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  • Yanis Varoufakis 21 Feb 2015

    Sat, 21 Feb 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Mark Coles profiles the flamboyant and hugely important Greek finance minister.

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  • Lord Stephen Green 14 Feb 15

    Sat, 14 Feb 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    In the wake of revelations about HSBC bank's Swiss arm aiding tax evasion, the bank's former chairman and UK trade minister Lord Green has come in for criticism. Formerly lauded as being Britain's ethical banker, the ordained Church of England minister now finds himself under fire from the press and politicians for HSBC's misdeeds. Was he complicit in what was going or did he just not realise what was happening on his watch?

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  • Frank Field 13 Dec 2014

    Sat, 13 Dec 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Frank Field a veteran Labour MP and co-author of this week's report on hunger has been in Parliament for more than 30 years, representing Birkenhead, which contains some of the most deprived wards in the country. 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.

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  • Ashraf Ghani 06 Dec 2014

    Sat, 6 Dec 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Ashraf Ghani emerged as the President of Afghanistan in what was a drawn-out and controversial election. He is a United States-trained anthropologist who was born in Afghanistan, studied in Lebanon and the United States, and worked for years for the World Bank. But can he turn his intellectual vision into political reality at this vital moment of transition in Afghanistan?

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  • Arminka Helic 29 Nov 14

    Sat, 29 Nov 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    How did a refugee from Bosnia end up in the House of Lords? Arminka Helic is the quiet power behind one of British politics’ least likely unions; that of the Conservative Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Hollywood director Angelina Jolie. Mark Coles hears her story.

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  • 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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