100 Greatest Britons Quiz

In 2002, the BBC took a poll to determine the 100 greatest British (and Irish) people of all time. How many can you guess?
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Who They Were
Briton
1
Prime Minister for most of WWII
Winston Churchill
2
Built steam ships, bridges, tunnels, and the Great Western Railway
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
3
Celebrity princess
Princess Diana
4
Formulated the theory of natural selection
Charles Darwin
5
Greatest of English playwrights
William Shakespeare
6
Invented calculus and the three laws of motion
Isaac Newton
7
Tudor queen
Queen Elizabeth I
8
One of the Beatles
John Lennon
9
Admiral at the Battle of Trafalgar
Horatio Nelson
10
Lord Protector during the Commonwealth Era
Oliver Cromwell
11
Famous for a doomed antarctic expedition that got stuck in sea ice
Ernest Shackleton
12
"Discovered" Hawaii
Captain James Cook
13
Founded the Boy Scouts
Robert Baden-Powell
14
"Great" King of Wessex
Alfred the Great
15
General who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo
Arthur Wellesley
16
First female Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher
17
Actor who starred in "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em"
Michael Crawford
18
Queen for 63 years
Queen Victoria
19
Another one of the Beatles
Paul McCartney
20
Discovered penicillin
Alexander Fleming
21
Pioneering computer scientist and code breaker who was persecuted
for being gay
Alan Turing
22
Self-taught scientist who made important discoveries in electromagnetism
and chemistry
Michael Faraday
23
Led Wales's unsucessful fight for independence in the early 1400s
Owain Glyndŵr
24
Longest reigning monarch in British history
Queen Elizabeth II
25
Theoretical physicist who had ALS disease
Stephen Hawking
26
Produced the first English translation of the Bible
William Tyndale
27
Radical suffragette who founded the WSPU
Emmeline Pankhurst
28
Campaigned to end the slave trade, and later, to abolish slavery entirely
William Wilberforce
29
Pop musician whose alter ego was "Ziggy Stardust"
David Bowie
30
Plotted to blow up Parliament with gun powder
Guy Fawkes
31
RAF group captain who won the Victoria Cross in 1944
Leonard Cheshire
32
Comedian who partnered with Ernie Wise
Eric Morecambe
33
Famous footballer who married a Spice Girl
David Beckham
34
Born in England, he migrated to the United States where he wrote
"Common Sense" and "The Rights of Man"
Thomas Paine
35
Celtic queen who resisted Roman invasion
Boudica
36
Rower who won gold medals at five consecutive Olympics
Steve Redgrave
37
Catholic saint who wrote "Utopia", burned heretics at the stake,
and was executed in 1535
Thomas More
38
Painter and poet who came just before the Romantic Era
William Blake
39
Invented the marine clock used to establish longitude
John Harrison
40
King who had six wives
King Henry VIII
41
Wrote "Great Expectations" among other novels
Charles Dickens
42
Invented the jet engine
Frank Whittle
43
DJ on BBC Radio 1 from 1967 until 2004
John Peel
44
Invented the television
John Logie Baird
45
Founded the National Health Service
Aneurin Bevan
46
Lead singer of the band Culture Club
Boy George
47
RAF fighter ace who shot down at least 22 planes from 1939-1941
Douglas Bader
48
Scottish freedom fighter, subject of the movie "Braveheart"
William Wallace
49
Sea captain and privateer who circumnavigated the globe
Francis Drake
50
Founder of the Methodist church
John Wesley
51
King who got a sword from a "moistened bint"
King Arthur
52
She is considered the founder of modern nursing
Florence Nightingale
53
British army officer who fought in the Arab Revolt during WWI
T. E. Lawrence
54
Led the second expedition to reach the South Pole
Robert Falcon Scott
55
His 1968 "Rivers of Blood" speech opposed mass immigration
Enoch Powell
56
Singer with 14 #1 hits in the UK, with at least one in five different decades
Cliff Richard
57
Scotsman who moved to American and invented the telephone
Alexander Graham Bell
58
Lead singer of Queen
Freddie Mercury
59
Actress from "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins"
Julie Andrews
60
"Pomp and Circumstance" composer
Edward Elgar
61
Royal who died in 2002 at age 101
Queen Elizabeth,
the Queen Mother
62
Yet another one of the Beatles
George Harrison
63
"Planet Earth" narrator
David Attenborough
64
De-facto leader of the Easter Rising in Ireland, executed by
firing squad in 1916
James Connolly
65
He built the world's first railway to use steam locomotives
George Stephenson
66
Silent actor whose alter ego was The Tramp
Charlie Chaplin
67
Prime minister, 1997-2007
Tony Blair
68
Introduced the printing press to England in 1476
William Caxton
69
Captain of England's 1966 World Cup winning squad
Bobby Moore
70
"Pride & Prejudice" author
Jane Austen
71
Founded the Salvation Army
William Booth
72
King who won the Battle of Agincourt
King Henry V
73
Occultist who founded a religion called Thelema and is the subject
of a song by Ozzy Osbourne
Aleister Crowley
74
King who led the Scottish to independence in the 1300s
Robert the Bruce
75
No one knows
The Unknown Warrior
76
Band Aid founder who wrote "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
Bob Geldof
77
Member of the band Take That
Robbie Williams
78
Created the vaccine for smallpox
Edward Jenner
79
Prime Minister during the second half of WWI
David Lloyd George
80
Invented the Analytical Engine, a mechanical computer
Charles Babbage
81
"The Canterbury Tales" poet
Geoffrey Chaucer
82
"Hunchbacked" king who died at the Battle of Bosworth Field
King Richard III
83
"Harry Potter" author
J.K. Rowling
84
His improvements to the steam engine ushered in the Industrial Revolution
James Watt
85
Founder of Virgin
Richard Branson
86
U2 lead singer
Bono
87
Lead singer of the Sex Pistols
Johnny Rotten
88
Commander of Allied forces during the Battle of Normandy in WWII
Bernard Montgomery
89
Broke the land speed and water speed records in the same year (1964)
Donald Campbell
90
King who had Thomas Becket offed
King Henry II
91
Created the mathematical framework for the science of electromagnetism
James Clerk Maxwell
92
"Lord of the Rings" author
J.R.R. Tolkien
93
Tudor courtier who tried to colonize Virginia and popularized smoking
Walter Raleigh
94
English king, known as "Longshanks", who conquered Wales
King Edward I
95
Invented the "bouncing bomb" used to attack German dams in WWII
Barnes Wallis
96
Shakespearean and film actor who married Elizabeth Taylor
Richard Burton
97
He renounced his title as Viscount Stansgate to become a left wing politician
in the House of Commons
Tony Benn
98
Explorer who Henry Morton Stanley searched for and found in Africa
David Livingstone
99
Inventor of the World Wide Web
Tim Berners-Lee
100
Founded the first birth control clinic in Britain
Marie Stopes
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Level 66
Jan 31, 2012
Suprised to see Abraham Darby missing in this list. He developed a method of producing pig iron in a blast furnace fuelled by coke rather than charcoal. This was a major step forward in the production of iron as a raw material for the Industrial Revolution.
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Level 44
Jan 31, 2012
Odd list... Isn't Michael Crawford Australian?
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Level 66
Apr 18, 2013
And that's not even the strangest thing about having him in the list.
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Level 29
Jan 31, 2012
21/98 This is an...interesting...list. David Beckham and Boy George?? Kicking myself that I forgot Charles Darwin, I grew up in the town he was born in...my brother went to Charles Darwin School! And it's quite funny that all of the Beatles are on this list except for poor old Ringo! @The Chosen, I can guarantee that if this was a BBC poll of the British general public, as they usually are, then probably a good 95% would have no idea who he is.
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Level 63
Jan 31, 2012
What? Boy George?! Really? I completely understand Isaac Newton and Churchill and many others on the list, but not Boy George! Also I don't think Beckham is hardly deserving of this either. But then again I am American and so "Football" is not of much interest to me.
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Level 55
Jan 31, 2012
How is Boy George on there but Mic Jagger, Keith Richards and Elton John aren't?
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Level 72
Sep 10, 2018
AND KATE BUSH!!!!
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Level 87
Jan 31, 2012
Tim Berners-Lee is ninety-nine!? The man invented the web!
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Level 80
Oct 5, 2014
not really. He had a big hand in developing the world wide web, along with others at CERN. Though the Internet had been around for a long time before that which is something people are often confused about, and he played no part in that. I know many people think he invented the Internet. and often Internet and web are used interchangeably. He invented the Internet about as much as Ray Kroc invented hamburgers. He helped commercialize and popularize the Internet and push it toward the mainstream, along with a lot of other people.
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Level 63
Apr 2, 2016
I have no idea what the criteria are, but I assume they're not using "great" in the sense of "good". If that were the case, Cromwell, Fawkes and Thatcher would certainly not be on there, as well as a number of monarchs.
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Level 72
Sep 10, 2018
Oh come on; everybody knows the Internet was invented by Al Gore!
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Level 80
Dec 21, 2018
Al Gore did a lot more to invent the Internet than Berners-Lee did, actually. Though Gore never claimed that. But he did play an important role in getting its early development funded.
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Level 67
Jun 5, 2019
Dwo did say (world wide) web and not internet, as your reaction seem to suggest.

but indeed people often seem to think the two are interchangeable or at least "invented" at the same time

(maybe you just glanced the comment and the IN in invented threw you off, assuming he was was saying something about the internet? )

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Level 80
Dec 15, 2019
He said the web. Web is often used interchangeably with Internet. The world wide web is something very different, and a much less important invention. I wasn't thrown off. I was reacting to the incredulity that Berners-Lee was ranked 99th, when realistically his contribution to the Internet was not very significant.
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Level 66
Jan 31, 2012
Who doesn't know who Isambard Kingdom Brunel is? He designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge! And Bristol Temple Meads! (Also, second best name in England, after Lancelot "Capability" Brown)
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Level 80
Jun 23, 2013
I can't tell if this comment is meant to be sarcastic or not.
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Level 80
May 10, 2014
Seriously, who's that guy? I'm from Belgium and never heard of him :3.
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Level 42
Jun 11, 2014
Brunel honestly is one of the great civil engineers. He built the Great Western Railway (GWR) that runs from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads and had to face many challenges such as building a box tunnel near Bath so had to use carefully designed maps and surveys. He built the first known tunnel under a navigable river (the Thames Tunnel) and constructed the Clifton Suspension Bridge that provides one of the main road routes into Wales from Bristol. He also built the first transatlantic steamship (The Great Western) and what is considered the first "modern" ship, the SS Great Britain. His designs completely revolutionised public transport in Britain - the GWR and most if not all of his bridges have stood the test of time and are still in use over 150 years after his death. The reason he's on the list is because of his legacy and the fact the British have a close affinity to the railways. The fact he's second underlines the lasting impact he's had on the UK. Hope this helps. :-)
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Level 70
Oct 19, 2014
The Great Eastern was his third ship after the Great Western and the Great Britain. It was by far the largest ship ever built at the time of her 1858 launch.
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Level 80
Feb 24, 2020
I heard a bit about him since then, but mostly because I watch many documentaries and I've become more and more interested in British history.
Anyway, yes, he is in fact legit as a "great briton", even though he's not very famous nowadays... History is not always fair... the same holds for Whittle for example.
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Level 34
Jul 26, 2016
If you lived in Bristol you would definitely have heard of him. He was a Victorian inventor who designed the first suspension bridge, one of the first transatlantic steamships, the great western railway.... etc
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Level 71
May 17, 2019
According to the Wikipedia article on the 100 Greatest Britons television series: Isambard Kingdom Brunel occupied the top spot in the polls for some time thanks largely to "students from Brunel University who have been campaigning vigorously for the engineer for weeks." I'm sure he would have been high on the list anyway, but this explains a lot.
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Level 80
Dec 30, 2019
Then he was probably beaten out only narrowly by Chuck Norris, Stephen Colbert, and Boaty McBoatFace.
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Level 73
Feb 1, 2012
there are David Beckham, Boy George and Robbie Williams!!! what the hell? ...what's with Elton John and Alfred Hitchcock????
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Level 34
Jul 26, 2016
Agreed
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Level 60
Feb 26, 2020
This was the result of a BBC poll. One can only surmise that "the type" of person who would appreciate John and Hitchcock would respond with inventors, world leaders, etc. while "the type" of person who would immediately think of pop stars and athletes would prefer Boy George, Williams, or Beckham. Too judgmental and uppity?
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Level 81
Feb 1, 2012
30/98. Not bad for a yankee.
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Level 27
Feb 1, 2012
Hello. John Cleese? Rudyard Kipling? Elton John? Davy Jones? Dermot Morgan? The Bronte Sisters?
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Level 89
Jan 19, 2018
All more important than David Beckham or Robbie Williams
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Level 51
Dec 21, 2018
Bruv, you've hit the spot with Dermot Morgan. Only the best.
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Level 43
Feb 9, 2012
27% guessed Charles Darwin? Are you kidding me?
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Level 77
Jan 31, 2019
He's now at 91%
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Level 71
Feb 24, 2020
Jetpunkers evolved a lot in 7 years
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Level 71
Dec 31, 2012
I think Wilberforce deserves to be called an Abolitionist. And could you accept Bruce for Robert the Bruce?
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Level 34
Jul 26, 2016
No, his name was not Bruce... Why are you even suggesting this it makes 0 sense.
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Level 40
Jan 5, 2013
No one objects to Diana at no 3? Really? Good, bad or indifferent the rest of the people on this list at least did... something. Sorry Mister Darwin... apologies Mister Shakespeare... but Diana's just way better than you. Err...
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Level 80
Oct 5, 2014
I think I stopped playing both times I took this quiz after seeing Diana at number 3. Just ridiculous. Like placing Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian on a top 10 list of greatest Americans. The country should be enormously embarrassed by the sycophantic institutionalized worship of wealth/celebrity that is the monarchy. But those responding to this poll obviously weren't. I saw another list online of Britain's most beautiful women, as determined by polling so conducted in the same way, and members or relatives of the royal family dominated the top spots of that list. I think Middleton was #1 and Pippa was in the top 10. It's just sad. I hate on Americans for loving celebrity gossip and reality TV shows and making people famous for being famous... but the level of reverence doesn't even compare.

and yes I know Diana worked with charities and such. So what? If your job is being royalty how else are you going to spend your time? You don't have to actually work.
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Level 63
Oct 5, 2014
What does "100 Greatest Britains" mean? If it means the gross contribution they made to contemporary/future society then perhaps your criticism is valid. But if it is a list of 100 of the people Britains think best exemplify what it means to be British then Diana is absolutely a part of this list. She put a positive face on a royal family plagued by scandal, spent virtually all of her time working with charities in dangerous parts of the world and on topics no one else was paying attention to. Landmines are hardly a sexy topic to advocate on. She continued this work even when she could have retired from public life after her divorce and she was a class act in what she did. She was the public face of Britain to the world and rather than sneering in derision at that face the way most everyone sneers at Paris Hilton or Kimye, the world loved her.
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Level 58
Oct 6, 2014
The 100 Greatest Britons was a major cultural event promoted (I think) by the BBC in which everybody could contribute names and people voted by internet and phone lines. Then some of our great and good (ie famous people) made programmes, each championing one of the people who came at the top of the list. Then there was a final vote. There was a serious danger of Diana coming first, let alone third, so to some the final order was a great relief.
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Level 56
Feb 24, 2020
Sorry, bit late to this party but are you actually comparing Princess Diana to 2 imbeciles who’s only contributions to society are their sex tapes?? I appreciate your comparison may have been hyperbolic but it’s a bit extreme! Diana - famous for marrying a royal, didn’t have to work so chose to devote her time to charity work (not saying she should be on the list over other Brits but that doesn’t diminish the good she did). Paris and Kim - also don’t have to work but spend their time doing..... well, I’m not quite sure. Using up valuable oxygen that could be better used elsewhere??? And yes, before you ask, I’m a Brit and a royalist 😉
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Level 80
Feb 24, 2020
I'm sure the Hiltons and Kardashians have both done charity work as well. It's an apt comparison in my view. Even if Diana was less of a vapid airhead. Got nothing against the woman personally just the institution that made her famous.
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Level 52
Mar 31, 2020
Although I agree that Diana should not be at number 3, the fact you put her in the same category as Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton is frankly idiotic. Thank god I only have to look at your drivel on here and not in real life
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Level 19
Jun 13, 2013
36/98. Missed people like Robbie Williams and Diana because they have done nothing for Great Britain. It's real shocking that 42% of the Quiz takers know Diana (without the car crash nobody would remember her) but only 6% remember David Livingstone, one of the greatest persons to come from Great Britain...
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Level 80
Jun 23, 2013
Sir Francis Bacon loses out to Boy George, David Beckham, Paul McCartney, and two imaginary characters (among others, haven't reviewed the entire list). Pretty sad. Also, Margaret Thatcher > Adam Smith?
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Level 80
Jun 23, 2013
re: all the comments above about questionable inclusions/ommissions/rankings.. there are so many so hard to know where to begin.
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Level 73
Aug 6, 2013
No Morrissey?? Come on!
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Level 72
Aug 8, 2013
Never knew Steven Hawking was British. Perhaps they should give his computer a bit of an accent?
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Level 88
Feb 25, 2014
I was going to make a snark about Britain not having enough technical skill to pull it off... but Alan Turing's on the list, so I'll let it slide this time.
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Level 34
Jul 26, 2016
What? Just.... What?
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Level 25
Apr 15, 2014
And for cripes sake, Mrs. Mills didn't even make the list but dross like Robbie Williams, does?
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Level 74
Apr 16, 2014
Fun quiz to take, though the source material is clearly garbage. Morecambe but no Milligan? Diana #3? And for the love of all that's good and holy, where is PG Wodehouse?!?!
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Level 44
May 3, 2014
Only 4% got Aneurin Bevan! The man gave us free healthcare! Not his fault the rest of Europe wants to come and use it!
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Level 56
Nov 14, 2014
I'm a bit embarrassed about missing him, I had Attlee in mind instead
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Level 61
Oct 19, 2017
There's no such thing as free healthcare! You pay for it through your taxes. I lived under that healthcare system for a few years and am eternally grateful I never got really sick.
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Level 76
Sep 5, 2018
Nobody in the UK ever went bankrupt from healthcare, or had to choose between eating and treatment.
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Level 59
Dec 15, 2019
This comment explains how so many people got Aneurin Bevan. When I saw that he was on the same percentage as William Wilberforce I was extremely surprised.
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Level 71
May 4, 2014
OK, this list is a really odd assortment... You get Kings, explorers, scientists, a few great writers and musical artists... and then you got Beckham, Boy George and Lady Di. Uh. Anyway, I managed 32 out of 100, which I thought was pretty meh until I saw I was in the 91st percentile. I'm happy for having gotten some of the lower-guessed answers like Wilberforce and Florence, but somehow I never got to scientists in my mental review of UK history so I missed the really obvious ones like Newton and Darwin and Hawking, and missed lots of writers like Tolkien, Chaucer, Blake and More (I couldn't believe tehBrontes, Wilde or Byron were not there). And of course there's a lot of people I didn't even know were Brits like Watt and Turing. Anyway. I love those kind of quizzes, though, it really stretches your memory.
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Level 80
May 10, 2014
Well... a poll is a poll. What a stupid list this is...
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Level 67
Jun 5, 2019
exactly, it is a poll, so I really dont get all the comments; the list is wrong etc. It is the outcome of a poll, therefor the answers are valid. Are the things and order people voted for a bit silly, yes, definitely.

But really how can anyone be truly surprised about that. It is not a new thing that some people that have hardly any skill accomplishment or contribution to their name are popular.

( kind of getting tired of this is an outrage comments... yeahyeah we know... move on...)

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Level 74
May 15, 2014
Sometimes you wonder about people. This list makes you wonder about a lot of them. A few names missing that really jump out at me: John Stuart Mill, Roger Bannister, Christopher Wren, Benjamin Britten, Henry Purcell, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Lord Byron. And I'm surprised it didn't include any actors such as Lawrence Olivier, Rex Harrison, Richard Burton, Sean Connery. Very odd definition of great some people have. Boy George?
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Level 77
Dec 16, 2018
Burton is at #96
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Level 48
Jul 27, 2014
There should be at least 20 footballers.
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Level 78
Aug 3, 2014
Boy George is included but not one Bronte sister? I weep.
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Level 50
Aug 10, 2014
3:00 left! Phew!
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Level 65
Aug 25, 2014
Surprised to see that the Quizmaster hasn't heard of Brunel
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Level 56
Sep 22, 2014
Better without the clues.
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Level 50
Oct 5, 2014
Philo T. Farnsworth invented the television. And didn't Nazi Germany invent the jet engine? Or were they the first to use it on a jet?
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Level ∞
Dec 28, 2019
Almost no invention can be claimed by a single person, including the television and the jet engine.
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Level 22
Oct 5, 2014
What about Henry Hudson?
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Level 70
Oct 5, 2014
People voted for this list and for many people pop singers and footballers are more important than people in other fields of endeavour. Ask family and friends who the most important people are today and you may be surprised at their answers........
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Level 36
Oct 6, 2014
Id have to argue against the television inventor listed here; much of what I have read over the years have said that Philo Farnsworth, an American, invented television.
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Level 63
Apr 2, 2016
No one person invented anything.
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Level 19
Oct 7, 2014
I'm glad James Connelly will never see his name on this list. For the record Irish people are not Britons.
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Level 27
Sep 3, 2015
Northern Irish people are indeed British.
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Level 51
Dec 21, 2018
Officially, I'm pretty sure no, but essentially yes.
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Level 68
Feb 24, 2020
Connolly was Scottish though, therefore he was British. Not sure why Brits would vote for him to be on a list of 100 greatest Britons though...
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Level 32
Oct 23, 2014
Freddy mercury was not born in the uk I believe he was from Lebanon but may be mistaken
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Level 70
Aug 4, 2015
Freddy was born in Tanzania (then Zanzibar) to parents of Indian (Gujarati) extraction. Freddy was a British Citizen at birth and remained so for life.
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Level 63
Apr 2, 2016
Zanzibar and India were both British countries at the time.
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Level 72
Feb 24, 2020
but he was British
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Level 46
Jan 20, 2015
Guy Gibson and/or The Dam Busters
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Level 76
Oct 10, 2015
I wanted to put "Captain John Hatteras" for polar explorer. Sadly he is fictitious, and nobody knows who he is anyway.
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Level 76
Oct 28, 2015
And Samuel Fergusson for African explorer... darn it, I think I've been reading too much Jules Verne.
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Level 59
Nov 30, 2015
As a Brit, I have seen this list before and am still horrified at the choices some people have made. Taking the political element out (I would be here all day otherwise!) it amazes me that people think Michael Crawford is a greater Briton than Stephen Hawking. I mean, seriously, based on what exactly?!
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Level 75
Mar 9, 2016
It's really quite depressing that some of these names are on this list, especially at the expense of certain others
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Level 34
Jul 26, 2016
Also Tony Blair/Thatcher over Disraeli?
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Level 71
Dec 29, 2016
Most lists of this kind are divisive, but this one is just shameful. It's not a list of the greatest Britons. It's just a popularity contest among not particularly bright individuals.
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Level 64
Jan 14, 2017
Ok Time to add sir Terry Pratchett, isnt it? Maybe there are some updates to that source list by now
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Level 61
Jul 15, 2017
I'm surprised Alfred Hitchcock wasn't in the top 98.
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Level 50
Oct 19, 2017
This list is ridiculous - but don't blame the quiz master, blame the British people - it is based on what they (we) said. To anyone who thinks referenda (or even democracy) are a good idea, how can you entrust decisions to people who think Princess Diana contributed more to history than Newton or Shakespeare?
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Level 70
Oct 19, 2017
I agree with your statement 100%.
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Level 72
Dec 21, 2018
Yes, but ...any list like this is going to be skewed by people in the public eye at the moment. This is 16 years old. I very much doubt that Diana would be number 3 now whereas a lot of the truly important historical figures will still be there. Oh, and I'm not sure the British should be sneered at for voting for Diana by people from the country that elected Donald Trump.
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Level 81
Feb 25, 2020
I actually read #66 as "Silent actor whose alter ego was The Trump".
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Level 82
Oct 19, 2017
Really skewed to current popular celebrities but that's what happens when you ask the general population to list important people. If you're out of sight you're out of mind. Crazy that Attlee, Gladstone, Pitt and Disraeli are not on the list. That would be like Americans excluding Lincoln, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Washington. I would like to think that we (yanks) are better than that but I know that probably isn't true.
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Level 57
Dec 8, 2017
This list is quite extensive but could have went on for pages and pages, just people's own opinions on who is The Greatest in their particular field, not surprised there are so many variances on what one person thinks should be in over another.
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Level 39
Mar 30, 2018
Of course they don't mean 'great, in the sense of good' there is Crowley on there, for goodness sake!!!!!
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Level 67
Jun 5, 2019
Being an occultist this comment works on its own, but knowing the character named crowley makes this extra funny :)
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Level 81
May 23, 2018
Be honest: who here got John Harrison legitimately, and not just as a freebie because you were typing in names of Beatles? (I sure didn't.)
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Level 51
Dec 21, 2018
George Best (ignore the alcohol). Also MCB/Methody got me Jon Wesley, only 15%!
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Level 78
Dec 29, 2019
Being a Methodist got me John Wesley. I scored 56 - I hope that's not too bad for a Yank.
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Level 50
Dec 22, 2018
64 and proud!
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Level 25
Jan 5, 2019
I'm surprised to see someone like Thomas Paine on the list.
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Level 78
Dec 29, 2019
I'm surprised that he had such a low percentage.
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Level 72
Apr 10, 2019
Johnny Rotten on the list, but no Keats or Shelley. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA............The English are crazier than us Americans.
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Level 75
Apr 26, 2019
You obviously haven't seen his butter adverts - they changed the world
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Level 80
Feb 24, 2020
Yeah, he is almost as influential as his master Peter Hammill ;).
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Level 57
Nov 10, 2019
Some of the selections were profoundly disappointing, but Johnny Rotten wasn't one of them. He's like Guy Fawkes without the gunpowder.
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Level 49
Dec 15, 2019
Ha I remember TV countdown as a kid! I remember even then it caused controversy for having Diana in the top 10. It was at a time when her death was still relatively recent so the public were still hung up on it. She'd be much lower now. I also like to think Churchill wouldn't be number one anymore - should be Shakespeare (.... and how on earth is Charles Dickens not in the top 10?)
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Level 72
Feb 24, 2020
As the UK would not exist had it not been for Churchill his spot at Number 1 is justified. I weep for the ridiculous judgment of my fellow Brits about many of the other choices. There are many good examples in these comments
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Level 54
Dec 15, 2019
enoch powell? Over keats, macmillan, smith, burke, crabbe, wilde. God this is a strange old list
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Level 61
Dec 29, 2019
Not British, had 40 of the 100, least known i got was Crowley. Pretty pleased with those stats.
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Level 74
Jan 31, 2020
'Tim Burners Lee' should be accepted as a correct answer. I mean, come on! For a hyphen?!?
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Level ∞
Jan 31, 2020
Punctuation never matters on JetPunk.
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Level 80
Feb 24, 2020
Should Burners be accepted for Berners, that's the real question here.
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Level 47
Feb 6, 2020
No Harry Maguire is a disgrace
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Level 65
Feb 20, 2020
More, Moore and Morecambe. How many more mores do we need?
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Level 71
Feb 24, 2020
I'm not sure, but we definitely need more
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Level 65
Feb 24, 2020
Founded the first biRth control clinic in Britain
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Level ∞
Feb 24, 2020
Okay
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Level 77
Feb 24, 2020
This is a somewhat ludicrous list. I very much doubt if Bono and Geldof would consider themselves as 'Britons'. And Diana and Michael Crawford in the first 20 and thus more significant than, say, Dickens or Cromwell, simply illustrates how pointless the compilation of this list was back in 2002.
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Level 49
Feb 24, 2020
Can't believe Boy George, who imprisoned a man in his basement and beat him with a chain, is present and Ada Lovelace isn't!! Or any of the Brontes!
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Level 48
Feb 24, 2020
Alexander Bell clearly did MOST of the inventing of the telephone in Canada - specifically in Brantford, Ontario - not America (not the same thing Britons!). Canada should IN THE LEAST get a partial mention. Or maybe change it to "North America". Sheesh.
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Level 78
Feb 24, 2020
I tried Stevenson and when that didn't work I didn't think to try a different spelling.
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Level 72
Feb 24, 2020
Pop musician whose alter ego was Ziggy Stardust (29), lead singer of Culture Club (46), lead singer of Queen (58), Band Aid founder who wrote "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (76), member of the band Take That (77), U2 lead singer (86), and lead singer of the Sex Pistols (87), but no Mick Jagger.........another dumb subjective list.
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Level 57
Feb 24, 2020
I echo the sentiments of many commenters that the likes of Boy George, Robbie Williams, David Beckham, and even Diana seem a bit frivolous to be considered some of the "Greatest Britons". But Guy Fawkes? Oliver Cromwell? Henry VIII? Enoch Powell? I don't want to be over simplistic . . . but these were bad people! Murderers and racists. I get these lists are basically popularity contests, but were some voters just trolling? Or do they think genocide, misogyny, and prejudice make Britain great?
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Level ∞
Feb 25, 2020
There's a strain of popular history that frames Oliver Cromwell in a very unfair light. I'd encourage you to learn more about him before making these sort of generalizations.
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Level 57
Feb 26, 2020
Do you dispute that Cromwell launched a campaign in Ireland that killed hundreds of thousands?
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Level 81
Feb 25, 2020
Sir Gallipoli Churchill left more of his countrymen to die on a beach for months to save his own face than all the people you mentioned put together, yet he's consistently "the greatest".
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Level 57
Feb 26, 2020
I think Churchill enjoys far too positive a reputation, particularly considering his policies toward India. But I'm not surprised that he would be voted highly on a list such as this.
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Level 70
Feb 25, 2020
Why is Bono on that list? What description are you looking at? He was born in Dublin, went to school in Dublin and still lives in Dublin. He's described everywhere as an "Irish singer, song-writer..." It's bad enough having to accept some Irish people being claimed as "British" just because all of Ireland happened to be part of the British Empire when they were born, but Bono certainly doesn't fall into that category!
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Level 81
Feb 25, 2020
To perhaps the majority of people "of all time" means "in my times".
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Level 70
Jun 23, 2020
what an awful list . you could have at least 100 footballers ahead of Beckham ( Dalglish , B Charlton , etc.) .hundreds ahead of Williams .Elton John , Lemmy, the Stones ,Dusty Springfield . also Liz Taylor .Good to see Wilberforce appear he seems to not get enough mentions in history .
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Level 59
Jul 16, 2020
Boy George Is disliked in UK , how is he here , longshanks never conquered nothing , zip zero . Beckham not even top 10 British players in last 20 years so how Is he on list , moore can understand ,,but Jimmy Greaves John Charles .Denis Law many many more should be above Beckham ,never mind likes of Giggs . Shearer etc etc .. random to say least , and if say by general public load of s**t . I never got asked lol , probably handpicked