Profile: Mhairi Black
Britain's youngest MP, whose maiden speech has been watched 10 million times.
Mhairi Black was yet to graduate when she was elected to the House of Commons in May - the youngest Member of Parliament for over a century. She overturned a 16,000 majority and ousted the veteran Labour MP Douglas Alexander to win Paisley and...
Film director Christopher Nolan's latest $160m blockbuster Interstellar opens next week. Mark Coles examines the more humble beginnings of his film making career at University College London and asks how he has achieved the enviable knack of...
Sir Andrew Green
Migration Watch UK's founder Sir Andrew Green is to become a member of the House of Lords. Presenter Jo Fidgen talks to Sir Andrew's old friends and colleagues in an attempt to find out what motivated this former ambassador to Syria and Saudi Arabia...
Writer Richard Flanagan is the 2014 winner of the Man Booker Prize. His novel "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" is a story set among prisoners of war, forced by the Japanese to work on the Thai-Burma "death" railway. Presenter Becky Milligan looks...
Douglas Carswell has become UKIP's first elected MP in Westminster. A free-thinking Eurosceptic Conservative, Carswell was never shy to criticise "our supine, spineless Parliament". Nonetheless his surprise defection in the summer shocked his friends...
In January 2014 Benefits Street aired for the first time on Channel 4. The reality TV series, which documented the lives of residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, was controversial right from the start. Ofcom and Channel 4 received hundreds...
Ricky Tomlinson is a top TV actor with starring roles including Brookside and The Royle Family. But he has a controversial trade union past, and was once imprisoned for picketing during a strike. A new play about him has just opened. Mary Ann Sieghart...
Profile: Shane Smith 20 Sept 14
How did Shane Smith, a hard-partying, tattooed former Canadian punk rocker turn a community magazine into an international multi-media empire? Mark Coles finds out.
Profile: Jack Ma: 13 Sept 14
How did Jack Ma, a teacher with no business training, become one of China's - indeed, the world's - most successful entrepreneurs? Kamal Ahmed finds out.
Profile: Rona Fairhead: 06 Sept 14
Edward Stourton profiles Rona Fairhead, the woman nominated to replace Lord Patten as chair of the BBC Trust. Who is she, and how will she fare in one of the BBC’s toughest jobs?
Profile: Petro Poroshenko: 30 Aug 14
There is every sign this weekend that Russia's proxy war with Ukraine could become a full-blown conflict between states. The crisis now coming to a head has been in the making ever since Ukraine declared its independence from Moscow in the summer of...
Profile: Nicholas MacPherson 23 Aug 14
Sir Nicholas Macpherson is largely unknown outside Whitehall but as head of the Treasury since 2005 he has become a key figure in the Scottish independence debate. Chris Bowlby explains why he's so influential, and how his involvement in the Scottish...
Profile: Haider al-Abadi 16 Aug 14
Haider al-Abadi's company serviced the BBC lifts in London but he is now about to become the next prime minister of Iraq. Who is he and can he fix his country's daunting problems?
Profile: Karren Brady 09 Aug 14
Karren Brady is a successful businesswoman, mentor of the TV show The Apprentice and now rising political star, after her appointment as a Conservative peer to the House of Lords. Jo Fidgen explores the life and times of a lady who has already made it...
Profile: Radoslaw Sikorski 02 Aug 14
Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski - teenage rebel, Oxford networker, daring reporter, pungent speaker - is now a key voice in the Ukraine crisis. Becky Milligan discovers what drives one of the most colourful European politicians
Profile: Mazher Mahmood 26 July 14
The so-called "fake sheikh" – journalist Mazher Mahmood – hit the headlines this week after the drugs trial of singer Tulisa Contostlavos collapsed. Mahmood has long been a controversial figure and his investigations have exposed serious wrongdoing....
Profile: Nicky Morgan 19 July 14
Following the cabinet reshuffle, Mark Coles profiles Nicky Morgan and asks who exactly is the new Education Secretary?
Profile: Elizabeth Butler-Sloss 12 July 14
Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has been chosen to lead a major enquiry into abuse allegations. But claims that she is too close to the establishment have proved the choice controversial. Mary-Ann Sieghart looks at the life and career of this specialist in...
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