Great creative Britons needed some celebrity spin

Surely the fatuous answer to Robin Kiang’s question about why more creative types weren’t included among the Beeb’s 100 Greatest Britons (Letters, DW 5 December) is that they didn’t have Jeremy Clarkson boorishly promoting their cause.

With all the subtlety of an out-of-control truck, Clarkson drove Brunel (or ‘Bob the Builder’ as AA Gill described him) into second spot behind Churchill, the well-known car insurer.

Clearly, JMW Turner should have enlisted Tiff Needham to paint his picture, Sir Christopher Wren turned to Quentin Wilson to build his case, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh looked to Dani Behr to dress his window.

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