Series F - Flotsam And Jetsam
With Charlie Higson, Andy Hamilton and Rob Brydon.
In-Depth Episode Synopsis
Warning: the below synopsis may contain spoilers
- Charlie: R for Romeo, meaning "You can feel your way past me."
- Andy: Z for Zulu, meaning "I require a tug."
- Rob: J for Juliet, meaning "I'm on fire," or, "I'm leaking."
- Alan: D for Delta, meaning "Keep clear of me, I'm manoeuvring with difficulty."
- Stephen: U for Uniform, meaning "You're running into danger."
- Tangent: On The News Quiz (which Andy regularly appears on) there is sometimes a signer for the studio audience. Because it regularly mentions people in the news, some of sign language is rather appropriate. For Prince Charles, the sign language is to stick the ears out. For Bill Clinton, the signer opened his flies. In American sign language, the letter "R" is given by making an "R" shape with your fingers. Therefore, the sign language for Ronald Reagan is to give two "R's" (one with each hand).
- XL Tangent: Andy was a Boy Scout and he once went to Sweden to an international jamboree of Boy Scouts. The British Scouts were next door to the Americans, and the British were getting annoyed by the "squeaky clean" Americans, in particular the fact they always flew their flag every morning. So one of the British Scouts, the very quick John Pennington, ran, stole the flag, and fled into the woods. As a result of this the Americans threatened to leave, so a delegation came to sort out the mess and the British had to hand the flag back.
- XL Tangent: The British flag is the Union Flag. It is only known as the Union Jack when flown on a boat. The only US state to have the Union Jack in its flag is Hawaii. Correction: According to a parliamentary statement, common usage of "Union Jack" when referring to the British flag is correct. Therefore, it is the Union Jack anywhere.
- XL Tangent: If you find a piece of wreckage and claim it for yourself you can be fined £2,500. You have to pay the original owner twice the value that they paid for the goods. This is because of salvage rights.
- XL Tangent: If you run over a pheasant, kill it and pick it up, then that is a crime. If you pick it up after someone else has killed it, then that is legal. Alan found this out while filming Jonathan Creek. They were filming at an estate which had lots of pheasants, and so people had to drive slowly past them. This was because they were fed from a truck and so whenever a car came past, the birds thought it was feeding time. The best boy on the shoot however, go tired of slowing down so he drove quickly and killed six. The people behind him picked the bodies up.
- XL Tangent: In Australia, there are dead kangaroos often found near roads in the desert because they come to lick off the water from the road surface, and then get run over.
- Tangent: Stephen first thought that Ward's signature was to write his name using his own semen, which Ward referred to as 'Bat sperm'. However, Stephen is corrected by the QI elves - Bat sperm was Ward's euphemism for having sex with someone.
- Tangent: Rob says that stories of odd sexual encounters are more common and acceptable in showbiz. This leads Charlie to joke that there was a lot of sex during Dad's Army.
- Tangent: Alan, who regularly goes diving, claims that at night all the ugly fish come out, mainly because they do not need to be pretty when it is dark.
- XL Tangent: Lightning bolts go up as well as down. As a result, when dead parties of tourists are found, people can use the cameras and see in the photos people with their hair standing on end.
- XL Tangent: The furthest place south where the aurora borealis has been seen is Rome, in the 1850s. Alan saw it in Edmonton, Canada. It is caused by solar winds. The version in the southern hemisphere is called the aurora australis.
- XL Tangent: When Alan was in Edmonton, a lightning storm came. Because the area around Edmonton is flat, people watched the storm for half-an-hour, getting closer to them, before they went inside. Alan was also in an electrical storm near Ayres Rock, while he was inside a helicopter. Rob was in a light aircraft in Sydney when a similar storm came, it made him 45 minutes late for a Rod Stewart concert.
- Tangent: Pope Formosus made such an enemy of his successor Pope Stephen VI that Stephen dug up Formosus's body and put his corpse on trial. Stephen spent most of the trial yelling at the corpse. Someone had to move Formosus's mouth and body as Stephen yelled. Stephen found him guilty, and Formosus was punished by have the three fingers he used for blessing cut off and his body was buried in a common grave. Stephen himself was deposed, imprisoned and eventually strangled. Another Pope, John IX, re-buried Formosus as a Pope again.
- Tangent: Alan and Rob comment that photos of sporting teams are odd, in that Victorian ones show the team relaxed, whilst today they all stand in rigid rows. They comment that you would expect it to be the other way around.
- Tangent: Sean Connery got the part of James Bond because of his walk. Ian Fleming said that he walked like a panther. The difference between your walk and your gait is that you can be recognised by your gait. Andy claims that Liam Gallagher has the funniest walk, while Charlie also comments on Mick Jagger's.
- Tangent: Alan and Stephen comment that Mick Jagger and Ian McShane are arse-less.
- Tangent: Andy says there was a section in the film The Queen which he did not believe. In it, a stag comes up to her and she shoos it away. Andy claims she or Prince Philip would have shot it.
- Tangent: When David Walliams swam the Channel he met the Queen with his mother. Prince Philip said to Walliams' mother, "Are there any more nutters in your family?"
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Featuring: Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, Rob Brydon, Andy Hamilton, Charlie Higson.
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