Profile

Profile

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)

  • Narendra Modi 12 Apr 14

    Sat, 12 Apr 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    The Indian Elections are in full swing and Narendra Modi is tipped to become the next Prime Minister but he's a controversial character, both loved and loathed. Ritula Shah has been to India to find out more about the son of a tea seller who has become a formidable politician.

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  • Sir Alan Ayckbourn 05 Apr 14

    Sat, 5 Apr 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Sir Alan Ayckbourn is one of the country's most celebrated comedy playwrights. Known for his acerbic social observations his works are as thought provoking as they are as funny. In this edition of Profile, Becky Milligan speaks to Sir Alan’s close friends and family to find out what drives him, and why.

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  • Noah 29 Mar 14

    Sat, 29 Mar 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    A new Hollywood blockbuster about Noah and his ark is out this week. Mark Coles explores the many sides of a character we keep coming back to.

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  • Matteo Renzi 22 Mar 14

    Sat, 22 Mar 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Matteo Renzi is the new Italian prime minister. A former boy scout - nicknamed "demolition man" for his desire to smash the political establishment and at 39 he is Italy's youngest PM.Can he turn Italy's fortunes around? Edward Stourton asks if Italy's dynamic new PM, can fulfill his promises?

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  • Rupert Harrison 15 Mar 14

    Sat, 15 Mar 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    He's George Osborne's top advisor and ahead of the budget Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Rupert Harrison. Some say "he's the most important man you've never heard of" and "the real chancellor". Those who know him well and have seen his influence grow describe his career and characterstics.

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  • Vladimir Putin 08 Mar 14

    Sat, 8 Mar 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

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

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  • Janet Yellen 04 Jan 14

    Sat, 4 Jan 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Janet Yellen is Barack Obama's choice as the next Chairman of the US Federal Reserve. She will become the most powerful central banker in the world and, arguably, the most powerful woman in the world. But who is she? Mary Ann Seighart finds out

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  • Idris Elba 28 Dec 13

    Sat, 28 Dec 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Actor, Producer and DJ Idris Elba is best known for his role playing Baltimore drug boss Stringer Bell in The Wire, and Detective John Luther on British television. He 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.

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  • Vitali Klitschko 21 Dec 13

    Sat, 21 Dec 13

    Duration:
    14 mins

    This week Mark Coles profiles 'Dr Ironfist', Vitali Klitschko, the world boxing champion turned Ukrainian political leader. The son of a Soviet air force officer and the only top boxer with a PhD but can he make a successful politician?

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  • Michelle Bachelet 14 Dec 13

    Sat, 14 Dec 13

    Duration:
    15 mins

    Michelle Bachelet is on the threshold of winning a second term as President of her country. Her family were victims of the coup under General Pinochet in 1973. Her father was tortured and eventually died from a heart attack. The regime also tortured Bachelet and her mother before allowing them to go into exile. Edward Stourton profiles the Chilean socialist.

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