26 - 29 May 2014
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Monday 26 May 2014: Natalia Kaliada, Co-founder, Free Belarus Theatre
Belarus is Europe's last old-fashioned dictatorship - a country where being a political dissent gets you beaten up and locked up. HARDtalk speaks to one Belarussian who has refused to be cowed by President Lukashenko's iron fist. Natalia Kaliada co-founded the Belarus Free Theatre almost a decade ago. Directors, actors, even the audience have all faced arrest and imprisonment, but still their shows go on. The programme explores if drama is an effective tool of resistance.
Tuesday 27 May 2014: Alf Adams: A Life Scientific
Alf Adams, physicist at the University of Surrey, had an idea on a beach in the mid-eighties that made the modern internet, CD and DVD players, and even bar-code readers possible. You probably have half a dozen 'strained-layer quantum well lasers' in your home. He talks about his career in physics and the moment the idea came to him.
Wednesday 28 May 2014: Ukraine’s Citizen Soldiers
The demands of the so-called pro Russian separatists operating in eastern Ukraine are well known - but how much do we know about their opposite numbers? As Ukraine prepares for elections amid rising tension, Tim Whewell travels there to meet the people who call themselves nationalists and patriots: ordinary civilians and revolutionaries alike, who are determined to secure a strong, united and independent country - even at the risk of fighting a civil war.
Thursday 29 May 2014: Actor – Viggo Mortensen
Hardtalk speaks to award-winning film star, Viggo Mortensen. Known to many for his starring role in The Lord of the Rings, he is not your average Hollywood leading man. Fluent in four languages and of mixed American and Danish background, he spent his childhood in three continents – so, what is his response to critics who say the American movie industry has contributed to the ‘Hollywoodisation’ of global culture and killed diversity?