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In-depth, hard-hitting interviews with newsworthy personalities.

    Don Bacon: Will Republicans regret their loyalty to Trump?

    Don Bacon: Will Republicans regret their loyalty to Trump?

    Perhaps it’s misleading to describe the unfolding events in the US Senate as the ‘impeachment trial’ of Donald Trump. After all, this is a process which may well avoid witness testimony, exclude key documents, and involves jurors who drew their conclusions long ago. Nonetheless, it remains an historic moment, likely to have a major impact on US politics. HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to Republican Congressman Don Bacon. Will Republicans come to regret their unwavering loyalty to Donald J Trump?

    • 24 min
    Alexander Blackman: How should crimes on the battlefield be handled?

    Alexander Blackman: How should crimes on the battlefield be handled?

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to take steps to protect military personnel from what he describes as vexatious legal claims. It’s a controversial stance as armed conflicts, from Northern Ireland to Iraq, have thrown up serious allegations of criminal wrongdoing by soldiers. Former Royal Marine Alexander Blackman was convicted of murder while serving in Afghanistan in 2011. He served three years in prison and, after a long legal struggle, his conviction was reduced to manslaughter. What does his case tell us about morality and accountability on the frontline?

    • 23 min
    Tony Garnett: Making TV with a radical purpose

    Tony Garnett: Making TV with a radical purpose

    The British film and TV producer Tony Garnett died last week, aged 83. In 2016 Stephen Sackur spoke to him about his life and pioneering work which began in the 1960s. The subject matter he tackled included homelessness, illegal abortion and police corruption, and uncovered dark corners in British life. But how much of his motivation came from the dark corners in his own life?

    • 23 min
    Seth Freedman: Spying for Harvey Weinstein

    Seth Freedman: Spying for Harvey Weinstein

    Who polices the shadowy world of private intelligence? HARDtalk’s Sarah Montague speaks to Seth Freedman, who was an investigator for Black Cube, and gathered information for its client, the disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein. Does he regret what he did?

    • 24 min
    Douglas Silliman: What is Donald Trump's strategy in Iraq?

    Douglas Silliman: What is Donald Trump's strategy in Iraq?

    Though the fear of imminent war has receded, the Middle East has been profoundly destabilised by the American assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. The unfolding US-Iran conflict will impact the whole region, not least Iraq, where the Iranians are intent on hastening the end of America’s military presence. Stephen Sackur interviews Douglas Silliman, former US ambassador to Iraq until a year ago. Does Trump have a strategy - and if so, what is it?

    • 23 min
    Sir Antony Gormley: Britain's most successful sculptor

    Sir Antony Gormley: Britain's most successful sculptor

    Stephen Sackur is at the workshop of Britain’s most successful sculptor, Sir Antony Gormley. His monumental pieces, put in prominent positions in outdoor spaces, have become some of the world’s most famous examples of public art. His inspiration is the human body, in fact, his own body. So what does his work tell us about his relationship with the world around him?

    • 24 min

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