One on One is more a conversation than a news interview, profiling celebrities and newsmakers from around the globe, with a focus on their personal histories, defining moments and goals in life.
The programme provides an intimate look into their philosophy of life and the events and people that influenced their careers.
The guests include a wide range of people who are known internationally or regionally for the work they have done.
These include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bob Geldof, Richard Branson, CBS veteran journalist Mike Wallace, Canadian rock star Bryan Adams, Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat, former First Lady of Egypt Jehan Sedat and singer songwriter Angelique Kidjo, to name just a few
Sir Richard Branson
Airing Friday 26th January
Sir Richard Branson, is a British entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand, a banner that encompasses a variety of business organizations. It is estimated that Branson is worth over £3 billion (equivalent to more than US$5 billion) according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2006. On the 12th of October, 2006, he emphasized his stated plan is to invest $3 billion over 10 years to fight global warming.
The son of an air hostess and a lawyer, Richard Branson faced challenges from an early age… his parents set him tough physical tasks to make him strong and independent. At fifteen, he dropped out of school to start a magazine with friends – and, soon after, launched the record label that would make him a household name.
Virgin has products ranging from air travel and and beverages to mobile phones and even space tourism. Coming soon - environmentally-friendly fuel. Branson's hard work has netted him an estimated 5 billion dollars and growing.
Airing Friday 2nd February
Elie Wiesel is a world-renowned Romanian-Hungarian Jewish novelist, philosopher, humanitarian, political activist, and Holocaust survivor. He is the author of over 40 books, the most famous of which, Night, is a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust.
|Elie Weisel with Riz Khan|
Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "messenger to mankind," noting that through his struggle to come to terms with "his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps," as well as his "practical work in the cause of peace," Wiesel has delivered a powerful message "of peace, atonement and human dignity" to humanity.
Airing Friday 9th February
Riz Khan interviews UN Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor. India’s top diplomat and currently a candidate for the top job at the United Nations, Tharoor is also an acclaimed author.
|Riz Khan with Shashi Tharoor|
This urbane diplomat is widely recognized for his devotion to the UN over the years. He's also been named a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.
Born in London, raised in India and living in New York, Shashi Tharoor puts his background to good use on a daily basis by bridging the diverse cultures at the UN.
He started his career with the UN High Commission for Refugees nearly three decades ago before ending up overseeing the monumental task of handling UN communications. An appropriate task, perhaps, considering Tharoor is an accomplished writer, with nine books to his name so far.
He describes his efforts as "leaving smudgy fingerprints on the footnotes of the pages of history".
Airing Friday 16th February
|Riz Khan with Jihan Sadat|
She was fifteen when she met her hero and fell in Love. She became First Lady to a nation and supported women’s rights throughout the Middle East. But as her husband worked for peace in the region, the fairytale ended before her eyes with an assassin's bullet. Riz Khan interviews the widow of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. It’s as an advocate for peace and the rights of women that Jihan Sadat has made her mark over the years.
Born in Cairo to an Egyptian surgeon and a traditional English mother, she followed politics from an early age and admired the charismatic national hero, Anwar Sadat. Soon after being released from prison for his resistance against British rule, Sadat met the young Jihan at her 15th birthday party. Despite their age difference, a romance was born.
As First Lady of Egypt, Jihan Sadat used her influence to advocate for women, the poor and infirmed. She fought for the passage of legislation granting women greater rights, and believed that education was the key to women’s advancement in society.
Then, in one tragic moment, her life changed forever. Jihan Sadat has learned to move on and rebuild her life for the sake of her children. Having gone back to college at the age of 40 to earn her Ph.D she now teaches in America and speaks out for peace and women’s rights around the globe.
Airing 23rd February 2007
Mary Robinson was the first female President of Ireland, serving from 1990 to 1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, from 1997 to 2002. She is credited by many as having revitalised and liberalised a previously conservative political office.
Born to a family of doctors, Mary Robinson, traces her roots to both rebels and servants of the Crown. She attended Dublin’s Trinity College - unheard of for a Catholic… and defied her parents' wishes by marrying a Protestant.
In 1990 she was elected President of Ireland and is credited as having revitalized and liberalized a previously conservative and largely ceremonial office.
Robinson stepped down four months before her term ended to become the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – a cause she is extremely passionate about.
Her newest project is Realizing Rights: the Ethical Globalization Initiative.
Outspoken on issues of contraception and Gay and Lesbian rights, as
well as the role of the Church, Robinson continues to be an important symbol for Ireland growing succes.
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