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Dec 2002 BBC Television series. The programme was part of an ongoing series to find the greatest Briton of the last 2,000 years.
The top 10 was:
Winston Churchill, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Princess Diana, Charles Darwin, William Shakespeare, Sir Isaac Newton, Elizabeth I, John Lennon, Horatio Nelson, Oliver Cromwell
Comedian Alan Davies presented the story of John Lennon and the Beatles and reasoned that John should be awarded the title on the basis that "It's hard to imagine anyone in British history who has given more enjoyment and excitement to more people than Lennon." Although Davies argued a compelling case he acknowledged that the unconventional Lennon with his deep distrust of nationhood and patriotism would probably have loathed the idea of being called a Great Briton.
Great Britons: Results - 24 Nov 2002
More than 1.2 million votes were cast in the poll for the greatest ever Briton. Sir Winston Churchill took the title with 447,423 votes. John Lennon made it to 7th place.
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