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Fame Quiz

Contestants on the BBC's University Challenge couldn't identify former trade union leader Jack Jones, who was one of the country's most recognisable faces in the 1970s. So to test your knowledge here are some other people who were household names in their time.

General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers' Union Jack Jones

1.) Fame Quiz

In 1996 he was regularly on television and did fashion spreads, but Daniel Hooper was famous for what?

Daniel Hooper
  1. Environmental activism
  2. Co-presenting TFI Friday with Chris Evans
  3. Playing Spud in the film Trainspotting

2.) Fame Quiz

He was the Jonathan Ross of his time, with his own TV chat show, as well as being a Radio 1 DJ and Top of the Pops presenter. He even hosted Miss World. Who is he?

Who is he?
  1. Simon Dee
  2. Alan Freeman
  3. Russell Harty

3.) Fame Quiz

In the 1990s this woman made British history and hit the headlines across the world, but why?

Who is she?
  1. She was the first woman to head MI5
  2. She was the first Briton in space
  3. She was the first female priest

4.) Fame Quiz

Just two years ago John Smeaton was given a standing ovation at the Labour Party Conference. What did he do?

John Smeaton and Sarah Brown
  1. Tackled a man with a machete in Birmingham city centre
  2. Was kidnapped in Gaza and held for 114 days
  3. Helped stop a terrorist attack at Glasgow Airport

Fame Quiz

The former baggage handler famously helped stop the terrorist attack in June 2007. He tackled a terror suspect who was attacking a police officer and also pulled another injured rescuer to safety away from the burning vehicle. He was awarded the Queen's Gallantry Medal for his actions.

John Smeaton

5.) Fame Quiz

She was the nation's sweetheart for years, so who is she?

Who is she?
  1. Singer Dana
  2. Generation Game hostess Isla St Clair
  3. Likely Lads actress Brigit Forsyth

6.) Fame Quiz

He was a political bigwig and even ran for the Labour leadership, but who is he?

Who is he?
  1. Peter Shore
  2. Brian Mawhinney
  3. Politician Bryan Gould

7.) Fame Quiz

In his time this man was adored by the nation and a leader in his sporting field. What is his name?

Who is he?
  1. Swimmer David Wilkie
  2. England rugby star Mike Teague
  3. Scottish sprinter Allan Wells


  1. It's environmental activism. Daniel Hooper is better known as eco-warrior Swampy. He, and other activists, built treehouses and tunnels in an effort to halt the Newbury bypass.
  2. It's Simon Dee. At the height of his fame in the late 60s he hosted a twice-weekly BBC TV chat show, before moving to ITV in a big-money deal. He now does occasional radio and TV work.
  3. Helen Sharman was the first Briton in space. In 1991 the chemist from Sheffield visited the Mir space station aboard Soyuz TM-12. She continues to work as a scientist.
  4. Mr Smeaton helped stop a terrorist attack at Glasgow Airport.
  5. It's Isla St Clair. She started out in children's TV but rose to prominence in 1978 when she became Larry Grayson's assistant on The Generation Game. She is now a successful recording artist, singing Scottish folk songs.
  6. It's former Labour MP Bryan Gould. He was a member of Neil Kinnock's shadow cabinet but was defeated in the leadership election to succeed him by John Smith. He resigned from his shadow cabinet in a dispute about Europe and now lives in New Zealand.
  7. It's Allan Wells. At the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow he became the first Briton for 56 years to win the 100 metres gold medal, making him a national hero. Wells is now a systems engineer.

Fame Quiz

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4 - 6 : Know the face but...

7 - 7 : Total recall

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