In 2002, the BBC conducted a poll to find out whom the British public considered the greatest British people in history. You can read the Wikipedia article about it here and see the full list of the top 100, in order, here.
On Friday 18th May 2012, the QuizQuizQuiz Friday Quiz asked for people to name any 5 of the top 10. (If you want to be on the mailing list for the Friday Quiz, sign up here). We’ve taken a look at the results from our quiz, and compared them to the BBC survey. At the bottom of this post I’ve pasted the results, showing those who were mentioned more than once in the responses on the Friday Quiz.
Bearing in mind that we weren’t asking people to list their 5 Greatest Britons, we were asking them to try and remember any 5 of the top 10 from the BBC poll, here are a few observations:
- Stephen Fry came 17th in our list, but was unranked back in 2002.
- The Queen came 7th in our list, but only 24th in 2002.
- Sir Christopher Wren came 24th in our list, but was unranked in the BBC poll (which is pretty extraordinary, considering some of the people who were in the top 100 on the BBC list like Tony Blair and Robbie Williams).
- Scooby-Doo, Albert Einstein and Christopher Columbus were on our list, but not on the BBC list, but none of them are/were British so that seems reasonable – I imagine they would all have been in the list otherwise.
Here is the list from our Friday Quiz:
|QQQ Rank||Name||BBC Poll|
|2||Isambard Kingdom Brunel||2|
|17||Alexander Graham Bell||57|
|24||The Unknown Warrior||76|
|24||Albert Einstein||not British|
|33||Scooby Do||not British|
|33||Christopher Columbus||not British|
|33||John Logie Baird||44|
|33||Robert Baden Powell||13|