James Timpson
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by BBC Radio 4
3d ago
Timpson - best known for its key cutting and shoe repair services - has become a household name, with over 1000 stores on town high streets and in local supermarkets. But its current CEO, James Timpson, is probably better known for his pioneering work on prison employment. After being impressed by a prisoner in 2002, and offering him a job on release, James Timpson has worked to develop employment schemes for ex-offenders and campaigns for prison reform. Now, ten percent of the Timpson workforce is made up of ex-offenders. He has recently published a new book on his unusual approach to busines ..read more
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Emma Little-Pengelly
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by BBC Radio 4
1w ago
With power sharing in Northern Ireland restored after a two year hiatus, the DUP's Emma Little-Pengelly has landed herself a top job - Deputy First Minister. It’s the first time a unionist has been in the role. Hailing from a border town in Northern Ireland, County Armagh, she grew up during the Troubles. Her house was damaged in a bomb attack. Having held several positions in Stormont and Westminster, Little-Pengelly has now taken up her new role opposite Sinn Fein's Michelle O'Neill. Co-opted to the position, rather than elected, she is facing new scrutiny in Northern Ireland. Who is the tra ..read more
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General Sir Patrick Sanders
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by BBC Radio 4
2w ago
General Sir Patrick Sanders has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, rising through the ranks from Infantry Officer to Head of the Army. It's not a position he expected to reach and says "my first sergeant would never have seen this coming". He's spoken candidly about experiencing depression following a tour in Iraq, having lost a number of his own infantry regiment, encouraging others to seek help. Most recently General Sanders has ignited debate about the size of the army, suggesting that the "pre-war generation" should be prepared for the possibility of a potent ..read more
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Jurgen Klopp
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by BBC Radio 4
3w ago
He’s led Liverpool Football Club to countless victories and is adored by fans for his touchline antics. As he announces his departure from Liverpool FC after nine years, Timandra Harkness looks at the life of Jurgen Klopp, from his childhood in the Black Forest to the young player who could run like the wind, before hanging up his boots to become a coach. Presenter: Timandra Harkness and Becky Milligan Production: Ellie House, Phoebe Keane, Diane Richardson Production Coordinators: Maria Ogundele Editor: Richard Vadon ..read more
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Gabriel Attal
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by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
Stephen Smith looks at the life of the newly appointed French prime minister. The child of film producers, at one stage it looked like he was bound for a career in entertainment. Instead, Gabriel Attal has become the youngest PM in modern French history and he hopes to revive President Macron's government. One of his first tasks will be to lead the French government into the European Parliament elections in June. Contributors Marisol Touraine, former French Minister of Health, chair of Unitaid. Mireille Clapot, National Assembly member for Drôme. Philippe Marliere, Professor of French and Euro ..read more
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Colleen Hoover
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by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
The ‘New Adult’ romance author topping book charts, and breaking records - she’s even outsold the Bible. Who is Colleen Hoover? The small-town Texan turned hit novelist is a TikTok sensation. Young women film themselves sobbing as they read her books, and queue for hours to meet her. Her meteoric rise to fame, from a small trailer on the family farm, reads like one of her stories. And now, her hit novel - ‘It Ends With Us’ - is set to hit the silver screen. Presenter: Mark Coles Producers: Ellie House and Diane Richardson Editor: Richard Vadon Studio Manager: Neil Churchill Production Coordina ..read more
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Richard Tice
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by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
Reform UK - formerly known as 'The Brexit Party' - has hit 10% in polls for the first time. And its leader, Richard Tice, is gearing up to contest the next general election. In a press conference this week, he vowed that Reform UK candidates would stand in every seat in England, Wales, and Scotland - posing a threat to Conservative candidates across the country. Dubbed a "bad boy of Brexit", who is the businessman turned politician leading this charge from the right? Presenter: Paul Connolly Producers: Ellie House, Diane Richardson, Julie Ball Editor: Richard Vadon Studio Manager: James Beard ..read more
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Sir Mufti Hamid Patel
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by BBC Radio 4
1M ago
Sir Mufti Hamid Patel, chief executive of education trust, Star Academies, which runs schools often in deprived areas, many of which have achieved outstanding results. Sir Mufti Hamid Patel left school in Blackburn at 16, without himself excelling academically. Having worked in local government in Blackburn, he then ran a Muslim girls school before starting Star Academies. The trust has grown to include 34 primary and secondary schools mainly in northern England, the Midlands and East London. New government ways of monitoring progress, show almost half the top twenty achieving schools in the c ..read more
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Tucker Carlson
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by BBC Radio 4
2M ago
Tucker Carlson, the American conservative political commentator and newscaster. He was born in California and from the age of six was brought up by his father after his mother left the family home. He followed in his father's footsteps when he left college and took up a career in journalism. He's worked for CNN, MSNBC and Fox News from which he was 'let go' in April this year. As he launches his own streaming website 'Tucker Carlson Network', Stephen Smith finds out about the man who has been described as one of the most influential people in American media in recent years. PRODUCTION TEAM Pro ..read more
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Olivia Colman
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by BBC Radio 4
2M ago
Olivia Colman, Oscar winning actress. Stephen Smith charts her career from an appearance at the age of 5 in the school Nativity through to her current project as Mrs. Scrubit in the new 'Wonka' film. She first came to public attention as a comedy actress in 'That Mitchell and Webb Show' and then 'Peep Show' but she always felt she could do more. It was being cast in the British film 'Tyrannosaur' that brought her to the attention of Hollywood. Now she's on her way to National Treasure status with the likes of Dame Judi Dench and Helen Mirren. CONTRIBUTORS Paterson Joseph, Actor, Producer, Writ ..read more
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