Discussing her life and work, the author explains why her novels are hard to write.
Chris Bowlby profiles the anti-poverty campaigner and veteran Labour MP Frank Field.
Ashraf Ghani, president of Afghanistan, the anthropologist with the explosive temper.
Mark Coles profiles the refugee from Bosnia as she takes her seat in the House of Lords.
Jo Fidgen profiles Grace Mugabe, the first lady of Zimbabwe.
An insight into man of the moment, Benedict Cumberbatch.
Mark Coles profiles Senator Rand Paul, a likely Republican challenger for the White House.
The Hollywood film director Christopher Nolan is profiled by Mark Coles.
Migration Watch UK founder Sir Andrew Green's elevation to the House of Lords.
Becky Milligan on Richard Flanagan, the fourth Australian to win the Man Booker Prize.
Ed Stourton profiles Douglas Carswell, the first elected UKIP MP.
Mark Coles profiles White Dee, the controversial star of Channel 4's Benefits Street.
The story of Ricky Tomlinson, top TV actor with a controversial trade union past.
Mark Coles profiles Shane Smith, Ottawa punk rocker-turned-media mogul.
How did Jack Ma become one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs?
Edward Stourton profiles Rona Fairhead, the woman nominated to chair the BBC Trust.
Edward Stourton profiles the Ukrainian president.
Sir Nicholas Macpherson, treasury supremo and key figure in the Scots independence debate.
Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's prime minister-designate.
The life and times of Karren Brady, successful in business and now rising political star.
Becky Milligan profiles the Polish foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski.
Edward Stourton profiles journalist Mazher Mahmood, the so-called 'fake sheikh'.
Mark Coles profiles the new education secretary, Nicky Morgan.
A profile of Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, head of a major new enquiry into abuse allegations.
Could Elizabeth Warren be the next president of the United States of America?
London barrister Amal Alamuddin has become engaged to George Clooney. But who is she?
Jo Fidgen profiles the Glazer family, American owners of Manchester United.
Mark Coles presents a profile of Sajid Javid, the new Cabinet culture secretary.
Ritula Shah presents a profile of Indian prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
Alan Ayckbourn is a celebrated comedy playwright. But what is behind his acerbic wit?