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

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    • 4.1 • 90 Ratings

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

    Sue Gray

    Sue Gray

    From pub landlady to chief interrogator, Adrian Goldberg profiles Sue Gray, the woman who secretly “runs Britain”, and is leading the investigation into Downing Street parties. We hear about her unconventional background, a mysterious career break involving brushes with the IRA, and her meteoric rise to become Whitehall’s most feared inquisitor. She’s been called “the most powerful person you’ve never heard of”. But, will she be able to withstand the pressure of investigating her own boss, the Prime Minister?

    • 13 min
    Novak Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic

    Adrian Goldberg profiles the life and career of World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic.

    We hear about him practicing in the streets of Belgrade as a child during the war in the former Yugoslavia, how his views on health and medicine were shaped and how he became the formidable and resilient competitor that he is today.

    Programme Credits
    In Depth with Graham Bensinger
    ABC News

    Producer: Ben Crighton
    Researcher: Diane Richardson
    Editor: Penny Murphy

    • 13 min
    Oksana Lyniv

    Oksana Lyniv

    It’s been quite a year for proudly Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv, becoming the first female conductor at the 145-year-old Bayreuth Festival in August and now embarking on a new role as Teatro Comunale di Bologna's first female Music Director.

    Presenter Mark Coles discovers the family stories and personal challenges which have brought Oksana’s charisma and talent from Western Ukraine to classical music's world stage.

    Picture Credit: Tristram Kenton, Royal Opera House.

    Programme Credits:
    Teatro Comunale di Bologna
    UATV
    The Ukrainian Institute in London
    DW Classical Music
    MDR Television
    Choir and Orchestra of the Bayreuther Festspiele
    US-Ukraine Foundation

    Producer: Ben Crighton
    Researcher: Diane Richardson

    • 13 min
    David Murdoch

    David Murdoch

    British curling is looking forward to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics - and all eyes are on head coach David Murdoch, the man in charge of bringing home some medals.

    All three teams - mixed, male and female - have qualified and hopes are high this former World Champion and Olympic silver medallist can inspire the teams to victory.

    Mark Coles finds out what makes the Lockerbie-born sports nerd tick.

    Producers: Diane Richardson and Lucy Proctor
    Editor: Penny Murphy

    • 13 min
    Pharoah Sanders

    Pharoah Sanders

    Pharoah Sanders’s 2021 album Promises has been called a spiritual album for the dark ages. Mark Coles hears how Sanders helped invent a new style of music, after his birth in the southern United States, and time spent sleeping rough in New York City.

    Presenter: Mark Coles
    Producers: Ben Crighton and Chris Flynn

    • 13 min
    Patrick Vallance

    Patrick Vallance

    The pandemic has thrust the Government Chief Scientific Adviser into the middle of the clash between politics and science. He’s faced criticism from MPs, the press, and the public. Edward Stourton finds out about the man behind the pedestal, Sir Patrick Vallance. From fixing caravans on his parents’ site in Cornwall to breakfast with an mentor and a stint in industry with GlaxoSmithKline, who is the man advising our leaders on the pandemic?
    Presenter: Edward Stourton
    Researcher: Drew Miller Hyndman
    Producer: Ben Crighton
    Editor: Richard Vadon

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Bluthhousing ,

Seems good

Listened to the Rand Paul profile, thought it was a bit biased but it was clear they did their research.

Mjpism_VII ,

Woke

You’ll look back on this and ask yourselves why you chose to highlight 2019’s Hitler—Omar.

Jack_McCoy ,

Fun, Interesting Show

Fun, fast, entertaining, interesting. Like a better, more peppy version of A&E’s “Biography” series. Sometimes they go too soft on their subjects, but I guess that’s the nature of the beast — this is NOT meant to be an investigative show, merely an intro to different figures you may have seen in the news. I find it really addicting.

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