QI - In The Press

Conversational lozenges, genital claws and courtly love, a love-themed compendium of trivia from the brains behind QI.

Written by Molly Oldfield and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 14th February 2014

A quietly intriguing column from the brains behind the quiz show. This week: QI puts in a trunk call.

Written by Molly Oldfield and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 5th February 2014

A quietly intriguing column from the brains behind QI, the BBC quiz show. This week: magic.

Written by Anne Miller and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 29th January 2014

A quietly intriguing column from the brains behind QI, the BBC quiz show. This week: QI puts its hand up in the name of volunteering.

Written by Molly Oldfield and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 22nd January 2014

The QI arena is buzzing tonight. Sometimes you get the feeling everyone on the panel is simply enjoying themselves and the show's lovely meandering jollity quickly becomes infectious. On the panel we have Radio 4 regular Susan Calman, Sandi Toksvig and Liza Tarbuck, plus an in-form Alan Davies, who breaks into even more of those whimsical little mimes he likes doing than usual - a randy spider, a kayak being surprised by a trawler, and so on.

But there's fascination aplenty too as we learn about the tall tales of cinnamon salesmen, ultra-hot chillies and female weightlifters. Plus the urgent and surreal question: why would German soldiers have abnormally large breasts?

David Butcher, Radio Times, 17th January 2014

One of tonight's quite interesting facts is that all the guest celebs in Stephen Fry's quizzing kaleidoscope are female, with Radio 4 presenter Susan Calman, TV perennial Liza Tarbuck and actor/comedian/antiques buff Sandi Toksvig ready to subject themselves to a surreal grilling. Will regular Alan Davies be able to keep his end up as the only male on the receiving end of tonight's posers? Of course he will, with bells on.

Carol Carter and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro, 17th January 2014

A quietly intriguing column from the brains behind QI, the BBC quiz show. This week: QI is worth its salt.

Written by Molly Oldfield & John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2014

A quietly intriguing column from the brains behind QI, the BBC quiz show. This week: QI got milk.

Written by Anne Miller and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 8th January 2014

From Jimi Hendrix to the Maldivian national anthem, a quietly intriguing history of the most famous New Year's Eve singalong.

Written by Molly Oldfield & John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 31st December 2013

Quizmaster Stephen Fry, resplendent in a deep red, Noël Coward-ish dressing gown, hosts a sparkly QI Christmas special with guests, Mrs Brown's alter ego Brendan O'Carroll, Phill Jupitus, Jo Brand and Alan Davies. It's the Feast of Stephen, of course, and Fry introduces a young lady who's invented what she describes as an "unknitting machine" which is operated behind the scenes in the studio by her brother, much to everyone's ribald delight.

Fry, a man who loves gadgets, is thrilled as the machine unravels Alan Davies's festive scarf. Meanwhile, the guests wonder what presents we can expect from the Queen, and why Father Christmas is no longer on a Rich List.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 24th December 2013

A quietly intriguing column from the brains behind QI, the BBC quiz show. This week: QI wassails in the sunset.

Written by Molly Oldfield and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 24th December 2013

A quietly intriguing column from the brains behind QI, the BBC quiz show. This week: QI's Christmas Carol.

Written by Molly Oldfield and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2013

The interestingness goes into overdrive this week. Yes, it's funny too, but there are historical titbits here that will mildly blow your mind, as Stephen Fry dissertates on a kitchen-y theme. We learn about the 18th-century pets bred to be "turnspit dogs" during the week and footwarmers in church on Sunday. We learn about why kleftiko is so called. And we learn something about the phenomenon of the overbite that may be the single most interesting dentistry fact ever shared on TV.

Adding comedic spin to this obscure knowledge are Victoria Wood, Richard Osman and Jason Manford. Osman's speed of wit is as devastating as ever, and listen out for a great Barocca gag and some lovely teasing about turtles.

David Butcher, The Radio Times, 13th December 2013

Richard Osman's head is stuffed full of Pointless knowledge, as any fan of BBC One's excellent early evening quiz will know. This should mean the presenter will wipe the floor with the opposition as he joins Victoria Wood, Jason Manford and Alan Davies to field Fry's questions.

Still, there are no guarantees in the QI world, which not so long ago revealed the quite interesting fact that many of its former facts are now considered to be fiction. Sometimes you just can't win.

Carol Carter and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro, 13th December 2013

From the brains behind the quiz show. This week: QI waits out Advent.

Written by Molly Oldfield and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 11th December 2013

Broadcaster Stephen Fry has been named the nation's ideal holiday companion.

Written by Keith Perry. The Mirror, 8th December 2013

A nicely mellow and civilised gathering in the QI studio this week. Whether because there are two female guests (Sue Perkins and Victoria Coren Mitchell) or because the male one is that charming gentleman of the cloth Rev Richard Coles, it all feels pleasantly collegiate and polite, with no trumping-each-other's-gags.

Coles has almost as many quite interesting titbits of knowledge to chip in as the host (if a clergyman goes to a black-tie do, he can't have a stripe down his trousers, apparently...), but it's Coren Mitchell who makes us long to know more when she teases Fry about a poker game they once played - with Martin Amis and Ricky Gervais. Quite a night.

David Butcher, The Radio Times, 6th December 2013

A quietly intriguing column from the brains behind QI, the BBC quiz show. This week: QI takes it to the bridge.

Written by Anne Miller and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2013

The comedy quiz show QI has been delighting TV audiences for ten years with a cornucopia of off-the-wall facts. But the name of the BBC programme - based on the phrase Quite Interesting - doesn't do them justice, as this fascinating collection from a new book proves...

The Daily Mail, 2nd December 2013

QI loves to stray towards the saucepot at the best of times, let alone when the episode theme is "Kinky". So tonight's episode is not recommended for the prudish, covering as it does electrically assisted kissing, sex with pigeons and a boy who got a certain body part trapped between powerful magnets. And that's the stuff we can print.

At one point Fry uses super-saturated sodium acetate and exothermic nucleation (apparently) to make instant crystals into a rude shape, while Johnny Vegas sings the theme from The Snowman. It's one of the oddest sequences you'll see on television, ever. Also steering through the smut are Sandi Toksvig and Janet Street-Porter.

David Butcher, The Radio Times, 29th November 2013

A quietly intriguing column from the brains behind QI, the BBC quiz show. This week: QI salutes warlike women.

Written by Molly Oldfield & John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 27th November 2013

The TV quiz's top fact-checker reveals some of the favourite nuggets of information he uncovered for its latest publication.

Written by John Mitchinson. The Guardian, 20th November 2013

In an exclusive extract, the QI team present just a few of the jaw-dropping facts in their new book - in no particular order.

Written by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin. The Daily Telegraph, 13th November 2013

For an episode entitled Keeps, Stephen Fry introduces a one-off round called "Keep Still or Scarper", turning on whether it's safer to run away or freeze when confronted with certain wild animals. His demonstration of how to proceed if you bump into a pack of wolves (roaring like an angry Victorian gentleman, basically) makes you long to see the confrontation for real.

Elsewhere, there are insights into whether ants can hold their drink, the smile of a bowhead whale and a dispute between Fry and Bill Bailey about Welsh accents. Also adding to the fun - Sarah Millican and Jason Manford.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 8th November 2013

From the brains behind the BBC quiz show. This week: QI's on Broadway.

Written by Molly Oldfield and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 6th November 2013

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