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Politics Show Friday, 21 February, 2003, 15:53 GMT
Meet presenter Peter Henley
Peter Henley
Peter Henley presenter of Politics Show South
Peter Henley has many years of broadcasting experience and he is looking forward to taking a fresh approach to politics.

Peter started as a reporter and early morning newsreader at Reading's 210 FM. As a roving reporter for TV South, he covered the dramatic weeks in which the Henley MP Michael Heseltine fought to replace Margaret Thatcher.

Peter also filmed in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War of 1992. He can't forget the tank graveyards - row on row of twisted metal, in which men died.

About politics

Peter is keen to show you that politics need not be boring! If you care about the way the world around you is run, then you care about politics.

Whether it's deciding whether you want to eat meat, or asking why it's impossible to find a parking space, Peter wants the Politics Show to help you make a choice, and enjoy doing it.

It helps when you have confronted the politicians issuing the orders. During the Kosovo campaign, British troops were facing a ground war when Peter went to interview the, then Foreign Secretary Robin Cook at Chequers.

Robin Cook broke off to take a telephone call, and returned a different person, having heard the first signs that the Serbian regime was caving in.

The Politics Show

Every Sunday Peter will broadcast live from a different location in the South, asking real people what matters to them, and calling decision makers to account.

He won't take "not my department" for an answer! For ten years Peter's been asking the tough questions. From Portsmouth to Petersfield, Oxford to Canterbury his background in general news taught him that if you don't ask, you don't get.

High politics has its lighter side too. Like the time he had to pretend to be the sound man to sneak into an American press conference and ask Bill Clinton's right hand woman, Madeleine Albright, about the embargo on the banana trade.

"We said NO Questions!" they yelled. The Secret Service piled in, but he got the tape, and her answer, on the air that night!

At home

Peter is pleased to be more rooted to home in the New Forest with wife Sam, who's a teacher, and their three boys, dog, cat and guinea pig.

The youngest boy, Toby, is not so sure. In order that Peter can do radio interviews from home, Toby has been pushed out of his bedroom, poor lad!

Join Peter Henley on The Politics Show every Sunday at midday on BBC One.

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