The New Elizabethans
TNE: Queen Elizabeth II
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...
TNE: Simon Cowell
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.
TNE: Rupert Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch, the global media magnate. Despite the phone hacking scandal, his political influence and business skills elicit both fear and admiration.
TNE: Fred Goodwin
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?
TNE: Tony Blair
James Naughtie on the Labour Prime Minister who swept to power in 1997 but will be most remembered for the war in Iraq.
TNE: Alex Salmond
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...
TNE: Princess Diana
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.
TNE: Tim Berners-Lee
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...
TNE: John Hume and David Trimble
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.
TNE: Goldie - musician, DJ and artist
James Naughtie considers the contribution of musician, artist, actor and DJ Goldie to the rise of dance music and club culture over the past 25 years. Goldie began as a grafitti artist but was interested in the breakbeat scene. After visiting America...
TNE: Charles Saatchi - advertising and art collector
James Naughtie reflects on the high flyer from the advertising world Charles Saatchi. The company he founded with his brother - Saatchi & Saatchi - was one of the most successful ad agencies in the 1980's. Saatchi is also a major art collector, known...
TNE: Norman Foster
Norman Foster. James Naughtie considers the significance of the British architect whose prolific output has transformed skylines and landscapes around the world. Foster's breakthrough was his innovative designs for the Willis Building in Ipswich in...
TNE: Anita Roddick
James Naughtie considers the influence of one of Britain's most successful businesswomen, Anita Roddick. She was the first to base a large High Street business on being socially and environmentally conscious. Her cosmetics company The Body Shop...
TNE: Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen the professor and Nobel-winning laureate known as the Mother Theresa of economics for his work understanding and fighting the causes of poverty.
TNE: Ralph Robins
James Naughtie on one of the foremost industrialists of the second Elizabethan age, Ralph Robins, who is credited with turning around the fortunes of Rolls-Royce
TNE: BILLY CONNOLLY
James Naughtie considers the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, who went from from the Clyde shipyards to being one of the UK's most popular stand up comedians
TNE: David Hockney
David Hockney. James Naughtie considers the artist who has been at the forefront of British art since his early years as a member of the Pop Art movement.
TNE: Margaret Thatcher
James Naughtie considers the lasting influence of Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century and the only woman to hold the post. Her uncompromising policies and leadership style earned her the enduring nickname "The...
TNE: David Attenborough
David Attenborough Britain's well-known broadcaster and naturalist whose landmark Life series changed the way we watched TV and attracted record audiences. He received more public votes to be a New Elizabethan than anyone else.
TNE: Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall, a Jamaican born sociologist whose writing and ideas have influenced politics and public debate across the Second Elizabethan Age.
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