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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)

  • 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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  • Jack Ma: 13 Sept 14

    Sat, 13 Sep 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    How did Jack Ma, a teacher with no business training, become one of China's - indeed, the world's - most successful entrepreneurs? Kamal Ahmed finds out.

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  • Rona Fairhead: 06 Sept 14

    Sat, 6 Sep 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Edward Stourton profiles Rona Fairhead, the woman nominated to replace Lord Patten as chair of the BBC Trust. Who is she, and how will she fare in one of the BBC’s toughest jobs?

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  • Petro Poroshenko: 30 Aug 14

    Sat, 30 Aug 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    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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  • Nicholas MacPherson 23 Aug 14

    Sat, 23 Aug 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Sir Nicholas Macpherson is largely unknown outside Whitehall but as head of the Treasury since 2005 he has become a key figure in the Scottish independence debate. 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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