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The Big Interview

Long-form conversations about the lives and careers of the world's leading and most exciting names from the worlds of art, design, literature, politics, business and food. We hear from the masters themselves, about their art, their craft, their secrets and successes.

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M aka Michael Chow:

The painter and restaurateur discusses his remarkable life and new London show with Robert Bound.

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17425 Nov 2022
30 min

M aka Michael Chow: 

The painter and restaurateur discusses his remarkable life and new London show with Robert Bound.

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1734 Nov 2022
30 min

Karl Jenkins: 

The man behind ‘The Armed Man’ and ‘Adiemus’ speaks to Emma Nelson about his remarkable life and career as one of Britain’s greatest and most versatile composers.

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1 Nov 2022
24 min

Yana Peel: 

Chanel’s global head of arts and culture sits down with Robert Bound to share her take on the evolving international art market, and how the brand endeavours to champion trailblazing artists.

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17228 Oct 2022
30 min

Tony Cragg: 

The Turner Prize-winning British sculptor speaks to Robert Bound about his creative process and his fascination with the emotional qualities of materials.

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17021 Oct 2022
32 min

Aleksander Kwaśniewski: 

Former president of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski meets Andrew Mueller in Warsaw to discuss his remarkable political career, why he decided to lead Poland into the EU and Nato, and what it was like to sit across a table from Vladimir Putin.

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16914 Oct 2022
30 min

Marin Alsop: 

Internationally renowned conductor Marin Alsop sits down with Emma Searle to discuss the joys and challenges of leading an orchestra and how, despite rejections and being told, “Girls can’t do that,” she persisted to become the first woman to lead major orchestras in Europe, South America and the US.

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1687 Oct 2022
30 min

Mellissa Fung: 

The Canadian journalist sits down with Emma Nelson to discuss her career as a war correspondent, being abducted on assignment in Afghanistan and how this trauma refuelled her mission to tell the stories of those caught in conflict.

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16730 Sep 2022
30 min

Firooz Zahedi: 

Photographer Firooz Zahedi sits down with Rob Bound to discuss his special friendship with Elizabeth Taylor and how he went from growing up in conservative Iran to capturing Hollywood glamour.

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16623 Sep 2022
30 min

Alexander Stubb: 

The former prime minister of Finland sits down with Markus Hippi to discuss his remarkable political career, Finland's decision to join NATO, and the war in Ukraine.

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16516 Sep 2022
30 min

Edward Enninful: 

Edward Enninful: the editor in chief of British ‘Vogue’ sits down with Sophie Grove to discuss his new memoir, ‘A Visible Man’, growing up in Ghana and what it was like working with some of the most iconic fashion trailblazers, including Kate Moss, Anna Wintour and Naomi Campbell.

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1648 Jul 2022
30 min

Platon: 

The award-winning photographer has turned his camera on political figures and global superstars, including the Obamas, Prince and Muammar Gaddafi. He sits down with Charlie Filmer-Court to discuss his life’s work and what it was like to be an inch away from Vladimir Putin as he captured his photograph.

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1631 Jul 2022
30 min

Vitali Shkliarov: 

The Belarusian-American democratic activist and political strategist sits down with Christopher Cermak to discuss what it was like to work on Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigns, his imprisonment in Belarus and his lifelong goal to help opposition politicians challenge authoritarian regimes in eastern Europe.

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16224 Jun 2022
30 min

Poppy Northcutt: 

The women’s rights attorney and former Nasa engineer speaks to Emma Nelson about working on the male-dominated space programme in the 1960s, what it was like to help retrieve the Apollo 13 astronauts after their mid-flight disaster and why she’s concerned about the threat to Roe vs Wade.

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16117 Jun 2022
30 min

Vikas Swarup: 

Vikas Swarup, the Indian author and former diplomat, tells Georgina Godwin about his postings across the world, pivoting to writing after a decades-long diplomatic career and his international best-selling book ‘Q&A’, which was adapted into the hit film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.

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16010 Jun 2022
30 min

Shukria Barakzai: 

Georgina Godwin meets the Afghan politician, journalist and women’s rights activist to discuss the US’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Taliban government and her criticisms of Western involvement in her country.

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