The New Elizabethans

The New Elizabethans

To mark Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, James Naughtie introduces the 60 new Elizabethans who reflect and define her reign. The 60 have been chosen by a panel of historians. The programmes are broadcasting on BBC Radio 4 from 11 June for 12 weeks.

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  • Queen Elizabeth II

    Fri, 7 Sep 12

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year. As the the longest-lived and second-longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom after Queen Victoria, she has been served by a total of twelve different Prime Ministers and has witnessed tremendous social, political and cultural changes, including the transformation of the British Empire into the Commonwealth of Nations.

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  • Simon Cowell

    Thu, 6 Sep 12

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Simon Cowell started out on Pop Idol in 2001, before devising X-Factor and Britain's Got Talent. Franchised around the world, these programmes have helped Cowell into the top ten of the Sunday Times music rich list, estimated worth £200-million.

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  • Rupert Murdoch

    Wed, 5 Sep 12

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Rupert Murdoch, the global media magnate. Despite the phone hacking scandal, his political influence and business skills elicit both fear and admiration.

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  • Fred Goodwin

    Tue, 4 Sep 12

    Duration:
    12 mins

    James Naughtie examines the legacy of the loathed banker Fred Goodwin. Having lost millions of pounds, a knighthood, and any public esteem, just how much did the actions of "Fred the Shred" and other leading bankers jeopardise the global economy?

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  • Tony Blair

    Mon, 3 Sep 12

    Duration:
    12 mins

    James Naughtie on the Labour Prime Minister who swept to power in 1997 but will be most remembered for the war in Iraq.

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  • Alex Salmond

    Fri, 31 Aug 12

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Jim Naughtie considers the influence of Alex Salmond, one of the leading Scottish politicians of the Second Elizabethan age. Salmond's passion for an independent Scotland has changed the political geography of the British Isles and may yet change it even more radically.

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  • Princess Diana

    Thu, 30 Aug 12

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Jim Naughtie on Diana, Princess of Wales whose glamorous life and untimely death touched the lives of million, shook the nation and changed the Royal Family forever.

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  • Tim Berners-Lee

    Wed, 29 Aug 12

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Jim Naughtie on Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and unlikely hero of the Olympic opening ceremony. Berners-Lee is a key figure in the digital revolution that has re-fashioned social lives, working practices and the flow of information around the globe.

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  • Doreen Lawrence

    Tue, 28 Aug 12

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Doreen Lawrence. Jim Naughtie considers the achievement of the mother of murdered teenager, Stephen Lawrence, whose campaign for justice revealed uncomfortable truths about British society.

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  • John Hume and David Trimble

    Mon, 27 Aug 12

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Jim Naughtie on John Hume and David Trimble who shared the Nobel Peace Prize after the Good Friday Agreement and whose lives help to illuminate the complex politics of Northern Ireland.

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