Icons


Icons is an eight-part history series which celebrates the achievements of some of the greatest figures of the 20th century. Seven well-known faces will each front an hour-long documentary arguing the case for four people from a different field of human excellence; fields our celebrity advocates are passionate about.

In each program, you will be introduced to four extraordinary: Leaders, Explorers, Scientists, Entertainers, Activists, Sports Stars and Artists & Writers. In the finale, all celebrity advocates return to make their icon’s case, and they reveal who the BBC's viewers voted as the greatest figure of the 20th century.

hero
If you’re in trouble, you might just want an action film actor nearby. Seriously. More.
Munich Games
Broadcast to an audience of 900 million, it was the beginning of an unhealthy relationship between terrorists and the media. More
Empire of the Scents
‘Sometimes I have kept his place in my heart a secret rather than face people who simply can’t abide it.’ Read more.
jeff Giles
Known as the 'sexy' Buddy Holly, Ontario's own Jeff Giles loves bringing audiences back to the music they grew up with. More