100 Greatest Britons

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  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. Bad CO

    Bad CO LE Admin Reviews Editor Gallery Guru

    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
     
  8. I just wonder how John Lydon and Boy George got in there as 'Greatest Britons'  :eek:
     
  9. Quite - and no Turner (That's JMW, not Anthea, boys) or Constable.
     
  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.
     
  11. GunnersQuadrant

    GunnersQuadrant LE Moderator

    Typically a questionare like this is going to be loaded with contempary characters.
     
  12. CGS

    CGS War Hero Moderator

    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...
     
  13. Bono......oh shit...I thought I was voting for a Bonio.


    And I reckon Freddie Mercury was Indian.
     
  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.