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Great Britons

Season 1 2002

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  • 2002-10-20T01:00:00+02:00 on BBC Two
  • 60 mins
  • 12 hours, 0 mins (12 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Documentary
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Great Britons is a major new ten-part series. Each of the one-hour programmes is dedicated to one of the public's Top Ten Great Britons, and is presented by a different well-known modern-day Briton who will be trying to persuade you that their choice is the one to vote for.

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12 episodes

1x01 The Top 100

  • Series Premiere

    2002-10-20T01:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

The top ten is revealed and a debate on the merits of each ensues in the studio.

1x02 Isambard Kingdom Brunel

  • 2002-10-22T01:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

Jeremy Clarkson follows in the footsteps of the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel whose designs for bridges, railways, steamships, docks and buildings revolutionised modern engineering.

But his boldness and determination to succeed often led him to repeatedly risk his own life. Jeremy Clarkson, discovers for himself just how terrifying that was.

1x03 Charles Darwin

  • 2002-10-25T01:00:00+02:00 — 60 mins

Did The Origin of Species make Charles Darwin the greatest ever Briton? Andrew Marr makes his case in the Galapagos Islands - where Darwin first witnessed evolution at work.

1x04 Diana, Princess of Wales

  • 2002-10-29T01:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Writer and broadcaster Rosie Boycott makes the case for choosing Diana, Princess of Wales, as the greatest Briton of all time.

1x05 Oliver Cromwell

  • 2002-11-01T01:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

1st Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. Commander of the New Model Army during the English Civil War against King Charles I.

1x06 Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson

  • 2002-11-05T01:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Historian and writer Lucy Moore makes the case for choosing Horatio Nelson as the greatest Briton of all time.

1x07 William Shakespeare

  • 2002-11-08T01:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Actress Fiona Shaw explores the author's identity and applauds him for writing about life in a way that all could understand.

1x08 Queen Elizabeth I

  • 2002-11-12T01:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Consigned to the Tower of London in her youth, Elizabeth I survived to turn Britain into a world power. Michael Portillo argues the case for the queen as being the most remarkable leader this country has ever had.

1x09 Sir Isaac Newton

  • 2002-11-15T01:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Isaac Newton is best remembered for the story of the falling apple - the inspiration for his theory of gravity. Historian Tristram Hunt argues, however, that there was much more to Newton than this.

1x10 John Lennon

  • 2002-11-19T01:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

First with the Beatles, then as a solo star, John Lennon revolutionised 20th-century music. Jonathan Creek's Alan Davies celebrates an icon for the post-war generation who communicated in a universal language - pop music.

1x12 The Greatest of Them All

  • 2002-11-24T01:00:00+01:00 — 60 mins

Anne Robinson is joined by the celebrities who championed the ten nominees while the final votes are cast.

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