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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

    Professor Sarah Gilbert

    Professor Sarah Gilbert

    The determined scientist whose team designed the Oxford vaccine. Mark Coles first discovered the many talents of Professor Sarah Gilbert in July. This week, with news of its success, he takes another look at the woman behind the latest vaccine breakthrough.

    • 13 min
    Allegra Stratton

    Allegra Stratton

    This week the political turmoil at Number 10 has made the headlines. One of the prime minister's aides whose star appears to be on the rise is former journalist Allegra Stratton, the government's new press secretary. She'll be fronting televised briefings shortly. Becky Milligan examines her life and her career so far.
    Producers: Bethan Head and Sally Abrahams.

    • 13 min
    Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci

    Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci

    On Monday, early results from the world's first effective coronavirus vaccine showed it could prevent more than 90% of people from getting Covid.

    The vaccine has been developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech and is one of 11 vaccines that are currently in the final stages of testing.

    Mark Coles explores the lives and careers of Ugur Sahin and Ozlem Tureci - the little known Turkish-German husband-and-wife team responsible for the development of the vaccine.

    Producers: Sally Abrahams and Ben Carter
    Editor: Rosamund Jones

    • 13 min
    Mark Drakeford

    Mark Drakeford

    As Wales eases its covid restrictions, Profile explores the life and various careers of the country's First Minister. Born and brought up in rural Wales, before entering the world of Labour politics Mark Drakeford worked as a social worker and an academic. And Mark Coles discovers that those are not his only interests. Tending his allotment, playing music and body boarding in all weathers also loom large.
    Presenter: Mark Coles
    Producers: Luke Radcliff and Ben Carter

    • 13 min
    Prue Leith

    Prue Leith

    The business woman and Great British Bake Off judge now working with the government to improve NHS food - her independent review demanding healthier meals for hospital patients.

    Born in South Africa, it was time spent in Paris which sparked Prue Leith's love of food. Transferring to London, she started a food empire in her bedsit, going on to open a catering college and a Michelin star restaurant.

    She took on public roles too, becoming the first woman on the board of British Rail, charged with fixing the network's food which had become a laughing stock.

    Prue built her media profile alongside roles in the arts, charity sector and education. Then after controversial team-changes in The Great British Bake Off, she's now become a bona fide celebrity, helping the hit programme reach record audiences.

    Producers: Richard Fenton-Smith & Ben Crighton
    Editor: Ros jones

    • 13 min
    Sir Edward Lister

    Sir Edward Lister

    The chief strategic advisor to PM Boris Johnson who thrives on getting things done and who was once regarded as Margaret Thatcher's favourite council leader.

    A former alarms company executive, Edward Lister's political career began in the London Borough of Wandsworth which was at the forefront of Thatcherism at the turn of the 1980s.

    A council leader for nearly two decades, he made the leap to City Hall when Boris Johnson made him his deputy - and he's been a trusted aide and fixer ever since.

    Despite his position, Sir Edward has kept a low public profile, working behind the scenes resolving recent Brexit stalemates.

    This week he's been the go-between in the negotiations between the government and city mayors in the North of England in the debate over the financial cost of Covid-19.

    Mark Coles profiles the life of the man described as the 'grown-up' at Number 10 who thrives on solving problems.

    Producers: Richard Fenton-Smith & Ben Crighton

    • 13 min

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