Also, although it is owned by the state and not under direct government control, there are rules about how it must operate (overseen by the BBC Trust -govt appointed) such as impartiality, provision of news, educational programming etc. But best of all: No commercial advertising so you can watch an hour long show without interruption- well worth the fee in my book!
Surnames are a better gauge, Brown and Smith are 1 and 2, Patel (Indian) is 3, my own is 7 and the most common ‘Muslim’ name, Khan, is number 10.
You all might find this video actually very interesting. I certainly did :D