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

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

    Bill Browder

    Bill Browder

    As the UK imposes sanctions on 49 people implicated in the deaths of Sergei Magnitsky and Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Mark Coles profiles the man whose global anti-corruption campaign has led to the government’s action, financier Bill Browder.

    Producer: Ben Crighton
    Researcher: Diane Richardson

    • 13 min
    Sir Ian McKellen

    Sir Ian McKellen

    As theatre bosses across the country warn they face devastation amid the coronavirus pandemic, actor Sir Ian McKellen is preparing to tread the boards in an age-blind interpretation of Hamlet. It will be one of the first major new theatre productions to start rehearsals in the UK since auditoriums went dark in March. The renowned theatre and film actor said he was happy to be working again in the role of the young prince he first played nearly 50 years ago. Becky Milligan speaks to close friends and colleagues, including Dame Judi Dench and Armistead Maupin, to find out what still drives him.

    Producer: Viv Jones

    • 14 min
    Munira Mirza

    Munira Mirza

    Boris Johnson says she’s a ‘brilliant thinker’ who inspires him. Now he has chosen Munira Mirza, the head of the No 10 policy unit, as the person to establish a new government commission on racial inequalities. Her appointment has proved controversial. Mirza has questioned the existence of institutional racism and criticised previous inquiries for fostering a “culture of grievance”. Her critics say her mind is already made up on the issues the commission will seek to investigate. Last weekend, Black Lives Matter demonstrators in London demanded her resignation. Mirza was raised in Oldham, became a supporter of the Revolutionary Communist Party as a student at Oxford, and eventually went to work for Boris Johnson after he was elected Mayor of London. Mark Coles profiles one of the government’s most influential advisers.

    • 13 min
    Marcus Rashford

    Marcus Rashford

    The Manchester United forward is credited with forcing a government U-turn this week, following his open letter calling on the government to end child poverty and extend free school meals for children during the summer holidays.

    Born in Wythenshawe and raised by a single mum, Marcus Rashford caught the eye of professional clubs at an early age. At first training with both Manchester City and Manchester United, he decided to dedicate himself to the Reds, and rapidly rose through the ranks.

    He debuted for the senior squad at 17 years of age, scoring twice, and scored again when he was first called up for England.

    A regular fixture for both United and England, he is now gaining attention for his philanthropic work, which is said to be inspired by the struggles he and his family faced when he was growing up.

    Producer: Richard Fenton-Smith

    • 13 min
    Kathy Sullivan

    Kathy Sullivan

    Former NASA astronaut Dr Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, has made history again by travelling to the deepest known point on earth. Last Sunday, the 68 year-old space-walker and oceanographer travelled seven miles below the surface of the Pacific ocean to reach the Challenger Deep, the ocean's lowest spot, becoming the first woman to do so. Mark Coles talks to her fellow astronauts as he profiles one of the world’s most intrepid explorers.

    Producer: Viv Jones
    Producer: Sally Abrahams
    Editor: Penny Murphy

    • 14 min
    Killer Mike

    Killer Mike

    America hasn't witnessed civil unrest like this since the late 1960s.

    There have been protests and rioting in cities across the US, following the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis.

    In Atlanta, at the height of the demonstrations, the rapper Killer Mike - the son of an Atlanta policeman - addressed protesters calling for calm and urging them to go home.

    His speech went viral around the world.

    On Profile this week, Mark Coles looks at his life and career.

    He talks to close friends, community activists and the rapper's manager, to find out what led to his impassioned, and at times tearful, plea for peace.

    Producer Smita Patel
    Research Vivien Jones
    Editor Kirsty Reid

    • 14 min

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