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FROST OVER THE WORLD
Mosiuoa Lekota
Sir David talks to the leader of Cope, a new South African political party.
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2008 07:26 GMT

Former ANC members tear up ANC T-shirts and their ANC membership cards prior to the National Convention called by a breakaway group led by Mosiuoa Lekota [EPA]

In this episode of Frost over the World, Sir David Frost speaks to Mosiuoa Lekota, the leader of a new political party, set up in South Africa to challenge the ruling African National Congress. The new party has already made an impact, with the ANC considering bringing forward next year's general election. 

Sir David also talks to Reza Pahlavi, the son of the ousted and late Shah of Iran, about human rights and democracy; plus he meets up with renowned musical theatre actress Stockard Channing.

And in the week that the Sirius Star, a Saudi-owned supertanker, was captured by pirates who are demanding a $25 million ransom, Sir David explores the issues surrounding the rise of piracy with Africa expert Roger Middleton.

Then, turning from the high seas to the high heavens, he talks to Astronomer Royal Martin Rees about the exciting first pictures of exoplanets and discusses whether, while none of them appear to be habitable, they raise the possibility that other, more hospitable planets, may be out there.

This episode of Frost over the World aired from Friday, November 21, 2008

Mosiuoa Lekota

 

The leader of South Africa's new political party, the Congress of the People, is former defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota, who joins Sir David from Johannesburg. Lekota and a large number of breakaway ANC officials launched Cope as a reaction to tribal splits in the ANC and the forced resignation of Thabo Mbeki, the former president.

Reza Pahlavi

   

Reza Pahlavi was a teenager in 1979 when the Islamic revolution in Iran ousted his father, the late Shah of Iran. Since then Pahlavi, who now lives in the US, has been a leading advocate of the principles of freedom, democracy and human rights in his homeland. He joins Sir David to talk about his hopes for a fresh policy towards this isolated Islamic state.

Stockard Channing

   

Sir David met up with Stockard Channing in New York, where she is currently starring on Broadway in the Rodgers and Hart stage musical Pal Joey. Channing is perhaps best known for playing Betty Rizzo, the leader of the Pink Ladies, alongside Olivia Newton John and John Travolta, in the 1978 film Grease, one of the most successful musicals of all time.



Astronomer Royal Martin Rees and Africa expert Roger Middleton

   

Sir David talks to the UK's Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees, about pictures of four exo-planets, captured for the first time by astronomers.

Roger Middleton, an Africa expert from the Royal Institute of International Affairs, joins the show to discuss the piracy threat from Somalia.

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