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29 October 2014
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Great Britons: over 170,000 vote in the first 48 hours

Early leaders Churchill and Diana have been overtaken in BBC TWO's Great Britons poll following last night's impassioned appeal for Brunel from Jeremy Clarkson.

Over 170,000 have voted since the poll began on Sunday 20 October and competition is intense with the ten contenders jockeying for position.

Clarkson's programme had an extraordinary effect with Brunel jumping from fifth place into the lead, pushing Churchill into second position.

Diana, another early leader, particularly popular with women voters, is now in fourth place.

Brunel is most popular in Wales and, nationally, with the over 55s: 40% of Welsh voters have voted for him and 46% of the over 55s.

A third of women voters currently have their vote with Brunel, but only 1% of them have gone for military leader Nelson.

The results on Wednesday morning are as follows:

1 - Brunel
2 - Churchill
3 - Darwin
4 - Diana
5 - Shakespeare
6 - Newton
7 - Elizabeth I
8 - Lennon
9 - Cromwell
10 - Nelson

Darwin, currently in third position, is well placed with Andrew Marr's call to arms for him this Friday on BBC TWO at 9.00pm.

Viewers can vote by phoning 090 11 22 1066, online at or via interactive television.

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