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Quiz about Ten Celebrities Who Shook the Wirral
Quiz about Ten Celebrities Who Shook the Wirral

Ten Celebrities Who Shook the Wirral Quiz


The Wirral Peninsula might not be as glamorous or famous as its neighbour, Liverpool, but it's still given the world its fair share of famous names. Some of the celebrities in this quiz were born in the Wirral, while others grew up there.

A multiple-choice quiz by Kankurette. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Kankurette
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
368,926
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
995
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 98 (10/10), slay01 (10/10), Guest 2 (8/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. John Gorman was born in Birkenhead in 1936. Which comedy band, whose most famous song was 'Lily the Pink', was he in with poet Roger McGough and Paul McCartney's brother, Mike McGear? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. John Peel, born John Ravenscroft in Heswall in 1939, was a Radio 1 DJ from 1967 until his death in 2004. In 1968, he appeared on an early T. Rex album called 'My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair...But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows'.


Question 3 of 10
3. Impressionist Jan Ravens was born in Bebington in 1958, and grew up in Hoylake. For which satirical puppet show did she provide voices? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Musician Declan McManus was born in London in 1954, but moved to Birkenhead with his mother Lilian - herself a native of Liverpool - in 1971. By which name is he better known? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. This singer was born in Wallasey in 1978. She represented the UK as part of the band Precious at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999, and went on to join Atomic Kitten. Who is she? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The Housemartins had their first and only Number 1 with a cover of 'Caravan of Love' in 1986. Which band member, who later went on to form the Beautiful South and release several solo albums, was born in Bromborough in 1962? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which actress - born in Birkenhead in 1936 - starred in 'Women in Love' and 'A Touch of Class', and later became a Labour MP? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. "It's 'BOU-QUET', not 'Bucket'!" was the catchphrase of Hyacinth Bucket, the snobbish heroine of 'Keeping Up Appearances'. Which actress, born in Tranmere in 1929, played her? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Which Birkenhead-born TV presenter, born in 1955, is the man behind drag queen Lily Savage? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Which James Bond actor, who starred in 'Quantum of Solace', 'Casino Royale' and 'Skyfall', grew up in Hoylake? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. John Gorman was born in Birkenhead in 1936. Which comedy band, whose most famous song was 'Lily the Pink', was he in with poet Roger McGough and Paul McCartney's brother, Mike McGear?

Answer: The Scaffold

The Scaffold had two other Top 10 hits, 'Thank U Very Much' and 'Liverpool Lou'. They evolved into Grimms, which also contained members of the Bonzo Dog Band.

After the Scaffold, John Gorman regularly appeared on the Saturday morning children's programme 'Tiswas' as Albert the Janitor, berating the presenters for making so much mess with their liberal throwing around of flans and water. Other British household names appearing on the show were Chris Tarrant and Lenny Henry. At the end of Series 7, Gorman, Tarrant, Henry and ventriloquist Bob Carolgees left the show. Its more adult successor, 'OTT' was less successful.
2. John Peel, born John Ravenscroft in Heswall in 1939, was a Radio 1 DJ from 1967 until his death in 2004. In 1968, he appeared on an early T. Rex album called 'My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair...But Now They're Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows'.

Answer: True

Believe it or not, this is a real album! At the time, T. Rex were a duo known as Tyrannosaurus Rex, and 'My People Were Fair...' was their debut, before they moved into glam rock. He appears on the final track, 'Frowning Atahuallpa (My Inca Love)'. The album was mainly acoustic, with Bolan on guitar and Steve Took on percussion.

One of Radio 1's longest-serving DJs, Peel's late night show covered all kinds of genres, from psychedelica and jazz to indie, metal and poetry, such as Ivor Cutler. He also presented the 'Home Truths' series on Radio 4, and appeared on the original series of 'Grumpy Old Men'.

Peel died of a heart attack in Peru in 2004; at his funeral, his favourite song, 'Teenage Kicks' by the Undertones, was played.
3. Impressionist Jan Ravens was born in Bebington in 1958, and grew up in Hoylake. For which satirical puppet show did she provide voices?

Answer: Spitting Image

Jan Ravens grew up in Hoylake, and went to school in West Kirby. An alumni of Cambridge's Footlights club, which also produced the likes of Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson, she was its first female president. As well as 'Spitting Image', she was one of the main performers in the Radio 4 comedy impressions series 'Dead Ringers'. Her impersonations included the Queen, Anne Widdecombe, Norah Jones, and Nigella Lawson. The series made a short-lived transition to television.

Outside Radio 4, Ravens appeared on the 2006 series of 'Strictly Come Dancing'. In 2009, she did a series of solo shows around the UK entitled 'Jan Ravens: A Funny Look at Impressions', in which she discussed the art of comedy impressions, as well as doing some of her most famous celebrity impersonations.
4. Musician Declan McManus was born in London in 1954, but moved to Birkenhead with his mother Lilian - herself a native of Liverpool - in 1971. By which name is he better known?

Answer: Elvis Costello

Whilst living in Birkenhead with his mother, Declan McManus formed his first band, Rusty. His father Ross, a jazz trumpeter, performed under the stage name 'Day Costello'. McManus subsequently adopted the stage name of 'DP Costello', and later 'Elvis Costello', as a tribute to both his father and Elvis Presley.

Elvis Costello went on to release several albums, both solo and with the Attractions and the Impostors. He also collaborated with the Brodsky Quartet on 'The Juliet Letters', Burt Bacharach on 'Painted from Memory', and Allen Toussaint on 'The River in Reverse'. He had cameo appearances in 'Spiceworld', the Spice Girls' movie, and 'Austin Powers 2: The Spy who Shagged Me'. He married the jazz pianist Diana Krall in 2003.
5. This singer was born in Wallasey in 1978. She represented the UK as part of the band Precious at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999, and went on to join Atomic Kitten. Who is she?

Answer: Jenny Frost

Precious came twelfth in the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest with 'Say It Again'. Although the song had some success in the British charts, the follow-ups were unsuccessful and the band split up. Jenny Frost then joined Atomic Kitten to replace Kerry Katona, who had left shortly before the release of 'Whole Again' in 2001, due to her pregnancy. The band re-recorded parts of their debut album 'Right Now' with Frost's vocals. After two more albums, 'Feels So Good' and 'Ladies' Night', they split in 2004.

After Atomic Kitten split, Frost released a solo single, 'Crash Landing', and appeared on 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!' in 2005. She also branched out into TV presenting. Katona, meanwhile, rejoined the band for 'The Big Reunion', a TV show featuring various '90s and '00s pop acts such as the Honeyz and B*witched.
6. The Housemartins had their first and only Number 1 with a cover of 'Caravan of Love' in 1986. Which band member, who later went on to form the Beautiful South and release several solo albums, was born in Bromborough in 1962?

Answer: Paul Heaton

Paul Heaton's family moved to Sheffield when he was four, and he also spent periods living in Surrey, Germany and Hull. While living in Hull, he formed the Housemartins with guitarist Stan Cullimore. The line-up also included Hugh Whittaker on drums (later replaced by Dave Hemingway) and Norman Cook - who would go on to have a solo DJ-ing career as Fatboy Slim - on bass. One of the band's support acts was Phill Jupitus, then touring under the name of Porky the Poet.

Heaton went on to form the Beautiful South with Hemingway, who switched to vocals, and roadie Dave Stead, who played drums. The band split in 2007 and Heaton went on to record solo albums, including 'What Have We Become?' with former Beautiful South singer Jacqui Abbott in 2014. In 2012, he did a tour of British pubs, travelling by bicycle the whole way.
7. Which actress - born in Birkenhead in 1936 - starred in 'Women in Love' and 'A Touch of Class', and later became a Labour MP?

Answer: Glenda Jackson

Glenda Jackson trained at RADA after receiving a scholarship in 1954, and started out in theatre before moving on to film. In 1969, she played Gudrun in Ken Russell's adaptation of DH Lawrence's 'Women in Love', for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress. She won the same award again four years later for her role as Vicky in the comedy film 'A Touch of Class'.

In 1992, Jackson retired from acting and went into politics with the Labour party. She was voted in as MP for Hampstead and Highgate (later Hampstead and Kilburn). She was a junior minister in Tony Blair's government, and a vocal critic of the war in Iraq. In 2011, she announced that she was not planning to stand again as an MP.
8. "It's 'BOU-QUET', not 'Bucket'!" was the catchphrase of Hyacinth Bucket, the snobbish heroine of 'Keeping Up Appearances'. Which actress, born in Tranmere in 1929, played her?

Answer: Patricia Routledge

Patricia Routledge made her acting debut at the Playhouse in Liverpool, and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. She received two BAFTA nominations for playing the aspirational Hyacinth Bucket in 'Keeping Up Appearances', which ran from 1990 to 1995. She later went on to star in 'Hetty Wainthropp Investigates' as the titular detective, and the radio series 'Ladies of Letters' with Prunella Scales. This itself was based on an Alan Bennett monologue, in which Routledge played Irene, a woman whose obsession with writing letters of complaint eventually lands her in prison.

Routledge was awarded an OBE in 1993, and a CBE in 2004.
9. Which Birkenhead-born TV presenter, born in 1955, is the man behind drag queen Lily Savage?

Answer: Paul O'Grady

Paul O'Grady honed his drag act as Lily Savage in a London gay pub, the Elephant & Castle, where he would compete on Ladies' Nights. He then went on to present 'Blankety Blank', as well as the 'On the Bed' segments of 'The Big Breakfast' in the early '90s, and appeared in pantomime.

In 2000, O'Grady began to move away from the Lily Savage persona; he presented two travelogue shows as himself. He hung up his blonde wig and leopard-print coats for good in 2004. Later that year, O'Grady got his own celebrity chat show on ITV. In 2012, he presented 'For the Love of Dogs', focusing on the rehousing of animals from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. It was not the first time O'Grady had worked with animals; his pet cairn terrier Olga often accompanied him on 'The Paul O'Grady Show'.
10. Which James Bond actor, who starred in 'Quantum of Solace', 'Casino Royale' and 'Skyfall', grew up in Hoylake?

Answer: Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig was born in Chester in 1968, but was brought up in Hoylake, where he went to primary school. In 2008, he backed an RNLI campaign for a new lifeboat station in Hoylake, which has since been built, and a new all-weather lifeboat. He sailed with a lifeboat crew in order to publicise the campaign.

As well as the 'Bond' movies, Craig's other films include 'Munich' and 'The Golden Compass'. He starred in the 2011 English-language version of 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', as the journalist Mikael Blomqvist (played by Michael Nyqvist in the original Swedish version).
Source: Author Kankurette

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