100 Greatest Britons

#1
Did anyone see the 100 countdown last night?  Unbelievable.  Mostly, it was good TV - a thumb nail of many brilliant people from Boudicca to Shackleton.  But does the British public really rate Michael Crawford seven places higher than the current Queen?  He was no.17 in top 100 ahead of people like Faraday, Fleming, Graham Bell, Barnes Wallis and Emmeline Pankhurst to name a few.  Is 'Some Mother do 'ave 'em' REALLY greater than penicillin?  The final top ten has yet to be decided but let's hope William Shakespeare gets more votes than Diana Princess of Wales pur-lease....!

Here is the list (in alpha order).  You can vote on your choice for number one (out of the top 10 - Darwin, Churchill, Nelson, Queen Elizabeth I, Newton, Cromwell, John Lennon, Brunel, Shakespeare, Diana Princess of Wales) on www.bbc.co.uk.  

And what a shame that there were no great living Brits higher than Thatcher at 16.

The definition of a 'Great Briton' for the purposes of the nominations was: anyone who was born in the British Isles, including Ireland; or anyone who lived in the British Isles, including Ireland, and who has played a significant part in the life of the British Isles. These are the people voted for by 30,000 members of the public - the 10-100 listing was announced last night and is not on the site at time of this posting...

King Alfred the Great
Dame Julie Andrews
King Arthur
Sir David Attenborough
Jane Austen
Charles Babbage
Lord Baden-Powell
Sir Douglas Bader
Sir Neville Barnes Wallis
David Beckham
Sir Alexander Graham Bell
Tony Benn
Professor Tim Berners-Lee
Aneurin Bevan
Tony Blair
William Blake
Bono
William Booth
Boudicca
David Bowie
Boy George
Sir Richard Branson
King Robert the Bruce
Richard Burton
Donald Campbell
William Caxton
Sir Charles (Charlie) Chaplin
Geoffrey Chaucer
Leonard Cheshire (Baron Cheshire of Woodall)
James Connolly
Captain James Cook
Michael Crawford
Aleister Crowley
Charles Darwin
Charles Dickens
Sir Francis Drake
King Edward I
Edward Elgar
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Michael Faraday
Guy Fawkes
Sir Alexander Fleming
Sir Bob Geldof
Owain Glyndwr
George Harrison
John Harrison
Professor Stephen Hawking - BBCi Science
King Henry II
King Henry V
King Henry VIII
Edward Jenner
TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
David Livingstone
David Lloyd George
John Logie Baird
John Lydon (Johnny Rotten)
James Clerk Maxwell
Sir Paul McCartney
Freddie Mercury
Field Marshal Montgomery
Bobby Moore OBE
Sir Thomas More
Eric Morecambe OBE
Florence Nightingale
Thomas Paine
Emmeline Pankhurst
John Peel
Enoch Powell
Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Steve Redgrave
King Richard III
Sir Cliff Richard
JK Rowling OBE
Captain Robert Falcon Scott - BBCi History
Ernest Shackleton
George Stephenson
Marie Stopes
Margaret Thatcher (Baroness Thatcher)
The Unknown Soldier
JRR Tolkien
Alan Turing OBE
William Tyndale
Queen Victoria
William Wallace
James Watt
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
John Wesley
Sir Frank Whittle
William Wilberforce
Robbie Williams
 
#2
King Alfred the Great
Dame Julie Andrews
King Arthur
Sir David Attenborough
Jane Austen
Charles Babbage
Lord Baden-Powell
Sir Douglas Bader
Sir Neville Barnes Wallis
David Beckham
Sir Alexander Graham Bell
Tony Benn
Professor Tim Berners-Lee
Aneurin Bevan
Tony Blair
William Blake
Bono
William Booth
Boudicca
David Bowie
Boy George
Sir Richard Branson
King Robert the Bruce
Richard Burton
Donald Campbell
William Caxton
Sir Charles (Charlie) Chaplin
Geoffrey Chaucer
Leonard Cheshire (Baron Cheshire of Woodall)
James Connolly
Captain James Cook
Michael Crawford
Aleister Crowley
Charles Darwin
Charles Dickens
Sir Francis Drake
King Edward I
Edward Elgar
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Michael Faraday

Guy Fawkes

Sir Alexander Fleming
Sir Bob Geldof
Owain Glyndwr
George Harrison
John Harrison
Professor Stephen Hawking - BBCi Science
King Henry II
King Henry V
King Henry VIII
Edward Jenner
TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
David Livingstone
David Lloyd George
John Logie Baird
John Lydon (Johnny Rotten)
James Clerk Maxwell
Sir Paul McCartney
Freddie Mercury
Field Marshal Montgomery
Bobby Moore OBE
Sir Thomas More
Eric Morecambe OBE
Florence Nightingale
Thomas Paine
Emmeline Pankhurst
John Peel
Enoch Powell
Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Steve Redgrave
King Richard III
Sir Cliff Richard
JK Rowling OBE
Captain Robert Falcon Scott - BBCi History
Ernest Shackleton
George Stephenson
Marie Stopes
Margaret Thatcher (Baroness Thatcher)
The Unknown Soldier
JRR Tolkien
Alan Turing OBE
William Tyndale
Queen Victoria
William Wallace
James Watt
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
John Wesley
Sir Frank Whittle
William Wilberforce
Robbie Williams

Easy really!!! ;) ;D ;)
 
#3
lolololololololololololololololol

Oh Eagle, you slay me..... ;D

But on another note, I happen to work 10 feet away from one of his descendants, and she's a babe........
 
#4
PTP,

Show and tell please!

Does she have the Fawkes-family pointy beard? I seem to remember that Guy Fawkes was quite tall....at least he was when they finally buried him.

Eagle,

You are a bad bad bad man, but "I like your style"
The only thing wrong with Guy Fawkes was that he failed!

F-S

Where did the illustrious President Blair come?  
 
#5
Not wanting to sound a picky get, but Msr Freddy Mercury wasn't a Brit... He was Hungarian Granted he was massively talented and a superb showman but he was a raving Crease busting marmite miner!
 
#6
I say that the unknown soldier should get no 1 spot particularly in the run up to Nov 11th.
 
#7
Sinner

Tango Bravo was number 67 (ahead of Monty and Tolkien!!).

And at last the Beeb have put them up in the 11-100 order..

11 Ernest Shackleton - BBCi History
12 Captain James Cook - BBCi History
13 Lord Baden-Powell - BBC Radio 4
14 King Alfred the Great - BBCi History
15 Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington - BBCi History
16 Margaret Thatcher (Baroness Thatcher) - BBC News
17 Michael Crawford - BBC News
18 Queen Victoria - BBCi History
19 Sir Paul McCartney - BBC News
20 Sir Alexander Fleming - BBCi History
21 Alan Turing OBE - BBC News
22 Michael Faraday - BBCi History
23 Owain Glyndwr - BBCi History
24 Queen Elizabeth II - BBC News
25 Professor Stephen Hawking - BBCi Science
26 William Tyndale - BBCi Books
27 Emmeline Pankhurst - BBCi History
28 William Wilberforce - BBCi History
29 David Bowie - BBCi Music
30 Guy Fawkes - BBCi History
31 Leonard Cheshire (Baron Cheshire of Woodall) - BBCi H2G2
32 Eric Morecambe OBE - BBCi Cult
33 David Beckham - BBC Sport
34 Thomas Paine - BBCi History
35 Boudicca - BBCi History
36 Sir Steve Redgrave - BBC Sport
37 Sir Thomas More - BBCi History
38 William Blake - BBCi History
39 John Harrison - BBC News
40 King Henry VIII - BBCi History
41 Charles Dickens - BBCi Books
42 Sir Frank Whittle - BBCi History
43 John Peel - BBC Radio 1
44 John Logie Baird - BBCi History
45 Aneurin Bevan - BBCi History
46 Boy George - BBC Music
47 Sir Douglas Bader - BBC Radio 4
48 William Wallace - BBCi History
49 Sir Francis Drake - BBCi History
50 John Wesley - External: John Wesley Online Exhibition
51 King Arthur - BBCi Religion
52 Florence Nightingale - BBCi History
53 TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) - BBC News
54 Captain Robert Falcon Scott - BBCi History
55 Enoch Powell - BBC News
56 Sir Cliff Richard - BBC News
57 Sir Alexander Graham Bell - BBCi History
58 Freddie Mercury - BBC News
59 Dame Julie Andrews - BBCi Films
60 Edward Elgar - BBCi Music
61 Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother - BBC News
62 George Harrison - BBC News
63 Sir David Attenborough - BBCi Nature
64 James Connolly - BBCi History
65 George Stephenson - BBCi History
66 Sir Charles (Charlie) Chaplin - BBC News
67 Tony Blair - BBC News
68 William Caxton - BBCi History
69 Bobby Moore OBE - BBC Sport
70 Jane Austen - BBCi Books
71 William Booth - BBC Nottingham
72 King Henry V - BBCi History
73 Aleister Crowley - External: Biography.Com
74 King Robert the Bruce - BBCi History
75 Sir Bob Geldof - BBC News
76 The Unknown Soldier
77 Robbie Williams - BBC Radio 1
78 Edward Jenner - BBCi History
79 David Lloyd George (1st Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor ) - BBCi History
80 Charles Babbage - BBCi History
81 Geoffrey Chaucer - BBCi Books
82 King Richard III - BBCi History
83 JK Rowling OBE - BBC News
84 James Watt - BBCi History
85 Sir Richard Branson - BBC Radio 2
86 Bono - BBC Radio 1
87 John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) - BBCi Music
88 Field Marshal Montgomery - BBC News
89 Donald Campbell - BBC News
90 King Henry II - BBCi History
91 James Clerk Maxwell - BBC News
92 JRR Tolkien - BBCi Books
93 Sir Walter Raleigh - BBCi History
94 King Edward I - BBCi History
95 Sir Neville Barnes Wallis - BBCi History
96 Richard Burton - BBC Wales
97 Tony Benn - BBC News
98 David Livingstone - BBC World Service
99 Professor Tim Berners-Lee - BBC Oxford
100 Marie Stopes - BBCi History
 
#10
Why did such gems as Robbie Williams and boy george etc get in? Simple. The BBC made the mistake of getting the public to answer it :). Hence the swathes of retards nullified any form of accuracy with their knowledge of literature spanning to last weeks TV times, a historical insight well versed in how David Beckham won werld war 2, and a scientific know-how so advanced they can explain how "electricity is dis blue stuff which goes through toasters an' everythink". This is why I only pay any real attention to lists selected by experts who actually know what they are talking about.
 

CGS

War Hero
Moderator
#12
And to think that the people who decided that Diana was No4 tonight are the same muppets that are selected for jury service!

When they asked about greatest Britons, the great unwashed must have heard 'most well known', or the only one I can remember from that list you just showed me...

Probably thought that Queen Victoria was married to some bloke called David and that Barnes Wallis eloped with a former king.

And Last time I looked, Bono was not British...
 
#14
Close, but no cigar!

Freddie Mercury was born in 1946 on the island state of Zanzibar (United Republic of Tanzania).  He moved to India with his family in 1947. ;)  :p
 
#15
CGS is spot on- it is about who the majority of soap-shy Brits have heard of.  Hence Diana at number 4 so far.  
Brunel, Newton, Nelson and Darwin are a little harder for them to understand.  

If Diana wins, I think we should all stop paying our licence fees.
 
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error_unknown

Guest
#16
If Diana wins not only will I stop paying my licence fee but I may seriously consider emigrating and joining a more sensible army.  I here there are spaces in the Taliban after all they wouldn't put some posh bird who slept about, had two kids and did a little bit of charity work in the top ten!!
 
#19
Surely she can't be a brit with a name like a wop.

Did she take in the population paste or spit?
 
#20
Geoffrey Chaucer by far has done the best for the langauge and history of Britain. He should be the greatest!! However Dani Filth is not even listed (He's a singer by the way)!!
 

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