17 - 20 August 2015
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Monday 17 August 2015: Ballet Dancer Sylvie Guillem
For more than three decades the ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem has performed as principal dancer at most leading ballet establishments, redrawing the boundaries of the genre. But at the end of this year she will be giving her last performance in a worldwide farewell tour. She will undoubtedly go down in ballet history as one of the greatest dancers of all time - but she is famously been dubbed 'Mademoiselle Non' for being too assertive. Hardtalk speaks to her about that as well as the poisonous rivalries in the world of ballet and her activism to save the planet.
Tuesday 18 August 2015: Bank Account Bans
Journalist Peter Oborne investigates why one of the world’s largest banks, HSBC, has closed the accounts of a number of British Muslim individuals and charities. The account holders were told only that the bank did not have the “risk appetite” to handle their money.
Wednesday 19 August 2015: Tunisia on the Fault Line
Frances Stonor Saunders travels around Tunisia looking at the background to the terrorist attack that killed 38 people in June. As well as deserted beaches and eerily empty hotels, Frances has a chance meeting with a man who helped foil a previous terror attack on a popular tourist site; and she finds out why Tunisians are refusing to go to local hotels, despite desperate pleas from hotel owners.
Thursday 20 August 2015: Cuba on the Move
Will Grant takes a ride in Cuba to discover how people get around and whether the thaw in relations with the United States will make any difference to their lives. The country is known the world over for its classic cars, a consequence of the American trade embargo imposed after the revolution in 1959. It is almost as if Cuba has been stuck in a time warp for half a century with around 60 thousand vintage cars now attempting to navigate the country’s notoriously bad roads. Car ownership is still the dream for most people but the reality is a chaotic bus service, a bone shaking ride in a horse and cart or hitching a lift. How do people cope and will things change?