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Lieutenant General David Petraeus

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Robert Fox assesses why Bush has picked Lieutenant General David Petraeus to do what’s been described as one of the toughest assignments since Vietnam.

'Tell me how this ends' - the rhetorical question repeatedly posed by Lieutenant General David Petraeus as he and his troops marched on Baghdad in 2003. Four years on, the American soldier has got to come up with some answers.

Lt Gen Petraeus – described as a unique combination of warrior and intellectual - has just been appointed the US military’s most senior man in Iraq. Robert Fox assesses why Bush has picked him to do what’s been described as one of the toughest assignments since Vietnam.

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Khalid Meshal

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Allan Little presents an insight into the life of Hamas leader Khalid Meshal.

Allan Little presents an insight into the life of Khalid Meshal, an elusive figure who has risen to prominence through the ranks of Hamas to become the organisation's leader.

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Sir Hugh Orde

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Gerry Northam profiles Sir Hugh Orde, head of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

As police forces face significant cuts in their budgets, Gerry Northam profiles Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

He is the straight talking, marathon running public face of the police service. Sir Hugh Orde - president of the Association of Chief Police Officers - has warned budget cuts announced by the government could mean less officers on the beat. It's another crisis for the senior officer who has taken charge of some of the UK's most politically sensitive beats. From tackling black on black gun crime in London to running the Police Service of Northern Ireland, close colleagues reveal the inside track on some of the major moments in his career and how he has learned to deal with conflict. Labelled the king of the one liners, we hear something of the private man and how even a major criminal investigation did not stand in the way of him running one of his beloved marathons

Reporter - Gerry Northam, Producer - Paul Grant.

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Jonathan Evans

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A profile of the new Director General of MI5, Jonathan Evans.

Dennis Sewell of Talking Politics takes a walk down the secret corridors of power to find out as much as he can about the new Director General of MI5, Jonathan Evans.

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Cressida Dick

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Jon Silverman profiles Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick.

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Viola Davis

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Becky Milligan profiles the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award.

Becky Milligan profiles the first black actor to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony award. Her latest film is one of the first big budget releases since the pandemic closed cinemas.

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

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François Bayrou

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A profile of one of the candidates in France's presidential elections; François Bayrou.

Alastair Sandford profiles the man who is threatening to change the political landscape of France in next week’s presidential elections, François Bayrou.

Alastair Sandford, who has reported for the BBC from Paris for the last eight years, looks at the man who is threatening to change the political landscape of France in next week’s presidential elections, François Bayrou.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

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A profile of the Manchester United footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

Adam Parsons looks at the career of Cristiano Ronaldo the young Manchester United footballer who has gone from being a British hate figure, to the player his peers most admire.

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Guido Fawkes

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David Grossman of Newsnight profiles the political blogger Guido Fawkes.

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Charles Saumarez Smith

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A profile of Charles Saumarez Smith, the director of the National Gallery.

Broadcaster and art historian Tim Marlow takes a personal look at the career of Charles Saumarez Smith, the director of the National Gallery.

Broadcaster and art historian Tim Marlow takes a personal look at the career of Charles Saumarez Smith, the director of the National Gallery, who announced this week that he’ll be leaving the top job earlier than expected.

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Alan Johnston

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A profile of the BBC journalist Alan Johnston, who has been missing for 26 days.

The BBC’s correspondent in Gaza, Alan Johnston, has been missing, presumed kidnapped, for 26 days. Lyse Doucet speaks to his colleagues and friends about the man and his journalism.

A special edition of Profile. The BBC’s correspondent in Gaza, Alan Johnston, has been missing, presumed kidnapped, for 26 days. Lyse Doucet speaks to his colleagues and friends about the man and his journalism.

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Barack Obama

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Does Barack Obama have what it takes to get to the White House?

Justin Webb hears about the man who appeals to mid-west housewives and hard-bitten political hacks alike. Does Barack Obama have what it takes to get to the White House?

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Declan Ganley

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Lucy Ash profiles Declan Ganley, the Irish tycoon who has launched his own political party

Lucy Ash profiles Declan Ganley, the Irish tycoon who has launched his own political party in the UK, Libertas, which aims to bring more democracy to the European Union.

Lucy Ash profiles Declan Ganley, the Irish tycoon who has launched his own political party in the UK, Libertas, which aims to bring more democracy to the European Union and plans to fight every seat in the 2009 European elections.

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Megan Rapinoe

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Megan Rapinoe's US national team has made it to the Women's World Cup final.

Megan Rapinoe's US national team has made it to the Women's World Cup final. One American newspaper describes her as the most important athlete on the planet right now.

The US women’s football team has made it to the World Cup final. One American newspaper has described the team's iconic player - Megan Rapinoe - as the most important athlete on the planet right now. But she isn't only a sensation on the pitch. She's a controversial figure off it.

Presenter: Becky Milligan

Producer: Viv Jones

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Christopher Nolan

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The Hollywood film director Christopher Nolan is profiled by Mark Coles.

The Hollywood film director Christopher Nolan's $160m blockbuster Interstellar opens next week. Mark Coles traces Nolan's unparalleled rise to critical and commercial success.

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 delivering huge box office takings and keeping the critics happy.

Producer: Ben Carter.

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Philip Pullman

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Jonathan Maitland profiles the writer Philip Pullman.

Jonathan Maitland profiles the writer Philip Pullman, whose latest book, The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ, has prompted letters damning him to eternal hell.

Jonathan Maitland profiles the writer Philip Pullman, whose latest book 'The Good Man Jesus and The Scoundrel Christ' has prompted letters damning him to eternal hell - even though it has yet to be published. Pullman is no stranger to controversy: the film of the first book in the trilogy 'His Dark Materials' outraged influential American Catholics who campaigned to get the dramatisation of his next two books shelved.

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Rupert Harrison

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Ahead of the budget, a profile of Rupert Harrison, the man some call the 'real chancellor'

Ahead of the budget, Mary Ann Sieghart presents a profile of Rupert Harrison, the top adviser to George Osborne and the man some call the 'real chancellor'.

Ahead of the budget Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Rupert Harrison. He's the top economic adviser to George Osborne, and the man some call the 'real Chancellor' and 'the most important man you've never heard of'. Those who know him well and have seen his influence grow describe his career and characteristics.

Producer: Chris Bowlby

Editor: Richard Knight.

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George Papandreou

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Jonathan Maitland profiles the Greek prime minister George Papandreou.

Jonathan Maitland profiles the Greek prime minister George Papandreou, the man whose job it is to steer his country through its economic crisis.

Jonathan Maitland profiles the Greek prime minister George Papandreou, the man whose job it is to steer his country through its economic crisis. He comes from a long political dynasty: both his father and grandfather also held the top job in Greece. George Papandreou Jnr has led an eventful life; as a teenager he had a gun pointed to his head during an army coup. But is he tough enough to deal with his country's vast public debts?

Interviewees include Baroness Kinnock and Papandreou's brother, Nikos.

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Lady Gaga

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Stephen Smith profiles Lady Gaga and her dizzying dash to global pop music dominance.

Stephen Smith profiles the extraordinary rise of Stefani Germanotta, a girl from New York's Lower East Side whom the world now knows as Lady Gaga.

The numbers are staggering: more than 1 billion music video online hits, record sales of more than 50 million, number 7 on the Forbes List of the world's 100 most influential women. Not bad at all for 24 year old Stefani Germanotta, a girl from New York's Lower East Side whom the world now knows as Lady Gaga. In this week's Christmas day Profile, Stephen Smith follows Germanotta's story from rebellious, classically trained pianist to pop's newest and hottest icon.

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Rajendra Pachauri

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Jonathan Maitland profiles Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN's climate change panel.

Jonathan Maitland profiles Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the UN's climate change panel and a key player in the climate change debate.

Jonathan Maitland profiles Rajendra Pachauri, a key player in the climate change debate.

As the head of the UN's climate change panel, he is coming under increasing fire for a glaring error in the IPCC reporting on glaciers. Pachauri's critics also claim that his business interests - as a consultant to energy industry giants - could represent a conflict of interest. But his supporters say he's a tireless champion in alerting people to the impact of climate change on developing nations.

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