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Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 16 and 17

Open Court  

Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Thursday 18 April at 1030 GMT / 1130 CET and 1730 GMT / 1830 CET
Saturday 20 April at 0830 GMT / 0930 CET and 2200 GMT / 2300 CET
Sunday 21 April at 1730 GMT / 1830 CET
Saturday 27 April at 1730 GMT / 1830 CET
Sunday 28 April at 0830 GMT / 0930 CET and 2230 GMT/ 2330 CET
Duration: 30 minutes
In April, ‘Open Court’ catches up with two of the world’s best tennis players on either side of the Atlantic. 

World number two Maria Sharapova stunned the world when she won the French Open a year ago.  Now the Russian tennis star, who once struggled on clay, is playing some of the best matches of her life. She won the Indian Wells tournament in March, regaining her number two ranking. Off court, Maria is also finding success as a business woman, having expanded her brand to fashion, sports equipment, cosmetics and more. ‘Open Court’ gets a rare glimpse of the superstar off court in Miami.

Also in the show, host Pat Cash travels to Nice, France, where he meets world number nine, Janko Tipsarevic, to talk about the finer points of the clay court game. ‘Open Court’ gets a sneak peak at the top ten player taking part in a gruelling clay court training camp, and Pat hits a ball with him. Pat also gives a few lessons on the three main components of the clay court game.

Leading Women

Sheryl Sandberg and Beyonce Knowles are April’s ‘Leading Women’. Credit: Getty

Wednesday 24 April at 1030 GMT / 1130 CET and 1730 GMT / 1830 CET
Saturday 27 April at 0530 GMT / 0630 CET and 1930 GMT / 2030 CET
Sunday 28 April at 1330 GMT / 1430 CET
Duration: 15 minutes

This month, ‘Leading Women’ profiles two ladies globally recognised for their success and whose careers have seen them featuring in ‘most influential’ lists time and time again.

Sheryl Sandberg (pictured, left) is chief operating officer at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, the American businesswoman was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and chief of staff at the U.S. Treasury Department. In 2012, Sanberg was named in Time‘s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. This year, Sandberg released her first book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, about women in the workplace, which has received a lot of attention globally.

American singer-songwriter Beyoncé Knowles (pictured, right) first captured the public’s eye as lead vocalist of the R&B group Destiny’s Child. She later established a solo career, becoming one of music’s top-selling artists with sold-out tours and a catalogue of awards. Knowles has also starred in several films, including Dream Girls. Last year, the star was ranked first on Forbes list of the “100 Most Powerful and Influential Musicians in the World”

Winning Post

Racing horse ‘Wigmore Hall’ with Travelling Head Groom Gil Dolman (left) and Michael Bell, Trainer of Wigmore Hall (walking on right)

Thursday 25 April at 1030 GMT / 1130 CET and 1730 GMT / 1830 CET
Saturday 27 April at 0830 GMT / 0930 CET and 2200 GMT / 2300 CET
Sunday 28 April at 1730 GMT / 1830 CET
Duration: 15 minutes

This month, ‘Winning Post’ is in Dubai for the world’s richest race day, where more than £17m is up for grabs.

It’s an alluring prize pot for many international owners flying their horses in from across the globe. The programme follows the preparations and training for one of the sport’s most travelled horses, Wigmore Hall, as he leaves an unseasonably cold Britain for the hot deserts of Dubai.

‘Winning Post’ also heads out to the Meydan racetrack, home to the world’s largest integrated racing facility. Host Franscesca Cumani looks at the huge investment the state is making in the sport and why it wants to be the new home of the racing elite. She talks to the Dubai Racing Club’s CEO, Frank Gabriel, about how the club is funded and if it can be sustainable.

The show then catches up with the first UAE born and bred jockey to make it big – Ahmed Ajtebi. He now rides for one of the top stables in the world but earned his racing spurs on the back of a camel Cumani finds out if he’s still got what it takes, when they go head to head in a camel race.

The Gateway: Singapore

Andrew Stevens hosts The Gateway from Singapore

Thursday 25 April at 1045 GMT / 1145 CET and 1745 GMT / 1845 CET
Saturday 27 April at 0845 GMT / 0945 CET and 2215 GMT / 2315 CET
Sunday 28 April at 1745 GMT / 1845 CET
Duration: 15 minutes 

As a consistent contender for the title of world’s best airport, Singapore Changi not only prides itself in its ability to move people and goods seamlessly through its airport, but in the comfort that goes with it. After losing the title of best airport the past two years, Singapore refocused and is trying to get back to the top, handling 51.2 million passengers in 2012 – a record for Changi. ‘The Gateway’ speaks to Tan Lye Teck, Executive Vice President of Airport Management, who explains what makes Changi an airport people never want to leave.

Singapore Changi is also the world’s busiest A380 hub, servicing 286 of these large capacity flights a week. Host Andrew Stevens take to both land and sea to learn how Changi’s emergency services are adapting to evolving aircraft technology and size.

The country’s flag carrier airline is Singapore Airlines. Stevens visits the crew training center to see where ordinary young women and men transform into their own version of the timeless ‘Singapore Girl’ symbol, an image that has defined the airline since 1972. ‘The Gateway’ also sees how Singapore Airlines, which prides itself in culinary excellence, can provide custom meals on board with its ‘Book a Cook’ scheme. But what’s first class food without first class wine? The programme gets a taste of the good life by trying to find the next great wine.


Airs Monday – Friday at 2000 BST / 2100 CET.
Replays at 2200 BST / 2300 CET and the following day at 1000 BST / 1100 CET. Also airs Sundays 0030 BST
Duration: 30 minutes

In her nightly interview show, Christiane Amanpour uses incisive questioning to get at the truth behind today’s headlines.  

‘Amanpour’, which returned to CNN International’s screens a year ago this month, showcases Christiane’s powerful interviewing skills, as she demands answers from world leaders, newsmakers and key players – answers that decide life-and-death issues for millions of people. 

After three decades covering the world, Christiane draws upon her personal knowledge of the leaders and regions in crisis – using her insider’s knowledge, she analyses the real impact and the ultimate outcomes. 

Recent guests include: Republican Senator, John McCain; President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan; Egyptian Prime Minister, Hesham Kandil; President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame; Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Matata Ponyo Mapon; President of World Bank, Dr. Jim Yong Kim; Former British Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott.