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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

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason

    The young, black cellist from Nottingham making chart history.

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason was the first ever black winner of the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year. He performed with the eyes of the world looking on at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. And now he's become the first ever cellist to reach the UK’s top 10 album chart. Who is the 20-year-old making classical accessible? Mark Coles finds out from those who know him best.

    Producers: Simon Maybin & Diane Richardson
    Editor: Penny Murphy

    • 14 min
    Lord Reed

    Lord Reed

    The judge taking up the presidency of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom as tensions with the government simmer.

    British judges have been under attack like never before in recent years, described as “enemies of the people” by one newspaper. The Supreme Court was accused by Downing Street of making “a serious mistake” in its ruling on the prorogation of Parliament.

    The Conservative Party’s election manifesto promised ominously to look at “the relationship between the Government, Parliament and the courts”.

    The role of the country’s most senior judge has arguably never been more important.

    So who is Lord Reed? Mark Coles investigates.

    Producers: Simon Maybin & Diane Richardson

    • 14 min
    Scott Morrison

    Scott Morrison

    The Australian prime minister feeling the heat over his response to his country’s bushfire crisis.

    Pilloried for holidaying in Hawaii while his homeland burned, then heckled on camera by angry victims, Scott Morrison has been making international headlines for all the wrong reasons. It’s not been good PR for someone with a background in marketing and tourism. Mark Coles unpicks the character of Australia’s man of the moment.

    Producers: Simon Maybin & Diane Richardson
    Editor: Hugh Levinson

    • 14 min
    Dina Asher-Smith

    Dina Asher-Smith

    Becky Milligan looks at the life of Dina Asher-Smith, the fastest woman in British history. An athlete who's also a keen historian, role model and lover of the glitz. For years she's been winning championships and breaking records. But will the great British hope win gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

    Producer: Smita Patel

    • 14 min
    Michael Morpurgo

    Michael Morpurgo

    On ‘Profile’ this week - one of Britain’s most celebrated storytellers.

    Michael Morpurgo has written 180 books over the past half century.

    Over Christmas, he narrated a new BBC TV film adaptation of his 2014 children’s story ‘Mimi And The Mountain Dragon’.

    Morpurgo is best known for ‘War Horse’ - a book about a horse bought by the British army to serve in the First World War and its young owner’s attempts to bring it home to safety.

    Turned into a National Theatre play, then a Hollywood movie – it’s made him a household name.

    Mark Coles hears from Morpurgo’s wife, brother, biographer and close friends talk about what inspired his writing - the profound impact war had on him as a child and the father he didn’t know for years.

    We hear about his time in the army, the charity he set up to give city children experience of the countryside – and why now in his mid 70s, he’s taken up his love of singing again.


    Producer Smita Patel
    Editor Penny Murphy

    The programme contains music from the BBC TV Film, "Mimi & the Mountain Dragon", composed by Rachel Portman

    • 14 min
    John Boyega

    John Boyega

    Leopards, aliens and Songs of Praise. Mark Coles explores the life of actor John Boyega, whose talent and dedication brought him to the attention of Hollywood.

    Producers: Linda Pressly and Di Richardson

    • 14 min

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