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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)

  • Leanne Wood: 28 March 15

    Sat, 28 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Mark Coles profiles Leanne Wood, leader of Welsh political party, Plaid Cymru.

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  • Dolce & Gabbana: 21 March 15

    Sat, 21 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Becky Milligan profiles Italy's famous couture couple, Dolce & Gabbana, after their spat with Elton John.

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  • Nigel Dodds: 14 March 15

    Sat, 14 Mar 15

    Duration:
    15 mins

    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?

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  • Qassem Suleimani: 07 Mar 15

    Sat, 7 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Iranian General Qassem Suleimani has been described as the single most powerful operative in the Middle East. He has been arming and training Bashar al-Assad's military in Syria and leading the Shia militias fighting ISIS on the frontline in Iraq - where he has been accused of killing American soldiers. Mark Coles tells his extraordinary story.

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  • Natalie Bennett 28 Feb 15

    Sat, 28 Feb 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Australian born campaigner, has been in the headlines this week after a rocky campaign launch. How is she likely to fare amid the intense scrutiny of the coming election? Mark Coles profiles the Australian campaigner leading a British party.

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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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