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The Hardtalk programme titles
Created by BBC News
Presented by Tim Sebastian 1997-2005 Stephen Sackur 2006-Present
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original channel BBC News
Original run 1997 – Present
External links
Official website

Hardtalk (styled as HARDtalk) is a flagship BBC television programme, consisting of in-depth half-hour one-on-one interviews.

It is broadcast four days a week (Monday to Thursday) on BBC World News and the BBC News channel. Launched in 1997, much of its world-wide fame is due to its global reach via BBC World. Until early 2005, the host was Tim Sebastian, whose famous, and sometimes controversial, style of tough questioning brought a huge world audience to the show.

Since 2006, the show has been presented by Stephen Sackur, who was previously the BBC's correspondent in Washington and Brussels and who is an experienced interviewer who has grilled U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. He is occasionally replaced by several other well-known BBC presenters such as Zeinab Badawi, Jon Sopel, Lyse Doucet, Nisha Pillai and Noel Thompson.

Hardtalk has featured some of the best known personalities in the world, who have subjected themselves to Mr Sebastian's or Mr Sackur's grilling. Guests have included the Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, South African President Thabo Mbeki, and popular musician Boy George.

The current Hardtalk Studio And Presenter Stephen Sackur

Hardtalk Extra, a variant of Hardtalk, was first aired in 2004 and is telecast on Fridays on BBC World News and on weekends on the BBC News channel. Entirely devoted to the world of arts and culture, with a particular attention to authors, the programme is usually presented by the well-known Gavin Esler and Mishal Husain. Famous guests have included writers Paulo Coelho, Anita Desai, V.S. Naipaul, and Salman Rushdie, actress Angelina Jolie and the late actor Christopher Reeve.

Extra Time is another programme from the Hardtalk team, presented by Rob Bonnet and broadcast on both BBC World News and the BBC News channel, featuring people from the world of sport, including professional tennis-players Pete Sampras and Andy Roddick.

There are two South-Asian versions of the above: Hardtalk India and Hardtalk Pakistan.

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