Which public figures have made the greatest impact during the Queen’s reign?

To mark the Diamond Jubilee, BBC Radio 4 needs your votes for The New Elizabethans


They should be public figures from the Queen’s 60-year reign but otherwise it’s up to you: tell BBC Radio 4 who you think has defined this second Elizabethan period and whose work will leave a legacy.


To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, James Naughtie will present the top 60 results this summer in a series called The New Elizabethans. “This is going to be an exciting journey into our recent past,” he says. “Trying to find the 60 people who’ve left the most indelible marks on the age is going to be a challenge, but fun.

“We hope listeners will deluge us with suggestions and we’ll try to reflect all the diversity of our last six decades – men and women in politics, entertainment, the arts, sport, business, science, academe and anywhere else who’ve helped to make us what we are.”

Historians will add their own suggestions to the list and then the names chosen will be profiled in the series: “Writing 60 profiles of these people is going to be an adventure,” says Naughtie. “Some names will be obvious and I hope some will be obscure. But they will all tell a story – about ingenuity or courage, brilliance or sheer luck. The result will be a radio portrait of our age. I can’t wait to get started.”


Email your suggestions or submit them via The New Elizabethans website by the deadline of 5pm, Friday 9 March.