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Tuesday, 30 July, 2002, 10:22 GMT 11:22 UK
Who would be your favourite neighbour?
Television gardener Alan Titchmarsh has topped a poll to find out who people would most like to live next door to.

The NOP survey commissioned by Bradford & Bingley Estate Agents gave Mr Titchmarsh 29% of the vote.

He was followed by husband and wife comedy duo Dawn French and Lenny Henry with 22%.

Kylie Minogue, once known as one of the world's most famous Neighbours when in the Aussie soap, was third.

However, DJ Norman Cook, also known as Fatboy Slim, and wife Zoe Ball only got 3%, the same as Tony and Cherie Blair.

More than 1,000 people were given a choice of eight households and asked to give their preference of neighbour.

Which celebrity would you like to be your neighbour?


This Talking Point has now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.


My kids

Brian, England
My kids - so I wouldn't have to cross the Atlantic Ocean every time I wanted to see my grandkids.
Brian, England

This is obviously not possible, but I'd like Bill Shankly on one side and Bob Paisley on the other. We'd cheer at Alex Ferguson over the road, every time Man Utd lost.
Rog C, UK

I'd like to live next door to people who don't have a dog, don't burp vociferously and don't get up at 5.30am waking the street as they go to work. Failing that Alan T would be divine - I could pick his brains on what to put in my borders and on how to build a patio. On the other side I'd like someone with similar attributes but in relation to interior design. Not Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen thank you very much!
Maz, England

Kylie, Britney Spears or Rachel from S-Club 7. They all seem like such pleasant young ladies.
Henry, UK


I would love to go round to Joey and Chandler's for a beer

Gayle, Scotland
I would like the cast of Friends as my neighbours. I would love to go round to Joey and Chandler's for a beer!
Gayle, Scotland

I'd like to live next door to Jeffrey Archer's house. Peace and quiet for at least another year - then I could move!
Andy P, UK

Perhaps Professor Hawking. The conversation would be fantastic and enlightening. However I would settle for someone without a dog, with a silencer on the exhaust who shuts off the car stereo when coming home at 3 AM and doesn't spray pesticides in the garden on a windy day and doesn't douse the charcoal in the grill with paraffin prior to lighting it.
Arri London, EU/US

To Arri: I do live next door to Professor Hawking and it's not as great as you'd think. He's not around much and has never been the kind of person I'd consider dropping round for a cup of tea with. He has too many helpers and important things to do to stop to talk to people like us! I never got past the first two pages of A Brief History of Time so I don't know what I'd say anyway. As for me, I'd like to swap him for Heather Graham or Halle Berry. Sorry Stephen.
Jon, Cambridge, UK

Will Smith on one side, and Kylie on the other. Loads of cool Fresh Prince of Bel Air-style parties, and as for Kylie...well, enough said.
Shaun, UK


My neighbours - the Osbournes - should have made the list

Michael Boh, Beverly Hills, USA
Alan and Dawn seem pretty cool, but Tony and Cherie - give me a break. My new neighbours - the Osbournes - should have made the list. They're very entertaining, especially when Ozzy wears his short-shorts and screams at his dogs.
Michael Boh, Beverly Hills, USA

I'd like to live next door to Sean Bean. He is bound to have loads of beer in his fridge and a huge TV to watch the football on.
Kate, UK

I'd hate living next to Alan Titchmarsh! Imagine the pressure you'd be under to keep your garden in top condition. I find it a struggle as it is to keep it relatively free of weeds and keeping at least some of my plants alive and my lawn fairly green.
Christine, UK

Eddie Izzard. We could have a good laugh, deep conversations about politics and gender, and share clothes and nail varnish (not make-up, because that's just unhygienic).
Kaz, USA/UK


Bono on one side, and Bob Geldof on the other

Ed Vista, UK
Bono on one side, and maybe Bob Geldof on the other - it would make for some very interesting and deep conversations. The question is would they want to live next to me?
Ed Vista, UK

Ian Hislop - smart, not nosey and funny. He has his own life and will not want to sit there chatting for 14 hours on end.
Mel, London, UK

I would like to live next to Roger Black, the former runner. To see his smile would cheer me up.
Pradip, UK

How about someone with a bit of life like Liam Gallagher, not someone who wants to admire your gnomes.
Dan McBride, UK


Hugh Heffner

Anton, Australia
I'd like to live next to Hugh Heffner. The Playboy Mansion has always held a sentimental place in my heart.
Anton, Australia

I'd like to have the Chancellor of the Exchequer for my neighbour. That would make me the Prime Minister. Ah, the Boss at last.
JGB, UK

I'd like to have Margaret Thatcher on one side and Michael Foot on the other. Then I'd invite them round for tea and arguments. It'd be far better viewing than anything that's on TV!
David Moran, Scotland/Australia


Brian Clough - he always emphasised the importance of tidiness, respect for others and good manners

James Crosby, Telford, UK
One of my all time heroes, Brian Clough. Throughout his football management career he always emphasised the importance of tidiness, respect for others and good manners so I'd be very confident that if you didn't bother him he'd do the same for you.
James Crosby, Telford, UK

Oliver Reed, Peter O'Toole, Chris Evans or anybody who would fancy a good night out.
Paul Mellors, England

I'd like to live next door to me. I'm lovely!
Stuart, UK

Rolling Stones guitarist, Keith Richards. We could have three day long parties all the time.
Randy, UK


Jeremy Paxman

Juliet, Cornwall, UK
Oh how I would love to live next door to Jeremy Paxman. I would enjoy the chin to chin arguments about all kinds of everything over the garden fence!
Juliet, Cornwall, UK

Lisa Simpson, because I like to play music, therefore we could play together! I'd also settle for Britney Spears, so we could go shopping together!
Vicki Collinson, UK

Someone with a heated swimming pool, a dodgy lock on their back gate and a liking for long holidays abroad. Or alternatively almost anyone but Alan Titchmarsh since I'd feel pressure to undertake that most tedious of pastimes - gardening, or at least build a massive fence so he couldn't see how lame mine is.
Jon Cooper, UK

Anyone who has taken a vow of abstinence - maybe then I'll get a decent night's sleep.
Matthew Griffiths, UK


Ned Flanders

John H, UK
Ned Flanders - that means I would get to be Homer Simpson!
John H, UK

Titchmarsh - give me a break! Someone with a bit of personality like Billy Connolly - funnier than Henry and French you have got to admit.
Craig, England

If I had to choose my ideal neighbours then I would choose the neighbours I have. Wonderful people. If I win the lottery I want to put them in the moving van along with everything else I treasure.
Philip, England

I'm not sure about Titchmarsh but I suppose at least he would be quiet. I would like to live next door to the Dalai Lama.
Big Dan, UK

No-one. The peace and quiet would be bliss. All I get at the moment are dogs yapping at all hours of the day and teenagers driving the VW camper vans with 'extra' loud exhausts on them. Although if it had to be someone, Alan Titchmarsh would be near the top as one would be able to get some top tips for the lawn.
Jon Morgan, UK


Ozzy Osbourne

Jez, UK
Judging by the current TV show perhaps Ozzy Osbourne would be the most 'interesting' neighbour to have. Second choice the Simpsons.
Jez, UK

I'd like to live in a peaceful country cottage with no neighbours!
Chris, UK

Homer Simpson or Eric Cartmen or Kylie Minogue...
Kris, Scotland

Joshua Tetley and Son
Oliver Richardson, UK

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