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Best-selling author Philip Pullman talks to his former schoolteacher Enid Jones.
Terry Jones presides over a conversation between best-selling author Philip Pullman and his former schoolteacher Enid Jones, whose friendship has endured nearly fifty years.
Terry Jones presides over a conversation between best-selling author Philip Pullman and his former schoolteacher Enid Jones. In an intimate and revealing setting in the Welsh coast town of Harlech, they talk about Philip's first day in school, his early attempts at storytelling, the craft of poetry, reading, writing and other memories.
They reveal how their pupil-teacher relationship has ripened into a friendship that has endured nearly fifty years. Pullman explains the reasons behind his acknowledgement of his former teacher at the end of the His Dark Materials trilogy.
Charles Saumarez Smith
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.
Series 12 Episode 1: Joe Strummer
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.
Series 12 Episode 2: Tintin
Despite being fictional, Nick Danziger makes a powerful case for the Belgian reporter.
Series of biographical discussions with Matthew Parris. Despite being totally fictional, Nick Danziger makes a powerful case for the little Belgian reporter.
June Steenkamp, Band Aid 30, Pedal Power
Oscar Pistorius trial, the Nurse who inspired Band Aid, Charging your phone with a bike
Reeva Steenkamp's mother on the Pistorius trial, The nurse who inspired Band Aid, Reaction to IS rule, US captain rescues Afghan, Charging mobile phones with Bike.
June Steenkamp's daughter Reeva was killed by Oscar Pistorius on Valentine's Day 2013. Oscar says that it was a tragic accident, and last month he started a five year prison sentence, for the culpable homicide of Reeva. June attended the trial throughout, and has written a book about her experiences called "Reeva - A Mother's Story".
Band Aid 30 - Thirty years after the charity song Do They Know it's Christmas hit number one, a new version has been released. The proceeds go to help the fight against Ebola in west Africa. Dame Claire Bertschinger, director of Tropical Nursing Studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, inspired Sir Bob Geldof to organise the original Band Aid charity and the Live Aid concert.
The northern Iraqi city of Mosul fell to Islamic State in June, bringing the population under the rule of the jihadists. The militants introduced a regime that followed their radical version of Islam, which includes brutal punishments, strict rules for women and intolerance of any dissent. Residents describe what life is like in Mosul since IS took over.
Captain Matt Zeller was serving with the US Army in Afghanistan when his life was saved by his Afghan interpreter, Janis Shinwari. Once Matt had been posted back to the States, Janis's own life was threatened by the Taliban. Matt set out to help him.
Malawian physics student Mixon Faluweki has invented a device that can charge a cell phone using just pedal power. The invention has got him to the finals of a prestigious global tech innovation prize.
(Image: June Steenkamp, Getty Images; Dame Claire Bertschinger, Getty Images; Mixon Faluweki)
22/10/2015 11:06 GMT: Sent to War Aged Six
Deng Adut was raised in war torn Sudan but has now rebuilt his life in Australia.
Deng Adut was raised in war torn Sudan. By the time he was 11 years old, he had been shot, blown up, and was near death from starvation but has now rebuilt his life in Australia.
Deng Adut was raised in war torn Sudan. By the time he was 11 years old, he had been shot, blown up, and was near death from starvation but has now rebuilt his life to become a lawyer in Australia.
(Picture: Deng Adut)
Choreographers: Aditi Mangaldas and Jasmin Vardimon
Dancing and directing - the art of the choreographer
Award-winning choreographers discuss how they work with their companies to tell stories, by translating thoughts and ideas into extraordinary physical movement on stage
Growing up in an Israeli kibbutz taught choreographer Jasmin Vardimon all about group dynamics, but she came to dancing relatively late, aged 14. Now artistic director of the Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company in the UK, her visually stunning and exciting performances are inspired by universal themes such as brutality and justice, filtered through the personal experience of her and her dancers. Jasmin says that leading a production is like bringing up a child - at a key point you need to be able to let go and trust the dancers to do their best.
Aditi Mangaldas was trained in the classical Indian dance form of kathak from the age of five. Her Aditi Mangaldas Dance Company, Drishtikon Dance Foundation, now performs all over the world. With its fast footwork and rhythmic complexity, kathak gives Aditi a sense of feeling timeless, of being bound to the ground. She believes that there is room for the dance form to evolve and in some of her productions fuses kathak with contemporary dance. Aditi still performs on stage, and on those days says she has to become just one of the company.
(L) Aditi Mangaldas. Credit: Dinesh Khanna
(R) Jasmin Vardimon. Credit: Ben Harries
I'm 29 and Mum to 51 Nepali Kids
American Maggie Doyne on the challenges facing her orphanage in the mountains of Nepal.
True life stories
Maggie Doyne was just nineteen when she first visited Nepal, but it made such an impression, that she has spent the last ten years building an orphanage and school there. During this time she has adopted fifty-one Nepali children and as she tells Jo Fidgen, the coming winter is set to be a challenging one due to the current blockade at the Indian border.
Kuwaiti novelist Saud Alsanousi isn't afraid of tackling controversial issues. He's written about the impact of the Gulf wars, relationships between Sunnis and Shiites, and the Arab Spring. One of his books, The Bamboo Stalk, won the prestigious International Prize for Arabic Fiction, and has now been translated into English. He tells Outlook's Andrea Kidd about the book, which highlights the poor treatment of migrant workers in Kuwait.
What's music to your ears? For British-Greek songwriter, Anna Zed, pretty much anything can be turned into music.... a door slamming... an engine revving... even a toilet seat... Anna's just won an award for her work and tells us where she gets her inspiration from.
Norwegian novelist Lars Mytting has become something of a celebrity since writing a factual book called: Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way. It even inspired a twelve-hour long primetime television programme in Norway - eight hours of which was simply a live feed of a fire burning. It was massively popular. Lars joins Jo Fidgen in the Outlook studio to tell her why Norwegians are so fascinated by wood.
Bus Hijack, Walking Library, Love
Al-Shabab attack, Bangladeshi bookworm, Rock climber, Sperm donor engagement, Finnish MP
Survivor of al-Shabab attack, Bangladeshi bookworm, Sperm donor engagement, Finnish MP Jani Toivola, Pakistani woman rock climber.
Last month, al-Shabab militants hijacked a bus carrying sixty passengers in northern Kenyan. They shot dead 28 men and women because they were not Muslims. Headteacher Douglas Ochwodho Ondari was on that bus, travelling with his wife when the attack took place. He survived, but his wife was killed. He recalls what happened.
Ninety-five-year-old Polan Sarkar has spent his life trying to get illiterate villagers in Bangladesh to read books. Growing up in an illiterate family, and only managing to complete four years of school, he used his earnings from working as a tax collector to buy books for the poor. Now he has a library named after him in his village and has won awards for his work. Polan still walks many miles a day handing out books to people living near his home in Bausa.
Australian Aminah Hart's daughter Leila was conceived using a sperm donor. Aminah later tracked down the father online, fell in love - and now she is engaged to marry him. His name is Scott Anderson. Previous to having Leila, Aminah had had two sons who both died from a hereditary illness.
Last week the parliament in Finland voted to legalise same-sex marriage. Gay couples in the country now have the same rights as anyone else to share a surname and adopt children. At the forefront of the campaign to bring about equal rights has been 37-year-old rising star of Finnish politics, Jani Toivola. He is the country's first ever black member of parliament and is openly gay. His journey to rediscover his roots in Kenya has invited comparisons with US President Barack Obama.
Pioneering Pakistani rock climber Nazia Parveen has made history by becoming the first Pakistani woman to compete in international rock climbing contests. She represented her country in the two-day International Rock Climbing Competition in Singapore earlier this year. She only took up climbing four years ago, when she was on a trip with her university.
(Photo: Douglas Ochwodho Ondari, Polan Sarka and the Hart family
Picture Credits: Michael Kaloki; Eliza Beveridge; Aminah Hart)
The Nurse Who Inspired Band Aid
In 1984 Claire Bertschinger was a nurse at an Ethiopian famine feeding centre
Nurse Claire Bertschinger's appearance in a TV report about the 1984 Ethiopian famine inspired the Band Aid charity. Also, Arthur Zang from Cameroon, inventor of the Cardiopad
Nurse Claire Bertschinger's appearance in a TV report about the 1984 Ethiopian famine inspired the Band Aid charity. Now she is training nurses to travel to countries affected by Ebola.
Adrian Stimson served as a war artist in Afghanistan with the Canadian military. He is also a member of the First Nation Sik Sika Black Foot tribe in Northern Canada. Now he uses art to draw attention to the treatment of indigenous people.
Residents of Mosul, the Iraqi city now controlled by the so-called Islamic State, have written an exclusive series of diaries for the BBC. They describe what life is like under the harsh rule of the jihadists.
Arthur Zang is a 26-year-old inventor from Cameroon who hopes to bring about a revolution in care for people with heart problems. He has invented the Cardiopad, a portable heart monitor that allows a patient, wherever they are in the country, to be remotely checked over by a cardiologist.
(Picture: Claire Bertschinger after being made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
17/10/2015 14:32 GMT: Outlook Weekend: Pick of the Week
Stories about sound: the Ukrainian frontline pianist and learning to talk through jazz
Stories about Sound. Including, the pianoman of the Ukrainian frontline, a sound recordist from the slums of Kenya, and how to learn to talk with Jazz music.
Ihor, a former law student is fighting as a volunteer on the government side in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Last year, he was taken captive by pro-Russian separatists and spent four months doing forced labour in a former music school, where he found a piano. Ihor is a talented pianist - and persuaded his captors to let him play.
When Melody Gardot was a teenager in the American city of Philadelphia she was knocked off her bicycle in a road accident and suffered brain damage. She was also left with chronic pain and walking difficulties. Using music therapy as part of her recovery, she discovered a talent for singing and playing the guitar. She is now a Grammy winning recording artist who has sold millions of records across the world.
Guy Cotter, is a mountaineer who was stationed at Everest base camp during a blizzard which hit the mountain in 1996. He tried to co-ordinate the rescue effort by radio, listening to his friends stationed closer to the summit.
Abdul Rahman Ramadhan has spent the last 35 years risking his life to bring the world news of some of the most important moments in African history - from the Rwandan Genocide to civil war in Sudan. Abdul is from the biggest slum in Africa, Kibera in Nairobi, and he is so dedicated to his profession as a sound recordist that he left his own wedding to cover some local riots for the news.
Picture: Ihor (Left), Credit:Oleksandr Tkachuk; and Melody Gardot (Right), Credit: Rob Loud/Getty Images
Series 9 WG Grace
Piers Morgan nominates WG Grace as the greatest English cricketer of all time.
Series of biographical discussions with Matthew Parris. Piers Morgan nominates WG Grace as the greatest English cricketer of all time. From May 2006.
Series 9 Robin Day
News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy nominates his illustrious predecessor Robin Day.
4 Extra Debut. Krishnan Guru-Murthy chooses political interviewer Robin Day. With Matthew Parris and Max Hastings. From June 2006.
Series of biographical discussions with Matthew Parris. News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy nominates his illustrious predecessor Robin Day. During the height of his career, Day was regarded as Britain's finest political interviewer. Some salute him for breaking the mould of deferential interviewing but others think he bullied his subjects and stole the limelight himself with his mannered performances. From June 2006.
Series 10 Leon Trotsky
Christopher Hitchens nominates Leon Trotsky, hero of the Russian Revolution.
4 Extra Debut. Writer and journalist Christopher Hitchens chooses Russian revolutionary leader, Leon Trotsky. With Matthew Parris. From August 2006.