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In-depth, hard-hitting interviews with newsworthy personalities.
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Stephen Sackur interviews Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He is an extremist of a very special kind - nothing to do with his political views - but recognition of a lifetime spent embracing physical challenges at the extreme limit of human endurance. He has taken on - and conquered - the polar ice, the world’s highest peaks and the most gruelling deserts. He's been described as one of the world’s greatest living explorers. So what's the motivation for this life of extreme adventure?
How did a Hollywood insider break the story that took the shine off Tinseltown? HARDtalk's Sarah Montague interviews journalist Ronan Farrow, who won a Pulitzer prize for his investigation of Harvey Weinstein. His revelations about the film producer prompted an outpouring of rage at the way women had been treated, and triggered the #MeToo movement – an attempt at breaking the silence around sexual assault. In his new book Catch and Kill he’s posing difficult questions about the powerful media institutions he says tried to suppress his story.
Malaysia has one of Asia’s most vibrant economies - the result of decades of stability and economic growth. It is also a multi-ethnic, multi-religious federation - but the majority ethnic Muslim Malays dominate the country politically. Zeinab Badawi speaks to Malaysia’s Minister for Islamic affairs Mujahid Yusof Rawa. Are racial and religious divides threatening Malaysia’s stability and future prospects? There is growing concern that such tensions have been getting worse since a new government took office last year.
Film director - Ken Loach

Film director - Ken Loach

2019-11-1100:24:211

Can cinema change society? HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur speaks to film director Ken Loach, one of the most lauded and durable directors in the UK film industry. He’s made 27 films and he’s won the biggest prize at Cannes twice for his socially conscious, realist works. His latest is an unrelenting, bleak take on the exploitation of workers in the so-called gig economy.
Shaun Ley speaks to the Nobel Prize winning economist Esther Duflo. The experimental trails she ran with two colleagues in Africa and India produced some surprising results. Among their findings: food aid isn’t helping the poor, and the poorest kids don’t need more books, they need more time. A fashionable idea wins the Nobel Prize. But is this really a story of failure of economists to predict the financial crisis, and of economics to offer big solutions?
Last weekend in Hong Kong, metro stations were torched, the Chinese state news agency was attacked, police fired water cannon and tear gas, and 200 people were arrested. That is Hong Kong’s new normal. How long can it go on without a major intervention from Beijing? Is there any way out of the impasse between Hong Kong’s government and pro-democracy protestors? Stephen Sackur interviews former senior official in the territory’s administration, Anthony Cheung. Are Hong Kong’s prospects bleak?
Donald Trump wants Americans to bask in the afterglow of the killing of the world’s most wanted terrorist, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But many are focused on the daily developments of the impeachment investigation. Both say something important about the way Donald Trump conducts national security and foreign policy. Stephen Sackur interviews former senior US diplomat Richard Haass. Trump horrifies the foreign policy establishment, but does that matter to American voters?
Perhaps inevitably, Britain’s unresolved Brexit agony has led to a general election. The current Parliament could not find a path out of the morass, so the people must now elect a new one. Brexit has exposed profound tensions in Britain’s vaunted system of democracy, raising questions about the relationship between the people, Parliament, Government and the courts. Stephen Sackur speaks to businesswoman Gina Miller, who led two legal challenges to the Government’s Brexit strategy and won both times – how come this non-politician has had such an impact on Britain’s political landscape?(Photo: Anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller leaves the Supreme Court for the result of a hearing on the prorogation of parliament. Credit: EPA)
Imagine having an extraordinary sporting talent, but finding yourself traumatised by the realities of elite-level competition. Imagine being defined by your gender and physicality in ways that crushed your own sense of yourself. Stephen Sackur interviews former Olympic swimmer turned artist, model and now writer Casey Legler about their pain-filled early life, which included a prolonged battle with alcohol and drugs. What did it take to emerge from the darkness?
Former spy - Willie Carlin

Former spy - Willie Carlin

2019-10-2800:24:501

What was it like to be a spy during the Troubles in Northern Ireland? HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to former MI5 agent Willie Carlin. He became an undercover spy within Sinn Féin, the political wing of the IRA, during the so-called 'dirty war'. He was dramatically extracted after his cover was blown. Now he’s written a book - Thatcher's Spy - about his experiences.
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Comments (26)

JENNIFER WANG

Horrible host who interrupts constantly

Nov 15th
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ForexTraderNYC

mindblowing so inspiring..didnt know her, i will look her up!

Nov 9th
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Omar Deghayes

unbelievable strength..

Nov 7th
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Omar Deghayes

arrogant idiota

Nov 7th
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Omar Deghayes

worthy of his job

Nov 7th
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Omar Deghayes

Eye opening..articulate

Nov 7th
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Omar Deghayes

interesting

Nov 7th
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Omar Deghayes

good on her

Nov 7th
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Omar Deghayes

hard exposure

Nov 7th
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Omar Deghayes

excellent

Nov 7th
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ForexTraderNYC

courageous lady fighting for immigrants... who dares to do that in 21st ce.? only quality ppl.. such compassion to help the helpless..love her such strong determination!

Sep 5th
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ForexTraderNYC

courageous lady fighting for immigrants... who dares to do that in 21st ce.? only quality ppl.. such compassion to help the helpless..love her such strong determination!

Sep 5th
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ForexTraderNYC

wish the interview didnt end so abruptly wanted to learn more..nevertheless i was captured by her confidence n strong will n warrior attitude to face difficulties of life.. i shall look for her interviews other places. thx BBC for the introduction

Sep 5th
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Rabindra Karki

Really nice program

Jul 25th
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my.android. Mfz

this guy earned my respect. Europe has become a toothless lions. if it can't get the US to comply which all of them agreed, thry should have the guts to act on it.

Jul 24th
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Ketan Ramteke

No wonder Joe Rogan's interviews are so amazing than these mainstream media houses.

Feb 11th
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thomas kagwa

The media is so smug about watergate. Where was the fourth estate during the Rwandan genocide? Is anyone calling out the UK and US governments over the war crimes in Yemen?

Nov 14th
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André Graciotti

wow, that was cringy-worthy to listen to. I don't agree with most of Peterson's ideas, but this interview was agressive to say the least. I couldn't hear the man finish one single thought. shame on you BBC.

Aug 18th
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Intrograted

After listening... This is atrocious, BBC. You should be ashamed of yourselves. I used to respect the World Service. This was Cathy Newman all over again. Same tone, same accent, just a male voice. This is a disgusting way to conduct a conversation. This is no way to 'inform' the world. Fortunately, I think the world are smart enough to see through your destructive agenda. With love and hope from a true progressive. Be better. ❤

Aug 8th
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Intrograted

Before listening... Neither/nor, both/and. It depends on the observer, not Dr. Peterson, though.

Aug 7th
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