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Do our heroes and heroines have to be perfect? Matthew Sweet and guests look at the idea of religious ikons, the meaning of iconoclasm and labelling film idols & politicians icons.

Do our heroes and heroines have to be perfect? How do religious ikons link to iconoclasm and the labelling of film idols & politicians "icons of our time". Matthew Sweet is joined by film historian Pamela Hutchinson, bioethicist Tom Shakespeare, historian Julia Lovell and psychotherapist Mark Vernon.

Julia Lovell’s book Maoism a Global History is out soon
Mark Vernon’s book A Secret History of Christianity is out soon.

For more information about the BBC TV series of programmes profiling modern icons from sport, cinema, politics, exploration .... go to bbc.co.uk/icons

Producer: Luke Mulhall

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46 minutes

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