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BBC World invites votes for 'Greatest Briton'

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MUMBAI: Last year in a BBC poll, 1.6 million UK viewers voted for Sir Winston Churchill as the "greatest Briton". Now, the survey broadens it's reach to the rest of the world to find out whether or not we agree with that choice.



Votes must be cast through the site www.bbcworld.com/vote. The site also has a biography of all ten Britons on the shortlist, as well as summaries of each presenter's argument and pertinent facts about the nominees. They include Churchill, Charles Darwin, Princess Diana, John Lennon amongst others.



On air, the channel commenced the weekly series Great Britons from 7 June every Saturday at 7:40 pm with a repeat on Sunday's at 2:40 pm and 11:40 pm.



Presenters - including the conservative politician Michael Portillo, the historian Tristram Hunt and Jeremy Clarkson, the presenter of Top Gear - will explain passionately why their choice deserves to be named as the world's greatest Briton.



In the final programme in the series, scheduled to be broadcast on 16 and 17 August, Click Online presenter Stephen Cole will reveal the results of the global voting. The poll will provide an insight into the figures whom international viewers consider their twenty-first century role models.

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