26 December 2006
Fab Four in top 100 of country's greats
By Adrian Shaw

THE Beatles, good manners, and cups of tea are among 100 things that put the Great into Britain, says a survey.

John, Paul, George and Ringo - the biggest selling pop group of the 20th century with 40 number ones in the UK alone - romped home as the nation's all-time favourite band.

Original James Bond Sean Connery is named top actor while the Aston Martin DB5 he drove in 1964 007 film Goldfinger is top sports car. Another Bond favourite, Dame Judi Dench, is top actress.


Singer-songwriter Kate Bush, who in 2005 released her first album for 12 years, is voted favourite female pop star while Only Fools and Horses, starring David Jason, is leading TV comedy.


More than 1,000 people took part in the survey by website www.thebestof.co.uk, which recommends shops, restaurants and businesses.


Best Of British boss Nigel Botterill said: "There is something unique about British life and these are the people and qualities that make it that way.


"It was fascinating to see that good manners was still there as the number one quality in our culture.


It goes hand in hand with good service."




Best British sports car


1. Aston Martin DB5


2. Jaguar E-Type


3. Mini Cooper S


4. TVR


5. Lotus Europa


Best British car


1. Mini


2. Jaguar XJ6


3. Rollsâ€"Royce Silver Shadow


4. Bentley Continental


5. Ford Capri


Best British food


1. Roast beef & Yorkshire pudding


2. Fish & chips


3. Curry


4. Roast turkey at Christmas


5. Sausage & mash


Best British snack


1. Bacon sandwich


2. Crisps


3. Cornish pasty


4. Beans on toast


5. Sausage sandwich


Best British drink


1. Tea


2. Coffee


3. Fizzy pop


4. Water


5. Fruit juice


Best British male band/pop star


1. The Beatles


2. Robbie Williams


3. Queen


4. Take That


5. Coldplay


Best British female band/pop star


1. Kate Bush


2. Sugababes


3. Katie Melua


4. Girls Aloud


5. Bananarama


Best British male actor


1. Sean Connery


2. David Jason


3. Hugh Grant


4. Anthony Hopkins


5. Ray Winstone


Best British female actor


1. Judi Dench


2. Julie Walters


3. Kate Winslet


4. Helen Mirren


5. Keira Knightley


Best British culture


1. Good manners


2. Freedom of speech


3. Politeness


4. Pubs


5. National Health Service


Best British invention


1. Television


2. Penicillin


3. CatsÍ Eyes


4. Jet engine


5. Vacuum cleaner


Best British landmark


1. Stonehenge


2. Big Ben


3. White Cliffs of Dover


4. Blackpool Tower


5. Tower of London


Best British celebrity


1. Ant & Dec


2. Diana, Princess of Wales


3. Billy Connolly


4. Richard Branson


5. The Queen


Best British sports star


1. David Beckham


2. George Best


3. Steve Redgrave


4. Jonny Wilkinson


5. Andrew Flintoff


Best British person in history


1. Florence Nightingale


2. Isambard Kingdom Brunel


3. King Arthur


4. Alexander Graham Bell


5. Guy Fawkes


Best British politician


1. Winston Churchill


2. Emily Pankhurst


3. Margaret Thatcher


4. Tony Blair


5. Enoch Powell


Best British TV drama


1. Dr Who


2. A Touch of Frost


3. Spooks


4. Inspector Morse


5. Prime Suspect


Best British TV comedy


1. Only Fools & Horses


2. Fawlty Towers


3. Have I Got News For You


4. The Office


5. Absolutely Fabulous


Best British TV soap


1. Coronation Street


2. Eastenders


3. The Bill


4. Casualty


5. Hollyoaks


Best British radio show


1. IÍm Sorry I HavenÍt a Clue


2. Desert Island Discs


3. WomanÍs Hour


4. The Archers


5. Just a Minute

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