Great Britons Series 1
Great Britons Series 1
First Air Date: October 20, 2002
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1x12 The Greatest of Them All (November 24, 2002)
Anne Robinson is joined by the celebrities who championed the ten nominees while the final votes are cast.
1x11 Churchill (November 22, 2002)
In the summer of 1940, Britain looked to Prime Minister Winston Churchill to stem the imminent invasion by Hitler's forces. Since he fulfilled his destiny and led Britain to victory, Mowlam proposes Churchill as the greatest Briton.
1x10 Lennon (November 19, 2002)
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.
1x09 Newton (November 15, 2002)
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.
1x08 Elizabeth I (November 12, 2002)
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.
1x07 Shakespeare (November 08, 2002)
Actress Fiona Shaw explores the author's identity and applauds him for writing about life in a way that all could understand.
1x06 Nelson (November 05, 2002)
Historian and writer Lucy Moore makes the case for choosing Horatio Nelson as the greatest Briton of all time.
1x05 Cromwell (November 01, 2002)
Historian Richard Holmes assesses the achievements of Oliver Cromwell, the military leader whose passionate belief in the rights of the common man saw him sow the seeds of modern-day parliamentary democracy.
1x04 Diana (October 29, 2002)
Writer and broadcaster Rosie Boycott makes the case for choosing Diana, Princess of Wales, as the greatest Briton of all time.
1x03 Darwin (October 25, 2002)
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.
1x02 Brunel (October 22, 2002)
Jeremy Clarkson argues the case for Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
1x01 The Top 100 (October 20, 2002)
The top ten is revealed and a debate on the merits of each ensues in the studio.