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Last Modified: 08 Feb 2007 16:39 GMT
Riz Khan
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.
 
Coming up on One on One:
 
Shashi Tharoor
Airing Friday 9th February
Riz Khan with Shashi Tharoor
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.
 
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".

Jihan Sadat
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.
 
Mary Robinson
Airing 23rd February 2007
Mary Robinson [EPA]
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.
 
Brian Adams
Airing 02nd March 2007
Riz Khan talks with Brian Adams
With a distinctive voice and catchy lyrics, this rock`n roll icon’s music has won him fans around the world. He tours extensively, making time for charity, and has excelled in another art: photography. Riz Khan interviews Canadian based rocker Bryan Adams.
 
Bryan Adams has a way of connecting with his fans with songs that are pure rock infused with boundless energy. When he sings, the crowd roars.
 
Despite his Canadian roots, Adams did his growing up around the world as he moved from country to country with his diplomat family. That in part has shaped his view on charity and fundraising, something he has often built into his touring and performing schedule.
 
Adams also became a staunch advocate in the battle against breast cancer after losing a close friend to the disease. He has even used his significant talents as a photographer to raise money for the cause, including a book featuring portraits of high profile American women.
 
Bryan Adams continues to tour to places other Western rock stars haven’t even considered… and points out that there’s still a lot more world out there for him to see.


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