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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

    Nadhim Zahawi

    Nadhim Zahawi

    Nadhim Zahawi began life as a Kurdish refugee, fleeing to the UK when he was nine years old. A businessman with an eclectic portfolio, he co-founded pollsters YouGov in 2000 before becoming a Conservative MP in 2010. Now a Minister with one of the most pressing jobs in Government, who is the man responsible for England’s Covid-19 vaccination programme? Mark Coles speaks to friends and colleagues to find out.

    Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton
    Researchers: Maia Lowerson and May Cameron
    Production Coordinator: Janet Staples
    Mix: Rod Farquhar
    Editor: Rosamund Jones

    • 14 min
    Pat McGrath

    Pat McGrath

    The legendary make-up artist has just become the first in her industry to be made a Dame. Growing up in Northampton without industry contacts or formal training, Pat McGrath taught herself the techniques that have made her one of the most in-demand names in fashion. If you can name a designer label, she's probably worked for them, and now runs her own billion-dollar business. Supermodels, colleagues and friends tell Becky Milligan why she's had such a huge impact.

    Pat McGrath met Kim Bowen at the Wag Club and not the Blitz Club as is suggested at the beginning of this programme.

    Producer: Sharon Hemans
    Researcher: Beth Sagar-Fenton
    Production Coordinator: Janet Staples
    Mix: Neil Churchill
    Editor: Rosamund Jones

    • 13 min
    Naomi Osaka

    Naomi Osaka

    Tennis star Naomi Osaka had a massive year in 2020, becoming the highest earning sportswoman ever, and protesting police violence against black Americans in both her private and professional life. Born in Japan, she's spent most of her life in the US. This year she's set to light up the Tokyo Olympics as one of the stars of the games. What else lies ahead for Naomi Osaka? We hear from those closest to her including her coach and manager, and feature an exclusive interview with campaigner and tennis legend Billie Jean King.

    Presenter: Mark Coles
    Producer: Beth Sagar-Fenton
    Editor: Rosamund Jones
    Mix: Rod Farquhar

    • 13 min
    Brendan O'Carroll

    Brendan O'Carroll

    The creator of Mrs Brown's Boys has had a bumpy ride to stardom. Becky Milligan charts the journey - born the youngest of 11 children in Dublin, he faced bankruptcy and serial disappointments before finding success as the the matriarch of his very own family sitcom. This year it returns - for the 10th consecutive year - to our TV screens over Christmas.
    Producer: Ben Crighton
    Editor: Rosamund Jones

    • 13 min
    Viola Davis

    Viola Davis

    The academy award winning actor’s latest film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, is one of the first big budget releases since the pandemic closed cinemas. Viola Davis is the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award – a triple crown of the most prestigious awards in film, television and theatre.
    Born on her grandmother’s farm, a former slave plantation in South Carolina. Davis was raised on the East Coast – in Providence, Rhode Island. As a child growing up in poverty, acting became a means of escape.

    After a decades-long career as a respected theatre actor, she was propelled to international attention in 2008, when she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in a single scene; alongside Meryl Streep in the film Doubt. Since then, she’s starred in a great many films and TV series; becoming widely recognised as one of the greatest actors of stage and screen this century.

    Becky Milligan explores her life and career and talks to her sister, Deloris, to find out what motivates an actor whose meteoric rise is symbolic of a deeper shift in how the film industry values black artists.

    Producers: Tom Wright and Ben Crighton
    Editor: Rosamund Jones

    • 13 min
    Dr June Raine

    Dr June Raine

    After a 30 year career of quiet public service, Dr June Raine has found herself in the spotlight when the UK became the first country to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. As the head of the MHRA she has ultimate responsibility for the process of approving any new Covid-19 vaccines in the UK, and when the eminent American immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci cast doubt over the speed of UK's approval process Dr Raine was forced to make a public response. Becky Milligan finds out more about her life, character and career.

    Producers: Viv Jones, Ben Crighton
    Editor: Rosamund Jones

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

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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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