Profile: Natalie Bennett 28 Feb 1502/28/15
Green Party leader Natalie Bennett, Australian born campaigner, has been in the headlines this week after a rocky campaign launch. How is she likely to fare amid the intense scrutiny of the coming election? Mark Coles profiles the Australian...
Profile: Yanis Varoufakis 21 Feb 2015
Mark Coles profiles the flamboyant and hugely important Greek finance minister.
Profile: Lord Stephen Green 14 Feb 15
In the wake of revelations about HSBC bank's Swiss arm aiding tax evasion, the bank's former chairman and UK trade minister Lord Green has come in for criticism. Formerly lauded as being Britain's ethical banker, the ordained Church of England...
Profile: Frank Field 13 Dec 2014
Frank Field a veteran Labour MP and co-author of this week's report on hunger has been in Parliament for more than 30 years, representing Birkenhead, which contains some of the most deprived wards in the country. Most remarkably, perhaps, he was one...
Profile: Ashraf Ghani 06 Dec 2014
Ashraf Ghani emerged as the President of Afghanistan in what was a drawn-out and controversial election. He is a United States-trained anthropologist who was born in Afghanistan, studied in Lebanon and the United States, and worked for years for the...
Profile: Arminka Helic 29 Nov 14
How did a refugee from Bosnia end up in the House of Lords? Arminka Helic is the quiet power behind one of British politics’ least likely unions; that of the Conservative Foreign Secretary William Hague and the Hollywood director Angelina Jolie. Mark...
Profile: Grace Mugabe 22 Nov 14
Grace Mugabe, First Lady of Zimbabwe and the wife of controversial leader Robert Mugabe has spent a lifetime in her husband’s shadow. Now she is fuelling rumours that she hopes to succeed her husband as President. But does she have the skill and the...
Profile: Benedict Cumberbatch 15 Nov 14
Overnight Benedict Cumberbatch became an object of obsession with a Cumber-cult following of adoring fans, spawning internet memes and slash fiction fantasies. What is it about him that makes the world go weak at the knees? Becky Milligan provides an...
Profile: Rand Paul 08 Nov 14
Rand Paul, a Tea Party supporter with only three years' experience in the Senate, is fast emerging as one of the frontrunners to try to wrest the US Presidency back from the Democrats in 2016. Some praise Rand Paul for his uncoventional yet pragmatic...
Profile: Christopher Nolan 01 Nov 14
Christopher Nolan's latest $160m blockbuster movie Interstellar opens next week. Mark Coles examines the more humble beginnings of his film making career at University College London and asks how he's achieved the enviable knack of delivering huge box...
Profile: Sir Andrew Green 25 Oct 14
Sir Andrew Green is to become a member of the House of Lords. As the founder of Migration Watch UK why did this former ambassador become a campaigner for tighter controls on immigration? Jo Fidgen talks to Sir Andrew's old friends and colleagues in an...
Profile: Richard Flanagan 17 Oct 14
Man Booker prize winner, Richard Flanagan, became the fourth Australian to win the coveted award. Becky Milligan looks into Flanagan's life in his native Tasmania where he is a prominent environmental campaigner and a regular at the local pub.
Profile: Douglas Carswell 11 Oct 14
Douglas Carswell has been elected as UKIP's first elected MP in Westminster. His surprise defection in the summer from the Conservatives shocked his friends and supporters so Ed Stourton asks what made him leave and is there more to Douglas Carswell...
Profile: White Dee: 04 Oct 14
How did a single mother from Birmingham, who has spent the last several years on benefits, become famous across the country? Mark Coles profiles Deirdre Kelly, aka White Dee.
Profile: Ricky Tomlinson: 27 Sept 14
Ricky Tomlinson is a top TV actor with a controversial trade union past. Mary Ann Sieghart discovers a powerful mix of politics and personal drama in his life and career. Producer: Ben Crighton Editor: Richard Knight
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...
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