In-depth, hard-hitting interviews with newsworthy personalities.
Salome Zourabichvili: Where does Georgia's destiny lie?
Russia’s neighbour Georgia is closely watching what happens in Ukraine. It shares a 900km border with Russia, who invaded in 2008. Russian troops are stationed in two separatist regions. Georgia has just been granted EU candidate status and talks of joining NATO, yet its government is seen by some as sympathetic to Russia. Sarah Montague talks to the Georgian President, Salome Zourabichvili. Where does Georgia's destiny lie - with Russia or the West?
Ciarán Hinds: Is Northern Ireland a creative powerhouse?
Stephen Sackur interviews Northern Irish actor Ciarán Hinds, whose career took him from the troubled streets of Belfast to an Oscar nomination. Right now, Northern Ireland is a creative powerhouse; why, and will it last?
Jens Stoltenberg: Is Russia really preparing for a war with Nato?
Sarah Montague is at Nato’s headquarters in Brussels to speak to its outgoing Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Two years after Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine, is Vladimir Putin now preparing for a war with Nato?
HARDtalk: Defying Putin
In a special programme in the run up to Russia’s presidential election in March, HARDtalk looks back on interviews with those few Russians who have been ready to stand up to Vladimir Putin. From the late Boris Nemtsov to Alexei Navalny whose death was announced recently, what motivates those ready to risk everything to challenge Putin?
Nikolai Denkov: Is Bulgaria a weak link in Europe's security?
Stephen Sackur speaks to Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Nikolai Denkov. His country is trying to wean itself off Russian energy, and sends weapons to Ukraine, but many Bulgarians are still pro-Russian. As Europe tries to beef up its own security, is Bulgaria a weak link?
Alexey Navalny: The interview
Russian authorities have announced the death of one of the country’s most significant opposition leaders Alexey Navalny in a remote penal colony in the Arctic Circle. Stephen Sackur spoke to him in Moscow in 2017 about the risks involved in being a prominent critic of President Putin.
(Photo: Alexey Navalny. Still from his 2017 interview with Stephen Sackur)
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Sackur is a master interviewer
I’ve watched and listened to hardtalk for many years initially via BBC World and now via the podcast. The interviewers are some of the best I’ve observed and clearly do a huge amount of research on the respective subject. Sackur is the standout and for me is probably the finest interviewer I’ve observed. I hope the programme continues for many years to come.