Profile

Profiles of people who are making the headlines.

Profile is the weekly programme which offers fresh insight into someone in the news.

Episodes

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20091017 (R4)

Insight into the personality and motivation of a person who is making the headlines.

Editor Sue Ellis Repeated tomorrow at 5.45am and 5.40pm

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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?

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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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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines. Mishal Husein looks at Michael Nazir Ali, Bishop of Rochester.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Mishal Husain looks at the personality and career of News of the World editor Colin Myler.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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?

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Profile 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.

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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.

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Rob 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.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

A look at the life of Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

20171014

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines, with Adrian Goldberg.

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

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

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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

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Claire Bolderson profiles someone who is currently making headlines.

09/04/201120110410

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

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Edward Stourton profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

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Andy Denwood profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Colin Patterson talks to associates and family of X-Factor supremo Simon Cowell.

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Stephen Sackur profiles John McFall, chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Committee.

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David Torrance profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

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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.

Edward Stourton profiles the Chief Executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks.

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Claire Bolderson profiles someone who is currently making headlines.

Producers:

Lesley McAlpine

Anna Meisel.

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

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

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Stephen Sackur profiles MIA, the British-born Tamil singer and artist.

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Chris Bowlby profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

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

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

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Rosie Goldsmith profiles one of entertainment's best known characters - Dame Edna Everage.

24/07/201020100725

Conrad Black is back. Michael Cockerell asks: will the fallen press baron slay his foes?

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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

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane.

As President Assad battles to hold Syria, is he by nature a reformer or an autocrat?

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

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

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Mary Ann Seighart profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

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A profile of Italian politician Umberto Bossi.

30/07/201120110731

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines. Presented by Shari Vahl.

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Jonathan Maitland profiles Alex Salmond, SNP leader and Scotland's First Minister.

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Stephen Sackur profiles Alexander Lebedev, the owner of the London Evening Standard.

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Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced Amanda Spielman is set to take over as chief inspector of schools in England. But the decision has provoked some controversy. Teaching unions have pointed out that Amanda Spielman has never been a teacher herself. But others have defended her, saying her experience setting up a successful academies chain - and most recently at exams regulator Ofqual - mean she's well-placed to take on this important role. Mark Coles has been finding out what makes Amanda Spielman tick.

Amanda Spielman is set to take over as chief inspector of schools in England.

is set to take over as chief inspector of schools in England.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Andrea Leadsom2016070920160710 (R4)

Mark Coles profiles Conservative leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom.

Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May are vying to be the next Conservative leader and Britain's second ever female prime minister. Mark Coles explores how a little-known junior energy minister was propelled into the limelight by the televised referendum debates and now stands a chance of leading not only her party but also her country. She is a relative newcomer to politics, having been elected to Parliament in 2010 when she won her seat in South Northamptonshire. She cooks an excellent roast dinner and has strong family values. Before becoming an MP she had a long career in the city but this has come under scrutiny this week with some claiming she has exaggerated past roles. We take a closer look at her CV and ask - does it stack up?

Presenter: Mark Coles

Producers: Laura Gray and Sarah Shebbeare.

and Theresa May are vying to be the next Conservative leader and Britain's second ever female prime minister. Mark Coles explores how a little-known junior energy minister was propelled into the limelight by the televised referendum debates and now stands a chance of leading not only her party but also her country. She is a relative newcomer to politics, having been elected to Parliament in 2010 when she won her seat in South Northamptonshire. She cooks an excellent roast dinner and has strong family values. Before becoming an MP she had a long career in the city but this has come under scrutiny this week with some claiming she has exaggerated past roles. We take a closer look at her CV and ask - does it stack up?

Andy Coulson20090712

James Silver examines the life of Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World.

Angela Merkel20090913

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

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Online hacking collective Anonymous has declared 'total war' on IS - but who are they?

Online hacking collective Anonymous declared "total war" on IS after the attacks in Paris. Their tactics have often been controversial, sometimes illegal, and don't always win them support. As so-called Islamic State vows to fight back, what is Anonymous likely to achieve and will its strategy help or hinder the fight against extremism?

Presenter: Becky Milligan

Producer: Ben Crighton.

Antonio Guterres20170923

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

Archbishop Of Canterbury Rowan Williams20111225

Emily 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.

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Arianna Huffington20110213

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".

Emma Jane Kirby profiles new media mogul Arianna Huffington.

Arlene Foster2017011420170115 (R4)

Mark Coles looks at the life and career of Arlene Foster.

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 Foster20170610

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Armando Iannucci20091025

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles comedian and writer Armando Iannucci.

Arron Banks2016121020161211 (R4)

Skinny dipping with Nigel Farage, punching a business partner, and bankrolling Brexit.

Skinny dipping with Nigel Farage, punching a business partner, and bankrolling Brexit - Edward Stourton tells the story of Arron Banks.

What next for the man who spent more than £7 million campaigning for Britain to leave the EU?

Producers: Ed Davey and Joe Kent.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Arsene Wenger20110821

With Andy Denwood. A look at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei20110807

James Reynolds profiles Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran.

Baroness Catherine Ashton20100314

James Silver profiles Baroness Catherine Ashton.

Baroness Tina Stowell2015103120151101 (R4)

She's the self-proclaimed Beyoncé of the House of Lords, calling herself a 'single lady' and an 'independent woman'. Baroness Tina Stowell is the Leader of the Upper House. She was in the spotlight this week after the Lords defeated the government over tax credits.

After leaving school at 16, Baroness Stowell's journey to this position has been a discreet one. How will she negotiate the potentially testing times ahead as the government contemplates reform of the House of Lords?

Presenter: Edward Stourton.

Producers: Charlotte Pritchard and Peter Snowdon.

Edward Stourton profiles the leader of the House of Lords Baroness Tina Stowell.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Bernard Hogan-howe20110918

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.

A profile of the incoming Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Bernie Sanders2015101020151011 (R4)

Chris Bowlby profiles self-styled socialist US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders is a socialist and a grump. But is he also a future US president?

Some 20,000 people recently turned out to hear Sanders speak - the sort of crowd Barack Obama would have been proud of in 2008. He is, it seems, an increasingly viable contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sanders has spent the last forty years attacking inequality and he is known for giving loud and impassioned speeches. But he can also be prickly with the media and he doesn't do small talk.

So could Bernie Sanders, the self-styled socialist and "grumpy old guy", beat Hillary Clinton - and the Republicans - to become the next President of the United States? Chris Bowlby reports.

Producers: Keith Moore and Ben Crighton

The song "Feel the Bern", used in this programme, was performed by Tony Tig and produced Corbett.

is a socialist and a grump. But is he also a future US president?

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Bob Crow20100404

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Bob Crow, General Secretary of the transport union, the RMT.

Bobby Jindal20090301

Claire Bolderson profiles the young Indian-American governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal.

Carolyn Mccall2016051420160515 (R4)

Mark Coles profiles easyJet's high-flying CEO, Dame Carolyn McCall.

Chief executive of Easyjet, Dame Carolyn McCall, is one of the UK's most successful businesswomen. Initially seen as an outsider, she has won over staff and investors, piloting the airline into the FTSE 100.

Over the past three decades, she's also run the Guardian Media Group, and brought her wisdom to the boardrooms of Lloyds TSB, Tesco, Burberry and New Look. Last year she was voted Britain's most admired business leader.

An only child, Dame Carolyn was brought up in Bangalore and Singapore, before moving to boarding school in Derbyshire, and later meeting her husband at Kent University.

Mark Coles finds out more about this high flyer from her school roommate, former colleagues Alan Rusbridger and Sir Michael Rake, and Easyjet pilot Captain Angus Hogg.

Presenter: Mark Coles

Producers: Ruth Alexander and Sarah Shebbeare.

Catherine Corless2017032520170326 (R4)

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

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.

Presenter: Becky Milligan

Producer: Ben Crighton.

Chris Morris20100131

Claire Bolderson profiles the satirist Chris Morris.

Christopher Bailey20090920

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles fashion designer Christopher Bailey.

Cornelia Parker20170603

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Crawford Falconer20170826

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman20170708

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

Dame Liz Forgan20081221

Sheena McDonald profiles Dame Liz Forgan, the first woman to chair the Arts Council.

Daniel Day-lewis2008011920080120

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.

David Davis2016123120170101 (R4)

will be a major figure in the coming year as minister in charge of Brexit. In this week's Profile, Chris Bowlby hears how he was was shaped by a council house upbringing, SAS training, a turbulent political career and a significant love of sugar.

Producer: Smita Patel

Researchers: Sarah Shebbeare and Serena Tarling

Editor: Penny Murphy.

Chris Bowlby profiles David Davis - the man in charge of Brexit.

David Davis will be a major figure in the coming year as minister in charge of Brexit. In this week's Profile, Chris Bowlby hears how he was was shaped by a council house upbringing, SAS training, a turbulent political career and a significant love of sugar.

David Lynch20170527

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.

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Dolce & Gabbana2015032120150322 (R4)

Italy's famous couture couple Dolce and Gabbana have fallen out with Elton John over off-colour comments they made about IVF babies and gay families. But they have no shortage of fans. Becky Milligan profiles the characters behind one of the world's greatest - and most valuable - fashion empires.

Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou.

Becky Milligan profiles Italy's famous couture couple, Dolce and Gabbana.

Dominique Strauss-kahn20100418

Chris Bowlby profiles Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Director of the International Monetary Fund.

Donald Trump2015080120150802 (R4)

Billionaire Donald Trump, the leading Republican candidate in the US presidential race.

Billionaire Donald Trump, leading Republican candidate in the US Presidential race was in Scotland this week. Mark Coles asks if he has what it takes to get him to the White House.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Dr Dre2015082220150823 (R4)

's first album for 16 years is top of the charts and a film charting the rise of NWA - his breakout 90s gangsta rap group - is playing to packed cinemas.

Over the past 25 years Dr Dre has made an indelible mark on popular culture. After NWA he founded a record label and turned producer - making global stars of artists like Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

And he's a hugely successful businessman. His Beats brand - whose headphones have become a ubiquitous fashion accessory - was sold last year to Apple for $3bn (£1.8bn).

It's all a long way from his start in life as a poor child to a teenage mother in Los Angeles. But, as Mark Coles hears, there's a dark side to Dr Dre's story of almost unimaginable success.

Producers: Keith Moore and James Melley.

Dr Dre has made an indelible mark on popular culture. Mark Coles tells his story.

has made an indelible mark on popular culture. Mark Coles tells his story.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Elizabeth Jane Howard20150106 (BBC7)
20150107 (BBC7)

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.

Emma Walmsley2016092420160925 (R4)

We profile Emma Walmsley, set to become Britain's most powerful business woman.

Emma Walmsley will be one of just seven female bosses in the country's top 100 companies when she takes the helm of GSK next year. The pharmaceutical giant is worth £80bn, making it the most valuable company with a woman CEO. But how did Emma Walmsley get to where she is today? Mark Coles looks back over her school days and her rise up the corporate career ladder at L'Oreal. We hear from her father, retired vice admiral Sir Robert Walmsley, her school friend and her business associate Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of advertising firm WPP. Who is Emma Walmsley and what impact will she have on one of Britain's biggest companies?

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Emmanuel Macron20170624

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Eniola Aluko20171028

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Eric 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 Monkman2017040120170402 (R4)

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Fabio Capello20100103

Chris Bowlby profiles the England football manager Fabio Capello.

Fiona Hill And Nick Timothy2016100120161002 (R4)

When Theresa May became Prime Minister she appointed Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy as her joint Chiefs of Staff. It's a role first imported from the US by Tony Blair, when he brought in Jonathan Powell to help oversee the day-to-day running of government. The position puts Timothy and Hill at the heart of decision-making inside Number 10. So who are they? And how much influence do they really have? Mark Coles reports.

Producer: Ben Crighton.

Mark Coles profiles Theresa May's influential chiefs of staff.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Foreign Secretary, William Hague20110313

William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, who's been criticised over Libya this week.

General John Kelly20170805

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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From Favela to Farm Street A portrait of the Jesuit,

Fr Michael A. E. Campbell -Johnston, SJ

Presented by Julie Loyd Producer FRANCES GUMLEY

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Presented By: Julie Loyd

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A personal protrait in conversation, recollection and anecdote.

The Jesuit: Fr Michael A. E. Campbell-Johnston, sj

Presented by Julie Loyd

Producer FRANCES GUMLEY (R)

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In the last programme of the series, Andrea Adams presents a portrait of campaigner Diana Lamplugh - founder of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.

Producer Cathy Drysdale

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Unknown: Andrea Adams

Unknown: Diana Lamplugh

Unknown: Suzy Lamplugh

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Restaurateur Joe Allen talks to Jack Tinker. Producer Ned ChaiUet Stereo (R)

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Talks: Joe Allen

Unknown: Jack Tinker.

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A radio portrait, in conversation, recollection and anecdote.

Editor Brian Walker

Contributors

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A portrait in conversation, recollection and anecdote.

Editor Brian Walker

Contributors

Editor: Brian Walker

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A radio portrait, in conversation, recollection and anecdote. Editor Brian Walker

Contributors

Editor: Brian Walker

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A radio portrait in conversation, recollection and anecdote.

Editor Brian Walker

Contributors

Editor: Brian Walker

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The first of a new series of seven radio portraits in conversation, recollection and anecdote. 1: Sarah Hogg

Reporter David Walker. Producer John Forsyth

Contributors

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Reporter: David Walker.

Producer: John Forsyth

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Unknown: Sarah Hogg

Reporter: David Walker.

Producer: John Forsyth

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The second of seven radio portraits in conversation, recollection and anecdote.

Chris Mullin

Reporter Jon Silverman. Producer Chris Harmer

Contributors

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Reporter: Jon Silverman.

Producer: Chris Harmer

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Unknown: Chris Mullin

Reporter: Jon Silverman.

Producer: Chris Harmer

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The third of seven radio portraits in conversation, recollection and anecdote. Sir John TemPleton Reporter Peter Day. Producer Stephanie Harris

Contributors

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Reporter: Peter Day.

Producer: Stephanie Harris

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Unknown: Sir John Templeton

Reporter: Peter Day.

Producer: Stephanie Harris

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The fourth of seven radio portraits in conversation, recollection and anecdote.

Usha Prashar

Reporter

Hugh Prysor-Jones. Producer Chris Harmer

Contributors

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Unknown: Hugh Prysor-Jones

Producer: Chris Harmer

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Producer: Chris Harmer

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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

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Reporter: David Walker.

Producer: Chris Harmer

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Unknown: Neil Rudenstine

Reporter: David Walker.

Producer: Chris Harmer

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Seven radio portraits. 6: Tom Burke

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

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Reporter: Alex Kirby.

Producer: Chris Harmer

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Reporter: Alex Kirby.

Producer: Chris Harmer

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The last in the series of radio portraits. Dr Beyers Naude The veteran anti-apartheid campaigner. Reporter

Mike Wooldridge.

Producer Bevertey McAinsh

Contributors

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Another series of radio portraits, in conversation, recollection and anecdote.

Producer Howard Rogers

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A radio portrait, in conversation, recollection and anecdote.

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A radio portrait in conversation, recollection and anecdote.

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A portrait in conversation, recollection and anecdote. Producer Howard Rogers

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A radio portrait, in conversation, recollection and anecdote. Producer Howard Rogers

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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

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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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Producer: Vanessa Harrison

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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

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Unknown: John Walters

Producer: Vanessa Harrison

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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

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Unknown: Bridget Kendall

Unknown: Andrei Stroyev.

Producer: Vanessa Harrison

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5: David Walker meets

Howard Davies ,

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

Producer Vanessa Harrison

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Unknown: Howard Davies

Producer: Vanessa Harrison

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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

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Talks: Mark Tully

Unknown: Swami Agnivesh

Producer: Vanessa Harrison

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Dickie Bird , cricket's best-known umpire, talks to

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

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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

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George Papandreou20100221

Jonathan Maitland profiles the Greek prime minister George Papandreou.

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 Miller2016111220161113 (R4)

To some, she is a saboteur of democracy, a woman using her massive wealth and friends in high places to subvert the judgement of 17.4 million voters in the European Union referendum. To others, this is a woman of unimpeachable principle, fighting to protect a cornerstone of the unwritten British constitution. With the Supreme Court now set to decide on whether Article 50 can be invoked without a vote in Parliament - thus setting Brexit into motion - we ask, who is Gina Miller, the woman behind the legal bid?

Well, she has certainly had an interesting life. Born in Guyana, this thrice-married 51-year-old now runs an investment firm, by way of modelling and plentiful philanthropy. Never one to duck a scrap, she has picked fights in the lofty world of high finance and the altogether milder waters of the third sector.

At the end of a week that has seen her become the target of both fulminating newspaper headlines and online abuse, we learn about the formative years that thickened up Gina Miller's skin before the onslaught. School friends, Britain's richest plumber and husbands number two and three are among our witnesses; the future of the country is at stake. Mark Coles profiles Gina Miller.

Mark Coles profiles the woman behind a court case that could stymie Brexit, Gina Miller.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Gina Rinehart2015100320151004 (R4)

Mark Coles profiles the controversial Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart.

Gina Rinehart - one the world's richest women - is about to realise a lifelong dream: to own and operate her very own iron-ore mine. Rinehart's life has been defined by huge success and the staggering speed at which she has accumulated her enormous wealth - but also by family feuds which have pitted generations of her family against each other. Mark Coles profiles the controversial Australian billionaire.

Producers: Ben Crighton and Chloe Hadjimatheou.

Glenda Jackson2016102920161030 (R4)

Mark Coles profiles actor and former politician Glenda Jackson.

As Glenda Jackson returns to the West End stage, Mark Coles profiles the Oscar-winning actor and former Labour MP, with contributions from her son Dan Hodges, Hollywood actor George Segal and legendary theatre director Peter Brook.

Producer Smita Patel

Researcher Sarah Shebbeare.

Glenn Beck20101024

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles provocative US talk show host, Glenn Beck.

Greg Stemm20090208

Stephen Sackur profiles Greg Stemm, the American behind the exploration of HMS Victory.

Hamid Karzai20090815

Hamid Karzai20090816

Lucy Ash profiles Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan.

Hartwig Fischer2016010220160103 (R4)

Chris Bowlby profiles the German art historian and curator Dr Hartwig Fischer, who this year takes over one of the most important jobs in UK culture: director of the British Museum. What can the museum's visitors - and its staff - expect from the new man in charge?

Producer: Smita Patel.

Chris Bowlby profiles Dr Hartwig Fischer, soon to be the director of the British Museum.

Hilary Benn2015120520151206 (R4)

Mark Coles profiles Labour's shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn.

Labour's shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn wowed the House of Commons this week with an 'electrifying' speech calling for airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria. For some commentators it was the moment he finally stepped out his famous father's shadow.

He's worked his way up the party ranks from councillor in Ealing, to MP for Leeds Central and then the Cabinet. But this relatively quiet and unassuming politician has rarely, till now, been thought of as leadership material. With his speech this week, that's changed.

Presenter: Mark Coles

Producers: Ben Crighton and Katie Inman.

Iain Duncan Smith, Work And Pensions Secretary20101016

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.

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

Iain Duncan Smith, Work And Pensions Secretary20101017

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

Ian Brown20111023

Linda Pressly profiles Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown.

Jake Wood20170916

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

James Murdoch20090808

James Murdoch20090809

Clive Coleman profiles the media mogul James Murdoch.

Jamie Vardy2016041620160417 (R4)

Mark Coles looks at the life and career of star footballer Jamie Vardy.

Mark Coles looks at the life and career of footballer Jamie Vardy. In just four years Vardy has gone from being a relative unknown, being paid a few hundred pounds a week at a non-league club, to one of the biggest names in European football. As well as playing for England, Vardy is Leicester City's star player - the team are now hotly tipped to win the Premier League.

Rejected by Sheffield Wednesday while a member of their youth team for being too short, Vardy spent years working in a factory in Sheffield, his recent success nothing short of a Hollywood fairy-tale. Indeed, a Hollywood film is in the pipeline. But his rise hasn't been problem free - in 2007 he was convicted of assault after an altercation outside a pub, and last year he was fined £40,000, by his own club, for reportedly making a racist comment in a casino.

Mark Coles speaks to Vardy's childhood friend Liam Muirhead, his former teacher Dr Chris Wall and one of his first football coaches Gary Marrow, about what has made him the player he is today.

Producer: Smita Patel.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Jean-claude Juncker20170506

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

Jenny Beavan2016030520160306 (R4)

For more than 30 years Jenny Beavan has been designing beautiful and historically accurate costumes, for film and stage. But though she cares intensely how the costumes look on the actors and on screen, she has little interest in fashion or dressing up herself. So despite being called a bag lady at the Baftas she went along to collect her second Oscar in comfortable clothes.

Presenter - Becky Milligan

Producer- Shabnam Grewal and Elizabeth Cassin.

Becky Milligan on costume designer Jenny Beavan, winner at the 2016 Baftas and Oscars.

Jeremy Corbyn2015080820150809 (R4)

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Jeremy Heywood20111016

Chris Bowlby profiles Jeremy Heywood who is to become the new Cabinet Secretary.

Jimmy Wales20120318

Claire Bolderson profiles the founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales.

Jose Manuel Barroso20091031

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Edward Stourton profiles the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso.

Jose Mourinho2016052820160529 (R4)

To many, including himself, Jose Mourinho is the most successful football manager in the world - the 'special one'.

He has won league titles in all of the countries he's worked in. But he is also divisive; famous for igniting rows with opponents and provoking referees.

Mourinho was born into football. His father was a goalkeeper who once played for Portugal. The young Jose wanted to be a player too but after short spells in minor clubs he realised coaching offered him a brighter future.

Fast forward 25 years and this week Mourinho has been named Manchester United's new manager.

Presenter: Mark Coles

Producer: Wesley Stephenson.

Mark Coles profiles Jose Mourinho, the 'special one'.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Julian Assange20100801

Nigel Thompson profiles Julian Assange, controversial public face of the WikiLeaks website

Keir Starmer20090927

, the Director of Public Prosecutions, is in the spotlight.

Kelvin Mackenzie20170513

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?

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Kevin Pietersen20090111

A profile of Kevin Pietersen, who has left his job as captain of the England cricket team.

Lady Brenda Hale20170729

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

Lady Gaga20101226

Stephen Smith profiles Lady Gaga and her dizzying dash to global pop music dominance.

Leanne Wood2015032820150329 (R4)

On Thursday evening seven party leaders will meet in an ITV studio for the much-anticipated general election debate. Some of them are - it's fair to say - rather less well known than others. Many viewers - in England, at least - will not know all that much about Leanne Wood, the Plaid Cymru leader. So, on Profile this week, Mark Coles has been finding out what makes her tick.

Producer: Gemma Newby.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Lee Kun-hee (chairman, Samsung)2016101520161016 (R4)

Samsung started out as a tiny exporter of dried fish. Today it's one of the world's biggest tech giants; the family-run business accounts for about a quarter of South Korea's entire GDP.

This week Samsung was forced to stop production of its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone after a number of them apparently exploded or caught fire.

Samsung's chairman Lee Kun-Hee - son of the firm's founder - saw the value of his company plummet. You'd think he'd be fuming. But he hasn't been seen since he suffered a heart attack in 2014. Some in South Korea think he could be dead.

Mark Coles tells the story of Lee Kun-Hee - one of the world's most enigmatic and fascinating business leaders.

Researcher: Kirsteen Knight

Producer: Smita Patel.

Mark Coles tells the story of one of the world's most enigmatic business leaders.

Len Mccluskey20120401

As 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.

Leo Varadkar20170617

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.

Liz Truss2017021820170219 (R4)

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.

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.

Becky Milligan profiles the Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss.

Lloyd Blankfein20100425

Edward Stourton profiles Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Lord Patten20110227

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 profiles Lord Patten.

Lord Stephen Green2015021420150215 (R4)

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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

Maggie Smith2015122620151227 (R4)

Millions will miss Lady Violet's withering one-liners now that Downton Abbey is over. Chris Bowlby profiles one of Britain's most successful actors: Maggie Smith. Her extraordinary career has spanned Shakespeare on stage, Hollywood films and, of course, popular televison drama.

Producer: Smita Patel

Photo credit: "Downton Abbey" / Carnival Films.

Chris Bowlby looks at the life and career of actress Maggie Smith.

Mario Draghi20111106

New President of the European Central Bank, Italian Mario Draghi, enters the Euro crisis.

Martin Moore-bick20170701

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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 Selmayr20171021

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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'?

Michael Acton Smith20120101

Rory Cellan-Jones profiles Moshi Monsters founder Michael Acton Smith.

Michael Eavis2016062520160626 (R4)

Synonymous with Glastonbury Festival, Michael Eavis is the bearded impresario of one of the biggest parties on earth. But this is no hedonistic figure: in reality, Eavis is a near-teetotal Method-ist who happily admits that his beloved herd of cows comes before the celebrities, rock and roll... or even the show itself.

As more than 100,000 revellers descend upon Worthy Farm in Somerset, Mark Coles profiles this complex individual. Through his early battles with authority, financial setbacks and personal tragedy, we learn what drove Eavis to turn the land his family have owned for 150 years into the home of an iconic music festival. We hear from his GP son, the best man at his wedding and a host of famous DJs and musicians who have known him. From naked morning swims on the farm - every day of the year - to a ferociously competitive table tennis tournaments, we get beneath this skin of this individual and learn what makes him tick. World famous bands have graced his property and David Bowie's stayed in his farmhouse; yet at home Eavis is more likely to listen to Methodist Hymns or Elvis Presley (the latter for his gospel songs) than the many household names to have played Glastonbury.

We speak as well to one of Mr Eavis's opponents over the years. We hear how his politics and commitment to unilateral nuclear disarmament have shaped both his life and the festival itself. And at 81 years old - with Glastonbury Festival still going strong - we learn whether this driven workaholic is likely to retire any time soon.

Methodist, dairy farmer - oh, and he runs a festival. Mark Coles profiles Michael Eavis.

Michel Barnier2016112620161127 (R4)

Brexit negotiations between the EU and the UK are months away. And - as we keep hearing - there will be no discussion before notification (of the now infamous Article 50).

But we do know who will represent the EU in those negotiations: the French politician Michel Barnier, who met his counterpart David Davis this week.

Born in the Savoie region in south-east France, Barnier has been a committed Gaullist since he was a teenager. At 27 he made history in France by becoming the youngest MP ever elected. And in 1992 he took great pride in bringing the Winter Olympics to his region.

His allies say he is a reasonable, sensitive negotiator. His critics tell us he can be self-important and cold. Everyone agrees he will be fiercely committed to defending the EU's interests in the complex Brexit negotiations ahead.

Presenter: Becky Milligan

Producers: Smita Patel and Alex Burton.

Becky Milligan profiles the man chosen to represent the EU in Brexit negotiations.

Michelle Mone2015081520150816 (R4)

, the government's new start-up tsar, is profiled by Mark Coles.

Founder of the Ultimo lingerie brand Michelle Mone's rags to riches tale.

Clever use of PR has helped make Michelle Mone one of Britain's most recognisable businesswomen. Now she has been made the government's new entrepreneurship tsar and is tipped for a place in the House of Lords.

Presenter Mark Coles charts her journey from childhood poverty in Glasgow to a City penthouse overlooking the Thames.

Producers: Keith Moore and Katie Inman.

Michelle O'neill20170902

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

Mike Ashley2016061120160612 (R4)

This week the Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley gave evidence to a Business Select Committee inquiry into working conditions at his firm. In a rare public appearance, he admitted that the company had been paying employees less than the minimum wage. But how much do we really know about this secretive billionaire? He is one of the most intriguing characters in British business but also one of the most elusive. He is the driving force behind the Sports Direct empire, entrepreneur, owner of Newcastle United and once a possible saviour of BHS. In this programme Edward Stourton searches for the secret behind Mike Ashley's huge retail success and asks how much control he really has over his business.

This programme contains material from a previous episode of Profile about Mike Ashley first broadcast on Saturday 23 Feb 2013.

Producer: Laura Gray.

Edward Stourton profiles Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley.

Mike Pence20170122

Becky Milligan profiles the new vice-president of America.

Becky 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.

Moeen Ali20170812

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

Mohammed Bin Nayef2015101720151018 (R4)

Saudi Arabia's human rights record is firmly back in the spotlight. A teenage boy on death row for protesting. A British pensioner expecting to be lashed. Britain no longer willing to help train those running the Kingdom's jails.

Our subject this week - Saudi interior minister Prince Mohammad Bin Nayef - is right in the thick of it. Mark Coles profiles the man who is a crucial counter-terrorism partner for Britain and United States, and a hardliner who is next in line to the Saudi throne.

Producers: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Katie Inman.

Mark Coles profiles the Saudi interior minister Mohammed Bin Nayef.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Mustafa Abdul Jalil20110828

, recent defector who now leads Libya's National Transitional Council.

Natalie Bennett2015022820150301 (R4)

Mark Coles profiles the Green leader Natalie Bennett after her rocky campaign launch.

After a rocky campaign launch, the Green leader Natalie Bennett has been in the headlines this week. Mark Coles hears how she moved from journalism in provincial Australia to British politics, and has combined a love of cricket with feminist campaigning. How is she likely to fare amid the intense scrutiny of the coming election?

Producer: Chris Bowlby.

Neil Morrissey20090822

Neil Morrissey20090823

Jonathan Maitland profiles the actor Neil Morrissey.

Newt Gingrich20111211

Samira Ahmed profiles Newt Gingrich, leading Republican contender for the US election.

Nick Denton2016032620160327 (R4)

n 2002 the British journalist Nick Denton created Gawker in the US, a website which made its name breaking news and celebrity gossip.

Last week a US court ordered the site to pay Hulk Hogan $140 million in damages, after Gawker ran a clip from a sex tape involving the wrestling star.

Mark Coles profiles the man friends describe as being "ahead of his time" and a "visionary".

But Mark also discovers how, as a journalist, Nick Denton reveals other people's secrets, while carefully guarding his own.

Producers: Katie Inman and David Rhodes.

Mark Coles profiles the British journalist whose website has been sued for $140 million.

Nigel Dodds2015031420150315 (R4)

, the DUP's leader at Westminister, is a possible post-election kingmaker.

Mark Coles profiles the DUP's leader at Westminister, Nigel Dodds, one of a number of possible post-election kingmakers. Dodds, furious to find his party excluded from the leaders' debates, is now being watched carefully to see which - if any - other parties he might support in coalition. Nigel Dodds is conservative and religious. He is opposed to gay marriage and abortion and believes Britain would be better off outside of the EU. But does that really tell us where he might put his support?

Producer: Smita Patel.

Nikki Haley20170909

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

Owen Smith20160724

Edward Stourton profiles the Labour leadership contender, Owen Smith.

MP for Pontypridd since 2010, Mr Smith is challenging Jeremy Corbyn, saying that he's not up to the job.

A former colleague at BBC Wales - where Mr Smith worked as a journalist - describes him as bright and ambitious, sometimes exasperating, and someone who 'didn't know their place'.

And an old family friend tells us his character is firmly rooted in the culture of the South Wales valleys.

Producers: Charlotte Pritchard and Laura Gray.

Edward Stourton profiles Labour leadership contender, Owen Smith.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Paul Kagame20100808

Rwanda is an economic success story, but is President Paul Kagame also a brutal dictator?

Paul Manafort20171104

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

Paul Manafort20171104

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

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.

Paul Manafort20171104

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

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 and Siobhan O'Connell.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Pen Hadow20090308

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Polar explorer Pen Hadow.

Peter Gabriel20090725

Peter Gabriel20090726

Clive Coleman profiles the musician Peter Gabriel.

Peter Higgs20111218

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 the physicist Peter Higgs, the man behind the "God Particle".

Philip Hammond2017031820170319 (R4)

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Philip Pullman20100328

Jonathan Maitland profiles the writer Philip Pullman.

Phillip Blond20090425
Phillip Blond20090426

Profile of Philip Blond, the theologian who has become an influence on the Conservatives.

Pope Benedict Vxi20100905

Who is Pope Benedict VXI? Jane Little delves into his background to find out.

Pope Benedict Xvi

Prince William20110102

As Prince William prepares to marry, who and what has shaped him and his royal role?

Priti Patel20171111

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

Priti Patel20171111

Priti Patel, 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 Patel20171111

Priti Patel, 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.

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

Professor Alexis Jay2016102220161023 (R4)

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 01 April 199019900401

BBC 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 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.

Broadcast history

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

Contributors

Jack Tinker (int)

Maria Charles (Speaker)

Terry Hands (Speaker)

Jeremy King (Speaker)

Joe Allen (Speaker)

Richard Polo (Speaker)

Programme Catalogue - Details: 03 January 199019900103

BBC 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 199019900304

BBC 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 199019900311

BBC 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

BBC Programme Number: 90FQ0165

Recorded on 1990-04-11

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)

Programme Catalogue - Details: Denis Noble19900318

BBC 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.

Broadcast history

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

Contributors

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 Lamplugh19900506

BBC 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)

Programme Catalogue - Details: John Tavener Tx R4 30.08.8919900218

BBC 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 Wallace19900408

BBC 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 Torres19900225

BBC 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

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)

Programme Catalogue - Details: Rodney Fitch19900429

BBC 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)

Contributors

Terence Conran (Speaker)

Michael Woodhead (Speaker)

Rodney Fitch (Speaker)

Jane Priestman (Speaker)

John Thackara (Speaker)

Terry Marr (Speaker).

Programme Catalogue - Details: Susie Orbach19900325

BBC 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 - Station

Radio 4.

Rajendra Pachauri20100214

Jonathan Maitland profiles Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN's climate change panel.

Raymond Briggs2016122420161225 (R4)

On Profile this week we explore the life and career of one of the world's best loved children's illustrators. Over the last half century - much to his horror - Raymond Briggs has become a part of Christmas. Two books about a grumpy Father Christmas have become bestsellers. The film adaptation of his 1978 picture book 'The Snowman' has been shown on TV every Christmas for the past three decades. And now, this Christmas, the BBC is screening 'Ethel And Ernest' - a new film of Briggs' 1998 book about his parents. Mark Coles talks to Raymond Briggs' family and friends to find out what his books are really about.

Producer: Smita Patel

Researcher Sarah Shebbeare

Editor: Richard Knight.

Marks Coles profiles the author and illustrator Raymond Briggs.

Rex Tillerson2017041520170416 (R4)

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.

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

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Richard Holbrooke20090329

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the American diplomat Richard Holbrooke.

Rob Goldstone20170715

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Robert Mueller20170520

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.

Rodrigo Duterte2016091720160918 (R4)

The new President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, is in the news this week because he's threatening to send home some of America's troops and "re-orientate" his country's foreign policy away from its traditional ally, America. And last week he was reported to have called President Obama a "son of a whore". Not surprisingly, perhaps, he has caught the attention of the world's media. But human rights organisations have been paying close attention to Mr Duterte for other reasons: he is alleged to have been complicit in the killing of drug dealers and criminals by vigilante ‘death squads’.

Presenter: Edward Stourton

Producer: Phoebe Keane and Micaela Papa

Edward Stourton profiles the controversial new leader of the Philippines.

Roy Hodgson20120506

Multi-lingual, intelligent and a surprise choice for the biggest job in sport, Roy Hodgson

Ruth Davidson2016052120160522 (R4)

, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, is credited with detoxifying the Tory brand in Scotland. A kick-boxing, Territorial Army-trained, gay Christian with working-class roots, she's not your typical Tory.

This month she's led a Conservative resurgence in Scotland. The Scottish Conservatives are now the largest opposition party in Holyrood, kicking Labour into third place. David Cameron has tipped her as a potential successor.

At just 37 her rise has been meteoric. She joined the Conservative Party only 7 years ago after a career in broadcasting. How has she done it? Mark Coles finds out.

Producer: Ben Crighton.

Mark Coles profiles Ruth Davidson, who has detoxified the Conservatives in Scotland.

Sachin 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.

Sam Smith2015091220150913 (R4)

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Sam Warburton2017042220170423 (R4)

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.

Mark Coles talks to those who know Sam Warburton.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Sanjeev Gupta2016040920160410 (R4)

Mark Coles profiles Sanjeev Gupta, the potential saviour of Britain's steel industry.

Mark Coles profiles Sanjeev Gupta who this week met the Business Secretary Sajid Javid to discuss a possible deal to buy Britain's biggest steelworks at Port Talbot. In recent months he's invested significantly in British steel but before all that, in his earlier life, Gupta also bought and sold bicycles, sugar - even frozen chicken feet and fish heads. We ask his wife Nicola, sister Angeli and colleague Douglas Dawson what makes this entrepreneur tick - and why he thinks he can succeed in Port Talbot where previous owners have failed.

Producer: Smita Patel.

Sarah Brown20091004

Claire Bolderson profiles Sarah Brown, the wife of the prime minister.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef2015101720151018 (R4)

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Scott Brown20100124

Claire Bolderson on newly elected Republican senator for Massachusetts, Scott Brown.

Sebastian Coe20090801

Sebastian Coe20090802

Clive Coleman hears about what kind of man Sebastian Coe really is.

Sergey Kislyak2017031120170312 (R4)

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.

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

Sharon White2016120320161204 (R4)

On Profile this week Mark Coles looks at the life and career of Sharon White.

The daughter of immigrant parents who came to Britain from Jamaica in the 1950s, she rose rapidly through the ranks of the civil service to become one of the most powerful women in Whitehall.

In March 2015, she became chief executive of the communications regulator, Ofcom.

The watchdog is in the news this week for trying to force BT to legally separate from Open Reach which runs the country's broadband network.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Silvio Berlusconi20090704

Silvio Berlusconi20090705

Jonathan Maitland profiles Silvio Berlusconi.

Sir Gus O'donnell20100228

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell.

Sir Hugh Orde20100704

Gerry Northam profiles Sir Hugh Orde, head of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Sir Martin Sorrell2016042320160424 (R4)

has spent the last three decades transforming a maker of wire shopping baskets into the world's largest advertising firm. The self-proclaimed workaholic bought a stake in Wire and Plastic Products plc in 1985 and has since taken the advertising world by storm with a string of major acquisitions.

His meteoric rise is not without controversy. He is known for his relentless work ethic, punishing schedule, and ruthless approach to business. He has engaged in bitterly hostile takeovers, falling out with his competitors along the way.

The business has made Sorrell a wealthy man. This year his salary is expected to hit £70m, a sum which he has no qualms defending. Sir Martin believes he is "worth every penny".

Mark Coles speaks to Sir Martin Sorrell's childhood friend Simon Schama, his wife Cristiana Falcone and his colleagues and competitors, to reveal how he became the world's most powerful ad man.

Presenter: Mark Coles

Producer: Ben Crighton.

Mark Coles profiles Sir Martin Sorrell, the Don Draper of the 21st century.

Sir Roderic Lyne20100110

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Sir Roderic Lyne, the Iraq Inquiry panellist.

Sir Thomas Legg20091018

Chris Bowlby takes a look at the man at the centre of a political storm on MPs expenses.

Sonia Friedman2016073020160731 (R4)

You may not have heard of Sonia Friedman, but she's one of the most important people in British theatre. She's produced many of the biggest stage hits of the past 15 years - including Jerusalem and The Book of Mormon - and is a multiple award winner. This week, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in London. It was produced by Sonia Friedman.

Her first job interview was with Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright in their kitchen. She got the job.

She's a consummate deal-maker and is able to persuade writers and performers from JK Rowling to Mark Rylance and Benedict Cumberbatch to work with her.

Mark Coles talks to family, friends and colleagues to discover more about her life and career.

Producers: Charlotte Prichard and Sarah Shebbeare.

Mark Coles profiles the life and career of theatre producer Sonia Friedman.

Sonia Sotomayor20090718

Sonia Sotomayor20090719

Claire Bolderson profiles Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court

Sophie Okonedo2016040220160403 (R4)

Mark Coles profiles the actress, Sophie Okonedo, star of the new Sunday night drama, Undercover. She plays a successful barrister who discovers her life is based on a series of lies.

Okonedo has a career encompassing stage, screeen and television, with parts as diverse as a future Queen Elizabeth (Liz Ten) in Doctor Who, to playing Winne Mandela. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Hotel Rwanda.

Director Dominic Cooke, fellow actor Adjoa Andoh and writer Peter Moffat tell us why they describe Okonedo as a trailblazer.

Producers: Smita Patel and Phoebe Keane.

Mark Coles profiles the actress Sophie Okonedo, star of new BBC drama Undercover.

Stephen Bannon2016111920161120 (R4)

, chief strategist and senior counsellor for president-elect Donald Trump.

On Profile this week, Mark Coles, examines the life and career of Stephen Bannon - dubbed by some as the 'most powerful, most dangerous political operative in America today'.

A former US Navy engineer, investment banker and Hollywood producer, for the past four years he's been the driving force behind Breitbart News - a populist, at times deliberately provocative right wing news website.

In August, he was drafted in to oversee Donald Trump's then faltering presidential campaign.

Now, with Trump heading to the White House, he's been appointed the President Elect's new Chief Strategist.

Democrats and civil rights groups are appalled. They accuse Bannon of creating a platform for far right views, fostering racism and anti-semitism.

Nonsense, say his supporters. He's simply a patriot, fed up with the way his country has been governed in the past by progressive liberal elites.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Stephen Crabb2016070220160703 (R4)

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Taylor Swift20170819

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

Ted Cruz2016031220160313 (R4)

Senator Ted Cruz is a hardliner, even by the standards of his native Texas: anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, in favour of the death penalty and fiercely opposed to gun control. But in the race to be the next US president, some believe he has the best chance of beating Donald Trump to the Republican nomination. Son of a Cuban immigrant - and a virtual unknown three years ago - the 'anyone-but-Trump' candidate's ascent through Republican ranks has been as stratospheric as his style is divisive. With the 2016 American election looming, we profile a man who, as a teenager, used to tour the Deep South reciting the US Constitution by heart. Making his name as a hot shot young lawyer, Senator Cruz helped George W. Bush reach the White House by winning a court battle over the infamous Florida election recount. And as a rookie politician, he made headlines with a marathon 21-hour filibuster featuring children's stories by Dr Seuss.

We hear from early backers and political opponents, those who shared Ted Cruz's school days and witnessed his early legal triumphs. With make-or-break Republican primaries coming thick and fast - and Super Tuesday having transformed the competition - how has a politician with almost as many enemies on his own side as among the Democrats come within sight of the White House? What impact has his Christian faith had on his politics? And can Senator Cruz become - as he dreamed as a teenager - the most powerful man in the world?

Does Ted Cruz have what it takes to derail Donald Trump's bid to become US president?

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

The White Helmets2016121720161218 (R4)

Mark Coles profiles rescue workers in Syria said to have saved thousands of lives.

Amid the carnage of civil war there is an organisation in Syria committed to saving lives. They are called Syria Civil Defence but they are better known as 'The White Helmets'. They have over 3000 members in rebel-held areas. When an air attack hits, they rush towards the scene to look for survivors trapped under collapsed buildings. To many, they are heroes. Others suspect a conspiracy and question whether video footage of the White Helmets at work is even real. Mark Coles tells the story of the White Helmets in the week when Aleppo was brought back under Syrian government control.

Producers: Alex Burton and Phoebe Keane.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Theresa May20110814

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, dealing with the aftermath of riots across England.

Theresa May2016071620160717 (R4)

With no leadership campaign - during which the public might have got to know her better - Theresa May has entered Downing Street with a remarkably low profile. Mark Coles has been talking to people who know her well - including new Cabinet appointees Justine Greening and Chris Grayling - to try to find out who she really is, and what she believes in.

Producer: Smita Patel.

Mark Coles profiles the new prime minister, Theresa May.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Tidjane Thiam20100307

Mary Anne Sieghart profiles Tidjane Thiam, the chief executive of Prudential.

Tom Ford2013021620130217

What 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 Ilube2016110520161106 (R4)

The most powerful black person you've never heard of, entrepreneur Tom Ilube.

An entrepreneur who helped found Britain's first online bank. A philanthropist who fled Idi Amin's Ugana and is now on a mission to track down the undiscovered Albert Einsteins of Africa. He embarked on a search to find a long-lost sister in Uganda after thirty years; he once rocked an 'impressive' Afro; his backers number a former head of MI6, and during his honeymoon in Mexico he sneaked away from his wife to attend a maths conference. Oh, and he's hell-bent on making it into space. You've possibly never heard him, but he's just been named the most influential black person in the UK. Becky Milligan profiles Tom Ilube.

William Mcneilly2015052320150524 (R4)

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Yanis Varoufakis2015022120150222 (R4)

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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0101Ehud Olmert2006010720060108

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 Leahy2006011420060115

This 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 Goss2006012120060122

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.

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 Barwick2006012820060129

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.

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 Clooney2006020420060205

There 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 Clarke2006021120060212

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.

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.

01072006021820060219

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. [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 Reynolds2006022520060226

is 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 Brown2006030420060305

This 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 Bond2006031120060312

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.

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 Milosevic2006031820060319

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.

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 Villepin2006032520060326

The 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 Hewitt2006040120060402

As 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 Prodi2006040820060409

Italians 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 sance 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.

01152006041520060416

The 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.

01162006042220060423

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."

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."

0201Katharine Jefferts Schori2006062420060625

Profile returns, shining the spotlight on an individual who is making the headlines.

The programme is presented by a team of journalists and commentators who have expert knowledge of the person in question.

By talking to friends and enemies, colleagues and confidants we present a revealing insight into the personality and motivation of one of the movers and shakers of the week.

She'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 Mittal2006070120060702

Jeff 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.

Jeff 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. [Rptd Sun 5.45am, 5.40pm]

Jeff 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. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0202 LASTJohn Yates
0203Tariq Ghaffur2006070820060709

Following the London bombings a year ago, Assistant Commissioner Tariq Ghaffur - Britain's most senior Muslim policeman - is profiled by Barnie Choudhury.

Following 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]

Following the London bombings a year ago, Assistant Commissioner Tariq Ghaffur - Britain's most senior Muslim policeman - is profiled by Barnie Choudhury. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

02042006071520060716

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.

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 Brothers2006072220060723

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?

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 Webber2006072920060730

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.

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 Howard2006080520060806

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.

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.

0208Andy Coulson2006081220060813

Nick Higham examines the man behind some of the biggest tabloid exposs of recent years, News of the World editor Andy Coulson

Nick Higham examines the man behind some of the biggest tabloid exposs 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 exposs of recent years, News of the World editor Andy Coulson. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0209Michael Ryan2006081920060820

Simon 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 Reid2006082620060827

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.

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 Leather2006090220060903

Nick 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]

Nick Higham profiles Dame Suzi Leather the newly appointed head of the Charity Commission. [Rpt of Sat 7.00pm]

0212Trevor Phillips2006090920060910

Elinor 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 Dec2006091620060917

John 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 Ahmadinejad2006092320060924

As 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 Osborne2006093020061001

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.

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 LAST2006101420061015

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]

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]

0301Sheikh Mohammed Bin Al Rashid Maktoum2006121620061217

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 Mayfield2006122320061224

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.

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 Pelosi2006123020061231

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines. 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.2007010620070107

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.

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

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 Walsh2007012720070128

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.

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

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.

0309Guido Fawkes2007021020070211

Profile of a newsworthy individual, looking at their past and investigating their current role in life.

0310Duncan Fletcher2007021720070218

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.

0311Cressida Dick2007022420070225

Jon Silverman profiles the highest ranking woman in the Metropolitan Police, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick

0312Ronald Cohen2007030320070304

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

0313Attorney General Lord Goldsmith2007031020070311

Guardian columnist and legal writer Marcel Berlins profiles Attorney General Lord Goldsmith.

03142007031720070318
0315John Bird2007032420070325

John Bird, the founder of The Big Issue

0316Charles Saumarez Smith2007033120070401

Director of the National Gallery in London.

0317Alan Johnstone2007040720070408

Alan 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.

0318Franois Bayrou2007041420070415
0319Christiana Ronaldo2007042120070422
03202007042820070429
03212007050520070506
0322 LASTBertie Ahern2007051220070513

Patrick Bartholomew "Bertie" Ahern (Irish: Pdraig Parthaln 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 Fil party and includes the Green Party and the Progressive Democrats, with the support of independent TDs.

0401Wolfgang Wagner2007072120070722
0402Barbara Young2007072820070729

Barbara 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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

0403Benazir Bhutto2007080420070805
0404Michel Aoun2007081120070812

Tim Llewellyn profiles Lebanese politician Michel Aoun.

Series on people who are currently making headlines.

Followed by News.

0405Mitt Romney2007081820070819

Allan 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-miller2007082520070826

David 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 MCEWAN2007090120070902

John Mullan of UCL looks at the life and work of Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian Mcewan

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

John Mullan of UCL looks at the life and work of Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

John Mullan of UCL looks at the life and work of Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan.

Followed by News.

0407Ian Mcewan2007090120070902

John Mullan of UCL looks at the life and work of Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian Mcewan

0408Manuel Noriega2007090820070909

Nic Caistor looks at the life of former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Followed by News.

0409Michael Caplan2007091520070916

Clive Coleman profiles Michael Caplan QC.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Followed by News.

0410Mervyn King2007092220070923

BBC Business Editor Robert Peston looks at the career of Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Followed by News.

04112007092920070930

Independent film maker Evan Williams examines the shadowy figures in charge of the Burmese regime.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Followed by News.

0412Agustin Pichot2007100620071007

John 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.

Followed by News.

0413Adam Crozier2007101320071014

Oliver 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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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 Rudd2007102020071021

A 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 King2007102720071028

Science 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 LAST2007110320071104

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Followed by News.

0501Phil Redmond2008010520080106

As 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'.

0502Ratan Tata2008011220080113

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

0503* Daniel Day-lewis2008011920080120

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.

0504* Ben Bernanke2008012620080127

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?

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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?

0505Adair Turner2008020220080203
0506*2008020920080210
0507* Asif Ali Zardari2008021620080217

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?

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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?

0508Michael Martin2008022320080224

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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 Obama2008030120080302

Colleagues 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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

0510Nick Clegg2008030820080309

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

0511Gurkhas2008031520080316

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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 Makoni2008032220080323

BBC Johannesburg correspondent Peter Biles profiles Simba Makoni, Robert Mugabe's former finance minister who is standing against the president in this week's election.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

0513Britney Spears2008032920080330

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?

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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 Rogge2008040520080406

Gordon 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 Robinson2008041220080413

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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 LAST* Giles Clarke2008041920080420

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

0601Arthur Ryan2008062120080622

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'.

0601John Yates
0602Thabo Mbeki2008062820080629

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.

0603Michael Nazir Ali *2008070520080706

Mishal Husein looks at Michael Nazir Ali, Bishop of Rochester.

0604Colin Myler *2008071220080713

Mishal Husain looks at the personality and career of News of the World editor Colin Myler.

0605Luis Moreno-ocampo2008071920080720

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.

0606Susan Rice2008072620080727

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.

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0609Mikheil Saakashvili * * *2008081620080817

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?

0610Jon Stewart2008082320080824
0611Jude Kelly2008083020080831
0612Alistair Darling2008090620080907
0613Damien Hirst2008091320080914

John 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.

0614Henry Paulson2008092020080921
0615Steve Gibson2008092720080928

Profile 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.

06162008100420081005

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.

0617 LASTDavid Triesman2008101120081012

Rob 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.

0701Simon Cowell2008121320081214

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.

0702Dame Liz Forgan2008122020081221

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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0704Rahm Emanuel2009010320090104
0705Kevin Pietersen2009011020090111

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.

0706Alan Milburn2009011720090118
0707George Mitchel2009012420090125
0708Sara Payne2009013120090201

Chris 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 Stemm2009020720090208

Stephen 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.

0710John Mcfall * *2009021420090215

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.

0711M I A2009022120090222

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.

0712Bobby Jindal2009022820090301

Claire 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.

0713Pen Hadow *2009030720090308

Mary 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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

0714Declan Ganley2009031420090315
0715Sir Liam Donaldson2009032120090322
0716Richard Holbrooke2009032820090329
0717Zaha Hadid2009040420090405
0718* *2009041120090412
0719Jacob Zuma2009041820090419
0720 LASTPhillip Blond * *2009042520090426

Chris 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.

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0802Silvio Berlusconi * *2009070420090705

Jonathan 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.

0803Andy Coulson2009071120090712

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.

James Silver examines the life of Andy Coulson, former editor of the News of the World.

0804Sonia Sotomayor * *2009071820090719

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.

Claire Bolderson profiles Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court.

0805Peter Gabriel *2009072520090726

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 hears from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Irish President Mary Robinson and Peter Gabriel's mother about what makes him tick.

0806Sebastian Coe * *2009080120090802

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?

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.

0807James Murdoch * *2009080820090809

Clive 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.

0808Hamid Karzai * *2009081520090816

Lucy 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.

0809Neil Morrissey * *2009082220090823

Jonathan 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.

0810* *2009082920090830
0811Alex Salmond2009090520090906

Jonathan 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.

0812Angela Merkel2009091220090913

Mary 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?

0813Christopher Bailey2009091920090920

Mary 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.

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.

0815Sarah Brown2009100320091004

Claire 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 Lebedev2009101020091011

Stephen 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.

0817Sir Thomas Legg2009101720091018

is 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 Iannucci2009102420091025

Mary 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.

0819 LASTJose Manuel Barroso *2009103120091101

Edward 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.

0901Fabio Capello2010010220100103

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.

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.

0902Sir Roderic Lyne2010010920100110

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?

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?

0904Scott Brown2010012320100124

Claire 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 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.

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.

0906Vincent Nichols, Archbishop Of Westminster2010020620100207

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.

0907Rajendra Pachauri2010021320100214

Jonathan 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.

0908George Papandreou2010022020100221

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?

Interviewees include Baroness Kinnock and Papandreou's brother, Nikos.

Jonathan Maitland profiles the Greek prime minister George Papandreou.

0909Sir Gus O'donnell2010022720100228

Mary Ann Sieghart profiles the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'donnell

0910Tidjane Thiam2010030620100307

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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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0911Baroness Catherine Ashton2010031320100314

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?

James Silver profiles Baroness Catherine Ashton.

0912Lord Saville2010032020100321

0913Philip Pullman2010032720100328

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.

Jonathan Maitland profiles the writer Philip Pullman

0914Bob Crow2010040320100404

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.

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.

0915Julius Malema2010041020100411

0916Dominique Strauss-kahn2010041720100418

Chris 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.".

0917 LASTLloyd Blankfein2010042420100425

Edward 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.

1001Eric Pickles2010062620100627

As 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 Orde2010070320100704

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

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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1004Rt Rev John Broadhurst2010071720100718

10052010072420100725

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?

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?

1006Julian Assange2010073120100801

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.

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

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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.

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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Who 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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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, Lib Dem MP and Treasury Chief Secretary.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

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Jonathan Maitland profiles Danny Alexander, Lib Dem MP and Treasury Chief Secretary.

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, 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.

, 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.

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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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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.

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Shadow Foreign Secretary.

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Mary 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.

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Mary 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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Stephen 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.

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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?

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?

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Profile 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?

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

Reporter Morland Sanders, producer Rob Cave.

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

Presenter: Gerry Northam,

Producer: Gail Champion.

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

Presenter: Gerry Northam,

Producer: Gail Champion.

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

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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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".

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

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".

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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.

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

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.

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

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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.

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

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Edward 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.

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

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Series 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.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines, with Adrian Goldberg.

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On 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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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

Presented by Shari Vahl.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines. Presented by Shari Vahl.

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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.

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.

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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, 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.

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With Andy Denwood.

A look at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

This programme looks at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

With Andy Denwood. Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines. This programme looks at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

With Andy Denwood. A look at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

1210Mustafa Abdul Jalil2011082720110828

, 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, recent defector who now leads Libya's National Transitional Council.

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 Redgrave2011090320110904

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.

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, 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.

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. 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.

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1213Bernard Hogan-howe2011091720110918

A 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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1216Lord Justice Leveson2011100820111009

Claire Bolderson profiles someone who is currently making headlines.

Producers:

Rosamund Jones

Linda Pressly.

1217Jeremy Heywood2011101520111016

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".

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 Brown2011102220111023

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.

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.

1219Umberto Bossi2011102920111030

A profile of Italian politician Umberto Bossi.

1220Mario Draghi2011110520111106

The 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.

1221Tom Watson Mp2011111220111113

Edward Stourton profiles Tom Watson, the MP who took on the Murdoch media empire.

The 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.

The 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
1223Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi2011112620111127
1224Youssou N'dour2011120320111204

Edward 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.

Edward Stourton profiles the Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour.

1225Newt Gingrich2011121020111211

Samira 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.

1226Peter Higgs2011121720111218

Samira 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 Williams2011122420111225

Emily 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

Emily 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, 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.

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.

1228Michael Acton Smith2011123120120101

Rory 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.

1229 LASTImran Khan2012010720120108
1301Francois Hollande2012031020120311

Chris 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.

1302Jimmy Wales2012031720120318

Claire 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.

1303Dame Edna Everage2012032420120325

Rosie 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

1304Len Mccluskey2012033120120401

As 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.

Producer:

Philip Kemp.

1305Suzanne Collins2012040720120408

This Easter's hit movie, the Hunger Games, is based on a best-selling book trilogy. Gerry Northam profiles its author, Suzanne Collins.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

1306Kim Jong-un2012041420120415

After 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.

1307Ralf Hutter2012042120120422

Chris 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.

1308Jeremy Hunt2012042820120429

Mary 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.

1309Roy Hodgson2012050520120506

Multi-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 Tsipras2012051220120513

Andy 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.

1311Jay Hunt2012051920120520

Andy Denwood profiles a person who is currently making headlines.

1312 LASTEngelbert Humperdinck2012052620120527

Pascale 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 Commenee2012072820120729

Going 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 Johnson2012080420120805

As 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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

1403Dave Brailsford2012081120120812

Ruth 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 Ghosh2012081820120819

Chris 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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines. Presented by Chris Bowlby.

1405Lee Pearson2012082520120826

A 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'grady2012090120120902

Claire 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 Shapps2012090820120909

Geeta 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 Murray2012091520120916

It 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 Cashmore2012092220120923

Edward 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 Welby2012092920120930

Edward 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.

1411Psy2012100620121007

Chris 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 Ryan2012101320121014

Claire Bolderson profiles US Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

Producers: Smita Patel and Chris Bowlby.

1413Sam Mendes2012102020121021

Mary 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 Navalny2012102720121028

Lucy 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 Jinping2012110320121104

Tim Franks profiles the Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping.

Producer: Kai Wang.

1416Nadine Dorries2012111020121111

Mark 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'.

1417Abu Qatada2012111720121118

Mark 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'.

14182012112420121125
1419Nigel Farage2012120120121202

Profiles of a person currently making headlines.

1420Sir Philip Green2012120820121209

Lesley Curwen profiles a person currently making headlines.

1420 LASTSir Philip Green2012120820121209
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.

1503Mike Ashley2013022320130224

is the owner of Sports Direct and Newcastle United. Chris Bowlby profiles the reclusive retailer defying the downturn.

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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.

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.

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Mark 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.

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Chris Bowlby profiles the British-educated Chinese property billionaire Zhang Xin, one of the most powerful women in business.

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Chris 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.

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Mary 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 Bezos2013040620130407

Amazon 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.

1510Elizabeth Llewellyn2013041320130414

Mary Ann Seighart profiles opera star Elizabeth Llewellyn, who gave up singing in her youth only to be discovered years later.

1511Robert Mueller2013042020130421

Mark 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 Usmanov2013042720130428

Mark 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 Hodge2013050420130505

Edward 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 Cook2013071320130714

Mark Coles presents a profile of cricket captain Alastair Cook.

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Edward 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 Geim2013072720130728

Helen 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.

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Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Saudi Arabia's first female film director.

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Chris 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-sisi2013082420130825

Edward 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 Kerry2013083120130901

Mark 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.

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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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

1610Sergei Lavrov2013091420130915

Mark 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 Connolly2013092120130922

Mark 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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Mark 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 Nawaz2013101220131013

This 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 Norris2013101920131020

It'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 Mitchell2013102620131027

Last 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 Ratcliffe2013110220131103

He 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.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

1618Alison Saunders2013110920131110

She'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 Tendulkar2013111620131117

Tim 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 Blasio2013112320131124

Mark 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.

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1625Idris Elba2013122820131229

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.

1626 LASTJanet Yellen2014010420140105

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.

1701Vladimir Putin2014030820140309

Mary Ann Sieghart explores what has shaped Vladimir Putin's view of the world.

Russian president Vladimir Putin's motives and aims are at the heart of the Ukraine crisis.

In this week's Profile, Mary Ann Sieghart speaks to those who've watched him closely to explore how his life has shaped his view of the world, and Russia's place in it.

We hear about his life as KGB agent, his volatile temper, and the role religion now plays in his life and politics.

Producer: Chris Bowlby

Editor: Richard Knight.

1702Rupert Harrison2014031520140316

Ahead of the budget Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Rupert Harrison. He's the top economic adviser to George Osborne, and the man some call the 'real Chancellor' and 'the most important man you've never heard of'. Those who know him well and have seen his influence grow describe his career and characteristics.

Producer: Chris Bowlby

Editor: Richard Knight.

Mary Ann Sieghart presents a profile someone who is currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

1707Sajid Javid2014041920140420

Mark Coles presents a profile of Sajid Javid, the new Cabinet culture secretary.

Mark Coles profiles new Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid. Son of 1960s immigrants from Pakistan, after a stellar banking career he's now in the Cabinet. What's behind his rise? And what kind of Culture Secretary will he be?

Producer: Chris Bowlby.

1708The Glazer Family2014042620140427

Jo Fidgen profiles the Glazer family, American owners of Manchester United.

The owners of Manchester United find themselves under the spotlight once again following the sacking of manager David Moyes, Alex Ferguson's replacement. American billionaire Malcolm Glazer and his family faced a hostile reaction from many fans when they took over the club in 2005. The Glazers control a large business empire in the US including shopping centres and an American football team, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They have attempted to keep their liives private but have been unable to avoid media attention. Jo Fidgen talks to friends, foes and observers.

Produced by Rebecca Kesby.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

1710 LASTElizabeth Warren2014051020140511

Speculation abounded this week as to whether Elizabeth Warren hopes to be the Democratic candidate in the next US election.

Elizabeth Warren has had a rapid rise to prominence since her election as Senator for Massachusetts in 2012. Her interrogation of key figures from the banking sector during the financial crisis earned her nicknames such as the 'Sheriff of Wall Street' and the 'Matriarch of Mayhem'.

On Profile this week Chris Bowlby looks at the life and character of the woman who is said to make many Wall Street executives shiver.

Producer: Charlotte Pritchard.

Chris Bowlby presents a profile of United States senator Elizabeth Warren.

1801Elizabeth Butler-sloss2014071220140713

A profile of Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, head of a major new enquiry into abuse allegations.

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has been chosen this week to lead a major enquiry into abuse allegations. But the choice has proved controversial, with claims that she is too close to the establishment. A specialist in family law who became a high-ranking judge, she's been involved in many important decisions. Mary-Ann Sieghart looks at her life and career.

Producer: Chris Bowlby.

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1803Mazher Mahmood2014072620140727

Edward Stourton profiles journalist Mazher Mahmood, the so-called 'fake sheikh'.

The so-called "fake sheikh" - investigative journalist Mazher Mahmood - hit the headlines this week after singer Tulisa Contostavlos's drugs trial, which was triggered by one of his newspaper investigations, collapsed. The judge told the court he thought prosecution witness Mahmood had lied in giving evidence.

Mahmood has long been a controversial figure. His investigations, many for News of the World, have exposed serious wrongdoing. But he is accused of provoking people to commit criminal acts, in pursuit of a lurid newspaper headline. Edward Stourton presents.

Producer: Smita Patel.

1804Radoslaw Sikorski2014080220140803

Becky Milligan profiles the Polish foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski.

Becky Milligan profiles Poland's foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, a one-time teenage rebel, Oxford networker, daring reporter - and now a key voice in the Ukraine crisis and an important force in European politics.

Producer: Chris Bowlby.

1805Karren Brady2014080920140810

The life and times of Karren Brady, successful in business and now rising political star.

Jo Fidgen explores the life and times of Karren Brady, successful in business, TV star in The Apprentice and now a rising political star in the Conservative party. How did she succeed in the male-dominated business of football, and where might her career now take her?

Producer: Chris Bowlby

Editor: Innes Bowen.

1806Haider Al-abadi2014081620140817

Mary Ann Sieghart presents a profile of Iraq's new PM-in-waiting.

Mary Ann Sieghart presents a profile of Iraq's new PM-in-waiting, Haider al-Abadi.

1807Nicholas Macpherson2014082320140824

Sir Nicholas Macpherson, treasury supremo and key figure in the Scots independence debate.

Sir Nicholas Macpherson, largely unknown outside Whitehall, has become a key figure in the Scottish independence debate. And as head of the Treasury since 2005, he's been at the centre of Britain's response to the global financial crisis. Chris Bowlby explains why he's so influential, and how his involvement in the Scottish debate is informed by personal links as well as policy considerations.

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Edward Stourton profiles the Ukrainian president.

There is every sign this weekend that Russia's proxy war with Ukraine could become a full-blown conflict between states.

The crisis now coming to a head has been in the making ever since Ukraine declared its independence from Moscow in the summer of 1990.

Edward Stourton profiles the Ukrainian leader, Petro Poroshenko, who must now face the challenge of war - and who came of age and flourished during his country's first turbulent two and a half decades as a modern independent nation.

Producer: Bob Howard.

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1812Ricky Tomlinson2014092720140928
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The story of Ricky Tomlinson, top TV actor with a controversial trade union past.

Ricky Tomlinson is a top TV actor - with starring roles including Brookside and The Royle Family. But he has a controversial trade union past, and was once imprisoned for picketing during a strike. A new play about him has just opened. Mary Ann Sieghart discovers a powerful mix of politics and personal drama in his life and career.

Producer: Ben Crighton

Editor: Richard Knight.

1813White Dee2014100420141005 (R4)

Mark Coles profiles White Dee, the controversial star of Channel 4's Benefits Street.

In January 2014 Benefits Street aired for the first time on Channel 4. The reality TV series, which documented the lives of residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, was controversial right from the start. Ofcom and Channel 4 received hundreds of complaints.

One straight-talking resident - Deirdre Kelly, also known as 'White Dee' - became the standout star of the show. Many of the headlines were negative and the mother-of-two found herself vilified, accused of being a scrounger and worse.

But she received a warmer welcome on Celebrity Big Brother this summer and more recently this week at the Conservative Party Conference where she spoke at a fringe event hosted by a think-tank.

So how did an ordinary woman from Birmingham, who has spent the last several years living off benefits, become so famous - and, potentially, influential? Mark Coles travels to Birmingham to find out.

Presenter Mark Coles

Producer Ben Crighton.

1814Douglas Carswell2014101120141012 (R4)

Ed Stourton profiles Douglas Carswell, the first elected UKIP MP.

Douglas Carswell has become UKIP's first elected MP in Westminster. A free-thinking Eurosceptic Conservative, Carswell was never shy to criticise "our supine, spineless Parliament". Nonetheless his surprise defection in the summer shocked his friends and supporters. Ed Stourton asks what made him leave now and whether there's more to Douglas Carswell than jam-making and politics.

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

1818Rand Paul2014110820141109 (R4)

Mark Coles profiles Senator Rand Paul, a likely Republican challenger for the White House.

This week, with Republicans celebrating mid term election victories, Rand Paul - a Tea Party supporting ophthalmologist from Kentucky with only three years' experience in the Senate is fast emerging as one of the frontrunners to try to wrest the US Presidency back from the Democrats in 2016.

Rand is part of a political dynasty although hardly from the Republican Party establishment.

His father Ron - also a physician turned politician - ran as a Libertarian for the US Presidency twice on a platform championing free markets, small government and a ferocious determination to keep the state out of individuals lives. Rand shares many of his father's ideas but his challenge now is making them palatable to a majority of the Republican party and a majority of people in the country. Many ask if he could pose a serious threat to Hilary Clinton by greatly expanding the Republicans' appeal and reaching out to African Americans and young voters. Some praise Rand Paul for his unconventional yet pragmatic approach - TIME magazine recently called him "the most interesting man in US politics." But some see him as a wolf in sheep's clothing and a dangerous isolationist.

In this edition of Mark Coles ask who exactly is Rand Paul - the man who eschews small talk but embraces loud shirts and turtle neck sweaters?

1819Benedict Cumberbatch2014111520141116 (R4)

An insight into man of the moment, Benedict Cumberbatch. Code-breaker, physicist, Victorian sleuth. Overnight he became an object of obsession with a Cumber-cult following of adoring fans, spawning internet memes and slash fiction fantasies. What is it about Benedict Cumberbatch that makes the world go weak at the knees?

An insight into man of the moment, Benedict Cumberbatch.

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

1821Arminka Helic2014112920141130 (R4)

Mark Coles profiles the refugee from Bosnia as she takes her seat in the House of Lords.

One of the less likely political partnerships of recent years has been that of the Conservative Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Hollywood actor and director Angelina Jolie.

They joined forces three years ago to campaign against rape as a weapon of war, and jointly hosted an international conference in London last summer.

This week Mark Coles profiles the woman who brought them together; a refugee from Bosnia who has just taken her seat in the House of Lords. She is Arminka Helic, for ten years a special adviser to William Hague.

Hague himself tells us how in 2011 Helic brought Jolie's film "In The Land of Blood and Honey" to him, a film that portrays the tactical use of mass rape against civilians. Helic told him it was a film he needed to watch.

Producers: Tim Mansel and Hannah Moor.

1822Ashraf Ghani2014120620141207 (R4)

The presidential election in Afghanistan was drawn-out and controversial. The man who emerged as the winner is a United States-trained anthropologist who is described by friends as one of the world's leading intellectuals. Ashraf Ghani was born in Afghanistan, studied in Lebanon and the United States, and worked for years for the World Bank. As finance minister of Afghanistan he fell out with President Karzai and most of his colleagues - the same friends who point to his intellectual capacity and moral integrity also acknowledge his ferocious temper. Humility is another word that's often mentioned - it is said that he is never happier than when sitting cross-legged drinking tea with tribal elders in the Afghan provinces. But can he turn his intellectual vision into political reality at this vital moment of transition in Afghanistan?

Presenter: Becky Milligan

Producer: Tim Mansel.

Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines.

1823Frank Field2014121320141214 (R4)

Chris Bowlby profiles the anti-poverty campaigner and veteran Labour MP Frank Field.

Chris Bowlby profiles the veteran Labour MP and co-author of this week's report on hunger, Frank Field, who is one of the most unusual politicians in Britain.

Variously described as "independent-minded" and a "free thinker" Field has been in Parliament for more than 30 years, representing Birkenhead, which contains some of the most deprived wards in the country.

He had to fight off a hard left challenge from Militant at the beginning of his career and he has long been a campaigner against poverty. His radical views on welfare haven't always endeared him to his Labour colleagues but he is famous for the friends he has made across the political divide.

Most remarkably, perhaps, he was one of those who told Margaret Thatcher, shortly before she resigned, that it was time for her to go. We'll hear from friends, both Labour and Conservative, who speak warmly of a man of dogged determination and great personal integrity. But we'll also hear from critics who say he's not a natural team player who was failed in his brief period as a member of Tony Blair's first government.

Producer: Tim Mansel.

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