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BBC World News brings back 'Mishal Husain Meets'

Premiering on November 2, this season’s line-up includes India’s most successful Olympian and one of Indonesia’s richest men

BBC World News brings back ‘Mishal Husain Meets' 

Premiering on November 2, this season’s line-up includes India’s most successful Olympian and one of Indonesia’s richest men

October 25, 2012:

Starting 2nd November, Mishal Husain Meets… returns for a second series, with guests ranging from a Malaysian celebrity chef and an award-winning Chinese actress to the only woman to run an F1 team.

Filmed at the NYU Tisch School of The Arts in Singapore, the series is fronted by Mishal Husain,one of BBC World News’ most prominent presenters and reporters.

In addition to presenting 'Impact' on BBC World News, Mishal is also known in the UK as a presenter of news bulletins on BBC1 and Newsnight on BBC2. She had a key role in this year's coverage of the London Olympics and has presented live on location around the world on some of the most hard hitting news stories, including the death of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, the Egyptian revolution, and the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Mishal’s documentaries for the BBC include 2011’s critically acclaimed 'How Facebook Changed the World - The Arab Spring', which explored the impact of social media on the Arab Uprising.

Mishal says: “This series allows me the space to have a more reflective conversation than in my work on the news, and each of the guests in this series brought something unique with them. From Zhang Jingchu's dedication to her art, to Chef Wan's joie de vivre and Monisha Kaltenborn's determination that more women should follow in her footsteps - I hope viewers enjoy watching these programmes as much as I enjoyed making them.”

This series of Mishal Husain Meets… includes:


Episode one – Zhang Jingchu Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu spent most of her time in drama school too shy to act, but burst to success with her very first film. A powerful work ethic has seen her embrace everything from tough art house roles to action heroine, winning accolades from co-stars like Jackie Chan along the way. In conversation with Mishal, she reveals the pressures of stardom and her quest not to let it all go to her head.


Episode two – Monisha Kaltenborn The striking recent success of the Sauber F1 team has thrown its CEO Monisha Kaltenborn into the spotlight. Born in India, she entered the motorsport world as a lawyer but her close bond with Peter Sauber has seen him increasingly depend on her to run the team he founded. Some speak of her as a future Bernie Ecclestone - she tells Mishal of her quest to get more women into motorsport and why she would never allow her own children to race in Formula One.


Episode three – Chef Wan

Chef Wan's rise to fame came after he ditched a successful career as an accountant in Malaysia and re-trained as a chef, finding his true vocation along the way. A natural showman, he loves the limelight - so much so that he turned his daughter's wedding into a TV special, although being in the public eye has also had its downside for his family. Today he has a global role as Malaysia's food ambassador.


Episode four – Sandiaga Uno

Sandiaga Uno knows what it's like to be at the bottom of the pile. The Asian financial crisis left him jobless and having to bring his young family to live under his parents' roof. Starting his own business was the only option to find work and create some distance between his wife and his mother. Today, that business has made him one of Indonesia's richest men. He believes the next generation of Asian businessmen need to be less risk averse - but does he practice what he preaches when it comes to his own investments?


Episode five – Abhinav Bindra

Shooting is a solitary sport and one that has consumed Abhinav Bindra's life since he was 13, with his parents giving him a private shooting range so he could follow his dreams. Those dreams became reality at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, when he won India's first individual gold medal and became an overnight national hero. Then came London 2012 and the ignominy of being knocked out of competition far outside the medal table. Nowplanning a comeback in Rio,he hopes that one day minority sports like shooting might break through India's obsession with cricket.

Episode six – Anggun

Pop diva Anggun may have represented France at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, but she first rose to fame in her native Indonesia. Born and raised in Jakarta, she released her first album at the age of nine.In her late teens she was already a successful rock star in Indonesia,but the dream of making it big abroad then took her to Europe. She tells Mishal of the challenge of singing in new languages, and how she sees her identity today.

Fans of Mishal Husain Meetscan also give comment and find exclusive content on the programme’s Facebook page via www.facebook.com/MishalHusainMeets

Mishal Husain Meets… is broadcast in association with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.



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