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More4 celebratest the 2009 Nobel Prizes with three documentaries: two focusing on the Literature and Peace Nobel Laureate winners, and one that features highlights on the remaining Laureates.

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More4 celebratest the 2009 Nobel Prizes with three documentaries: two focusing on the Literature and Peace Nobel Laureate winners, and one that features highlights on the remaining Laureates.

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More4 celebratest the 2009 Nobel Prizes with three documentaries: two focusing on the Literature and Peace Nobel Laureate winners, and one that features highlights on the remaining Laureates.

  • Herta Müller

    Episode 1 - Barack Obama

    The announcement that the Norwegian Nobel Committee was awarding the 2009 Peace Prize to President Barack Obama created a stir around the world.

    The award was given 'for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples' yet many questioned whether it was too early in his presidency to be receiving such an honour.

    This film tackles the debate and sets out the challenges ahead for President Obama.

    Interviewees include: Susan Rice, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, who was foreign policy adviser to Obama during the 2008 campaign; General Scott Gration, Special Envoy to Sudan; Jesse Jackson Sr, who has known Obama for two decades through family friendship and on the Chicago political stage; David Frum, a Conservative journalist and former economic speechwriter for George W Bush; Jody Williams, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from 1997; Thorbjørn Jagland, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee that awarded Obama the Peace Prize; and Loretta Herron and Margaret Bagby, who worked with Obama in the Developing Communities Project in Chicago from 1985 to 1988.

    The programme offers a unique insight into the Nobel Peace Laureate's approach to foreign policy and the events in his life which have shaped his world view.

  • Herta Müller

    Episode 2 - Herta Müller

    This film profiles novelist, poet and essayist Herta Müller, the Nobel Literature Laureate of 2009.

    Herta Müller was raised in a German-speaking community under the oppressive communist regime of Ceaucescu's Romania, and emigrated to Germany in 1987.

    The award coincides with the 20th anniversary of the fall of communism. Award-winning director Guy Evans interviews Herta Müller on her home turf in Berlin and provides a fascinating insight into a writer whose life experiences have had a huge influence on her work.

  • Herta Müller

    Episode 3 - Highlights

    This film explores the lives and careers of this year's other Nobel Prize winners (other than the Peace and Literature prize winners) and their reaction to being awarded the highest honour in their respective fields.

    Featuring interviews with the Nobel Laureates themselves, and their friends, family and academic peers, the documentary provides an insight into what makes a Nobel Laureate, and also helps understand the significance of their work, which has changed the lives of millions of people.

    A record five women have been honoured by the Nobel committees in 2009, and 76-year-old Elinor Ostrom makes history by being the first woman to win the Economics Prize.

    The controversy of the Nobel Peace Prize is also addressed, as Barack Obama's colleagues, opponents and admirers discuss the significance of awarding him the Peace Prize so early in his Presidency.

Nobel Night synopsis

More4 celebratest the 2009 Nobel Prizes with three documentaries: two focusing on the Literature and Peace Nobel Laureate winners, and one that features highlights on the remaining Laureates.

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