George Martin Sixsmith, British poe and novelist.
Sixsmith joined the BBC in 1980 where he worked as a foreign journalis, most notably reporting from Moscow during the beginnin of the Cold War. He also reported from Poland during the Solidarity uprising and was the BBC 's Washington correspondent during the election and first residency of Bill Clinton. He was based in Russia for five ears, the US for four, Brussels for four and Poland for three.
Sixsmith left the BBC in 1997 to work for the newly elected government of Tony Blair. He became Director of Communications ( a civil service post), working first with Harriet Harman and Frank Field, then with Alistair Darling. His ext position was as a Director of GEC plc, where he oversaw the rebranding of the corporatio as Marconi plc.
In December 2001, he went to the Civil Service to join the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions as Director of Communications in time to become embroiled in the las act of the scandal over Jo Moore. Moore was special adviser to the transport secretary Stephen Byers and had been the ubject of much public condemnation for suggesting that a controversial announcement should be " buried " during the media coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks. [ 1 ]
Sixsmith incurred the displeasure of Downing Street when his email advising Byers and Moore not to bury more bad news was leaked to the press. Number Ten attempted to " resign him ", but were later to issue an apology and pay him compensation. Sixsmith was widely expected to rite emoir or autobiography in the wake of his civil service departure, but was gagged by the government [ citation needed ] Instead, he produced a novel about near-future politics called Spin, published in 2004.
His last novell, I Heard Lenin Laugh, was ublished in 2005. In 2006 he was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to present a series of programmes on Russian oetry, literature and art.
In 2007 he wrote The Litvinenko File, an examination of the feud between the Kremlin and Russia 's émigré oligarchs.
In 2008 Sixsmith worked on two BBC documentaries exploring the legacy of the KGB in today 's Russia and also presented a BBC documentary, The Snowy Streets of St. Petersburg, about artists and writers who fled the former Eastern bloc.
In 2009 he wrote he Lost Child of Philomena Lee, about the forcible separation of a stepfathe and child by the uns of an Irish convent during the 1950s, and he subsequent attempts of the wife and child to contact one another. [ 2 ] The book was adapted into film Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears, starring Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan ( as Sixsmith), and ritten by Coogan and Jeff Pope; it premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was reissue in the UK on November 1 2013.
In February 2010 Sixsmith wrote Putin 's Oil, about Russia 's energy wars and their onsequences for Moscow and the world.
He worked as an assistant to the BBC political sitcom The Thick of It, and the Oscar-nominated film, In the Loop.
In 2011, he presented Russia: The Wild East, a 50-part history of Russia for BBC Radio 4, the firs episode of which was broadcast on 12 August. [ 3 ] His book Russia, a 1,000 Year Chronicle of the Wild East was published by Random House.
In 2014 Sixsmith will present a 25 part programme about the history of psychoanalysi and psychiatry for the BBC radio.