When anybody uses the term do-gooder in today’s society they’re usually using it as an insult. But Ian sets out to rescue the reputation of the maverick 'Do-Gooders' who he believes fixed the 19th century's version of 'broken Britain' – amazing men and women who precipitated the most remarkable period of social change in British history and, Ian argues, left us with a nation worth living in. Unlike notable Victorian royals, inventors, politicians and generals, many of them have been all but forgotten.
Ian calls William Wilberforce 'the godfather of the Do-Gooders'. Hedonistic man about town turned crusader, Wilberforce kick-started a multi-faceted moral revolution that reverberated throughout the 19th century, of which his successful campaign to abolish slavery was just one element.