100 Greatest Britons

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The 100 Greatest Britons was a television series broadcast by the BBC in 2002.wikipedia
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Oliver Cromwell

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The poll resulted in nominees including Guy Fawkes, who was executed for trying to blow up the Parliament of England; Oliver Cromwell, who created a republican England; Richard III, suspected of murdering his nephews; James Connolly, an Irish nationalist and socialist who was executed by the Crown in 1916; and a surprisingly high ranking of 17th for actor and singer Michael Crawford (the second highest-ranked entertainer, after John Lennon).
He was selected as one of the ten greatest Britons of all time in a 2002 BBC poll.

John Lennon

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The poll resulted in nominees including Guy Fawkes, who was executed for trying to blow up the Parliament of England; Oliver Cromwell, who created a republican England; Richard III, suspected of murdering his nephews; James Connolly, an Irish nationalist and socialist who was executed by the Crown in 1916; and a surprisingly high ranking of 17th for actor and singer Michael Crawford (the second highest-ranked entertainer, after John Lennon).
In 2002, Lennon was voted eighth in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons and in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel occupied the top spot in the polls for some time thanks largely to "students from Brunel University who have been campaigning vigorously for the engineer for weeks."
In 2002, Brunel was placed second in a BBC public poll to determine the "100 Greatest Britons".

Alexander Fleming

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The highest-placed Scottish entry was Alexander Fleming in 20th place, and the highest Welsh entry was Owain Glyndŵr in 23rd place.
In 2002, he was chosen in the BBC's television poll for determining the 100 Greatest Britons, and in 2009, he was also voted third "greatest Scot" in an opinion poll conducted by STV, behind only Robert Burns and William Wallace.

Bob Geldof

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In addition to the Britons, some notable non-British entrants were listed, including two Irish nationals, the philanthropic musicians Bono and Bob Geldof.
In 2002, he was listed as one of the 100 Greatest Britons in a poll conducted among the general public, despite the fact that he is not British.

Alfred the Great

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14) Alfred the Great, king of Wessex (871–899). Successfully stopped the Viking advance in England, encouraged education, proposing that primary education be taught in English, and improved his kingdom's legal system, military structure and people's quality of life.
In 2002, Alfred was ranked number 14 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

Ernest Shackleton

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The top 19 entries were people of English origin (though Sir Ernest Shackleton and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, were both born into Anglo-Irish families when what is now the Republic of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom).
In 2002, Shackleton was voted eleventh in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

Historical rankings of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom

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In a BBC poll to find the 100 Greatest Britons in 2002, five prime ministers were ranked in the top 100.

Tristram Hunt

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He has made many appearances on television, presenting programmes on the English Civil War (2002), the theories of Sir Isaac Newton (Great Britons, 2002), and the rise of the middle class, and makes regular appearances on BBC Radio 4, having presented broadcasts on such topics as the history of the signature.

Diana, Princess of Wales

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Diana, Princess of Wales was judged to be a greater historical figure than Isaac Newton, William Shakespeare, and Charles Darwin by BBC respondents to the survey.
In 2002, Diana ranked third on the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, above the Queen and other British monarchs.

Stephen Hawking

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25) Stephen Hawking, astrophysicist. Achieved groundbreaking work in the field of quantum gravity and theoretical cosmology. Author of A Brief History of Time.
In 2002, Hawking was ranked number 25 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

Jeremy Clarkson

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In Great Britons, as part of a public poll to find the greatest historical Briton, Clarkson was the chief supporter for Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a prominent engineer during the Industrial Revolution credited with numerous innovations.

Alan Davies

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He argued the case for John Lennon as the greatest Briton of all time on the BBC's Great Britons series in 2002.

Eric Morecambe

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32) Eric Morecambe, comedian and actor (Morecambe and Wise).
One of the most prominent comedians in British popular culture, in 2002 he was named one of the 100 Greatest Britons in a BBC poll.

William Blake

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38) William Blake, poet and painter (Songs of Innocence and Experience, Jerusalem: The Emanation of the Giant Albion, Milton: A Poem in Two Books).
In 2002, Blake was placed at number 38 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

William Tyndale

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26) William Tyndale, scholar. Translated the Bible into English.
In 2002, Tyndale was placed at number 26 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

John Harrison

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39) John Harrison, inventor of the marine chronometer.
Harrison came 39th in the BBC's 2002 public poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

Michael Crawford

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The poll resulted in nominees including Guy Fawkes, who was executed for trying to blow up the Parliament of England; Oliver Cromwell, who created a republican England; Richard III, suspected of murdering his nephews; James Connolly, an Irish nationalist and socialist who was executed by the Crown in 1916; and a surprisingly high ranking of 17th for actor and singer Michael Crawford (the second highest-ranked entertainer, after John Lennon).
Voted #17, ahead of Queen Victoria, in the 100 Greatest Britons (2002) poll sponsored by the BBC

Steve Redgrave

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36) Sir Steve Redgrave, rower. Won gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games (1984–2000).
In 2002, he was ranked number 36 in the BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

James Connolly

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The poll resulted in nominees including Guy Fawkes, who was executed for trying to blow up the Parliament of England; Oliver Cromwell, who created a republican England; Richard III, suspected of murdering his nephews; James Connolly, an Irish nationalist and socialist who was executed by the Crown in 1916; and a surprisingly high ranking of 17th for actor and singer Michael Crawford (the second highest-ranked entertainer, after John Lennon).
In a 2002, BBC television production, 100 Greatest Britons where the British public were asked to register their vote, Connolly was voted in 64th place.

John Logie Baird

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44) John Logie Baird, engineer and inventor. Invented the television.
Baird was ranked number 44 in the BBC's list of the 100 Greatest Britons following a UK-wide vote in 2002.

Frank Whittle

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42) Sir Frank Whittle, engineer and inventor. Invented the turbojet engine.
In 2002, Whittle was ranked number 42 in the BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.

Margaret Thatcher

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The highest-ranked living person was Margaret Thatcher, placed 16th.
Thatcher ranked highest among living persons in the 2002 BBC poll 100 Greatest Britons.

Aleister Crowley

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One of the more controversial figures to be included on the list was occultist Aleister Crowley.
In 2002, a BBC poll placed Crowley seventy-third in a list of the 100 Greatest Britons.

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

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The top 19 entries were people of English origin (though Sir Ernest Shackleton and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, were both born into Anglo-Irish families when what is now the Republic of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom).
In 2002, he was number 15 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.