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People used to joke that if you find yourself in the same place as Adie you should get out immediately. As Chief News Reporter she broadcast from the front line in the Gulf War and riots in Tiananmen Square. After dinner Kate talks about Britain’s home front, when women started going to football matches.

One of the BBC’s most widely respected journalists, Lyse has covered some of the most tumultuous events around the world, from the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan to the Arab Spring uprisings. Despite the conflict and terror, she’s an unshakeable optimist, seeing the humanity and unity of people in the toughest of circumstances. She analyses the political and social uncertainty the world faces, and considers the nature of risk. She also reveals the lighter side to reporting from some of the world’s most dangerous places.

Huw is the lead news anchor on the nation’s main bulletin. He also leads coverage of state and  national occasions from royal weddings to London 2012 to elections. He combines warmth with authority as well as a ready wit and a host of entertaining stories.

After reporting on the Balkan wars and the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, Misha work with and advised EU and US governments. He remains an expert on Central and Eastern Europe and an acclaimed writer on global crime, most notably in his book McMafia, which was adapted into a hit BBC drama.

After over thirty years on the Today programme, John looks back on a career that has seen him cover some of modern history's most significant moments, from Nixon's resignation to the fall of apartheid. He spent almost 20 years testing the knowledge of the public and celebrities in the famous Mastermind chair, and in writing has examined social change, the environment and religion. After dinner he invites guests to turn the tables and grill him; he’s often asked about evasive politicians’ and their misuse of the English language.

With wry humour added to genuine insight and an enviable network of business, economic and political connections, the publisher, businessman and broadcaster considers the plots, policies and personalities making the news.

Cathy co-presents Channel 4’s evening news bulletin having formerly covered politics for the programme. She’s also led the broadcaster’s FactCheck Blog separating the truth from the spin in Westminster. She’s guested on Have I Got News, argued that most MPs deserve more pay, and demonstrated Gangnam Style live on the news. After dinner Cathy considers everything from fake news to Nigel Farage and recounts close encounters with Bill Clinton and keeping a straight face whilst reading the headlines.

Robert was the first to draw public attention to the fact that Northern Rock was approaching technical insolvency. The ex-FT Financial Editor and author of How Do We Fix This Mess? and WTF? combines coverage of economics and politics both on air and on social media where he maintains a huge following. After reporting on everything from China’s debt to the high street's reaction to online competition, Robert moved to ITV to take on a broad remit – including an agenda-setting weekly politics show.

A veteran of the Westminster beat, the former BBC Deputy Political Editor believes that cynicism is unhelpful: assume politicians are attempting to say something useful - but listen very, very carefully. As well as insights and anecdotes from Parliament and broadcasting he has speculated on what might happen if we were to select governments by means of reality television.

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