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Series of profiles of people who are currently making headlines. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Saturdays at 7pm.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • Grace Mugabe 22 Nov 14

    Sat, 22 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Grace Mugabe, First Lady of Zimbabwe and the wife of controversial leader Robert Mugabe has spent a lifetime in her husband’s shadow. Now she is fuelling rumours that she hopes to succeed her husband as President. But does she have the skill and the support to secure the top job and a Mugabe dynasty? Jo Fidgen questions how much ‘soft’ power she already has over her husband and whether she makes a credible political leader?

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch 15 Nov 14

    Sat, 15 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Overnight Benedict Cumberbatch became an object of obsession with a Cumber-cult following of adoring fans, spawning internet memes and slash fiction fantasies. What is it about him that makes the world go weak at the knees? Becky Milligan provides an insight.

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  • Rand Paul 08 Nov 14

    Sat, 8 Nov 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Rand Paul, a Tea Party supporter 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. Some praise Rand Paul for his uncoventional yet pragmatic approach. But some see him as a wolf in sheep's clothing and a dangerous isolationist. Mark Coles asks who exactly is Rand Paul - the man who eschews small talk but embraces loud shirts and turtle neck sweaters?

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  • Christopher Nolan 01 Nov 14

    Sat, 1 Nov 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Christopher Nolan's latest $160m blockbuster movie Interstellar opens next week. Mark Coles examines the more humble beginnings of his film making career at University College London and asks how he's achieved the enviable knack of delivering huge box office takings and keeping the critics happy.

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  • Sir Andrew Green 25 Oct 14

    Sat, 25 Oct 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Sir Andrew Green is to become a member of the House of Lords. As the founder of Migration Watch UK why did this former ambassador become a campaigner for tighter controls on immigration? Jo Fidgen talks to Sir Andrew's old friends and colleagues in an attempt to find out what motivated him to become one of the UK's most influential voices on immigration.

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  • Richard Flanagan 17 Oct 14

    Sat, 18 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Man Booker prize winner, Richard Flanagan, became the fourth Australian to win the coveted award. Becky Milligan looks into Flanagan's life in his native Tasmania where he is a prominent environmental campaigner and a regular at the local pub.

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  • Douglas Carswell 11 Oct 14

    Sat, 11 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Douglas Carswell has been elected as UKIP's first elected MP in Westminster. His surprise defection in the summer from the Conservatives shocked his friends and supporters so Ed Stourton asks what made him leave and is there more to Douglas Carswell than jam-making and politics?

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  • White Dee: 04 Oct 14

    Sat, 4 Oct 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    How did a single mother from Birmingham, who has spent the last several years on benefits, become famous across the country? Mark Coles profiles Deirdre Kelly, aka White Dee.

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  • Ricky Tomlinson: 27 Sept 14

    Sat, 27 Sep 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Ricky Tomlinson is a top TV actor with a controversial trade union past. Mary Ann Sieghart discovers a powerful mix of politics and personal drama in his life and career. Producer: Ben Crighton Editor: Richard Knight

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  • Shane Smith 20 Sept 14

    Sat, 20 Sep 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    How did Shane Smith, a hard-partying, tattooed former Canadian punk rocker turn a community magazine into an international multi-media empire? Mark Coles finds out.

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