-loving diplomat managed to restore Russian power?

Those who've dealt with him tell us just why he's such a formidable opponent, and how he survived the collapse of the Soviet Union to put Russian diplomacy back at the centre of world affairs.

Producers: Chris Bowlby and Smita Patel.

1611Billy Connolly2013092120130922Mark Coles explores how comedian Billy Connolly has tackled adversity with humour.

Comedian Billy Connolly has announced new film and touring plans despite facing ill health.Mark Coles explores how Connolly has long used humour to defy serious adversity. Childhood abuse and alcoholism have been countered by a rich musical, comedy and acting career.

In this profile of the Glasgow welder who became a global star, Connolly's own performances and voice are mixed with the thoughts of those who know him well - including singer Barbara Dickson and producer John Lloyd.

Producers: Heba Ayoub, Chris Bowlby

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1613Paul Dacre2013100520131006Mark Coles presents a profile of Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre.

A gifted journalist with his finger on the pulse of Middle England? Or 'the most dangerous man in Britain' as the Guardian newspaper has described him? Mark Coles profiles the powerful and influential Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre.

Producers: Ben Crighton and Simon Maybin.

1614Maajid Nawaz2013101220131013This week saw the surprising exit from the English Defence League of its leaders Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll. Instrumental in their decision to leave was Essex-born Maajid Nawaz, a former activist for the Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir. Arrested in 2001 for attempting to revive the group in Egypt, he served four years in a Cairo jail. Today, he has renounced his old beliefs and now runs the Quilliam Foundation, a 'counter extremism' think tank run by former activists. He has also been selected by the Liberal Democrats to fight a marginal parliamentary seat in 2015. Mark Coles looks at his life.

Producer: Ben Crighton.

Mark Coles presents a profile of the co-founder of counter-extremism think tank Quilliam.

1615Rufus Norris2013101920131020It's 40 years since the National Theatre was led by someone who wasn't a Cambridge graduate, but this week it was announced that Rufus Norris - who spent his late teens as a painter and decorator - would succeed Sir Nicholas Hytner as the theatre's director. So why is Norris such a popular choice for British theatre's top job? Mary Ann Sieghart looks at the making of a director whose work includes collaborations with Damon Albarn and the London Community Gospel Choir and a musical about a real-life serial killer.

Mary Ann Sieghart presents a biographical sketch of British theatre director Rufus Norris.

1616Andrew Mitchell2013102620131027Last year, long-standing Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell was forced to resign his new job as Chief Whip after being accused of calling police officers guarding the Downing Street gates plebs. The so-called 'Plebgate' saga has hit the headlines once again this week after a committee of MPs summoned three senior police officers to explain their inquiry into the incident. While last year Andrew Mitchell was the focus of controversy, the Rugby and Cambridge-educated disciplinarian is now eliciting sympathy in many quarters. Becky Milligan looks at the life of a man caught in the eye of a political storm.

Producer: Ben Crighton.

Becky Milligan profiles the man at the centre of the so-called 'Plebgate' scandal.

1617Jim Ratcliffe2013110220131103He is one of a small number of people who has made it to both the North Pole and the South Pole. He runs ultramarathons. He climbs mountains. Oh, and he is a billionaire, one of the country's richest men, who has reluctantly been making the headlines. Jim Ratcliffe, who recently threatened to close the huge Grangemouth petrochemical plant in Scotland - which he owns through his company Ineos - is often described as 'reclusive'. Certainly he doesn't seek publicity. In Profile this week, Jo Fidgen talks to those who know him best, to find out what makes Jim Ratcliffe tick.

Jo Fidgen profiles Jim Ratcliffe, billionaire boss of the Grangemouth petrochemical plant.

1618Alison Saunders2013110920131110She's been described as the UK's most experienced criminal prosecutor, responsible for bringing some of the most infamous criminals to justice. But she also has a passion for cooking and entertaining. Becky Milligan profiles Alison Saunders, who this week became the new Director of Public Prosecutions.

Producer: Ben Crighton.

Becky Milligan profiles Alison Saunders, the new Director of Public Prosecutions.

1619Sachin Tendulkar2013111620131117Tim Franks profiles the man who embodied the Indian dream, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

India means Sachin and Sachin means India. So how did a shy 16-year-old cricketer come to embody a nation and its hopes and dreams? Sachin Tendulkar's career spanned a period of remarkable change in what is now one of the world's biggest developing economies. As he plays his 200th and final test match, Tim Franks looks at how Sachin's progress mirrored and even inspired India's over a quarter of a century.

1620Bill De Blasio2013112320131124Mark Coles profiles the radical New York mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio.

Bill de Blasio, sometime supporter of the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, will soon take over as mayor of New York. He's overcome the suicide of his war veteran father, created the most famous multiracial family in the US and now has to persuade Wall Street to fund his radical plans to overcome inequality in the Big Apple. Ed Miliband is said to be watching carefully.Mark Coles profiles a politician attracting global attention.

Producers: Ben Crighton, Chris Bowlby

Editor: Richard Knight.

, sometime supporter of the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, will soon take over as mayor of New York. He's overcome the suicide of his war veteran father, created the most famous multiracial family in the US and now has to persuade Wall Street to fund his radical plans to overcome inequality in the Big Apple. Ed Miliband is said to be watching carefully. Mark Coles profiles a politician attracting global attention.

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After playing Baltimore drug boss Stringer Bell in The Wire, and Detective John Luther on British television, Idris Elba is now appearing in a very different role - Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom.Chris Bowlby profiles the British actor who some think will one day be the first black James Bond.

Producer: Smita Patel.

Chris Bowlby profiles actor Idris Elba, who plays Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom.

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Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Janet Yellen, Obama's choice to lead the US Federal Reserve.

Janet Yellen is President Obama's choice to replace Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve when his term ends later this month, making her the most powerful central banker in the world and, arguably, the most powerful woman in the world. But who is she? Mary Ann Sieghart finds out - discovering, among other things, how Janet Yellen reacted when an earthquake shook her office.

Producer: David Edmonds.

is President Obama's choice to replace Ben Bernanke as Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve when his term ends later this m