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An insight into the character of an influential figure making news headlines

    Dr Anthony Fauci

    Dr Anthony Fauci

    Anthony Fauci Is a doctor, immunologist and director of the USA’s National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases. He’s also a lead member of the White House coronavirus task force. He’s next to President Trump at his daily briefings. Mark Coles talks to those who know him well.

    Producer: Ben Crighton
    Researcher: Bethan Head

    • 13 Min.
    Hania Rani

    Hania Rani

    On Profile this week - it’s a personal one.

    In lockdown at home because of the coronavirus, presenter Mark Coles has turned to music to help get him through the past few days…captivated by an album he bought by chance in a London record store a couple of weeks ago.

    It’s called‘Esja’- the debut album from a little-known 29 year old Polish pianist, Hania Rani.

    The music is sublime and minimalist…solo acoustic piano inspired in part by the mountains and countryside of Iceland where some of it was recorded.

    For Mark, it’s become his sanctuary….his headspace - a much needed nightly respite from the cacophony of coronavirus news bulletins and press conferences.

    But who is the mystery woman behind the music?

    Producer: Smita Patel

    Photo of Hania Rani by Kinga Karpati

    • 14 Min.
    Andrew Bailey

    Andrew Bailey

    The Bank of England's new governor started work on Monday amid global turmoil. The world economy is in chaos as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. How will he handle the difficult decisions to come? Edward Stourton profiles Andrew Bailey, from his childhood in Leicester all the way to Threadneedle Street. This is not the first crisis in his long banking career, but it may well be the toughest.

    Producers: Eleanor Biggs and Rosamund Jones

    • 13 Min.
    Professor Chris Whitty

    Professor Chris Whitty

    The coronavirus epidemic is a growing crisis for England's chief medical officer. This week he has faced criticism from journalists, politicians and public health specialists. Mark Coles finds out about the life and career of Professor Chris Whitty. He is a physician, a plague expert and an epidemiologist. But that's just for starters. He has also studied law, economics and business. But how will he cope with a role in the bright political spotlight?
    Producers: Ruth Alexander and Eleanor Biggs.

    • 13 Min.
    Priti Patel

    Priti Patel

    The Home Secretary Priti Patel has been accused of bullying civil servants.

    The Cabinet Office is investigating several allegations about Ms Patel's behaviour, all of which she denies.

    Sir Philip Rutnam, the Home Office's most senior official, resigned on 29 February, alleging Ms Patel's conduct towards staff included "swearing, belittling people, making unreasonable and repeated demands". Since then, similar allegations have emerged from the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for International Development.

    Mark Coles delves into the life and times of the ambitious daughter of Indian newsagents, who wants to follow in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher.

    Producer: Ruth Alexander

    • 13 Min.
    David Frost

    David Frost

    The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator is hardly a household name and until very recently this former diplomat had no public profile at all.
    Now David Frost has arguably one of the most challenging jobs in British politics. How has he made it to the top?

    Presenter: Edward Stourton

    Producers: Eleanor Biggs, Kate Lamble, Olga Smirnova, and Phoebe Keane

    • 14 Min.

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