We’re profiling the relatively little known RMT union leader Mick Cash this week.
Train guards have begun what they say will be 27 days of strike action across the entire South Western Railway region in December.
More than 600,000 journeys a day are being affected.
The aim, says 59 year old Mick Cash, is to prevent SWR introducing new driver-only controlled trains next year.
Mark Coles tries to find out more about the man.
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
In the headlines this week was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Ephraim Mirvis.
Just weeks before the general election he made it clear that he believed Jeremy Corbyn was unfit to become PM because of his record on dealing with anti-Semitism within the Labour party - though Mr Corbyn said the party had taken "rapid and effective" action.
Edward Stourton traces the Chief Rabbi's story, which begins with a childhood in apartheid South Africa. His tenure as Chief Rabbi has been marked by a few liberalising initiatives, which have ruffled feathers and caused some disquiet within the wider Jewish community.
But observers might wonder if the initiatives have gone far enough. He is used to controversy within his own community, but unused to being in the wider public's gaze.
So what persuaded Ephraim Mirvis to enter the political fray and what does his intervention tell us about the man?
Producer: Rosamund Jones
The American rapper and singer nominated for eight Grammy Awards - more than any other artist this year. A global chart-topping success, Lizzo has captivated audiences across the world this year from the Glastonbury festival to America’s Video and Music Awards. A classically trained flautist, her flute even has 250,000 Instagram followers. But she isn’t just celebrated for her music, she’s known for inspiring self-love and acceptance too, earning her icon status in the body positivity movement.
Presenter: Mark Coles
Producer: Phoebe Keane and May Cameron
Did Donald Trump ‘bribe’ a foreign power – Ukraine - to try to discredit a political rival ahead of next year’s US Presidential race ?
On Profile this week, we’re looking at Adam Schiff - the man tasked with finding out.
A leading Democrat Congressman and former lawyer, Schiff chairs the House Intelligence Committee and is leading the impeachment investigation.
President Trump calls him biased…a “pencil neck, low life” who’s conducting a “hoax witch-hunt”.
Mark Coles talks to Schiff’s close friends, critics and former colleagues to find out what he’s really like…and why – before getting into politics - he wanted to be a Hollywood movie writer.
Producer: Smita Patel
Researcher: May Cameron
Sir Lindsay Hoyle
Mark Coles profiles the new Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, meeting - among others - his pet parrot, Boris.