QI - In The Press

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

Poor, hapless Alan Davies is on the receiving end of a storm of QI klaxons as he good-naturedly lurches from one wrong answer to the next. But it's an honourable tradition and Davies is a willing fallguy - he even fails at a supposedly foolproof experiment involving a broom's centre of gravity.

Elsewhere, guests Danny Baker, Jo Brand and Marcus Brigstocke enjoy a bit of a jolly knockabout that's full of surprises and "well, I never knew that" sort of facts, including the answer to questions such as £what do mosquitos do in the rain?" and which country has the longest traffic jams. At one point it all becomes a bit much for Baker who wails, "On behalf of the audience I have to say, sometimes I hate this programme."

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 1st November 2013

From the brains behind the BBC quiz show. This week: QI is scandalicious.

Written by Molly Oldfield and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 30th October 2013

James "Turbo" Harkin - QI's head elf - let's us in on the mysterious art of fact crafting...

Written by James Harkin. Waterstones, 24th October 2013

From the brains behind the BBC quiz show. This week, to mark Prince George's christening: QI[/v gorges on Georges.

The Daily Telegraph, 23rd October 2013

In a series famous for facts, here's a killer one: of the things QI presented as true in its first series, 60 per cent are now thought untrue. Stephen Fry announces this near the start of a landmark (and very funny) edition where he explains "the half-life of facts" - scientists revising knowledge about how many moons the Earth has, for instance - and makes recompense for all the points that should have been awarded over the years for answers that have proved to be right, as a result of which Alan Davies is retrospectively awarded... 737 points.

Davies is on good comedy form, pretending to pluck the legs off a millipede or describing his stealthy mother-in-law. We also learn how the Romans avoided forgetting names and how 19th-century Germans realised birds fly south for the winter - a flabbergasting story.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 18th October 2013

So long has QI been going (a decade; we're now up to "K" in the alphabet) that some of the arcane facts presented in earlier seasons of the show (there's no way of knowing how old a lobster is) have since been disproved. That uncertainty forms the agreeable theme of tonight's show ("knowledge"). Here, the guests (Graham Linehan and Jo Brand) not only arrive circuitously at their answers, they also question their legitimacy. Incidentally, should you ever need to age a lobster, you cut off its eye stalks and count the rings.

John Robinson, The Guardian, 18th October 2013

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

Written by Molly Oldfield and John Mitchinson. The Daily Telegraph, 16th October 2013

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