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Gore Vidal - Writer

HARDtalk: Gore Vidal - Writer

Gore Vidal has chronicled the USA for six decades. Is the sun setting on imperial America?

Debbie Reynolds, Actress

HARDtalk: Debbie Reynolds, Actress

In an interview from 2010, the late Debbie Reynolds discusses her life and career.

Robin Gibb

HARDtalk: Robin Gibb

Another chance to see Stephen Sackur's interview with the late Robin Gibb from 2010.

Christos Tsiolkas, Australian novelist

HARDtalk: Christos Tsiolkas, Australian novelist

Novelist Christos Tsiolkas talks to Stephen Sackur about modern Australia.

Nadine Gordimer, South African writer

HARDtalk: Nadine Gordimer, South African writer

Stephen Sackur speaks to Nobel Prize-winning author, Nadine Gordimer, in 2011.

Najib Ghadbian, Syrian Opposition Consultative Council Member

HARDtalk: Najib Ghadbian, Syrian Opposition Consultative Council Member

Stephen Sackur speaks to a member of the council supporting political protesters in Syria.

Sarah Shourd, Former prisoner in Iran

HARDtalk: Sarah Shourd, Former prisoner in Iran

Sarah Shourd tells her story of being captured and imprisoned in Iran.

Carlos Acosta, Ballet Dancer

HARDtalk: Carlos Acosta, Ballet Dancer

Stephen Sackur talks to ballet dancer Carlos Acosta.

Emma Bonino, Vice-President, Italian Senate

HARDtalk: Emma Bonino, Vice-President, Italian Senate

Stephen Sackur talks to Emma Bonino, vice-president of the Italian senate.

Sharan Burrow, Head of International Trade Union

HARDtalk: Sharan Burrow, Head of International Trade Union

Carrie Gracie asks Sharan Burrow about the future of the trade union movement.

Mona Makram-Ebeid

HARDtalk: Mona Makram-Ebeid

Carrie Gracie talks to Mona Makram-Ebeid, Egyptian politician and human rights activist.

John Cridland, Director General, Confederation of British Industry

HARDtalk: John Cridland, Director General, Confederation of British Industry

A private industry expert comments on low economic growth figures.

William Caldwell, Commander, NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan

HARDtalk: William Caldwell, Commander, NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan

Zeinab Badawi talks to William Caldwell, who is tasked with training the Afghan police.

Stavros Lambrinidis, Greek Foreign Minister

HARDtalk: Stavros Lambrinidis, Greek Foreign Minister

Tim Franks talks to Stavros Lambrinidis, the Greek Foreign Minister.

Sandy Nairne, Director of National Portrait Gallery, UK

HARDtalk: Sandy Nairne, Director of National Portrait Gallery, UK

Tim Franks speaks to Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, UK.

Shaun Bailey: Youth Worker & Peter Power: former senior officer at Scotland Yard

HARDtalk: Shaun Bailey: Youth Worker & Peter Power: former senior officer at Scotland Yard

Stephen Sackur talks to Shaun Bailey and Peter Power about the recent riots in England.

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Winner of 11 Paralympic Gold Medals

HARDtalk: Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Winner of 11 Paralympic Gold Medals

Stephen Sackur talks to Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Dr Swee Ang

HARDtalk: Dr Swee Ang

Tim Franks talks to Dr Swee Ang, founder of the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians.

Cecilia Malmstrom

HARDtalk: Cecilia Malmstrom

Stephen Sackur talks to EU commissioner responsible for home affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom.

Chandran Nair, founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow, and Raghuram Rajan, Economic Advisor to Indian PM

HARDtalk: Chandran Nair, founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow, and Raghuram Rajan, Economic Advisor to Indian PM

Stephen Sackur talks to Chandran Nair and Raghuram Rajan about the free market in Asia.

Jalloul Ayed, Tunisia's Finance Minister

HARDtalk: Jalloul Ayed, Tunisia's Finance Minister

HARDtalk's Zeinab Badawi talks to Jalloul Ayed, Tunisia's Finance Minister.

Steve Forbes, Chairman of Forbes Media

HARDtalk: Steve Forbes, Chairman of Forbes Media

Is an all-out ideological war over economic policy really what America needs?

David Millar, cyclist

HARDtalk: David Millar, cyclist

Stephen Sackur talks to former world champion cyclist David Millar.

Hisham Matar, Author

HARDtalk: Hisham Matar, Author

Stephen Sackur speaks to Hisham Matar, a Libyan novelist.

Steve Forbes

HARDtalk: Steve Forbes

Stephen Sackur talks with Steve Forbes about American economic policy.

David Hare

HARDtalk: David Hare

With Sir David Hare, one of the most influential chroniclers of modern Britain.

Mohamed Qubaty, Former advisor to the Yemeni Prime Minister

HARDtalk: Mohamed Qubaty, Former advisor to the Yemeni Prime Minister

HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to Dr Mohamed Qubaty, a Yemeni political insider.

Tony and Jane Nicklinson, Assisted suicide campaigners

HARDtalk: Tony and Jane Nicklinson, Assisted suicide campaigners

Should the law ever give one human being the right to kill another?

Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League, 2001 - 2011

HARDtalk: Amr Moussa, Secretary General of the Arab League, 2001 - 2011

Stephen Sackur talks to Amr Moussa, a favourite to win Egypt's presidential election.

Tony and Jane Nicklinson, Assisted suicide campaigners

HARDtalk: Tony and Jane Nicklinson, Assisted suicide campaigners

Should the law ever give one human being the right to kill another?

Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City

HARDtalk: Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York City

Ten years since the 9/11 attacks, how much have Giuliani and his country been changed?

Dore Gold, Former Israeli UN Ambassador & Nabil Sha'ath, Former Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister

HARDtalk: Dore Gold, Former Israeli UN Ambassador & Nabil Sha'ath, Former Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister

Tim Franks talks to two people close to the heart of Israeli and Palestinian power.

Sir Stuart Rose, Former CEO of Marks and Spencer

HARDtalk: Sir Stuart Rose, Former CEO of Marks and Spencer

Sarah Montague talks to Sir Stuart Rose, former CEO of Marks and Spencer.

Michael Chertoff, former US Director of Homeland Security

HARDtalk: Michael Chertoff, former US Director of Homeland Security

Stephen Sackur talks to the newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

Lord Patten, Chairman, BBC Trust

HARDtalk: Lord Patten, Chairman, BBC Trust

Stephen Sackur talks to Lord Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust, about the BBC's future.

Sir Hugh Orde

HARDtalk: Sir Hugh Orde

What has happened to the bonds of trust between the police and the communities they serve?

Peter Altmaier, Chief Whip of the CDU/CSU German parliamentary group

HARDtalk: Peter Altmaier, Chief Whip of the CDU/CSU German parliamentary group

Carrie Gracie talks to Peter Altmaier, parliamentary leader for Germany's ruling party.

Bill Bratton, Former chief of the New York and LA Police

HARDtalk: Bill Bratton, Former chief of the New York and LA Police

The US 'Supercop' shares his expertise on fighting gang crime.

Kenneth Rogoff, former IMF chief economist

HARDtalk: Kenneth Rogoff, former IMF chief economist

Stephen Sackur talks to Ken Rogoff, a former chief economist at the IMF.

Aref Ali Nayed

HARDtalk: Aref Ali Nayed

Stephen Sackur talks to Aref Ali Nayed, operations manager of Libya's stabilisation team.

Professor Carl Djerassi, co-inventor of the contraceptive pill

HARDtalk: Professor Carl Djerassi, co-inventor of the contraceptive pill

Stephen Sackur speaks to Carl Djerassi, who helped invent the contraceptive pill.

Norman Lamont, Constantine Papadopoulos and Mario Blejer

HARDtalk: Norman Lamont, Constantine Papadopoulos and Mario Blejer

Stephen Sackur and three guests discuss the economic situation in Greece.

Rajat Nag - Managing Director General, Asian Development Bank

HARDtalk: Rajat Nag - Managing Director General, Asian Development Bank

Stephen Sackur speaks to Rajat Nag, managing director of the Asian Development Bank.

George Bizos - Former lawyer to Nelson Mandela

HARDtalk: George Bizos - Former lawyer to Nelson Mandela

Stephen Sackur speaks George Bizos, who helped draft the post apartheid constitution.

Steingrimur Sigfusson - Iceland's Finance Minister

HARDtalk: Steingrimur Sigfusson - Iceland's Finance Minister

Stephen Sackur speaks to Iceland's finance minister, Steingrimur Sigfusson.

Laurence Parisot - Head of the French Business Federation MEDEF

HARDtalk: Laurence Parisot - Head of the French Business Federation MEDEF

Stephen Sackur talks to Laurence Parisot, head of French business federation MEDEF.

Lionel Shriver - Author

HARDtalk: Lionel Shriver - Author

Sarah Montague talks to Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to talk about Kevin.

Bob Fu - President, China Aid

HARDtalk: Bob Fu - President, China Aid

Stephen Sackur talks to Bob Fu about government repression in China.

Ali Soufan - Former FBI Agent and Interrogator

HARDtalk: Ali Soufan - Former FBI Agent and Interrogator

Tim Franks talks to Ali Soufan who was the FBI's lead investigator on Al Qaeda.

Mahmoud Jibril - acting Prime Minister, Libya

HARDtalk: Mahmoud Jibril - acting Prime Minister, Libya

Libya's acting Prime Minister assesses his country's future.

Val McDermid - Crime Writer

HARDtalk: Val McDermid - Crime Writer

Stephen Sackur speaks to crime writer Val McDermid.

Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia

HARDtalk: Tsakhia Elbegdorj, President of Mongolia

Tim Franks interviews President of Mongolia, Tsakhia Elbegdorj.

Robert King - Former jailed Black Panther

HARDtalk: Robert King - Former jailed Black Panther

Tim Franks talks to Black Panther Robert King about his years in prison.

Yosri Fouda - Egyptian journalist

HARDtalk: Yosri Fouda - Egyptian journalist

Stephen Sackur speaks to Egyptian journalist Yosri Fouda.

Bill Winters - Financier

HARDtalk: Bill Winters - Financier

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Bill Winters, one of London's best-known financiers.

Simon Mann - Former mercenary

HARDtalk: Simon Mann - Former mercenary

Stephen Sackur speaks to former mercenary Simon Mann.

Jeanette Winterson - author

HARDtalk: Jeanette Winterson - author

Jeanette Winterson talks about her recent memoir and the reality of her painful upbringing

Pervez Musharraf, former President, Pakistan

HARDtalk: Pervez Musharraf, former President, Pakistan

Stephen Sackur asks why Musharraf thinks he is the solution to Pakistan's problems.

David Keith, environmental scientist

HARDtalk: David Keith, environmental scientist

Interviews with newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

Kyle Bass - Founder, Hayman Capital Hedge Fund

HARDtalk: Kyle Bass - Founder, Hayman Capital Hedge Fund

Is the behaviour of speculators partly to blame for the mess the markets are in?

Mark Inglis - Mountaineer

HARDtalk: Mark Inglis - Mountaineer

Tim Franks talks to double amputee and mountaineer Mark Inglis.

On the Road in Egypt. Part One - The Army

HARDtalk: On the Road in Egypt. Part One - The Army

Stephen Sackur looks at the political state of Egypt on the eve of the election.

HARDtalk on the Road in Egypt Part 2 - Economy

HARDtalk: HARDtalk on the Road in Egypt Part 2 - Economy

Stephen Sackur looks at the economic state of Egypt on the eve of the election.

HARDtalk on the Road in Egypt Part 3 - Coptic Christians

HARDtalk: HARDtalk on the Road in Egypt Part 3 - Coptic Christians

Stephen Sackur examines the issue of religion in Egypt.

Steve Keen, Economist

HARDtalk: Steve Keen, Economist

Economist Steve Keen talks to Sarah Montague about avoiding another Great Depression.

Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP

HARDtalk: Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP

Is Zac Goldsmith, MP damaging the causes he wants to advance by being too outspoken?

Claudia Cardinale - Actress

HARDtalk: Claudia Cardinale - Actress

One of the great stars of European cinema discusses her feelings about the movie business.

Chris Huhne - UK Secretary of State for Climate Change

HARDtalk: Chris Huhne - UK Secretary of State for Climate Change

Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne talks about his efforts to tackle global warming.

Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Executive Officer, PIMCO

HARDtalk: Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Executive Officer, PIMCO

Stephen Sackur speaks to Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, about the economic crisis.

David Haye

HARDtalk: David Haye

Stephen Sackur asks David Haye if boxing is a sport in terminal decline.

James Earl Jones - Actor

HARDtalk: James Earl Jones - Actor

Stephen Sackur meets one of America's most respected actors, James Earl Jones.

Vince Cable, MP - UK Business Secretary

HARDtalk: Vince Cable, MP - UK Business Secretary

Will the grim economic outlook wreck the coalition?

Grayson Perry - Ceramicist

HARDtalk: Grayson Perry - Ceramicist

Sarah Montague talks to Grayson Perry, famous for his startling ceramics.

Mary King - British Olympic Equestrian

HARDtalk: Mary King - British Olympic Equestrian

Tim Franks talks to veteran three day eventer Mary King about her Olympic ambitions.

Duff McKagan

HARDtalk: Duff McKagan

Sarah Montague speaks to Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses, who is now a businessman.

Mark Lewis

HARDtalk: Mark Lewis

Tim Franks talks to Mark Lewis, the lawyer for many victims of phone hacking.

Marine Le Pen - Leader, France's National Front

HARDtalk: Marine Le Pen - Leader, France's National Front

Stephen Sackur meets Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front in France.

HARDtalk Review of the Year

HARDtalk: HARDtalk Review of the Year

Stephen Sackur presents highlights of the show's most memorable interviews of 201.

David Millar

HARDtalk: David Millar

Cyclist David Millar on how there can be integrity in a world where winning is everything.

Rene Redzepi - Head chef, Noma restaurant

HARDtalk: Rene Redzepi - Head chef, Noma restaurant

Stephen Sackur speaks to Rene Redzepi, the head chef of Danish restaurant Noma.

Mark Serwotka - Public and Commercial Services Union, UK

HARDtalk: Mark Serwotka - Public and Commercial Services Union, UK

Stephen Sackur speaks to union leader Mark Serwotka.

State of the Global Economy

HARDtalk: State of the Global Economy

Experts discuss how long the world will be haunted by Europe's economic demons.

Dr Devi Shetty - Indian heart surgeon

HARDtalk: Dr Devi Shetty - Indian heart surgeon

Stephen Sackur speaks to heart surgeon Devi Shetty.

Graeme Obree - Former cycling World Champion

HARDtalk: Graeme Obree - Former cycling World Champion

Stephen Sackur speaks to cyclist Graeme Obree about depression in sport.

Olli Rehn - European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs

HARDtalk: Olli Rehn - European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs

Sarah Montague speaks to European Commisioner Olli Rehn.

Cheng Siwei - Former Vice Chairman, Standing Committee, NPC, China

HARDtalk: Cheng Siwei - Former Vice Chairman, Standing Committee, NPC, China

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Cheng Siwei - one of China's most influential economists.

Zoltán Kovács, Government Communication Minister, Hungary

HARDtalk: Zoltán Kovács, Government Communication Minister, Hungary

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Hungary's Government Communication Minister, Zoltán Kovács.

Bassma Kodmani - Executive Committee Member, Syrian National Council

HARDtalk: Bassma Kodmani - Executive Committee Member, Syrian National Council

Sarah Montague speaks to Bassma Kodmani, a leading figure in the exiled Syrian opposition.

Steve McQueen - Artist and film-maker

HARDtalk: Steve McQueen - Artist and film-maker

Zeinab Badawi talks to award-winning British artist turned film-maker Steve McQueen.

Gus O'Donnell - Former Head of UK Civil Service

HARDtalk: Gus O'Donnell - Former Head of UK Civil Service

Was Gus O'Donnell, former head of UK civil service just too powerful?

Wadah Khanfar - Former Director General, Al Jazeera

HARDtalk: Wadah Khanfar - Former Director General, Al Jazeera

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Wadah Khanfar, boss of Al Jazeera for nearly ten years.

Sir Patrick Stewart - Actor

HARDtalk: Sir Patrick Stewart - Actor

Sarah Montague talks to Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart - formerly Captain Picard.

Yemen in Crisis

HARDtalk: Yemen in Crisis

Is Yemen close to becoming a 'failed state'?

Shehu Sani

HARDtalk: Shehu Sani

Human rights campaigner Shehu Sani on sectarian conflict in Nigeria.

Edwin Cameron - South African Constitutional Court Judge

HARDtalk: Edwin Cameron - South African Constitutional Court Judge

Why are gay activists like Edwin Cameron still struggling against homophobia in Africa?

Gene Sharp - Political theorist

HARDtalk: Gene Sharp - Political theorist

Tim Franks talks to political theorist Gene Sharp.

Responsible Capitalism

HARDtalk: Responsible Capitalism

Stephen Sackur asks three financiers if capitalism can find a new moral compass.

Jacek Rostowski - Minister of Finance, Poland

HARDtalk: Jacek Rostowski - Minister of Finance, Poland

Stephen Sackur speaks to Polish finance minister Jacek Rostowski.

Vladimir Yakunin - President, Russian Railways

HARDtalk: Vladimir Yakunin - President, Russian Railways

If Vladimir Putin is again elected president, will he lead Russia down the wrong track?

Hilde Johnson

HARDtalk: Hilde Johnson

Zeinab Badawi speaks to the UN head of mission for South Sudan, Hilde Johnson.

John Fahey - President, World Anti-Doping Agency

HARDtalk: John Fahey - President, World Anti-Doping Agency

Tim Franks speaks to John Fahey, president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Viviane Reding - Vice President, European Commission

HARDtalk: Viviane Reding - Vice President, European Commission

How Europe's Justice Commissioner is protecting personal information online.

John McCain

HARDtalk: John McCain

Stephen Sackur asks Senator John McCain if the Republican party has lost its way.

Paul Volcker - Former US Federal Reserve chairman

HARDtalk: Paul Volcker - Former US Federal Reserve chairman

Discussing the US economy's prospects with a veteran ex-chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Mohamed Nasheed - Former President of the Maldives

HARDtalk: Mohamed Nasheed - Former President of the Maldives

Democracy is under threat in the Maldives. Stephen Sackur talks to Mohamed Nasheed.

Sir Clive Woodward

HARDtalk: Sir Clive Woodward

Stephen Sackur meets Sir Clive Woodward, performance director for Britain's Olympic team.

Fawzia Koofi

HARDtalk: Fawzia Koofi

Fawzia Koofi, Afghan politician, who will run for the presidency of her country in 2014.

George Papandreou - Prime Minister of Greece, 2009-2011

HARDtalk: George Papandreou - Prime Minister of Greece, 2009-2011

Zeinab Badawi asks the former Greek Prime Minister if the financial bailout will work.

Yevgenia Tymoshenko - Daughter of Yulia Tymoshenko

HARDtalk: Yevgenia Tymoshenko - Daughter of Yulia Tymoshenko

Stephen Sackur speaks to Eugenia Tymoshenko about her mother's imprisonment in Ukraine.

Yoweri Museveni - President of Uganda

HARDtalk: Yoweri Museveni - President of Uganda

Has Uganda's leader fallen into the trap of overstaying his time in power?

Georges Chikoti - Angolan Foreign Minister

HARDtalk: Georges Chikoti - Angolan Foreign Minister

Stephen Sackur talks to Angola's foreign minister, Georges Chikoti.

David Miliband - UK Foreign Secretary 2007 - 2010

HARDtalk: David Miliband - UK Foreign Secretary 2007 - 2010

Stephen Sackur talks to Britain's former foreign secretary and Labour MP David Miliband.

Lord Carey - Archbishop of Canterbury, 1991-2002

HARDtalk: Lord Carey - Archbishop of Canterbury, 1991-2002

Stephen Sackur talks to former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey.

Egemen Bagis - Turkish Minister for EU Affairs

HARDtalk: Egemen Bagis - Turkish Minister for EU Affairs

Can Turkey shape events beyond its borders? Stephen Sackur talks with Egemen Bagis.

Nana Akufo-Addo - Ghanaian presidential candidate

HARDtalk: Nana Akufo-Addo - Ghanaian presidential candidate

Nana Akufo-Addo on whether Ghana can use its resource wealth to benefit the many.

Aimee Mullins - Athlete, actor and model

HARDtalk: Aimee Mullins - Athlete, actor and model

Aimee Mullins tells how she succeeded in so many fields despite losing her legs as a child

Jacqueline Wilson - Children's author

HARDtalk: Jacqueline Wilson - Children's author

Sarah Montague speaks to author Jacqueline Wilson.

Moncef Marzouki - President of Tunisia

HARDtalk: Moncef Marzouki - President of Tunisia

HARDtalk is in Tunisia a year after the revolution which gave birth to the Arab Spring.

Aimee Mullins - athlete, actor and model

HARDtalk: Aimee Mullins - athlete, actor and model

Stephen Sackur asks, What is the real lesson of the remarkable story of Aimee Mullins?

Said Ferjani - Ennahda political party, Tunisia

HARDtalk: Said Ferjani - Ennahda political party, Tunisia

Stephen Sackur talks to Tunisian politician Said Ferjani.

Abdel Latif El-Menawy - Former Head of Egyptian state news

HARDtalk: Abdel Latif El-Menawy - Former Head of Egyptian state news

Stephen Sackur discusses free media with the news chief of Egypt's state broadcaster.

Otis Williams - The Temptations

HARDtalk: Otis Williams - The Temptations

An interview with the only surviving original member of Motown group The Temptations.

Dmitri Peskov - Spokesman for Vladimir Putin

HARDtalk: Dmitri Peskov - Spokesman for Vladimir Putin

Stephen Sackur talks to Dmitri Peskov, spokesman for Vladimir Putin.

Lord Prescott - Deputy Prime Minister, 1997-2007

HARDtalk: Lord Prescott - Deputy Prime Minister, 1997-2007

Stephen Sackur talks to Lord Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister from 1997-2007.

Sir Mark Walport - Director, Wellcome Trust

HARDtalk: Sir Mark Walport - Director, Wellcome Trust

Stephen Sackur talks to Sir Mark Walport the Director of the Wellcome Trust.

Frank Chikane - South African Head of Presidency, 1999 - 2009

HARDtalk: Frank Chikane - South African Head of Presidency, 1999 - 2009

Frank Chikane served in the South African presidential office, he talks to Zeinab Badawi.

Sir Alan Ayckbourn - British Playwright

HARDtalk: Sir Alan Ayckbourn - British Playwright

After over 50 years of writing and directing, Alan Ayckbourn's plays still fill theatres.

Nabeel Rajab - President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights

HARDtalk: Nabeel Rajab - President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights

Stephen Sackur talks to one of Bahrain's most outspoken human rights activists.

Jürgen Stark - Former member, Executive Board of the European Central Bank

HARDtalk: Jürgen Stark - Former member, Executive Board of the European Central Bank

Though much has changed in the last few months, has the eurozone really been saved?

Andy Street - Managing Director, John Lewis

HARDtalk: Andy Street - Managing Director, John Lewis

Sarah Montague speaks to John Lewis's managing director Andy Street.

Michael Frayn - Writer

HARDtalk: Michael Frayn - Writer

Stephen Sackur speaks to renowned playwright Michael Frayn.

Alan Moore - Writer

HARDtalk: Alan Moore - Writer

Stephen Sackur talks graphic novelist Alan Moore.

Ali Dizaei - London Metropolitan Police Superintendent

HARDtalk: Ali Dizaei - London Metropolitan Police Superintendent

Stephen Sackur asks what the rise and fall of Ali Dizaei says about British policing.

Mohammad Bassam Imadi - Syrian National Council

HARDtalk: Mohammad Bassam Imadi - Syrian National Council

Stephen Sackur speaks to Mohammad Bassam Imadi of the Syrian National Council.

Paul Conroy - Photographer

HARDtalk: Paul Conroy - Photographer

Stephen Sackur speaks to British photo journalist Paul Conroy.

FW de Klerk - President, South Africa (1989-1994)

HARDtalk: FW de Klerk - President, South Africa (1989-1994)

Stephen Sackur speaks to the South Africa's last white president, FW de Klerk.

Peter Keen - Director of Performance, UK Sport

HARDtalk: Peter Keen - Director of Performance, UK Sport

Stephen Sackur speaks to Peter Keen. Has the cult of winning gone too far?

Zoë Wanamaker - Actor

HARDtalk: Zoë Wanamaker - Actor

The honorary president of the new Globe theatre discusses Shakespeare, acting and family.

Oleg Deripaska - Chief Executive, RUSAL

HARDtalk: Oleg Deripaska - Chief Executive, RUSAL

Stephen Sackur speaks to Oleg Deripaska. Is the politics of Russia be bad for business?

Elizabeth Corley - CEO, Allianz Global Investors

HARDtalk: Elizabeth Corley - CEO, Allianz Global Investors

Tim Franks talks to Elizabeth Corley, one of the most powerful women in finance.

Sheikh Khalid Bin Ali Al Khalifa - Bahraini Justice Minister

HARDtalk: Sheikh Khalid Bin Ali Al Khalifa - Bahraini Justice Minister

The Bahrain monarchy says it has heeded the message of the Arab Spring - but has it?

Sir John Sulston - Nobel Prize-winning scientist

HARDtalk: Sir John Sulston - Nobel Prize-winning scientist

Stephen Sackur asks Sir John Sulston if science can help the human race change its ways.

Guy Scott - Vice President of Zambia

HARDtalk: Guy Scott - Vice President of Zambia

Stephen Sackur talks Guy Scott, vice-president of Zambia.

Nhial Deng Nhial - Foreign Minister of South Sudan

HARDtalk: Nhial Deng Nhial - Foreign Minister of South Sudan

Stephen Sackur speaks to South Sudan's foreign minister Nhial Deng Nhial.

Arnold Ekpe - CEO Ecobank Transnational Inc

HARDtalk: Arnold Ekpe - CEO Ecobank Transnational Inc

Stephen Sackur speaks to Arnold Ekpe, CEO of sub-Saharan banking giant Ecobank.

Philip Glass - Composer

HARDtalk: Philip Glass - Composer

Stephen Sackur speaks to influential composer Philip Glass.

Nasser Judeh - Foreign Minister of Jordan

HARDtalk: Nasser Judeh - Foreign Minister of Jordan

Jordan's foreign minister Nasser Judeh talks about the prospects for reform.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

HARDtalk: Anders Fogh Rasmussen - Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Stephen Sackur talks to NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Sir William Patey - British Ambassador to Kabul, 2010-2012 (Retired)

HARDtalk: Sir William Patey - British Ambassador to Kabul, 2010-2012 (Retired)

Stephen Sackur talks to Sir William Patey, former British ambassador in Kabul.

Michalis Sarris - Chairman, Cyprus Popular Bank

HARDtalk: Michalis Sarris - Chairman, Cyprus Popular Bank

Stephen Sackur speaks to Michalis Sarris, chairman of the Cyprus Popular Bank.

Louis Saha - French footballer

HARDtalk: Louis Saha - French footballer

Stephen Sackur speaks to French international footballer Louis Saha.

Grigory Yavlinsky - Co-Founder Yabloko Party, Russia

HARDtalk: Grigory Yavlinsky - Co-Founder Yabloko Party, Russia

Stephen Sackur speaks to Grigory Yavlinsky, a veteran leader of Russia's opposition.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell - Astrophysicist

HARDtalk: Jocelyn Bell Burnell - Astrophysicist

Stephen Sackur speaks to the world renowned astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

Alistair Darling - British Chancellor of the Exchequer, 2007-2010

HARDtalk: Alistair Darling - British Chancellor of the Exchequer, 2007-2010

Stephen Sackur asks if there is a way out of the economic hole Europe has dug itself into.

Bruce Dickinson - Singer, Iron Maiden

HARDtalk: Bruce Dickinson - Singer, Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson talks about his dual roles as frontman and pilot.

Tracey Emin - Artist

HARDtalk: Tracey Emin - Artist

Stephen Sackur talks to artist Tracey Emin about her life, work and latest exhibition.

Yiannis Milios - economic advisor of the Syriza Party, Greece

HARDtalk: Yiannis Milios - economic advisor of the Syriza Party, Greece

If the Syriza party win the re-run election, can Greece stay in the eurozone?

Paul Krugman  - Nobel Prize winning Economist

HARDtalk: Paul Krugman - Nobel Prize winning Economist

Sarah Montague talks to Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman.

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi - President Elect, International AIDS Society

HARDtalk: Francoise Barre-Sinoussi - President Elect, International AIDS Society

Tim Franks asks Francoise Barre-Sinoussi about the future of AIDS research.

Paul McKeever - Chairman, Police Federation of England and Wales

HARDtalk: Paul McKeever - Chairman, Police Federation of England and Wales

Katya Adler speaks to the chairman of the Police Federation Paul McKeever.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh - Iran's ambassador, International Atomic Energy Agency

HARDtalk: Ali Asghar Soltanieh - Iran's ambassador, International Atomic Energy Agency

Katya Adler talks to Dr Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's ambassador to the IAEA.

Abdullahi Alazreg -Sudan's Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland

HARDtalk: Abdullahi Alazreg -Sudan's Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Ireland

Katya Adler talks to Sudan's UK ambassador Abdullahi Alazreg.

Wayne McGregor - Choreographer

HARDtalk: Wayne McGregor - Choreographer

Katya Adler talks to choreographer Wayne McGregor.

Meir Dagan - Director of Mossad (2002-2010)

HARDtalk: Meir Dagan - Director of Mossad (2002-2010)

Are Israel's spies on the same page as the country's politicians when it comes to Iran?

Chuka Umunna - UK Shadow Business Secretary

HARDtalk: Chuka Umunna - UK Shadow Business Secretary

Labour's top business spokesman says active government can revive and reshape capitalism.

Beeban Kidron - Film Director

HARDtalk: Beeban Kidron - Film Director

Why are there so few women film-makers? And does it matter?

William R Rhodes - Senior Vice-Chairman Citibank (1991-2010)

HARDtalk: William R Rhodes - Senior Vice-Chairman Citibank (1991-2010)

Zeinab Badawi talks to Bill Rhodes. What is his advice to Europe about the banking crisis?

Dr. Steve Peters - Psychiatrist working in elite sport

HARDtalk: Dr. Steve Peters - Psychiatrist working in elite sport

Stephen Sackur talks to psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters. Is winning really all in the mind?

Gehad El-Haddad -Senior Political Advisor, Freedom and Justice Party

HARDtalk: Gehad El-Haddad -Senior Political Advisor, Freedom and Justice Party

Stephen Sackur talks to Gehad El-Haddad, an adviser to Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party.

Lord Ashdown -High Representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina (2002-2006)

HARDtalk: Lord Ashdown -High Representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina (2002-2006)

As Syria slips into civil, Paddy Ashdown sees similarities with Bosnia.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt: Denmark's prime minister

HARDtalk: Helle Thorning-Schmidt: Denmark's prime minister

Helle Thorning-Schmidt discusses the past six tumultuous months for the European Union.

Lynton Crosby -Political strategist

HARDtalk: Lynton Crosby -Political strategist

Stephen Sackur talks to Political strategist Lynton Crosby.

Camila Batmanghelidjh - Founder of the Kids Company

HARDtalk: Camila Batmanghelidjh - Founder of the Kids Company

Zeinab Badawi talks to British psychotherapist Camila Batmanghelidjh.

Niall Ferguson -Historian

HARDtalk: Niall Ferguson -Historian

Sarah Montague talks to Professor Niall Ferguson about regulating banks.

Ghazi Hamad  - Hamas Deputy Foreign Minister

HARDtalk: Ghazi Hamad - Hamas Deputy Foreign Minister

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Ghazi Hamad, deputy foreign minister for Hamas in Gaza.

Femi Kuti

HARDtalk: Femi Kuti

Zeinab Badawi talks to Nigerian musician and political activist Femi Kuti.

Andrey Kostin  - President and chairman, VTB Bank

HARDtalk: Andrey Kostin - President and chairman, VTB Bank

Stephen Sackur talks to Andrey Kostin, head of Russia's second biggest bank VTB.

Karel De Gucht - European Commissioner for Trade

HARDtalk: Karel De Gucht - European Commissioner for Trade

Stephen Sackur talks to the EU Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht.

Paul Kagame

HARDtalk: Paul Kagame

Zeinab Badawi talks to President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.

James Robinson - Professor of Government, Harvard University

HARDtalk: James Robinson - Professor of Government, Harvard University

Stephen Sackur challenges academic James Robinson's adherence to political institutions.

On the Road in Honduras (1/3)

HARDtalk: On the Road in Honduras (1/3)

Stephen Sackur explores the state of Honduras, a country torn apart by the drugs trade.

On the Road in Honduras (2/3)

HARDtalk: On the Road in Honduras (2/3)

Stephen Sackur reports on corruption in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

On the Road in Honduras (3/3)

HARDtalk: On the Road in Honduras (3/3)

Honduras is at grave risk of becoming a failed state. Who can save the country?

Baaba Maal - Singer and Songwriter

HARDtalk: Baaba Maal - Singer and Songwriter

Does current African music reflect the continent's jarring contrasts and constant changes?

Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh

HARDtalk: Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Sheikh Hasina, prime minister of Bangladesh, talks to Stephen Sackur.

Lewis Moody  -England rugby captain (2009-2011)

HARDtalk: Lewis Moody -England rugby captain (2009-2011)

Stephen Sackur talks to former England rugby captain Lewis Moody who retired in March 2012

Mark Carney - Governor of Canada's Central Bank

HARDtalk: Mark Carney - Governor of Canada's Central Bank

Zeinab Badawi talks to Mark Carney, who is in charge of steering new G20 banking rules.

Sir Michael Barber - Chief Education Advisor, Pearson PLC

HARDtalk: Sir Michael Barber - Chief Education Advisor, Pearson PLC

Sarah Montague speaks to Sir Michael Barber about schools for the world's poorest children

Maajid Nawaz  - Chairman of Quilliam (counter extremisim organisation)

HARDtalk: Maajid Nawaz - Chairman of Quilliam (counter extremisim organisation)

Stephen Sackur talks to Maajid Nawaz, a former radical Islamist who renounced his views.

Sharon Bowles  - Chair, EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee

HARDtalk: Sharon Bowles - Chair, EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee

Katya Adler talks to the Chair of the EU's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee.

Lord Moynihan

HARDtalk: Lord Moynihan

Lord Moynihan talks about Britain's investment in the London 2012 Olympics.

Sir Michael Barber - Chief Education Advisor, Pearson PLC

HARDtalk: Sir Michael Barber - Chief Education Advisor, Pearson PLC

Will private education finance for the world's poorest families undermine governments?

Lord Moynihan - Chairman, British Olympic Association

HARDtalk: Lord Moynihan - Chairman, British Olympic Association

Lord Moynihan, chair of the British Olympic Association, discusses the Olympics' legacy.

Lord Hannigfield - Former Conservative peer

HARDtalk: Lord Hannigfield - Former Conservative peer

Gavin Esler talks to a former Tory peer who was jailed in the wake of the expenses scandal

Angelique Kidjo - Musician and Activist

HARDtalk: Angelique Kidjo - Musician and Activist

How has the African music scene changed over the last three decades?

Adam Posen - Bank of England policy maker

HARDtalk: Adam Posen - Bank of England policy maker

Stephen Sackur asks Adam Posen why managing the richest economies is proving difficult.

Rob Davies

HARDtalk: Rob Davies

Stephen Sackur talks to Rob Davies, South Africa's minister for trade and industry.

John Mann MP  - UK Treasury Select Committee

HARDtalk: John Mann MP - UK Treasury Select Committee

Can politicians impose their will on banks without damaging Britain's economic prospects?

Brian Sayers - Syrian Support Group

HARDtalk: Brian Sayers - Syrian Support Group

As violence begins to tear the country apart, just how credible is the Syrian opposition?

Tariq al Hashimi - Vice President of Iraq

HARDtalk: Tariq al Hashimi - Vice President of Iraq

Stephen Sackur talks to Iraq's vice president Tarek al Hashimi.

Sir Geoffrey Nice -  British barrister

HARDtalk: Sir Geoffrey Nice - British barrister

Stephen Sackur talks to the British barrister Sir Geoffrey Nice.

Raymond Tshibanda - Foreign Minister, Democratic Republic of Congo

HARDtalk: Raymond Tshibanda - Foreign Minister, Democratic Republic of Congo

With the threat of conflict hanging over the country, what hope is there for the DRC?

Xavier Rolet - Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group

HARDtalk: Xavier Rolet - Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group

Xavier Rolet talks about whether financial markets have learned the right lessons.

Maryam Al-Khawaja - Bahraini Human Rights Activist

HARDtalk: Maryam Al-Khawaja - Bahraini Human Rights Activist

As demonstrations against the Bahrain government continue, what does the future hold?

Tyler Hamilton -  Former professional cyclist

HARDtalk: Tyler Hamilton - Former professional cyclist

Tim Franks talks to Tyler Hamilton about cycling and doping within the sport.

Gordon Taylor -  Chief Executive, Professional Footballers Association

HARDtalk: Gordon Taylor - Chief Executive, Professional Footballers Association

Tim Franks speaks to Gordon Taylor, boss of the football players' union.

Pyotr Verzilov - Russian artist and political activist

HARDtalk: Pyotr Verzilov - Russian artist and political activist

Zeinab Badawi talks to the husband of a jailed Russian protester from punk band Pussy Riot

Felipe Larrain - Finance Minister of Chile

HARDtalk: Felipe Larrain - Finance Minister of Chile

Should China's demand for copper cease, what will the effect be on Chile's economy?

Welshman Ncube - Secretary General, MDC, Zimbabwe

HARDtalk: Welshman Ncube - Secretary General, MDC, Zimbabwe

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Zimbabwean MDC politician Welshman Ncube.

Hans-Werner Sinn - German economist

HARDtalk: Hans-Werner Sinn - German economist

Katya Adler speaks to German economist Hans-Werner Sinn.

Dominic Raab - British Conservative MP

HARDtalk: Dominic Raab - British Conservative MP

Katya Adler talks to Dominic Raab, a rising neo-liberal star in the Conservative Party.

Jack Abramoff - Former US lobbyist

HARDtalk: Jack Abramoff - Former US lobbyist

Katya Adler speaks to former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Guy Verhofstadt & Richard Ashworth - Members of the European Parliament

HARDtalk: Guy Verhofstadt & Richard Ashworth - Members of the European Parliament

What is the European Union's ultimate goal - to be a federal super-state?

Otmar Issing - European Central Bank Board, 1998 - 2006

HARDtalk: Otmar Issing - European Central Bank Board, 1998 - 2006

Can the euro be saved? Otmar Issing, former adviser to Angela Merkel, gives his views.

U Thein Sein - President of Burma

HARDtalk: U Thein Sein - President of Burma

Burma's international relationships are improving, but how far will it be willing to go?

Musalia Mudavadi - Deputy Prime Minister of Kenya

HARDtalk: Musalia Mudavadi - Deputy Prime Minister of Kenya

Stephen Sackur talks to Kenyan presidential candidate Musalia Mudavadi.

Dr Brooke Magnanti - Scientist and former prostitute

HARDtalk: Dr Brooke Magnanti - Scientist and former prostitute

Should prostitution be legalised? Is the profession harmful and degrading?

William Ruto - Kenyan presidential candidate

HARDtalk: William Ruto - Kenyan presidential candidate

Stephen Sackur talks to Kenyan presidential candidate William Ruto.

Richard Thaler - Behavioural economist

HARDtalk: Richard Thaler - Behavioural economist

Shaun Ley speaks to behavioural economist Richard Thaler.

Connie Hedegaard - EU Commissioner for Climate Action

HARDtalk: Connie Hedegaard - EU Commissioner for Climate Action

Stephen Sackur asks how austerity will affect the EU's low-carbon, sustainable future.

Michael O'Leary - CEO, Ryanair

HARDtalk: Michael O'Leary - CEO, Ryanair

Bucking the aviation industry's downward trend, how far can Ryanair go?

Jonathan Shaw - Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, British Army (2011-2012)

HARDtalk: Jonathan Shaw - Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, British Army (2011-2012)

Stephen Sackur speaks to recently retired British Army General Jonathan Shaw.

Bernard Cazeneuve - Minister delegate for European Affairs, France

HARDtalk: Bernard Cazeneuve - Minister delegate for European Affairs, France

Stephen Sackur speaks to France's Europe minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Tim Montgomerie - British Conservative blogger and commentator

HARDtalk: Tim Montgomerie - British Conservative blogger and commentator

Stephen Sackur speaks to Tim Montgomerie, founder of the website ConservativeHome.com.

Jawed Ludin - Deputy foreign minister, Afghanistan

HARDtalk: Jawed Ludin - Deputy foreign minister, Afghanistan

Stephen Sackur speaks to the deputy foreign minister of Afghanistan, Jawed Ludin.

William Shatner - Actor

HARDtalk: William Shatner - Actor

Stephen Sackur speaks to William Shatner at the international Star Trek convention.

Mona Eltahawy - Writer and Activist

HARDtalk: Mona Eltahawy - Writer and Activist

Despite the recent revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, is genuine liberation possible?

Conrad Black - Former CEO of Hollinger International

HARDtalk: Conrad Black - Former CEO of Hollinger International

Stephen Sackur talks to former media baron Lord Black of Crossharbour.

Dr Brooke Magnanti - Scientist and former prostitute

HARDtalk: Dr Brooke Magnanti - Scientist and former prostitute

Katya Adler talks to Brooke Magnanti who achieved fame writing about her job as an escort.

Grover Norquist

HARDtalk: Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist talks about the credibility of Mitt Romney's rescue plan for America?

Bob Shrum - Former Democratic Party Strategist

HARDtalk: Bob Shrum - Former Democratic Party Strategist

Stephen Sackur speaks to Democratic party consultant and campaign strategist, Bob Shrum.

Andreas Mavroyiannis, Deputy Minister for European Affairs for Cyprus

HARDtalk: Andreas Mavroyiannis, Deputy Minister for European Affairs for Cyprus

Will the award of the Nobel Peace Prize boost confidence in the EU?

Leonid Kozhara - Foreign Policy Advisor to the Ukrainian President

HARDtalk: Leonid Kozhara - Foreign Policy Advisor to the Ukrainian President

Tim Franks asks whether Ukraine has turned its back on the on the offer of EU membership.

Nicolas Berggruen - Chairman of Berggruen Holdings

HARDtalk: Nicolas Berggruen - Chairman of Berggruen Holdings

Sarah Montague talks to Nicolas Berggruen, a billionaire who gave up almost everything.

Ian Thorpe -  Winner of Five Olympic Swimming Gold Medals

HARDtalk: Ian Thorpe - Winner of Five Olympic Swimming Gold Medals

During his phenomenal swimming career, Ian Thorpe suffered from crippling depression.

Radoslaw Sikorski -  Foreign Minister of Poland

HARDtalk: Radoslaw Sikorski - Foreign Minister of Poland

Stephen Sackur asks Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski.

James Cracknell -  Olympic Rower

HARDtalk: James Cracknell - Olympic Rower

Stephen Sackur talks to former Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell.

Vandana Shiva - Environmental Campaigner

HARDtalk: Vandana Shiva - Environmental Campaigner

Sarah Montague talks to Indian environmental campaigner Vandana Shiva.

Kumi Naidoo -  Executive Director, Greenpeace International

HARDtalk: Kumi Naidoo - Executive Director, Greenpeace International

Zeinab Badawi asks Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace if his organisation needs a new bold vision.

Shimon Peres -  President of Israel

HARDtalk: Shimon Peres - President of Israel

HARDtalk travels to Jerusalem to speak with Israel's President, Shimon Peres.

Frans Baleni - National Union of Mineworkers, South Africa

HARDtalk: Frans Baleni - National Union of Mineworkers, South Africa

Shaun Ley asks about the consequences of the 'Marikana massacre' in South Africa.

Lord Woolf - Former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

HARDtalk: Lord Woolf - Former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

Tim Franks talks to the man who was, until 2005, England and Wales's most senior judge.

Larry Hagman - actor

HARDtalk: Larry Hagman - actor

Following the death of Larry Hagman, HARDtalk broadcasts an interview recorded in 2001.

Peter Voser - Chief Executive, Royal Dutch Shell

HARDtalk: Peter Voser - Chief Executive, Royal Dutch Shell

Sarah Montague talks to Peter Voser, Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell.

Andrea Leadsom - British Conservative MP

HARDtalk: Andrea Leadsom - British Conservative MP

Sarah Montague talks to Andrea Leadsom, a backbench Conservative MP.

Mike Newell - Director

HARDtalk: Mike Newell - Director

Sarah Montague talks to Mike Newell about his new film adaptation of Great Expectations.

Carlos Ghosn - CEO, Renault-Nissan

HARDtalk: Carlos Ghosn - CEO, Renault-Nissan

Stephen Sackur travels to Paris to talk to Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and Nissan.

José Manuel Barroso - President of the European Commission

HARDtalk: José Manuel Barroso - President of the European Commission

Sarah Montague talks to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.

Sima Samar - Chairperson, Afghan Human Rights Commission

HARDtalk: Sima Samar - Chairperson, Afghan Human Rights Commission

With Dr Sima Samar, Chairperson of Afghanistan's Human Rights Commission.

Jan Cheek - Executive Councillor, Falkland Islands Government

HARDtalk: Jan Cheek - Executive Councillor, Falkland Islands Government

Shaun Ley talks to Jan Cheek, executive councillor of the Falkland Islands Government.

Leila Shahid - Palestinian Authority Ambassador to the EU

HARDtalk: Leila Shahid - Palestinian Authority Ambassador to the EU

Stephen Sackur speaks to Palestinian Authority envoy to the European Union Leila Shahid.

On the Road - Equatorial Guinea

HARDtalk: On the Road - Equatorial Guinea

Stephen Sackur and HARDtalk go on the Road in Equatorial Guinea.

On the Road: Teodoro Obiang - President, Equatorial Guinea

HARDtalk: On the Road: Teodoro Obiang - President, Equatorial Guinea

Hardtalk journeys to the tiny, oil rich West African nation of Equatorial Guinea.

Naguib Sawiris - Businessman and founder, Free Egyptians Party

HARDtalk: Naguib Sawiris - Businessman and founder, Free Egyptians Party

Interviews with newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

Teodoro Obiang - President, Equatorial Guinea

HARDtalk: Teodoro Obiang - President, Equatorial Guinea

An inside look at Equatorial Guinea and one of Africa's most controversial regimes.

HARDtalk Review of the Year

HARDtalk: HARDtalk Review of the Year

Stephen Sackur looks back on some of HARDtalk's most memorable interviews of 2012.

Jalal Fairooz -  Former Bahraini Opposition MP

HARDtalk: Jalal Fairooz - Former Bahraini Opposition MP

Zeinab Badawi talks to Jalal Fairooz, a former Bahraini opposition MP.

Ozwald Boateng - Fashion Designer

HARDtalk: Ozwald Boateng - Fashion Designer

Zeinab Badawi speaks to the global fashion icon Ozwald Boateng.

Fatih Birol - Chief Economist, International Energy Agency

HARDtalk: Fatih Birol - Chief Economist, International Energy Agency

HARDtalk speaks to Fatih Birol, chief economist with the International Energy Agency.

Lord Heseltine - British deputy prime minster 1995-97

HARDtalk: Lord Heseltine - British deputy prime minster 1995-97

Lord Heseltine talks about a growth strategy for the British economy.

Rupert Everett - Actor

HARDtalk: Rupert Everett - Actor

HARDtalk speaks to an actor whose life is been flavoured with a twist of melodrama.

Joaquin Almunia - EU Competition Commissioner

HARDtalk: Joaquin Almunia - EU Competition Commissioner

Stephen Sackur talks to the EU's competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia.

Kiran Bedi - Director General, Indian Police Service 2006 - 2007

HARDtalk: Kiran Bedi - Director General, Indian Police Service 2006 - 2007

Is India ready to make changes that would make the country's women less vulnerable?

Dani Dayan - Chairman of the Israeli Settler Movement

HARDtalk: Dani Dayan - Chairman of the Israeli Settler Movement

Could the rise of the far right leave Israel dangerously isolated?

Pascal Lamy - Director General, World Trade Organisation

HARDtalk: Pascal Lamy - Director General, World Trade Organisation

Stephen Sackur talks to World Trade Organisation director general Pascal Lamy in Geneva.

Doreen Lawrence - Director, The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

HARDtalk: Doreen Lawrence - Director, The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

HARDtalk speaks to Doreen Lawrence about institutional racism.

Paul Bhatti - Minister in Charge of National Harmony, Pakistan

HARDtalk: Paul Bhatti - Minister in Charge of National Harmony, Pakistan

Stephen Sackur speaks to Paul Bhatti, Pakistan's minister for national harmony.

Mohamed El-Erian - CEO, PIMCO

HARDtalk: Mohamed El-Erian - CEO, PIMCO

Stephen Sackur speaks to one of the world's most influential investors, Mohamed El-Erian.

Sir Nigel Sheinwald - UK Ambassador to the US, 2007 - 2012

HARDtalk: Sir Nigel Sheinwald - UK Ambassador to the US, 2007 - 2012

Stephen Sackur talks to Sir Nigel Sheinwald, formerly the UK's top diplomat at the EU.

Ping Fu - CEO, Geomagic

HARDtalk: Ping Fu - CEO, Geomagic

Stephen Sackur talks with Ping Fu, one of America's most celebrated female entrepreneurs.

Mark Lynas - Environmental campaigner and author

HARDtalk: Mark Lynas - Environmental campaigner and author

Stephen Sackur talks to Mark Lynas, a green activist whose opinion on GM food has changed.

Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri - Chairman, Minaj-ul-Quran International

HARDtalk: Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri - Chairman, Minaj-ul-Quran International

Is cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri a wise voice to be heeded both in Pakistan and the Muslim world?

Lord Ouseley - Chairman, Kick It Out

HARDtalk: Lord Ouseley - Chairman, Kick It Out

Stephen Sackur talks to Lord Ouseley if football has failed to tackle its race problem.

Renzo Piano - Architect

HARDtalk: Renzo Piano - Architect

Sarah Montague speaks to architect Renzo Piano about his latest creation, The Shard.

Mohammad Jawad - Plastic, Reconstructive and Burns Surgeon

HARDtalk: Mohammad Jawad - Plastic, Reconstructive and Burns Surgeon

Zeinab Badawi talks to Dr Mohammad Jawad, who has helped women disfigured by acid attacks.

Khaled Meshaal - Leader of the Political Bureau of Hamas

HARDtalk: Khaled Meshaal - Leader of the Political Bureau of Hamas

Stephen Sackur speaks to the leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal.

Hossein Mousavian Iranian Nuclear Negotiator (2003-2005)

HARDtalk: Hossein Mousavian Iranian Nuclear Negotiator (2003-2005)

Hossein Mousavian talks about the stand-off between Iran and the West on nuclear matters.

Fernando Carrera  - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guatemala

HARDtalk: Fernando Carrera - Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guatemala

HARDtalk speaks to the newly appointed Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Fernando Carrera.

Lucinda Creighton - Ireland's Minister of State for European Affairs

HARDtalk: Lucinda Creighton - Ireland's Minister of State for European Affairs

Stephen Sackur talks to Ireland's minister of state for European affairs Lucinda Creighton

Enrique Garcia - President, CAF - Development Bank of Latin America

HARDtalk: Enrique Garcia - President, CAF - Development Bank of Latin America

As the world slows, can Latin America's economic growth be sustained?

Najeeb Al Nauimi - Human Rights Lawyer

HARDtalk: Najeeb Al Nauimi - Human Rights Lawyer

Tim Franks speaks to prominent Arab lawyer, Najeeb Al Nauimi.

Timo Soini - Leader, The Finns Party

HARDtalk: Timo Soini - Leader, The Finns Party

A Finnish nationalist wants to see the Eurozone dismantled.

Mamphela Ramphele - Politician and academic

HARDtalk: Mamphela Ramphele - Politician and academic

Stephen Sackur talks to the anti-apartheid activist about her new alternative to the ANC.

Jon Huntsman  - Republican Presidential Candidate 2011

HARDtalk: Jon Huntsman - Republican Presidential Candidate 2011

Stephen Sackur speaks to a Republican politician frequently at odds with his own party.

Gloria Steinem

HARDtalk: Gloria Steinem

How much of what Gloria Steinem hoped for and fought for has been achieved?

Father Bernard Lynch

HARDtalk: Father Bernard Lynch

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Father Bernard Lynch, one of a few openly gay Catholic priests.

AB Yehoshua - Author

HARDtalk: AB Yehoshua - Author

Tim Franks talks to author AB Yehoshua about the journey Israeli Jews need to take.

Rached Ghannouchi - President, Ennahda Movement, Tunisia

HARDtalk: Rached Ghannouchi - President, Ennahda Movement, Tunisia

In Tunisia, Stephen Sackur talks to the leader of the ruling Islamist party, Ennahda.

Henry Winkler - Actor

HARDtalk: Henry Winkler - Actor

Stephen Sackur talks to Henry Winkler. What happened to the idealised USA of Happy Days?

Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela

HARDtalk: Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela

Stephen Sackur talks to the former President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez.

Lord Saatchi - UK Conservative Party Chairman 2003 - 2005

HARDtalk: Lord Saatchi - UK Conservative Party Chairman 2003 - 2005

Stephen Sackur talks to Margaret Thatcher's advertising guru Lord Saatchi about her legacy

Jeremy Irons - Actor and Campaigner

HARDtalk: Jeremy Irons - Actor and Campaigner

Stephen Sackur meets one of Britain's most successful actors, Jeremy Irons.

Steffen Kampeter

HARDtalk: Steffen Kampeter

Shaun Ley speaks to Germany's deputy finance minister, Steffen Kampeter.

Mathieu Kassovitz - Film Director and Actor

HARDtalk: Mathieu Kassovitz - Film Director and Actor

Has actor-director Mathieu Kassovitz tired of France, or have the French tired of him?

Christine Lagarde

HARDtalk: Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund talks about the world economy.

Carlos Gutierrez

HARDtalk: Carlos Gutierrez

Stephen Sackur talks to Carlos Gutierrez, a former Republican secretary of commerce.

Andrew Simms - Author, Cancel the Apocalypse

HARDtalk: Andrew Simms - Author, Cancel the Apocalypse

Shuan Ley talks to Andrew Simms, economist and environmentalist.

Ioannis Kasoulides - Foreign Minister of Cyprus

HARDtalk: Ioannis Kasoulides - Foreign Minister of Cyprus

Stephen Sackur talks to Cyprus foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides.

Nuclear Deterrent Discussion

HARDtalk: Nuclear Deterrent Discussion

Are nuclear weapons the answer to global insecurity or one of its causes?

Lord Browne - Chief Executive BP, 1995 - 2007

HARDtalk: Lord Browne - Chief Executive BP, 1995 - 2007

Stephen Sackur talks to Lord Browne, who made his name and fortune in the oil industry.

Lord Turner - Chairman, Financial Services Authority, UK (2008- 2013)

HARDtalk: Lord Turner - Chairman, Financial Services Authority, UK (2008- 2013)

Stephen Sackur talks to Lord Turner, former chairman of the Financial Services Authority.

Pravin Gordhan - South Africa's Finance Minister

HARDtalk: Pravin Gordhan - South Africa's Finance Minister

Shaun Ley talks to South Africa's finance minister, Pravin Gordhan.

Nate Silver - Statistician

HARDtalk: Nate Silver - Statistician

Zeinab Badawi talks to Nate Silver, who is credited with re-shaping political forecasting.

Thomas Drake - Former Senior Executive, US National Security Agency

HARDtalk: Thomas Drake - Former Senior Executive, US National Security Agency

Stephen Sackur speaks to Thomas Drake, who was prosecuted by the government he had served.

Zainab Bangura - UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence In Conflict

HARDtalk: Zainab Bangura - UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence In Conflict

With Zainab Bangura, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Joseph Nye - Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense

HARDtalk: Joseph Nye - Former US Assistant Secretary of Defense

Stephen Sackur talks to Joseph Nye, a foreign policy thinker in the United States.

Michael Sandel - Political Philosopher

HARDtalk: Michael Sandel - Political Philosopher

Are commercial interests and financial incentives really intruding on everyday life?

Alan Johnson MP - UK Home Secretary 2009 - 2010

HARDtalk: Alan Johnson MP - UK Home Secretary 2009 - 2010

Stephen Sackur asks Alan Johnson if politicians have lost touch with real life.

Sir Alan Parker

HARDtalk: Sir Alan Parker

In this digital age, are movies as central to our culture as they used to be?

Joe Glenton - Former British Soldier

HARDtalk: Joe Glenton - Former British Soldier

Stephen Sackur talks to anti-war campaigner Joe Glenton.

Stuart Wheeler - Treasurer, UK Independent Party

HARDtalk: Stuart Wheeler - Treasurer, UK Independent Party

Stephen Sackur speaks to UKIP's treasurer, Stuart Wheeler.

John Kerry - Secretary of State, United States

HARDtalk: John Kerry - Secretary of State, United States

HARDtalk is in Ethiopia for a special edition with US secretary of state John Kerry.

Colonel Richard Kemp

HARDtalk: Colonel Richard Kemp

Has the War on Terror concept helped or hindered the West's response to terrorism?

Harold Koh - Legal Adviser, US State Department 2009-13

HARDtalk: Harold Koh - Legal Adviser, US State Department 2009-13

Have America's highest ideals been betrayed in the name of national security?

Lindiwe Mazibuko - Leader of the Opposition in the South African Parliament

HARDtalk: Lindiwe Mazibuko - Leader of the Opposition in the South African Parliament

Sarah Montague talks to Lindiwe Mazibuko, the leader of the Democratic Alliance.

Robert Fowler - Former UN Special Representative to Niger

HARDtalk: Robert Fowler - Former UN Special Representative to Niger

Zeinab Badawi talks to Robert Fowler a Canadian diplomat held hostage by Al Qaeda in Niger

Pierre Krahenbuhl - Director of Operations, International Committee of the Red Cross

HARDtalk: Pierre Krahenbuhl - Director of Operations, International Committee of the Red Cross

Stephen Sackur speaks to Pierre Krahenbuhl of the International Committee of the Red Cross

Jean-François Copé - President, UMP Party, France

HARDtalk: Jean-François Copé - President, UMP Party, France

Zeinab Badawi talks to Jean-François Copé, president of the right-wing UMP Party in France

Lord Lawson - Former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer

HARDtalk: Lord Lawson - Former UK Chancellor of the Exchequer

Stephen Sackur talks to Lord Lawson, Margaret Thatcher's former Chancellor.

Mo Ibrahim - Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

HARDtalk: Mo Ibrahim - Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Shaun Ley speaks to Mo Ibrahim about better governance in Africa.

Elif Shafak - Author

HARDtalk: Elif Shafak - Author

Stephen Sackur talks to leading Turkish writer and political activist Elif Shafak.

Ivo Daalder - United States Permanent Representative to NATO

HARDtalk: Ivo Daalder - United States Permanent Representative to NATO

Shaun Ley asks Ivo Daalder about divisions in NATO between the US and Europe.

Martin Amis - Author

HARDtalk: Martin Amis - Author

Stephen Sackur meets Martin Amis, one of the most successful novelists of his generation.

Zhu Min - Deputy Managing Director, IMF

HARDtalk: Zhu Min - Deputy Managing Director, IMF

Is the Chinese business model in danger of collapse? With Zeinab Badawi.

Ayad Allawi - Former Prime Minister of Iraq

HARDtalk: Ayad Allawi - Former Prime Minister of Iraq

Iraq seems to be dividing along religious lines. What hope is there for keeping the peace?

Mehmet Simsek - Finance Minister, Turkey

HARDtalk: Mehmet Simsek - Finance Minister, Turkey

Zeinab Badawi is in Ankara to speak to Turkey's finance minister, Mehmet Simsek.

Sergei Guriev - Russian economist

HARDtalk: Sergei Guriev - Russian economist

HARDtalk speaks to one of modern Russia's best and brightest economists, Sergei Guriev.

Tony Iommi - Rock musician

HARDtalk: Tony Iommi - Rock musician

Topping the charts again after 43 years, what keeps Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi playing?

Mogoeng Mogoeng - Chief Justice of South Africa

HARDtalk: Mogoeng Mogoeng - Chief Justice of South Africa

Gavin Esler speaks to South Africa's Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng.

Valdis Dombrovskis - Prime Minister, Latvia

HARDtalk: Valdis Dombrovskis - Prime Minister, Latvia

Latvia's Prime Minister talks about austerity and his hopes for EU membership.

Tim Soutphommasane - Political Philosopher

HARDtalk: Tim Soutphommasane - Political Philosopher

Gavin Esler asks political philosopher Tim Soutphommasane about the left and patriotism.

General Sher Mohammad Karimi - Head of the Afghan National Army

HARDtalk: General Sher Mohammad Karimi - Head of the Afghan National Army

HARDtalk speaks to the head of the Afghan National Army, General Sher Mohammad Karimi.

Dr. Omar Zakhilwal - Minister of Finance, Afghanistan

HARDtalk: Dr. Omar Zakhilwal - Minister of Finance, Afghanistan

HARDtalk is in Kabul to talk to Afghanistan's finance minister, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal.

Nikos Dendias - Minister for Public Order, Greece

HARDtalk: Nikos Dendias - Minister for Public Order, Greece

HARDtalk speaks to Nikos Dendias, Greece's minister for public order.

Khawaja Khalid Farooq - Head of Counter Terrorism Authority, Pakistan (2011-2013)

HARDtalk: Khawaja Khalid Farooq - Head of Counter Terrorism Authority, Pakistan (2011-2013)

Is there a new understanding between Britain and Pakistan in the fight against terrorism?

David Davis - Conservative Member of Parliament, UK

HARDtalk: David Davis - Conservative Member of Parliament, UK

David Davis discusses civil liberties, the NSA and GCHQ with Gavin Esler.

Mustafa Akyol - Turkish Author and Journalist; Dina Wahba - Egyptian Feminist and Political Activist

HARDtalk: Mustafa Akyol - Turkish Author and Journalist; Dina Wahba - Egyptian Feminist and Political Activist

With problems in Turkey, Egypt and Tunisia, is political Islam failing, and if so, why?

Zhang Xin - Chief Executive, Soho China

HARDtalk: Zhang Xin - Chief Executive, Soho China

Gavin Esler speaks to Zhang Xin, one of only 24 self-made female billionaires in the world

Paul Kenny - General Secretary, GMB Union

HARDtalk: Paul Kenny - General Secretary, GMB Union

Sarah Montague speaks to Paul Kenny, the leader of one of Britain's biggest trade unions.

Edi Rama - Prime Minister-Designate, Albania

HARDtalk: Edi Rama - Prime Minister-Designate, Albania

Sarah Montague talks to incoming Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o - Author

HARDtalk: Ngugi Wa Thiong'o - Author

HARDtalk speaks to one of Africa's greatest living writers, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o.

Hoshyar Zebari - Foreign Minister, Iraq

HARDtalk: Hoshyar Zebari - Foreign Minister, Iraq

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Iraq's foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari.

Hoshyar Zebari - Foreign Minister, Iraq

HARDtalk: Hoshyar Zebari - Foreign Minister, Iraq

Zeinab Badawi talks to Iraq's foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari.

HARDtalk On the Road: Alaska (Part 2)

HARDtalk: HARDtalk On the Road: Alaska (Part 2)

Stephen Sackur explores whether the United States is getting serious about climate change.

Thomas Hampson - Opera Singer

HARDtalk: Thomas Hampson - Opera Singer

Would opera have widespread appeal if more people understood it?

Alaska: Part 1

HARDtalk: Alaska: Part 1

Stephen Sackur explores if the fishing industry and the mining industry can co-exist.

Jose Miguel Insulza

HARDtalk: Jose Miguel Insulza

Jose Miguel Insulza of the Organisation of American States on drug policy in Latin America

Sir John Tavener - Composer

HARDtalk: Sir John Tavener - Composer

Sarah Montague speaks to Sir John Tavener, one of Britain's most celebrated composers.

Nabil Fahmy - Foreign Minister of Egypt

HARDtalk: Nabil Fahmy - Foreign Minister of Egypt

Allan Little talks to Egypt's new foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy.

Mzwandile Masina - Interim President, ANC Youth League, South Africa

HARDtalk: Mzwandile Masina - Interim President, ANC Youth League, South Africa

Allan Little speaks to Mzwandile Masina, the interim president of the ANC Youth League.

Mark Post -  Professor of Physiology, Maastricht University

HARDtalk: Mark Post - Professor of Physiology, Maastricht University

Allan Little talks to professor Mark Post about his 'in vitro burger'.

Payam Akhavan - International Human Rights Lawyer

HARDtalk: Payam Akhavan - International Human Rights Lawyer

Allan Little talks to leading international human rights lawyer Payam Akhavan.

Jonathan Miller - Theatre and Opera Director

HARDtalk: Jonathan Miller - Theatre and Opera Director

Stephen Sackur asks Jonathan Miller why he's never seemed at ease with his country.

Richard Holloway - Former Bishop of Edinburgh

HARDtalk: Richard Holloway - Former Bishop of Edinburgh

Did Richard Holloway's loss of faith betray those he once preached to?

Steven Berkoff - Actor, Writer and Director

HARDtalk: Steven Berkoff - Actor, Writer and Director

Allan Little talks to Stephen Berkoff. What is theatre, art or entertainment?

Dominique de Villepin  - Prime Minister of France (2005 - 2007)

HARDtalk: Dominique de Villepin - Prime Minister of France (2005 - 2007)

Stephen Sackur talks to the former French prime minister Dominique de Villepin.

Raffaele Sollecito

HARDtalk: Raffaele Sollecito

Sollecito's story has made lurid headlines around the world - but how will it end?

Enrico Letta  - Prime Minister of Italy

HARDtalk: Enrico Letta - Prime Minister of Italy

Stephen Sackur is in Italy to speak to Italian prime minister Enrico Letta.

Peter Blair Henry - Former Adviser to President Obama

HARDtalk: Peter Blair Henry - Former Adviser to President Obama

Stephen Sackur speaks to leading American economist Peter Blair Henry.

PJ Crowley - US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs (2009 - 2011)

HARDtalk: PJ Crowley - US Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs (2009 - 2011)

Has Obama's Syria policy eroded his credibility and authority?

Garry Kasparov

HARDtalk: Garry Kasparov

Russian opposition activist Garry Kasparov on the challenge to the supremacy of Putinism.

Abdul Mawgoud Dardery - Freedom and Justice Party MP, Egypt

HARDtalk: Abdul Mawgoud Dardery - Freedom and Justice Party MP, Egypt

Zeinab Badawi talks to Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, member of the suspended Egyptian parliament.

Samantha Geimer

HARDtalk: Samantha Geimer

How has Samantha Geimer's life been affected by the Roman Polanski sexual abuse case?

Ambassador Amina Mohamed - Foreign Minister, Kenya

HARDtalk: Ambassador Amina Mohamed - Foreign Minister, Kenya

How badly damaged would Kenya's international reputation be if it withdrew from the ICC?

Roger Waters - Musician

HARDtalk: Roger Waters - Musician

Stephen Sackur speaks to Roger Waters, founder member of Pink Floyd.

Liam Byrne - Opposition Work and Pensions spokesman, UK

HARDtalk: Liam Byrne - Opposition Work and Pensions spokesman, UK

Does Labour look like a credible party of government for the next general election?

Clarke Carlisle

HARDtalk: Clarke Carlisle

Clarke Carlisle talks about racism and corruption in professional football.

Adonis Georgiadis - Minister of Health, Greece

HARDtalk: Adonis Georgiadis - Minister of Health, Greece

Stephen Sackur speaks to Greece's controversial health minister, Adonis Georgiadis.

David Kilcullen - Author and Counter-insurgency Expert

HARDtalk: David Kilcullen - Author and Counter-insurgency Expert

Zeinab Badawi asks expert David Kilcullen about the nature of future terrorist attacks.

John Limbert - US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran (2009- 2010)

HARDtalk: John Limbert - US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran (2009- 2010)

Stephen Sackur interviews one of the US diplomats held hostage in Tehran 34 years ago.

David Kilcullen - Author and Counter-insurgency Expert

HARDtalk: David Kilcullen - Author and Counter-insurgency Expert

Zeinab Badawi talks to counter-insurgency expert, David Kilcullen.

Damian McBride - Special Adviser to the British Prime Minister (2005 - 2009)

HARDtalk: Damian McBride - Special Adviser to the British Prime Minister (2005 - 2009)

Stephen Sackur talks to Damian McBride about his controversial new political memoir.

Lalit Modi - Chairman, Indian Premier League (2008 - 2010)

HARDtalk: Lalit Modi - Chairman, Indian Premier League (2008 - 2010)

HARDtalk speaks to Lalit Modi, the creator of the Indian Premier League.

Ahdaf Soueif - Egyptian Author and Activist

HARDtalk: Ahdaf Soueif - Egyptian Author and Activist

HARDtalk speaks to Egyptian writer and political activist, Ahdaf Soueif.

Reza Pahlavi - Spokesman, Iran National Council

HARDtalk: Reza Pahlavi - Spokesman, Iran National Council

Stephen Sackur speaks to Reza Pahlavi about the future of Iran.

Sir David Nicholson - Chief Executive of NHS England

HARDtalk: Sir David Nicholson - Chief Executive of NHS England

Stephen Sackur speaks to the chief executive of NHS England, Sir David Nicholson.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP - Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, UK

HARDtalk: Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP - Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, UK

Stephen Sackur talks to Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Intelligence and Security Committee chairman.

Christopher Ruddy - President and CEO of Newsmax Media

HARDtalk: Christopher Ruddy - President and CEO of Newsmax Media

HARDtalk speaks to Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax Media, a conservative opinion forum.

Paul Greengrass - Film Director

HARDtalk: Paul Greengrass - Film Director

Stephen Sackur speaks to Paul Greengrass about his new release about Somali pirates.

Pavel Khodorkovsky - President, Institute of Modern Russia

HARDtalk: Pavel Khodorkovsky - President, Institute of Modern Russia

Stephen Sackur talks to the son of jailed oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

David Nott - Conflict zone surgeon

HARDtalk: David Nott - Conflict zone surgeon

Stephen Sackur talks to David Nott, a surgeon who has recently returned from Syria.

Professor Rosalind Picard - Founder of Affective Computing, MIT

HARDtalk: Professor Rosalind Picard - Founder of Affective Computing, MIT

In the future, could empathetic robots fight as soldiers or care for the elderly?

Emma Bonino - Foreign Minister, Italy

HARDtalk: Emma Bonino - Foreign Minister, Italy

For the 100 Women series, Zeinab Badawi speaks to Emma Bonino in front of a live audience.

Rebecca Gomperts - Director, Women on Waves

HARDtalk: Rebecca Gomperts - Director, Women on Waves

Zeinab Badawi talks to the director of Women on Waves, Rebecca Gomperts, about abortion.

Sir Ben Ainslie - Olympic and America's Cup Winning Sailor

HARDtalk: Sir Ben Ainslie - Olympic and America's Cup Winning Sailor

Zeinab Badawi speaks to the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie.

Yuval Steinitz - Minister of Intelligence, Israel

HARDtalk: Yuval Steinitz - Minister of Intelligence, Israel

HARDtalk speaks to Israel's minister for intelligence affairs and international relations.

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi - Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria

HARDtalk: Sanusi Lamido Sanusi - Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi discusses the Nigerian economy and his political ambitions.

Monzer Akbik - Syrian National Coalition

HARDtalk: Monzer Akbik - Syrian National Coalition

Zeinab Badawi talks to the chief of staff to the leader of the Syrian opposition group.

Dewi Fortuna Anwar - Adviser to the Indonesian Vice President

HARDtalk: Dewi Fortuna Anwar - Adviser to the Indonesian Vice President

Stephen Sackur speaks to Dewi Fortuna Anwar, senior adviser to Indonesia's vice president.

Michael Nutter - Mayor of Philadelphia

HARDtalk: Michael Nutter - Mayor of Philadelphia

Should America be spending more to combat crime at home rather than terrorism abroad?

Paul Massara - Chief Executive Officer, RWE npower

HARDtalk: Paul Massara - Chief Executive Officer, RWE npower

Paul Massara discusses if it is time for a radical overhaul of the energy market.

Paolo Scaroni - CEO, Eni

HARDtalk: Paolo Scaroni - CEO, Eni

HARDtalk speaks to Paolo Scaroni, boss of one of Europe's energy giants.

Roberto Unger - Philosopher

HARDtalk: Roberto Unger - Philosopher

HARDtalk speaks to Roberto Unger, an influential Brazilian political philosopher.

Dr Nayna Patel - Medical Director, Akanksha Infertility Clinic, India

HARDtalk: Dr Nayna Patel - Medical Director, Akanksha Infertility Clinic, India

In India, is the production of surrogate babies irresponsible or a public service?

Ala'a al-Shehabi  - Founding Member, Bahrain Watch

HARDtalk: Ala'a al-Shehabi - Founding Member, Bahrain Watch

Is there a middle ground between the status quo and revolution in Bahrain?

Ruby Wax

HARDtalk: Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax talks about the difficult questions raised by mental illness.

Zeljka Cvijanovic - Prime Minister, Republika Srpska

HARDtalk: Zeljka Cvijanovic - Prime Minister, Republika Srpska

Zeljka Cvijanovic explores whether separatist Bosnian Serbs playing with fire.

Julian Savulescu - Medical ethicist

HARDtalk: Julian Savulescu - Medical ethicist

Stephen Sackur speaks to Australian-born, Oxford-based bioethicist Julian Savulescu.

Petro Poroshenko - Ukrainian Businessman and Politician

HARDtalk: Petro Poroshenko - Ukrainian Businessman and Politician

Rather than moving towards the EU, Ukraine favours closer ties with Russia. Why?

Glenn Greenwald - Journalist

HARDtalk: Glenn Greenwald - Journalist

Has the media's persuit of leads from Edward Snowden's surveillance leaks gone far enough?

Laszlo Andor - EU Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner

HARDtalk: Laszlo Andor - EU Employment and Social Affairs Commissioner

Stephen Sackur speaks to EU employment and social affairs commissioner Laszlo Andor.

Martin Schulz - President of the European Parliament

HARDtalk: Martin Schulz - President of the European Parliament

Martin Schulz is one of Europe's most powerful advocates for more integration.

Nelson Mandela - Former President of South Africa

HARDtalk: Nelson Mandela - Former President of South Africa

George Alagiah's 1997 interview with Nelson Mandela for a special edition of HARDtalk.

Francois Pienaar - Captain, South African Rugby Team, 1993 - 1996

HARDtalk: Francois Pienaar - Captain, South African Rugby Team, 1993 - 1996

George Alagiah talks to Francois Pienaar, former captain of the South African rugby team.

Ahmet Üzümcü -  Director General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

HARDtalk: Ahmet Üzümcü - Director General, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Does the work of the OPCW mean peace is more likely in Syria? With Sarah Montague.

Mark Cavendish - World Champion Cyclist

HARDtalk: Mark Cavendish - World Champion Cyclist

Stephen Sackur asks Mark Cavendish if cycling has cleaned up its act.

Christophe de Margerie - Chairman and CEO of Total

HARDtalk: Christophe de Margerie - Chairman and CEO of Total

Stephen Sackur talks to Christophe de Margerie, the CEO of French energy giant Total.

Jeremy Deller - Artist

HARDtalk: Jeremy Deller - Artist

Stephen Sackur asks artist Jeremy Deller about what is at the heart of his creative vision

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

HARDtalk: Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Stephen Sackur talks to oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky following his release from prison.

Mike Mack - CEO, Syngenta

HARDtalk: Mike Mack - CEO, Syngenta

Stephen Sackur talks to Mike Mack, the CEO of agribusinesses giant Syngenta.

Giles Duley - Photographer

HARDtalk: Giles Duley - Photographer

Stephen Sackur meets photographer Giles Duley, who was severely injured in Afghanistan.

Keir Starmer QC

HARDtalk: Keir Starmer QC

HARDtalk asks Keir Starmer QC if English laws and courts are really fit for purpose.

Ben Emmerson QC - UN Rapporteur, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights

HARDtalk: Ben Emmerson QC - UN Rapporteur, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights

HARDtalk speaks to Ben Emmerson QC about drone strikes and other counter-terror measures.

Eve Ensler - Playwright and activist

HARDtalk: Eve Ensler - Playwright and activist

Stephen Sackur talks to New York playwright and feminist campaigner Eve Ensler.

Dean Spielmann - President of the European Court of Human Rights

HARDtalk: Dean Spielmann - President of the European Court of Human Rights

Stephen Sackur speaks to Dean Spielmann, president of the European Court of Human Rights.

Robert Gates - US Defence Secretary, 2006 - 2011

HARDtalk: Robert Gates - US Defence Secretary, 2006 - 2011

Stephen Sackur speaks to the former US defence secretary Robert Gates.

Ed Davey - British Energy and Climate Change Secretary

HARDtalk: Ed Davey - British Energy and Climate Change Secretary

If Britain wants clean, green and affordable energy, what role should fracking have?

Yehia Hamed - Former Minister, Freedom and Justice Party, Egypt

HARDtalk: Yehia Hamed - Former Minister, Freedom and Justice Party, Egypt

Is the Muslim Brotherhood encouraging the violence it professes to abhor?

Harris Georgiades - Minister of Finance, Republic of Cyprus

HARDtalk: Harris Georgiades - Minister of Finance, Republic of Cyprus

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Harris Georgiades, finance minister of Cyprus.

Justin Welby - Archbishop of Canterbury

HARDtalk: Justin Welby - Archbishop of Canterbury

Zeinab Badawi speaks to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

Palaniappan Chidambaram - Finance Minister, India

HARDtalk: Palaniappan Chidambaram - Finance Minister, India

Has India squandered an opportunity to fundamentally reform itself for the 21st century?

Omar Abdullah - Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir

HARDtalk: Omar Abdullah - Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir

In Delhi, Stephen Sackur talks to Omar Abdullah, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir.

Hussain Al-Shahristani - Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Iraq

HARDtalk: Hussain Al-Shahristani - Deputy Prime Minister for Energy, Iraq

Stephen Sackur asks whether Iraq is perilously close to tearing itself apart again.

Kavita Krishnan - Secretary, All India Progressive Women's Association

HARDtalk: Kavita Krishnan - Secretary, All India Progressive Women's Association

Stephen Sackur talks to the prominent women's rights campaigner, Kavita Krishnan.

David Bailey - Photographer

HARDtalk: David Bailey - Photographer

Stephen Sackur speaks to the photographer David Bailey.

Marion Bartoli

HARDtalk: Marion Bartoli

Tim Franks talks to French Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli.

William Hague - British Foreign Secretary

HARDtalk: William Hague - British Foreign Secretary

At the Foreign Office, Stephen Sackur asks William Hague about British foreign policy.

Cardinal Peter Turkson

HARDtalk: Cardinal Peter Turkson

HARDtalk speaks to Cardinal Peter Turkson about the Catholic Church's moral authority.

Barnaba Marial Benjamin - Foreign Minister, South Sudan

HARDtalk: Barnaba Marial Benjamin - Foreign Minister, South Sudan

HARDtalk speaks to South Sudan's foreign minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

Alden McLaughlin - Premier of the Cayman Islands

HARDtalk: Alden McLaughlin - Premier of the Cayman Islands

Stephen Sackur speaks to Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands.

Allen Ault - Former Commissioner of Corrections, Georgia, USA

HARDtalk: Allen Ault - Former Commissioner of Corrections, Georgia, USA

Stephen Sackur talks a man who was once responsible for organising capital punishments.

Dieter Zetsche - Chairman Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

HARDtalk: Dieter Zetsche - Chairman Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars

Stephen Sackur speaks to Dieter Zetsche, the boss of Daimler.

Saeb Erekat - Palestinian Authority Chief Negotiator

HARDtalk: Saeb Erekat - Palestinian Authority Chief Negotiator

Stephen Sackur talks to veteran Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

Binyavanga Wainaina - Kenyan Author

HARDtalk: Binyavanga Wainaina - Kenyan Author

Stephen Sackur talks to Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina about homosexuality in Africa.

Livia Jaroka MEP - Fidesz Party, Hungary

HARDtalk: Livia Jaroka MEP - Fidesz Party, Hungary

HARDtalk speaks to Hungarian MEP Livia Jaroka - the only Roma in the European parliament.

Naftali Bennett - Minister for Economy, Israel

HARDtalk: Naftali Bennett - Minister for Economy, Israel

Stephen Sackur speaks to Naftali Bennett, leader of Israel's Zionist party, Jewish Home.

Lazaro Nyalandu - Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania

HARDtalk: Lazaro Nyalandu - Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania

Stephen Sackur asks Lazaro Nyalandu about the scale of elephant poaching in Tanzania.

Eugenia Tymoshenko - Daughter of Yulia Tymoshenko

HARDtalk: Eugenia Tymoshenko - Daughter of Yulia Tymoshenko

Stephen Sackur meets the daughter of the controversial former Ukrainian prime minister.

David Keene - President, US National Rifle Association, 2011-13

HARDtalk: David Keene - President, US National Rifle Association, 2011-13

David Keene, recently retired president of the NRA, talks about the gun lobby in the USA.

Jerry Springer -  Host, 'Jerry Springer'

HARDtalk: Jerry Springer - Host, 'Jerry Springer'

Stephen Sackur speaks to US talk show host Jerry Springer.

Andriy Shevchenko MP - Fatherland Party, Ukraine and Alexander Nekrassov - Former Kremlin Advisor

HARDtalk: Andriy Shevchenko MP - Fatherland Party, Ukraine and Alexander Nekrassov - Former Kremlin Advisor

Stephen Sackur speaks to two guests about the developing situation in Ukraine.

Ivo Daalder - US Ambassador to Nato 2009 - 2013, Ihor Dolhov - Ukraine's Ambassador to Nato

HARDtalk: Ivo Daalder - US Ambassador to Nato 2009 - 2013, Ihor Dolhov - Ukraine's Ambassador to Nato

Stephen Sackur speaks to Ihor Dolhov and Ivo Daalder about the situation in Ukraine.

Ricardo Alarcon - President, Cuban National Assembly, 1993 - 2013

HARDtalk: Ricardo Alarcon - President, Cuban National Assembly, 1993 - 2013

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Ricardo Alarcon who, former president of Cuba's National Assembly.

Radoslaw Sikorski -  Foreign Minister of Poland

HARDtalk: Radoslaw Sikorski - Foreign Minister of Poland

Shaun Ley talks to Radoslaw Sikorski, who helped negotiate an end to the bloodshed in Kiev

Cody Wilson - Founder, Defense Distributed

HARDtalk: Cody Wilson - Founder, Defense Distributed

Stephen Sackur speaks to Cody Wilson, at the leading edge of an online anarchist movement.

Ricardo Alarcon - President, Cuban National Assembly, 1993 - 2013

HARDtalk: Ricardo Alarcon - President, Cuban National Assembly, 1993 - 2013

Zeinab Badawi talks to former Cuban foreign minister Ricardo Alarcon.

Ai Weiwei - Artist

HARDtalk: Ai Weiwei - Artist

Stephen Sackur talks to China's most famous artist and dissident, Ai Weiwei.

Jin Liqun  - Chairman, China International Capital Corporation

HARDtalk: Jin Liqun - Chairman, China International Capital Corporation

Stephen Sackur speaks to Jin Liqun, the former chairman of China's sovereign wealth fund.

Ukraine Special

HARDtalk: Ukraine Special

Stephen Sackur speaks to Dmitry Peskov, spokesman to Russia's President Putin.

19/03/2014

HARDtalk: 19/03/2014

Zeinab Badawi talks to Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev.

Charles Zhang - CEO, Sohu.com

HARDtalk: Charles Zhang - CEO, Sohu.com

Stephen Sackur speaks to Chinese tech entrepreneur, Charles Zhang, CEO of Sohu.com.

Tamara Rojo - Artistic Director/Lead Principal, English National Ballet

HARDtalk: Tamara Rojo - Artistic Director/Lead Principal, English National Ballet

Shuan Ley talks to Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet. Can she triumph over tradition?

Hala Shukrallah - President - Constitution Party, Egypt

HARDtalk: Hala Shukrallah - President - Constitution Party, Egypt

Sarah Montague talks to Hala Shukrallah of Egypt's Constitution Party.

Kenneth Kaunda - President of Zambia (1964-1991)

HARDtalk: Kenneth Kaunda - President of Zambia (1964-1991)

Zeinab Badawi is in the Zambian capital Lusaka to speak to Kenneth Kaunda.

Benjamin Chavis - Civil Rights Activist

HARDtalk: Benjamin Chavis - Civil Rights Activist

HARDtalk speaks to controversial American civil rights leader, Benjamin Chavis.

Zwelinzima Vavi - Suspended Head of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)

HARDtalk: Zwelinzima Vavi - Suspended Head of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)

Zeinab Badawi talks to the suspended head of South Africa's trade unions alliance.

Daphne Mashile-Nkosi - CEO, Kalagadi Manganese, South Africa

HARDtalk: Daphne Mashile-Nkosi - CEO, Kalagadi Manganese, South Africa

HARDtalk talks to South African mining company CEO Daphne Mashile-Nkosi.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk - Interim Prime Minister, Ukraine

HARDtalk: Arseniy Yatsenyuk - Interim Prime Minister, Ukraine

Stephen Sackur is in Kiev to talk to Ukraine's interim prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Emmanuel Jal - Musician and former child soldier

HARDtalk: Emmanuel Jal - Musician and former child soldier

HARDtalk speaks to the South Sudanese singer and political activist, Emmanuel Jal.

Romario and Luis Fernandes

HARDtalk: Romario and Luis Fernandes

Stephen Sackur is in Brazil to talk to Romario and deputy sports minister Luis Fernandes.

Izabella Teixeira - Minister of the Environment, Brazil

HARDtalk: Izabella Teixeira - Minister of the Environment, Brazil

Stephen Sackur is in Brazil to talk to its environment minister, Izabella Teixeira.

Jean Paul Gaultier -French Fashion Designer

HARDtalk: Jean Paul Gaultier -French Fashion Designer

Zeinab Badawi speaks to the French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier.

Jose Padilha, Brazilian film maker

HARDtalk: Jose Padilha, Brazilian film maker

HARDtalk speaks to one of Brazil's most successful film makers, Jose Padilha.

Major Richard Streatfeild - Former British Army Officer

HARDtalk: Major Richard Streatfeild - Former British Army Officer

Stephen Sackur speaks to Richard Streatfeild, a former infantry officer in Afghanistan.

Geraldine Finucane - Campaigning widow of Pat Finucane

HARDtalk: Geraldine Finucane - Campaigning widow of Pat Finucane

Stephen Sackur speaks to Geraldine Finucane, whose husband was murdered 25 years ago.

Romario - Brazilian Congressman and Former Footballer

HARDtalk: Romario - Brazilian Congressman and Former Footballer

Stephen Sackur speaks to Brazilian footballer turned socialist politician Romario.

Ahmed Kathrada - Anti-Apartheid activist

HARDtalk: Ahmed Kathrada - Anti-Apartheid activist

HARDtalk speaks to anti-apartheid campaigner Ahmed Kathrada.

Rime Allaf - Presidential Adviser, Syrian National Coalition

HARDtalk: Rime Allaf - Presidential Adviser, Syrian National Coalition

How the Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces regard Assad's new confidence

Jeremy Rifkin - Economist

HARDtalk: Jeremy Rifkin - Economist

Stephen Sackur speaks to Jeremy Rifkin. Are we entering the post-capitalist age?

Abu Bakr al-Qirbi - Foreign Minister, Yemen

HARDtalk: Abu Bakr al-Qirbi - Foreign Minister, Yemen

Stephen Sackur speaks to Yemen's veteran foreign minister, Abu Bakr al-Qirbi.

Malcolm Turnbull - Minister for Communications, Australia

HARDtalk: Malcolm Turnbull - Minister for Communications, Australia

Stephen Sackur asks Malcolm Turnbull if Australia is in danger of alienating friends.

Makaziwe Mandela - Daughter of Nelson Mandela

HARDtalk: Makaziwe Mandela - Daughter of Nelson Mandela

In Soweto, Zeinab Badawi talks to Nelson Mandela's daughter about the ANC's future.

Makaziwe Mandela - Daughter of Nelson Mandela

HARDtalk: Makaziwe Mandela - Daughter of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela's eldest child speaks ahead of the first elections since her father's death

Wole Soyinka - Nobel Literature Laureate

HARDtalk: Wole Soyinka - Nobel Literature Laureate

Shaun Ley speaks to Nigerian author Wole Soyinka.

Natalia Kaliada - Co-founder, Free Belarus Theatre

HARDtalk: Natalia Kaliada - Co-founder, Free Belarus Theatre

Stephen Sackur speaks to Natalia Kaliada, co-founder of the Free Belarus Theatre.

Riek Machar - former Vice President of South Sudan

HARDtalk: Riek Machar - former Vice President of South Sudan

Stephen Sackur speaks to Riek Machar, former vice president of South Sudan.

Supa Mandiwanzira - Deputy Information Minister, Zimbabwe

HARDtalk: Supa Mandiwanzira - Deputy Information Minister, Zimbabwe

Zeinab Badawi talks to Supa Mandiwanzira, deputy information minister of Zimbabwe.

Viggo Mortensen - Actor

HARDtalk: Viggo Mortensen - Actor

Zeinab Badawi talks to actor Viggo Mortensen about diversity in global culture.

Laurent Fabius - Foreign Minister, France

HARDtalk: Laurent Fabius - Foreign Minister, France

HARDtalk speaks to the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius.

Salva Kiir Mayardit - President of South Sudan

HARDtalk: Salva Kiir Mayardit - President of South Sudan

In Juba, Stephen Sackur talks to the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit.

Victoria Nuland - US Assistant Secretary of State

HARDtalk: Victoria Nuland - US Assistant Secretary of State

What can western nations do to stop Ukraine from falling into civil conflict?

Urmas Paet - Foreign Minister, Estonia

HARDtalk: Urmas Paet - Foreign Minister, Estonia

Zeinab Badawi discusses Estonia's desire for the EU to get tough with president Putin.

HARDtalk on the Road - South Sudan

HARDtalk: HARDtalk on the Road - South Sudan

Hardtalk is in South Sudan asking why have things gone so wrong in Africa's newest nation?

Professor Christoph Schmidt - Chair, German Council of Economic Experts

HARDtalk: Professor Christoph Schmidt - Chair, German Council of Economic Experts

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Christoph Schmidt: advisor to German government policymakers.

Kizza Besigye - Ugandan opposition leader

HARDtalk: Kizza Besigye - Ugandan opposition leader

Zeinab Badawi interviews Dr Kizza Besigye, Uganda's best known opposition figure.

Professor Sergey Karaganov - Advisor to the Presidential Administration of Russia, 2001 - 2013

HARDtalk: Professor Sergey Karaganov - Advisor to the Presidential Administration of Russia, 2001 - 2013

Stephen Sackur speaks to one of President Putin's former foreign policy advisors.

Christian Purslow - Liverpool FC Managing Director, 2009 - 2010

HARDtalk: Christian Purslow - Liverpool FC Managing Director, 2009 - 2010

Stephen Sackur talks to Christian Purslow, a former managing director of Liverpool FC.

Doyin Okupe - Senior Adviser to Nigeria's President

HARDtalk: Doyin Okupe - Senior Adviser to Nigeria's President

Stephen Sackur talks to Doyin Okupe, an adviser to Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Author

HARDtalk: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Author

Stephen Sackur interviews acclaimed Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Jack Straw - British Foreign Secretary (2001 - 2006)

HARDtalk: Jack Straw - British Foreign Secretary (2001 - 2006)

Stephen Sackur talks to veteran Labour MP Jack Straw about Labour's electoral prospects.

David LaChapelle - Photographer

HARDtalk: David LaChapelle - Photographer

Stephen Sackur speaks to fashion and celebrity photographer, David LaChapelle.

Mario Monti - Prime Minister of Italy (2011 - 2013)

HARDtalk: Mario Monti - Prime Minister of Italy (2011 - 2013)

Stephen Sackur speaks to former EU commissioner and Italian prime minister, Mario Monti.

Carolyn McCall - CEO, easyJet

HARDtalk: Carolyn McCall - CEO, easyJet

Stephen Sackur speaks to Carolyn McCall, the CEO of the low cost airline easyJet.

Helen Clark - Administrator of UN Development Programme

HARDtalk: Helen Clark - Administrator of UN Development Programme

Stephen Sackur asks Helen Clark if the UN is failing the people who need it most.

Tariq al-Hashimi - Former Vice-President of Iraq

HARDtalk: Tariq al-Hashimi - Former Vice-President of Iraq

HARDtalk speaks to Tariq al-Hashimi - the fugitive former Vice-President of Iraq.

Thomas Piketty - Economist

HARDtalk: Thomas Piketty - Economist

Stephen Sackur talks to economist Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the 21st Century.

Aubrey De Grey - chief science officer and co-founder of the SENS Foundation

HARDtalk: Aubrey De Grey - chief science officer and co-founder of the SENS Foundation

A scientist and futurologist explains how biotechnology will soon eliminate aging.

Patrick Honohan - Governor, Central Bank of Ireland

HARDtalk: Patrick Honohan - Governor, Central Bank of Ireland

HARDtalk speaks to Patrick Honohan, governor of Ireland's central bank.

Deirdre McCloskey - Economic Historian

HARDtalk: Deirdre McCloskey - Economic Historian

Is rising inequality the sickness that could yet kill capitalism?

Anthony Loyd - War Correspondent

HARDtalk: Anthony Loyd - War Correspondent

Stephen Sackur speaks to Anthony Loyd, the award-winning war correspondent.

Ilan Pappe - Professor of History, University of Exeter, UK

HARDtalk: Ilan Pappe - Professor of History, University of Exeter, UK

HARDtalk speaks to Israeli historian Ilan Pappe.

Salih Muslim Mohammed - Democratic Union Party, Syria

HARDtalk: Salih Muslim Mohammed - Democratic Union Party, Syria

Zeinab Badawi asks what the advance of ISIS means for Syria's moderate secular opposition.

Mohamoud Nur - Mayor of Mogadishu, Dec 2010 - Mar 2014

HARDtalk: Mohamoud Nur - Mayor of Mogadishu, Dec 2010 - Mar 2014

Tim Franks talks to Mohamoud Nur, who was mayor of Mogadishu for more than three years.

Carl Bildt - Swedish Foreign Minister

HARDtalk: Carl Bildt - Swedish Foreign Minister

HARDtalk speaks to one of the EU's most experienced politicians, Carl Bildt.

Dore Gold - Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel

HARDtalk: Dore Gold - Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Dore Gold, advisor to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Osama Hamdan - Hamas Spokesman for International Relations

HARDtalk: Osama Hamdan - Hamas Spokesman for International Relations

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Osama Hamdan, the Hamas spokesman for international relations.

Chris Packham - Naturalist and wildlife filmmaker

HARDtalk: Chris Packham - Naturalist and wildlife filmmaker

Is it time to radically rethink man's relationship with the natural world?

Lord Falconer - Former UK Secretary of State for Justice

HARDtalk: Lord Falconer - Former UK Secretary of State for Justice

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Labour peer and former attorney-general Lord Falconer.

Ama Ata Aidoo - Author

HARDtalk: Ama Ata Aidoo - Author

HARDtalk speaks to the acclaimed Ghanaian writer Ama Ata Aidoo.

Obiageli Ezekwesili - Former Education Minister, Nigeria

HARDtalk: Obiageli Ezekwesili - Former Education Minister, Nigeria

Obiageli Ezekwesili talks about the Nigerian schoolgirls held by Boko Haram militants.

Danny Danon - Former Deputy Defence Minister, Israel

HARDtalk: Danny Danon - Former Deputy Defence Minister, Israel

Danny Danon talks about Israel's campaign in Gaza in response to rocket strikes by Hamas.

Khaled Meshaal - Leader of Hamas

HARDtalk: Khaled Meshaal - Leader of Hamas

In Doha, Stephen Sackur talks to Khaled Meshaal, the leader of Hamas.

HARDtalk on the Road: Moldova

HARDtalk: HARDtalk on the Road: Moldova

Stephen Sackur is on the road in Moldova, exploring the social and political climate.

HARDtalk on Location: Iurie Leancă

HARDtalk: HARDtalk on Location: Iurie Leancă

In Chisinau, Stephen Sackur talks to Iurie Leanca, prime minister of Moldova.

HARDtalk on Location: Yevgeny Shevchuk

HARDtalk: HARDtalk on Location: Yevgeny Shevchuk

In Tiraspol, Stephen Sackur talks to Yevgeny Shevchuk, leader of Transnistria.

Karl von Habsburg

HARDtalk: Karl von Habsburg

Stephen Sackur speaks to Karl von Habsburg, grandson of the last of the Habsburg emperors.

Andrei Konchalovsky - Russian Film Director

HARDtalk: Andrei Konchalovsky - Russian Film Director

Zeinab Badawi talks to renowned Russian theatre and film director Andrei Knochalovsky.

John Kerry - US Secretary of State

HARDtalk: John Kerry - US Secretary of State

Zeinab Badawi meets US secretary of state John Kerry in Washington DC.

Xiaolu Guo

HARDtalk: Xiaolu Guo

Writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo on the role of the artist or writer be in China today.

Armando Guebuza - President of Mozambique

HARDtalk: Armando Guebuza - President of Mozambique

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Armando Guebuza, president of Mozambique.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - Secretary General of NATO

HARDtalk: Anders Fogh Rasmussen - Secretary General of NATO

Zeinab Badawi speaks to NATO's Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Masrour Barzani

HARDtalk: Masrour Barzani

Is it the Kurds who can rescue the state of Iraq and how much outside help do they need?

Dr Mads Gilbert - Doctor and Activist

HARDtalk: Dr Mads Gilbert - Doctor and Activist

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor just back from Gaza.

Abdullah Abdullah - Afghan Presidential Candidate

HARDtalk: Abdullah Abdullah - Afghan Presidential Candidate

Stephen Sackur talks to Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah.

20/08/2014

HARDtalk: 20/08/2014

Stephen Sackur talks to Bishop Angaelos of the Egyptian Coptic Church.

Ali Khedery - Special Assistant to the US Ambassador to Iraq, 2003-2009

HARDtalk: Ali Khedery - Special Assistant to the US Ambassador to Iraq, 2003-2009

Does the United States have the ability to impose its will on the Middle East?

Yuval Steinitz - Minister of Intelligence, Israel

HARDtalk: Yuval Steinitz - Minister of Intelligence, Israel

Stephen Sackur speaks to Israel's Minister of Intelligence, Yuval Steinitz.

Yasser Abed Rabbo - Secretary General, Palestine Liberation Organisation Executive Committee

HARDtalk: Yasser Abed Rabbo - Secretary General, Palestine Liberation Organisation Executive Committee

Stephen Sackur talks to Yasser Abed Rabbo of the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

Gideon Levy - Journalist from Haaretz newspaper, Israel

HARDtalk: Gideon Levy - Journalist from Haaretz newspaper, Israel

Stephen Sackur speaks to Israeli journalist Gideon Levy.

Olexander Scherba -  Ambassador-at-large, Ukraine Foreign Ministry

HARDtalk: Olexander Scherba - Ambassador-at-large, Ukraine Foreign Ministry

HARDtalk speaks to senior Ukrainian diplomat, Olexander Scherba.

Giorgi Margvelashvili

HARDtalk: Giorgi Margvelashvili

Zeinab Badawi speaks to President Giorgi Margvelashvili of Georgia.

Petro Poroshenko - President of Ukraine

HARDtalk: Petro Poroshenko - President of Ukraine

In an exclusive interview, Stephen Sackur speaks to president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

Jose Manuel Barroso - President of the European Commission

HARDtalk: Jose Manuel Barroso - President of the European Commission

Jose Manuel Barroso talks about the challenges ahead for the European Union.

John McCain - United States Senator

HARDtalk: John McCain - United States Senator

HARDtalk speaks to Republican senator John McCain.

Chrissie Hynde - Singer, songwriter, and guitarist

HARDtalk: Chrissie Hynde - Singer, songwriter, and guitarist

Stephen Sackur speaks to Chrissie Hynde, whose band the Pretenders found global success.

Danny Dorling - Professor of Geography, University of Oxford

HARDtalk: Danny Dorling - Professor of Geography, University of Oxford

Can we afford the world's super-rich and what have they ever done for us?

Peter Bofinger - Member of the German Council of Economic Experts

HARDtalk: Peter Bofinger - Member of the German Council of Economic Experts

Stephen Sackur asks if Europe is facing a Japanese-style prolonged economic stagnation.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo - Chief Prosecutor, ICC (2003 - 2012)

HARDtalk: Luis Moreno-Ocampo - Chief Prosecutor, ICC (2003 - 2012)

Why has the International Criminal Court failed to deliver on its promise?

Professor Susan Greenfield - Neuroscientist

HARDtalk: Professor Susan Greenfield - Neuroscientist

Stephen Sackur speaks to Susan Greenfield, a leader in the study of brain diseases.

Ibrahim Dabbashi - Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations

HARDtalk: Ibrahim Dabbashi - Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations

HARDtalk speaks to Libya's UN ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi. Who or what can save Libya?

Francis Fukuyama - Political scientist

HARDtalk: Francis Fukuyama - Political scientist

Can liberal democracy prevail in the current global landscape?

Lord Heseltine - UK Deputy Prime Minister 1995-97

HARDtalk: Lord Heseltine - UK Deputy Prime Minister 1995-97

Stephen Sackur talks to Lord Heseltine about the consequences of the Scottish referendum.

Jessye Norman - Opera singer

HARDtalk: Jessye Norman - Opera singer

Born in the segregated US south, has Jessye Norman's success helped to tear down barriers?

Lord Stern - Economist

HARDtalk: Lord Stern - Economist

Zeinab Badawi talks to Lord Nicholas Stern about global warming and the economy.

Gilles de Kerchove - EU Counterterrorism Coordinator

HARDtalk: Gilles de Kerchove - EU Counterterrorism Coordinator

Stephen Sackur speaks to the EU counterterror coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove.

Colm Tóibín - Author

HARDtalk: Colm Tóibín - Author

Stephen Sackur talks to newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

Roberto Saviano - Author

HARDtalk: Roberto Saviano - Author

True crime author Roberto Saviano talks about his new book on the global cocaine trade.

Sylvie Guillem - Ballet Dancer

HARDtalk: Sylvie Guillem - Ballet Dancer

Zeinab Badawi talks to ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem ahead of her farewell tour.

Don McCullin, Photographer

HARDtalk: Don McCullin, Photographer

Stephen Sackur asks Don McCullin if he believes photographs can change the world.

Jonathan Franzen, Novelist

HARDtalk: Jonathan Franzen, Novelist

Why does Jonathan Franzen hate so much of the culture around him?

Eric Cantor - Former House Majority Leader, US Republican Party

HARDtalk: Eric Cantor - Former House Majority Leader, US Republican Party

Stephen Sackur speaks to US Republican establishment figure Eric Cantor.

Richard Leakey - Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service

HARDtalk: Richard Leakey - Chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service

Stephen Sackur speaks to Richard Leakey, chairman of the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Dmitry Peskov, Spokesman for Vladimir Putin

HARDtalk: Dmitry Peskov, Spokesman for Vladimir Putin

Stephen Sackur discusses Russian Syrian intervention with Vladimir Putin's spokesman.

Ben Bernanke, Former Chairman, US Federal Reserve

HARDtalk: Ben Bernanke, Former Chairman, US Federal Reserve

Can we be confident the right lessons have been learned from the global financial crash?

Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador to the UK

HARDtalk: Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador to the UK

Has Obama's commitment to healing political wounds at home and abroad been fulfilled?

Lord Mandelson - Former Labour Government Minister, UK

HARDtalk: Lord Mandelson - Former Labour Government Minister, UK

Stephen Sackur asks Lord Mandelson what Jeremy Corbyn's leadership means for Labour.

Saeb Erekat, secretary general, Palestine Liberation Organisation

HARDtalk: Saeb Erekat, secretary general, Palestine Liberation Organisation

Saeb Erekat is asked if there is a new wave of extremism sweeping the West Bank and Gaza.

Len McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite the Union

HARDtalk: Len McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite the Union

Sarah Montague speaks to Len McCluskey, the leader of Britain's biggest union Unite.

Nicolas Henin, Journalist and Former Hostage

HARDtalk: Nicolas Henin, Journalist and Former Hostage

Zeinab Badawi speaks to journalist and former hostage Nicolas Henin.

Nigel Owens - International Rugby Union Referee

HARDtalk: Nigel Owens - International Rugby Union Referee

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Nigel Owens, who refereed the recent Rugby World Cup final.

Celso Amorim - Brazilian Government Minister (2003 - January 2015)

HARDtalk: Celso Amorim - Brazilian Government Minister (2003 - January 2015)

Zeinab Badawi speaks to former Brazilian government minister Celso Amorim.

Admiral James Stavridis - Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

HARDtalk: Admiral James Stavridis - Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

In light of the Paris attacks, HARDtalk speaks to retired US admiral James Stavridis.

Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia

HARDtalk: Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia

Stephen Sackur is in Bogota, Colombia to speak to president Juan Manuel Santos.

HARDtalk on the Road in Puerto Rico

HARDtalk: HARDtalk on the Road in Puerto Rico

Stephen Sackur presents a special edition of HARDtalk on the Road from Puerto Rico.

Julius Malema, Commander-in-Chief, Economic Freedom Fighters, South Africa

HARDtalk: Julius Malema, Commander-in-Chief, Economic Freedom Fighters, South Africa

The EFF have made their political mark, but are they anything more than a protest party?

Frank Habineza, Leader, Democratic Green Party, Rwanda

HARDtalk: Frank Habineza, Leader, Democratic Green Party, Rwanda

What does the leader of the opposition party in Rwanda have to offer the nation?

Monzer Akbik, member of the Syrian National Coalition

HARDtalk: Monzer Akbik, member of the Syrian National Coalition

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Monzer Akbik of the Syrian National Coalition.

Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi

HARDtalk: Peter Mutharika, President of Malawi

Zeinab Badawi speaks to president Peter Mutharika of Malawi.

Hage Geingob, President of Namibia

HARDtalk: Hage Geingob, President of Namibia

What can president of Namibia, Hage Geingob, do to combat inequality in his country?

Burt Reynolds, actor

HARDtalk: Burt Reynolds, actor

Zeinab Badawi talks to Hollywood superstar Burt Reynolds.

Ouided Bouchamaoui, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

HARDtalk: Ouided Bouchamaoui, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Can Tunisia's example of inclusive politics be a model for neighbouring countries?

11/12/2015

HARDtalk: 11/12/2015

Stephen Sackur talks to newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

On the Road in Colombia

HARDtalk: On the Road in Colombia

Stephen Sackur explores the situation in Colombia on what may be the eve of peace.

Tokyo Sexwale, Fifa Presidential Candidate

HARDtalk: Tokyo Sexwale, Fifa Presidential Candidate

Zeinab Badawi talks to South African ANC stalwart and businessman Tokyo Sexwale.

Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon - Secretary General of the Anglican Communion

HARDtalk: Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon - Secretary General of the Anglican Communion

Stephen Sackur talks to archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon of the Anglican Communion.

Lord Turner

HARDtalk: 17/12/2015

Lord Turner argues that western economies remain dangerously reliant on debt.

Review of the Year 2015

HARDtalk: Review of the Year 2015

Stephen Sackur looks back on the big stories of 2015.

Dr Henry Marsh

HARDtalk: Dr Henry Marsh

Stephen Sackur talks to Dr Henry Marsh, one of Britain's leading brain surgeons.

Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem

HARDtalk: Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem

Mayor Nir Barkat talks about his ambitious plans for Jerusalem.

Ben Okri, Novelist

HARDtalk: Ben Okri, Novelist

Stephen Sackur talks to internationally acclaimed novelist and poet Ben Okri.

Igor Crnadak - the foreign minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina

HARDtalk: Igor Crnadak - the foreign minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Stephen Sackur talks to Igor Crnadak, the foreign minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Lord Lawson

HARDtalk: Lord Lawson

Stephen Sackur talks to Lord Lawson, president of the Conservatives for Britain group.

Jamal Khashoggi and Mohammad Marandi

HARDtalk: Jamal Khashoggi and Mohammad Marandi

Is there any way to take the heat out of the Saudi-Iranian confrontation?

Henry Rollins

HARDtalk: Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins talks about how hard it is to swim against the cultural tide in the USA.

Jack Straw - Foreign Secretary, 2001-2006

HARDtalk: Jack Straw - Foreign Secretary, 2001-2006

What is the answer to those who have criticised the lifting of sanctions again Iran?

Harlem Désir - France's Minister for European Affairs

HARDtalk: Harlem Désir - France's Minister for European Affairs

Have the right conclusions been drawn from the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris?

John Kiriakou - Former CIA Intelligence Officer

HARDtalk: John Kiriakou - Former CIA Intelligence Officer

Stephen Sackur talks to John Kiriakou, a former CIA agent.

Francis Egan - Chief Executive, Cuadrilla Resources

HARDtalk: Francis Egan - Chief Executive, Cuadrilla Resources

Stephen Sackur speaks to Frances Egan. Has fracking has lost its appeal?

David Adjaye - Architect

HARDtalk: David Adjaye - Architect

Can architecture inspire people to change the way they think and behave?

Louka Katseli

HARDtalk: Louka Katseli

Sarah Montague talks to Louka Katseli, chair of the National Bank of Greece.

Maj Gen Mansour Al-Turki

HARDtalk: Maj Gen Mansour Al-Turki

Stephen Sackur talks to Maj Gen Mansour Al-Turki of the Saudi Interior Ministry.

Iyad Ameen Madani

HARDtalk: Iyad Ameen Madani

Iyad Ameen Madani of the OIC talks about combatting sectarian strife in Muslim nations.

Erna Solberg - Prime Minister of Norway

HARDtalk: Erna Solberg - Prime Minister of Norway

Erna Solberg is Norway's prime minister. Is she putting populism above principle?

Fahd al Rasheed, CEO King Abdullah Economic City

HARDtalk: Fahd al Rasheed, CEO King Abdullah Economic City

Stephen Sackur talks to the CEO Saudi Arabia's vast Red Sea construction project.

Rasha Hefzi - Jeddah Municipal Council, Saudi Arabia

HARDtalk: Rasha Hefzi - Jeddah Municipal Council, Saudi Arabia

Businesswoman Rasha Hefzi discusses the progress of women's rights in Saudi Arabia.

Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol

HARDtalk: Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol

Does Europe have the right tools to effectively counter the threat of terrorist attack?

Søren Espersen - Deputy Chairman, Danish People's Party

HARDtalk: Søren Espersen - Deputy Chairman, Danish People's Party

Stephen Sackur talks to Soren Espersen about the shift to the right in European politics.

John Cale - Musician

HARDtalk: John Cale - Musician

Stephen Sackur speaks to John Cale, a founding member of the Velvet Underground.

Bassma Kodmani - Syrian Opposition Negotiator

HARDtalk: Bassma Kodmani - Syrian Opposition Negotiator

Stephen speaks to Bassma Kodmani about the choices facing Syria.

Otmar Issing - Executive Board, European Central Bank 1998-2006

HARDtalk: Otmar Issing - Executive Board, European Central Bank 1998-2006

Stephen Sackur speaks to influential German economist Otmar Issing.

Krzysztof Szczerski -  Foreign policy adviser to the president of Poland

HARDtalk: Krzysztof Szczerski - Foreign policy adviser to the president of Poland

HARDtalk speaks to Krzysztof Szczerski, foreign policy adviser to the Polish president.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis - President of New Democracy, Greece

HARDtalk: Kyriakos Mitsotakis - President of New Democracy, Greece

Does the New Democracy party share responsibility for Greece's economic situation?

General Michael Hayden, CIA Director (2006-2009)

HARDtalk: General Michael Hayden, CIA Director (2006-2009)

Michael Hayden on whether the US lost its moral compass in pursuit of the war on terror.

Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

HARDtalk: Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

What will the EU referendum mean for the UK, and for Europe more widely?

Janet Napolitano, former US Secretary of Homeland Security

HARDtalk: Janet Napolitano, former US Secretary of Homeland Security

How can we make the world a safer place and respect human rights and democratic values?

Nadia Murad, Yazidi activist

HARDtalk: Nadia Murad, Yazidi activist

Sarah Montague speaks to Yazidi rights activist Nadia Murad.

Anthony Weiner - Former US Congressman (Democrat)

HARDtalk: Anthony Weiner - Former US Congressman (Democrat)

Stephen Sackur talks to Anthony Weiner, former rising star of the Democratic Party.

Selim Yenel - Turkey's Ambassador to the European Union

HARDtalk: Selim Yenel - Turkey's Ambassador to the European Union

Is Turkey to blame for the influx of migrants entering the EU from their country?

Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado - Vice President and Foreign Minister, Panama

HARDtalk: Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado - Vice President and Foreign Minister, Panama

Stephen Sackur speaks to Panama's vice president Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado.

Lord Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, 2003-2013

HARDtalk: Lord Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, 2003-2013

HARDtalk speaks to former governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King.

Mervyn King, Lord King

HARDtalk: Mervyn King, Lord King

HARDtalk speaks to former governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King.

Meglena Kuneva, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs

HARDtalk: Meglena Kuneva, Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs

HARDtalk speaks to Meglena Kuneva, Bulgaria's deputy prime minister.

George Katrougalos, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Greece

HARDtalk: George Katrougalos, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Greece

Can Greece come to terms with its struggles with migration and debt?

Susanne Bier, Film Director

HARDtalk: Susanne Bier, Film Director

Stephen Sackur talks to one of Europe's top film directors, Susanne Bier.

Elias Bou Saab, Lebanon's Education Minister

HARDtalk: Elias Bou Saab, Lebanon's Education Minister

What is the impact of the Syrian conflict on Lebanon and can the government cope?

Sevgi Akarcesme, editor in chief Today's Zaman

HARDtalk: Sevgi Akarcesme, editor in chief Today's Zaman

Stephen Sackur talks to Sevgi Akarcesme, the editor of the English version of Zaman.

Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

HARDtalk: Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe

In a new era of tension between Moscow and the west, what is the OSCE's role?

Timo Soini - Foreign Minister of Finland

HARDtalk: Timo Soini - Foreign Minister of Finland

Stephen Sackur talks to Timo Soini, Finland's foreign minister.

23/03/2016

HARDtalk: 23/03/2016

Stephen Sackur talks to newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

Fahd al Rasheed, CEO King Abdullah Economic City

HARDtalk: Fahd al Rasheed, CEO King Abdullah Economic City

Stephen Sackur talks to the CEO of King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia.

Dominic Grieve MP - Chairman, Intelligence and Security Committee (UK)

HARDtalk: Dominic Grieve MP - Chairman, Intelligence and Security Committee (UK)

Stephen Sackur talks to Dominic Grieve, chairman of intelligence and security committee.

29/03/2016

HARDtalk: 29/03/2016

Stephen Sackur talks to newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

Hans Zimmer

HARDtalk: Hans Zimmer

Shaun Ley speaks to German-born Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister, Greece

HARDtalk: Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister, Greece

Stephen Sackur talks to one of the most powerful voices in Europe's radical left.

02/04/2016

HARDtalk: 02/04/2016

Stephen Sackur talks to newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to the EU

HARDtalk: Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to the EU

Stephen Sackur asks Russia's ambassador to the EU about Vladimnir Putin's stance on Europe

Florence Hartmann, journalist and author

HARDtalk: Florence Hartmann, journalist and author

Shaun Ley speaks to journalist and author Florence Hartmann.

Donna Edwards, Democratic Congresswoman

HARDtalk: Donna Edwards, Democratic Congresswoman

From Washington, HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to congresswoman Donna Edwards.

Haley Barbour - Former chairman, Republican National Committee

HARDtalk: Haley Barbour - Former chairman, Republican National Committee

Stephen Sackur talks to former chairman of the RNC, Haley Barbour.

18/04/2016

HARDtalk: Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF

Stephen Sackur talks to Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF.

Tim Martin, Chairman and Founder, JD Wetherspoon

HARDtalk: Tim Martin, Chairman and Founder, JD Wetherspoon

Stephen Sackur's guest is Tim Martin, founder of the pub chain JD Wetherspoon.

Dick Pound - Former President, World Anti-Doping Agency

HARDtalk: Dick Pound - Former President, World Anti-Doping Agency

Stephen Sackur speaks to Dick Pound, former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

26/04/2016

HARDtalk: Hina Rabbani Khar - Foreign Minister of Pakistan 2011-2013

Stephen Sackur speaks to former Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

Rachel Dolezal - Civil Rights Activist

HARDtalk: Rachel Dolezal - Civil Rights Activist

As part of the BBC's identity season, Stephen Sackur talks to Rachel Dolezal.

Professor Robert Reich - United States Secretary of Labor, 1993-97

HARDtalk: Professor Robert Reich - United States Secretary of Labor, 1993-97

Stephen Sackur talks to former US secretary of labor Robert Reich.

Hussain Al-Shahristani - former Iraqi foreign minister

HARDtalk: Hussain Al-Shahristani - former Iraqi foreign minister

Stephen Sackur speaks to long-serving Iraq government minister Hussein al-Shahristani.

Robert Reich - US Secretary of Labor, 1993-1997

HARDtalk: Robert Reich - US Secretary of Labor, 1993-1997

Stephen Sackur talks to Robert Reich, a prominent supporter of Bernie Sanders.

Raheel Raza - Human Rights Activist

HARDtalk: Raheel Raza - Human Rights Activist

An interview with one of the most controversial voices in the Islamic debate on extremism.

Rob Davies - Trade and Industry Minister, South Africa

HARDtalk: Rob Davies - Trade and Industry Minister, South Africa

Stephen Sackur speaks to South Africa's trade and industry minister Rob Davies.

Vladimir Milov, Leader of the Democratic Choice movement, Russia

HARDtalk: Vladimir Milov, Leader of the Democratic Choice movement, Russia

Stephen Sackur talks to Vladimir Milov, founder of the Democratic Choice movement.

Dr Norbert Röttgen - Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Germany

HARDtalk: Dr Norbert Röttgen - Chairman, Foreign Affairs Committee, Germany

Does Germany have the will and the means to hold the EU together?

Brian Eno - artist and musician

HARDtalk: Brian Eno - artist and musician

Stephen Sackur talks to Brian Eno, the hugely influential contemporary music maker.

Hilary Benn - Shadow Foreign Secretary

HARDtalk: Hilary Benn - Shadow Foreign Secretary

Does Labour present a credible alternative to the Cameron government?

Lord Dubs - Labour Peer and Kindertransport Refugee

HARDtalk: Lord Dubs - Labour Peer and Kindertransport Refugee

Stephen Sackur speaks to Lord Dubs, who arrived in Britain as a six-year-old.

Lord Lester QC - Human Rights Lawyer

HARDtalk: Lord Lester QC - Human Rights Lawyer

Stephen Sackur asks Lord Lester how healthy Britain's liberties are today.

Dr Mustafa Abushagur, Deputy Prime Minister Libya, 2011-2012

HARDtalk: Dr Mustafa Abushagur, Deputy Prime Minister Libya, 2011-2012

Stephen Sackur talks to Libyan politician Mustafa Abushagur. Is Libya beyond salvation?

Admiral William McRaven, Former Commander of US Special Forces

HARDtalk: Admiral William McRaven, Former Commander of US Special Forces

Zeinab Badawi talks to Admiral William McRaven, former commander of US special forces.

Fatih Birol, executive director, International Energy Agency

HARDtalk: Fatih Birol, executive director, International Energy Agency

HARDtalk speaks to Fatih Birol about the price of oil has halved over the past two years.

Luis Guillermo Solis, president of Costa Rica

HARDtalk: Luis Guillermo Solis, president of Costa Rica

Stephen Sackur talks to the president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solis.

Chris Eubank

HARDtalk: Chris Eubank

Stephen Sackur talks to boxer Chris Eubank, former WBO world super-middleweight champion.

01/06/2016

HARDtalk: Beatrix von Storch, Deputy Leader, Alternative for Germany Party

Despite being criticised by mainstream politicians, could the AfD make a breakthrough?

Tom Fletcher, British Ambassador to Lebanon, 2011-2015

HARDtalk: Tom Fletcher, British Ambassador to Lebanon, 2011-2015

Stephen Sackur speaks to former British ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher.

Michael Yardy, Former England Cricketer

HARDtalk: Michael Yardy, Former England Cricketer

What happens to sportsmen when self-doubt and depression kick in?

Chris Grayling - Leader of the House of Commons

HARDtalk: Chris Grayling - Leader of the House of Commons

Stephen Sackur talks to Chris Grayling, a senior figure in the campaign to leave the EU.

Chris Boardman, Former Olympic Cycling Champion

HARDtalk: Chris Boardman, Former Olympic Cycling Champion

Stephen Sackur speaks to retired Olympic champion and world record breaker Chris Boardman.

Peter Singer, philosopher

HARDtalk: Peter Singer, philosopher

Does Australian philosopher Peter Singer believe that ideas can change the world?

13/06/2016

HARDtalk: Lord Heseltine, Former Deputy Prime Minister, UK

Stephen Sackur talks to the former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine.

David Frum, Former Speechwriter for US President George W Bush

HARDtalk: David Frum, Former Speechwriter for US President George W Bush

Shaun Ley speaks to David Frum, former speechwriter for US president George W Bush.

Ben Hodges - Commanding General, United States Army Europe

HARDtalk: Ben Hodges - Commanding General, United States Army Europe

Is NATO in any fit state to respond to the potential threat from Putin's Russia?

Guillaume Long - Foreign Minister, Ecuador

HARDtalk: Guillaume Long - Foreign Minister, Ecuador

Zeinab Badawi talks to Guillaume Long, the newly appointed foreign minister of Ecuador.

Hussam Eesa - Journalist, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently

HARDtalk: Hussam Eesa - Journalist, Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently

Sarah Montague speaks to Hussam Eesa from the citizen journalism group RBSS.

Frank Luntz - Republican pollster

HARDtalk: Frank Luntz - Republican pollster

Sarah Montague speaks to political consultant and pollster Frank Luntz.

Radek Sikorski

HARDtalk: Radek Sikorski

Stephen Sackur talks to former Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski about Brexit.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Actor

HARDtalk: Gwyneth Paltrow, Actor

Stephen Sackur talks to actor Gwyneth Paltrow in Cannes.

Segolene Royal - French Environment Minister

HARDtalk: Segolene Royal - French Environment Minister

Stephen Sackur talks to Segolene Royal, French environment minister, about Brexit.

Tony Garnett - Film and TV Producer

HARDtalk: Tony Garnett - Film and TV Producer

Stephen Sackur talks to TV and film producer Tony Garnett about his work.

Patrick Chinamasa, Zimbabwean Minister of Finance

HARDtalk: Patrick Chinamasa, Zimbabwean Minister of Finance

Zeinab Badawi talks to Zimbabwean finance minister Patrick Chinamasa.

Paolo Gentiloni, Italian Foreign Minister

HARDtalk: Paolo Gentiloni, Italian Foreign Minister

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Italy's foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni.

13/07/2016

HARDtalk: 13/07/2016

HARDtalk's Zeinab Badawi speaks to Sir Jeremy Greenstock, former UK Ambassador to the UN.

Binali Yildirim, Turkey's prime minister

HARDtalk: Binali Yildirim, Turkey's prime minister

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim.

Maria Corina Machado - Venezuelan Opposition Politician

HARDtalk: Maria Corina Machado - Venezuelan Opposition Politician

With the Venezuelan economy in meltdown, the president has been called to resign.

Mehmet Simsek, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister

HARDtalk: Mehmet Simsek, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Mehmet Simsek, Turkey's deputy prime minister.

Shahbaz Taseer, Former Hostage, 2011-2016

HARDtalk: Shahbaz Taseer, Former Hostage, 2011-2016

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Shahbaz Taseer, who was taken hostage by the Taliban.

Ilya Ponomarev, Russian Dissident

HARDtalk: Ilya Ponomarev, Russian Dissident

Can exiled Russians make a difference when the man they want to overthrow is so popular?

Ismail Sezgin - Director, Centre for Hizmet Studies

HARDtalk: Ismail Sezgin - Director, Centre for Hizmet Studies

Is the Gulenist movement a threat to the Turkish state?

Sabrina de Sousa, Former CIA Officer

HARDtalk: Sabrina de Sousa, Former CIA Officer

Zeinab Badawi speaks to Sabrina de Sousa, an ex-CIA spy facing extradition to Italy.

Babatunde Fashola - Nigeria's Minister for Power, Works and Housing

HARDtalk: Babatunde Fashola - Nigeria's Minister for Power, Works and Housing

Stephen talks to Babatunde Fashola, Nigeria's minister for Power, Works and Housing.

Frank Field MP - Former Minister for Welfare Reform, UK

HARDtalk: Frank Field MP - Former Minister for Welfare Reform, UK

Does Brexit and constant infighting within the party spell the end for Labour?

Omar Zakhilwal, Afghanistan's Ambassador to Pakistan

HARDtalk: Omar Zakhilwal, Afghanistan's Ambassador to Pakistan

Stephen Sackur speaks to Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal.

Paul Refsdal, Journalist and Filmmaker

HARDtalk: Paul Refsdal, Journalist and Filmmaker

HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to Norwegian journalist, Paul Refsdal.

David Nott - Conflict Zone Surgeon

HARDtalk: David Nott - Conflict Zone Surgeon

Stephen Sackur talks to David Nott, a British surgeon who has worked in conflict zones.

Ambassador Nicholas Burns

HARDtalk: Ambassador Nicholas Burns

Is the Clinton world view out of step with America's mood?

Al Sharpton, civil rights activist

HARDtalk: Al Sharpton, civil rights activist

Stephen Sackur talks to American civil rights campaigner Al Sharpton.

Steve Keen, Economist

HARDtalk: Steve Keen, Economist

After the financial crises of the last decade, can economists' ideas be trusted?

Dame Diana Rigg, Actress

HARDtalk: Dame Diana Rigg, Actress

How does Dame Diana deal with the fickleness and unpredictability of acting life?

HARDtalk on the Road in Canada - Oil Sands

HARDtalk: HARDtalk on the Road in Canada - Oil Sands

Stephen Sackur is on the road in Canada.

HARDtalk on the Road in Canada - First Nations

HARDtalk: HARDtalk on the Road in Canada - First Nations

Stephen Sackur speaks to Canada's minister for indigenous affairs, Carolyn Bennett.

Derek Hatton, Former Labour Politician

HARDtalk: Derek Hatton, Former Labour Politician

Shaun Ley speaks to former Labour politician Derek Hatton.

Majak D'Agoot, former deputy defence minister, South Sudan

HARDtalk: Majak D'Agoot, former deputy defence minister, South Sudan

Shaun Ley speaks to Majak D'Agoot, former deputy defence minister of South Sudan.

Sara Khan, Director and Co-founder of Inspire

HARDtalk: Sara Khan, Director and Co-founder of Inspire

Sarah Montague speaks to Sara Khan, director and co-founder of Inspire.

Lindsey Graham - US Senator

HARDtalk: Lindsey Graham - US Senator

The former presidential candidate and Donald Trump critic discusses the US election.

Pawel Szalamacha, Poland's Finance Minister

HARDtalk: Pawel Szalamacha, Poland's Finance Minister

Sarah Montague speaks to Polish finance minister Pawel Szalamacha.

Ed Balls, Former Labour MP (2005-2015)

HARDtalk: Ed Balls, Former Labour MP (2005-2015)

Stephen Sackur speaks to former Labour MP Ed Balls, who lost his seat in 2015.

Andriy Kobolyev

HARDtalk: Andriy Kobolyev

Shaun Ley speaks to Andriy Kobolyev, CEO of Ukraine's state-run energy company Naftogaz.

Kweku Adoboli, Former UBS Trader

HARDtalk: Kweku Adoboli, Former UBS Trader

Stephen Sackur speaks to Kweku Adoboli, a former trader for the Swiss Bank UBS.

Nathan Law, Member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council

HARDtalk: Nathan Law, Member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council

Stephen Sackur talks to Nathan Law, Hong Kong Legislative Council member.

Ece Temelkuran, Turkish Author

HARDtalk: Ece Temelkuran, Turkish Author

Stephen Sackur talks to Turkish author Ece Temelkuran.

Nick Clegg - UK Deputy Prime Minister, 2010-2015

HARDtalk: Nick Clegg - UK Deputy Prime Minister, 2010-2015

Is Clegg unfairly blamed for the Lib Dems' performance in the 2015 general election?

16/09/2016

HARDtalk: 16/09/2016

Interviews with newsworthy personalities.

Meat Loaf, Musician and Actor

HARDtalk: Meat Loaf, Musician and Actor

HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to rock 'n' roll legend Meat Loaf.

Nigel Farage - Former Leader of the UK Independence Party

HARDtalk: Nigel Farage - Former Leader of the UK Independence Party

Stephen Sackur speaks to Nigel Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party.

21/09/2016

HARDtalk: 21/09/2016

Stephen Sackur talks to newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman EPP Group, European Parliament

HARDtalk: Manfred Weber MEP, Chairman EPP Group, European Parliament

Sarah Montague speaks to German MEP Manfred Weber.

Sam Rainsy

HARDtalk: Sam Rainsy

Sarah Montague speaks to Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Avi Dichter, chair of Israel's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee

HARDtalk: Avi Dichter, chair of Israel's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee

Stephen speaks to Avi Dichter, chair of Israel's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee.

Dmitry Peskov, Spokesman for Vladimir Putin

HARDtalk: Dmitry Peskov, Spokesman for Vladimir Putin

Stephen Sackur speaks to Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Neil Kinnock, former leader of the British Labour Party (1983-1992)

HARDtalk: Neil Kinnock, former leader of the British Labour Party (1983-1992)

Neil Kinnock, former leader of the British Labour Party.

Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria

HARDtalk: Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria

Okechukwu Enelamah wants to break Nigeria's dependence on oil. But it too late?

Pieter-Dirk Uys

HARDtalk: Pieter-Dirk Uys

Stephen Sackur talks to South African satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys.

Marine Le Pen, President of the National Front Party, France

HARDtalk: Marine Le Pen, President of the National Front Party, France

Stephen Sackur talks to Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front party.

Grover Norquist

HARDtalk: Grover Norquist

Stephen Sackur speaks to Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Margaret Atwood, Author

HARDtalk: Margaret Atwood, Author

Stephen Sackur asks author Margaret Atwood what keeps her creative juices flowing.

Riek Machar, Leader, SPLM in Opposition

HARDtalk: Riek Machar, Leader, SPLM in Opposition

Stephen Sackur talks to Riek Machar, South Sudanese vice president turned rebel leader.

Mohamed Diab, Film Director

HARDtalk: Mohamed Diab, Film Director

Stephen Sackur talks to Egyptian film director Mohamed Diab, who directed Eshtebak.

Peter Szijjarto - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

HARDtalk: Peter Szijjarto - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary

What are the consequences of Hungary's decision to reject the EU's response on migrants?

Michael O'Leary, Chief Executive Officer of Irish airline Ryanair

HARDtalk: Michael O'Leary, Chief Executive Officer of Irish airline Ryanair

Stephen Sackur talks to Michael O'Leary, the boss of Ryanair.

Daniel Mitov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria

HARDtalk: Daniel Mitov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria

Stephen Sackur speaks to Bulgaria's foreign minister, Daniel Mitov.

Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment

HARDtalk: Steven Ciobo, Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment

Stephen Sackur speaks to Steven Ciobo, Australia's trade minister.

Kieran Conway, Former Director of Intelligence for the IRA

HARDtalk: Kieran Conway, Former Director of Intelligence for the IRA

Stephen Sackur speaks to Kieran Conway, the former director of intelligence for the IRA.

Patricia Cornwell - Author

HARDtalk: Patricia Cornwell - Author

To what extent do the crime writer's books reveal her own fears and emotions to readers?

Roberto Azevedo, Director General of WTO

HARDtalk: Roberto Azevedo, Director General of WTO

Stephen Sackur speaks to Roberto Azevêdo, director general of the World Trade Organisation

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

HARDtalk: Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Stephen Sackur speaks to South African musician and campaigner Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

Anthony Scaramucci, Executive Committee, US President-elect's Transition Team

HARDtalk: Anthony Scaramucci, Executive Committee, US President-elect's Transition Team

HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to American hedge fund entrepreneur, Anthony Scaramucci.

Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz & Former CEO of PIMCO

HARDtalk: Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz & Former CEO of PIMCO

HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to economic adviser Mohamed El-Erian.

Linas Linkevicius, Foreign Minister of Lithuania

HARDtalk: Linas Linkevicius, Foreign Minister of Lithuania

Stephen Sackur talks to Linas Linkevicius, Lithuania's foreign minister.

Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland First Minister

HARDtalk: Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland First Minister

Sarah Montague speaks to Arlene Foster, Northern Ireland's first minister.

Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman, INEOS

HARDtalk: Jim Ratcliffe, founder and chairman, INEOS

Stephen Sackur talks to Jim Ratcliffe the founder of petrochemical company INEOS.

Qubad Talabani, deputy prime minister, Kurdistan Regional Government

HARDtalk: Qubad Talabani, deputy prime minister, Kurdistan Regional Government

Interview with Qubad Talabani, deputy prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Juan Manuel Santos  - President of Colombia

HARDtalk: Juan Manuel Santos - President of Colombia

Stephen Sackur talks to President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia.

Trevor Noah, comedian

HARDtalk: Trevor Noah, comedian

Zeinab Badawi speaks to the South African comedian Trevor Noah.

Paul Beatty, Author

HARDtalk: Paul Beatty, Author

Stephen Sackur talks to Paul Beatty author of Booker Prize-winning novel Sellout.

Homa Hoodfar - Former Canadian-Iranian detainee

HARDtalk: Homa Hoodfar - Former Canadian-Iranian detainee

Stephen Sackur speaks to Homa Hoodfar, an academic recently released from prison in Iran.

HARDtalk Review of the Year 2016

HARDtalk: HARDtalk Review of the Year 2016

Stephen Sackur reviews 2016, including the UK's decision to leave the EU.

27/12/2016

HARDtalk: 27/12/2016

Stephen Sackur talks to newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

28/12/2016

HARDtalk: 28/12/2016

Stephen Sackur talks to newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

Carrie Fisher

HARDtalk: Carrie Fisher

Tim Sebastian interviews writer and actor Carrie Fisher in 2000.

02/01/2017

HARDtalk: 02/01/2017

Stephen Sackur talks to newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

General Sir Richard Barrons, Commander UK Joint Forces Command 2013-16

HARDtalk: General Sir Richard Barrons, Commander UK Joint Forces Command 2013-16

Stephen Sackur talks to General Sir Richard Barrons, who led the UK's Joint Forces Command

Bassma Kodmani, Member of the negotiating team of the Syrian opposition

HARDtalk: Bassma Kodmani, Member of the negotiating team of the Syrian opposition

Will 2017 see a dramatic shift in the dynamic of the Syria conflict?

Jan Kizilhan, psychologist and trauma therapist

HARDtalk: Jan Kizilhan, psychologist and trauma therapist

Interview with a Yazidi psychologist who has helped resettle persecuted women in Germany.

Angelina Teny, Sudan People's Liberation Movement In-Opposition

HARDtalk: Angelina Teny, Sudan People's Liberation Movement In-Opposition

Zeinab speaks to Angelina Teny of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement In-Opposition.

Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations

HARDtalk: Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations

Stephen Sackur speaks to Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

14/12/2016

HARDtalk: 14/12/2016

Stephen Sackur talks to newsmakers and personalities from across the globe.

Theo Padnos - American Journalist Held Captive in Syria, 2012-2014

HARDtalk: Theo Padnos - American Journalist Held Captive in Syria, 2012-2014

The American journalist claims that it was he who was mostly responsible for his ordeal.