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

    George the Poet

    George the Poet

    George Mpanga, better known as George the Poet, is a British spoken word poet, podcaster and advocate for social change. Born in north London after his parents fled Uganda in the 1980s, he’s become an increasingly significant voice in the debate on race and class in the UK.

    His innovative style mixes music and poetry. It has won him critical acclaim both as a recording artist and a social commentator, playing to a wide range of audiences, from the Cheltenham Literature Festival to 1Xtra. His award-winning podcast ‘Have You Heard George’s Podcast?’ blends fiction, news and music to depict inner city life.

    Mark Coles speaks to friends, family, and colleagues to find out more.

    Presenter: Mark Coles
    Producer: Jim Frank
    Researchers: Soila Apparicio and Sowda Ali
    Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples
    Studio Engineer: Nigel Appleton
    Editor: Alex Lewis

    • 14 min
    Mark Cavendish

    Mark Cavendish

    Last October, British sprint cyclist, Mark Cavendish, broke down on TV, fearing he’d cycled the last race of his career. Now the 36 year-old is making sporting history, against the odds. After illness and injury, the man dubbed the Manx Missile has now equalled the record – set by cycling legend Eddie Merckx - for the most Tour de France stage wins. And, if things go well for him on this last weekend of the Tour, he could even top that tally of 34. And yet, Cavendish only secured a place in the team at the absolute last minute. Few expected him to take part, never mind secure win after win.

    Mark Coles talks to friends and family of the sportsman who says he’s addicted to winning.

    Presenter: Mark Coles
    Producer: Sally Abrahams
    Researcher: Soila Apparicio
    Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples
    Studio Engineer: Neil Churchill
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    Commentary of Tour de France 2021 Stage 4 win courtesy of Eurosport.

    • 14 min
    Raheem Sterling

    Raheem Sterling

    For almost a decade Raheem Sterling has been one of English football’s most talked about players. Born in Jamacia and raised in the shadow of the Wembley arch, he burst onto the scene as a precocious 17 year old talent at Liverpool.

    But for all his talent on the pitch, Sterling has been just as defined by his battles off it. He has had frequent tussles with the tabloid press and has become one of the most outspoken voices against the racist abuse suffered by black players.

    Edward Stourton gets behind the headlines and speaks to those that know him best to find out how the quiet young boy from Brent become one of English football’s most talismanic figures.

    Producers: Beth Sagar-Fenton & Matt Murphy
    Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples
    Mix: Graham Puddifoot
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    • 13 min
    Alfie Hewett

    Alfie Hewett

    He's 23, with 16 Grand Slam titles to his name and focused on winning his first Wimbledon singles title. Yet British wheelchair tennis champion, Alfie Hewett, is facing the end of his career because of a change in rules. The elite sportsman, from Norwich, Norfolk, is currently ineligible to compete beyond 2021 after being told by the International Tennis Federation that his disability is not severe enough.

    Mark Coles talks to friends, family and career professionals to find out how the sports-loving six year-old was suddenly forced to adapt from running around a football pitch to being in a wheelchair. And how this life-changing event has shaped him into the player he is today.

    Presenter: Mark Coles
    Researchers: Lauren Moore, Sowda Ali and Bethan Head
    Production Co-ordinator: Janet Staples
    Producer: Sally Abrahams
    Studio Engineer: Rod Farquhar
    Editor: Alex Lewis

    • 13 min
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of Nigeria’s foremost literary voices. Her writing is noted for its touching examination of homeland, identity and feminism. For more than a decade she has been coaching and mentoring promising young authors through her yearly workshops in Lagos, bringing a new generation of African writers to mainstream attention.

    On the subject of transgender people and feminism, Chimamanda Adichie has been criticised by some on social media for comments she made in a 2017 TV interview, in which she said "my feeling is trans women are trans women". She was branded transphobic and there were calls for her to be banned from book events.

    This past week, she has hit back, writing a furious online essay slamming some of her critics and arguing that social media platforms have become too toxic.

    Mark Coles talks to friends and family about the award-winning writer whose outspoken nature has seen her drawn into a social media firestorm.

    Presenter: Mark Coles
    Producer: Sally Abrahams
    Researcher: Matt Murphy and Sowda Ali
    Editor: Alex Lewis

    • 13 min
    Naftali Bennett

    Naftali Bennett

    The military commando turned self-made tech millionaire who’s now Prime Minister of Israel.

    The right-wing, nationalist, supporter of Jewish settlement in the West Bank has formed an unlikely alliance of left and right, secular and religious, Jewish and Arab. Once the chief of staff to Benjamin Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett brought an end to his old boss’s 12 years in power.

    Presenter: Mark Coles
    Researcher: Sowda Ali
    Studio manager: Graham Puddifoot
    Programme co-ordinator: Janet Staples
    Producer: Joe Kent
    Editor: Alex Lewis

    ARCHIVE
    I24NEWS English: 'Kingmaker' Naftali Bennett Hopes to Become Israel's Next Prime Minister – February 2021
    Zionist Federation of Australia: Lockdown Learning 15 with Naftali Bennett. June 2020
    ABC News: The ABC Evening Newscast - July 1976
    Brookings Institution: Saban Forum 2014 - A Conversation with Naftali Bennett. December 2014

    • 14 min

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