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Who are Britain's new Elizabethans?


In the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Radio 4 is looking back at the Elizabethans who have shaped our history in the past 60 years.

Recommended by listeners of Radio 4, the nominees were whittled down to just 60 names by a panel of historians and writers.

Lord Tony Hall, chief executive of The Royal Opera House chaired the panel. He told James Naughtie that the era has been "quite extraordinary" and amongst the people who have really shaped our lives those that most stood out were listed in science and culture.

Social historian Dr Kate Williams said that although the list was very engaging, it does not say much about modern Britain today, adding that with an average birth date of 1931, the modern Elizabethans on the list are "pretty old".

Listen to James Naughtie's profiles of the new Elizabethans on BBC Radio 4 from Monday June 11.

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