By Joe Crilly

BBC Icons: Winston Churchill Favourite To Win But Betting Is Tight

With the BBC’s new show, Icons, starting next week, William Hill are offering odds on all the categories and the overall winner.


The most likely winner looks set to come from the “Leaders” category (4/6) with Winston Churchill heading the outright betting at 11/8 and 7/2 respectively. Churchill is odds on at 2/5 to win his category.


Third favourite to be crowned the ultimate 20th Century icon is Albert Einstein, who is 8/1 and 10/11 to win the “Scientists” category.


“We expect this market to attract a lot of interest as everyone will have a view,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “While Winston Churchill heads the betting, the list is packed with names who are all rightly classified as icons and it will be fascinating to see how or if the betting shifts based on public opinion.”


Which category will the BBC Icons winner come from: 4/6 Leaders; 9/2 Scientists; 5/1 Activists; 10/1 Sports; 14/1 Artists & Writers; 16/1 Entertainers; 20/1 Explorers


Leaders winner: 2/5 Winston Churchill; 7/4 Nelson Mandela; 20/1 Margaret Thatcher; 40/1 Franklin D Roosevelt


Explorers winner: 2/5 Neil Armstrong; 3/1 Ernest Shackleton; 10/1 Gertrude Bell; 10/1 Jane Goodall


Scientists winner: 10/11 Albert Einstein; 7/4 Alan Turing; 10/3 Marie Curie; 40/1 Tu Youyou


Entertainers winner: 1/2 David Bowie; 3/1 Charlie Chaplin; 7/1 Marilyn Monroe; 10/1 Billie Holiday


Activists: 4/6 Dr Martin Luther King; 7/4 Emmeline Pankhurst; 5/1 Mohandas Gandhi; 50/1 Helen Keller


Sports: 2/5 Muhammad Ali; 3/1 Pele; 10/1 Billie Jean King; 10/1 Tanni Grey-Thompson


Artists & Writers: 5/4 Alfred Hitchcock; 5/4 Pablo Picasso; 13/2 Virginia Woolf; 7/1 Andy Warhol


BBC Icons winner: 11/8 Winston Churchill; 7/2 Nelson Mandela; 8/1 Albert Einstein; 10/1 Dr Martin Luther King; 14/1 Alan Turing; 14/1 Emmeline Pankhurst; 14/1 Muhannad Ali; 25/1 David Bowie; 25/1 Marie Curie; 25/1 Mahandas Gandhi; 33/1 Margaret Thatcher; 33/1 Neil Armstrong; 40/1 Alfred Hitchcock; 50/1 Pablo Picasso; 50/1 Pele; 66/1 Virginia Woolf; 80/1 Andy Warhol; 100/1 Billie Holiday; 100/1 Billie Jean King; 100/1 Charlie Chaplin; 100/1 Ernest Shackleton; 100/1 Franklin D Roosevelt; 100/1 Gertrude Bell; 100/1 Helen Keller; 100/1 Helen Keller; 100/1 Jane Goodall; 100/1 Marilyn Monroe; 100/1 Tanni Grey-Thompson; 100/1 Tu Youyou