A dozen more Brilliant Minds join the channel

Last week, the teams from yBC and Harvey Thorneycroft Limited came together once again for two days of concentrated filming in London.  Over a dozen new people joined as interviewees/commentators on the rapidly expanding Brilliant Minds channel.

Amongst them, Lord Seb Coe, well known British politician and former track and field athlete. As a middle-distance runner, Coe won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984.  After successfully leading the team which bid for and delivered the world’s most successful Olympic Games in London in 2012, he has gone on to head up the IAAF.  Lord Coe’s interview was candid and punchy, and we are looking forward to sharing it with thousands of business leaders in the coming weeks.

Also interviewed during the two day period was Ed Balls – a well known ex British Labour politician who was an MP for 10 years from 2005. When Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in 2007, Balls became Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, serving until the 2010 general election.  Since leaving politics, Balls has reinvented himself very successfully. He was a contestant on series 14 of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, surviving until week 10, and since then has built a business as a speaker, TV journalist and consultant.  His interview was possibly one of the best ever delivered for Brilliant Minds – he spoke with honesty and humility and shared some fascinating insights.  We’ll pay this forward and share with you soon.

We also had the honour of interviewing Lawrence Dallaglio, former English rugby player of some note.  His accolades include being former captain of England, and 2016 inductee of the World Rugby Hall of Fame. He played as a flanker or number eight for London Wasps and never played for another club, having arrived at Sudbury as a teenager. Playing in all three positions in the back row, he won 85 caps for England, and was part of the team that won the 2003 World Cup. He is one of a very small number of players to have won both the Rugby World Cup and Sevens World Cup. He went on three tours with the British and Irish Lions, winning three caps.  Lawrence is now working as a pundit on television rugby coverage as well as on radio.  Those of us in the UK will see him on TV during the ruby world cup later this year, and if you still read newspapers you’ll be familiar with his regular column.  Lawrence shared some interesting perspectives and insights.

Whilst these three interviewees are a great addition to Brilliant Minds, ten others were interviewed over two days, each bringing incredible insight, knowledge and storytelling to the channel.  We’re looking forward to revealing all of this content to you throughout the summer.  Stay tuned folks …