Great Britons

Great Britons

2002 - 2003, History
Profiles of the greatest Britons in history.

Episode Guide

  • Great Britons - Churchill (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:


    Looking at the achievements of influential British figures; Mo Mowlam argues that Winston Churchill should be known as the greatest of all Britons.

  • Great Britons - The Art of Diana (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    The Art of Diana

    People continue to appreciate Diana, Princess of Wales, and her commitment to the underprivileged.

  • Great Britons - Newton (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:


    Historian Tristram Hunt makes the case for Isaac Newton, one of the foremost scientific intellects of all time.

  • Great Britons - Elizabeth I (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Elizabeth I

    A search for the greatest figures in British history; Michael Portillo proposes Elizabeth I as Britain's most brilliant leader, in part for fighting religious fanaticism.

  • Great Britons - Nelson (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:


    Historian and writer Lucy Moore explores the life of Horatio Nelson; he was one of the most dazzling and successful naval leaders in British history and he won more battles than any other admiral before or since.

  • Great Britons - The World's Greatest Briton (Episode 22)
    Episode 22:

    The World's Greatest Briton

    The results of the voting are revealed, along with the identities of the other "Great Britons" proposed by viewers.

  • Great Britons - The Final (Episode 21)
    Episode 21:

    The Final

  • Great Britons - Lennon (Episode 10)
    Episode 10:


    John Lennon becomes an icon of British culture.

  • Great Britons - Cromwell (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:


    Military organizer, trainer and battlefield commander Oliver Cromwell.

  • Great Britons - Shakespeare (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:


    Actress Fiona Shaw explores the life of William Shakespeare, Britain's famous playwright and poet.

  • Great Britons - Brunel (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:


    Isambard Kingdom Brunel built the biggest ship and the fastest railways of the Victorian era.

  • Great Britons - Darwin (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:


    David Attenborough explores the landscapes that inspired Charles Darwin.

  • Great Britons - The Top 100 (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    The Top 100