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QI. Image shows from L to R: Alan Davies, Stephen Fry. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

QI

BBC Two panel show focusing on quite interesting facts. 201 episodes (pilot + 14 series), 2003 - 2017. Stars Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.

Another series is in development.
(Series L, Episode 16 is repeated on Dave today at 8pm)

QI. Image shows from L to R: Alan Davies, Stephen Fry. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

QI

Panel game hosted by Stephen Fry and featuring Alan Davies. It contains lots of difficult questions and a large amount of quite interesting facts

Genre
Panel Show
Broadcast
2003 - 2017
Channels
BBC Two, BBC One
Episodes
201   (1 pilot + 14 series), plus 21 other episodes
Creator
John Lloyd
Starring
Stephen Fry and Alan Davies
Director
Ian Lorimer
Producers
John Lloyd and Piers Fletcher

QI is a panel game which believes that everything in the world is quite interesting, provided that you look at it in the right way. To quote host Stephen Fry:

"Now, the rules are simple. Scoring is my business. Points are given and points are taken away. They are taken away for answers which are both obvious and wrong, and they're given, not so much for being correct, as for being interesting. Their level of interestingness is impartially determined by a demographically selected customer-service focus consultancy, broken down by age and sex - i.e. me. Because there is no-one more broken down by age and sex."

Each show features four panellists, including resident player Alan Davies, answering questions that are so difficult that no-one expects to get any of the answers right. Thus points are given for answers that may not be right but are interesting. Points are taken away (often from Alan), to answers that are not only wrong but are pathetically obvious.

QI is the show that proves that almost everything you know about the blue whale is wrong, the issue of how many moons the Earth has is a lot more complicated than you expect, and that there is something interesting to say about the Acropolis, where the Parthenon is.

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