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QI. Image shows from L to R: Alan Davies, Sandi Toksvig. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

QI

BBC Two and BBC One panel show focusing on quite interesting facts. 217 episodes (pilot + 15 series), 2003 - 2018. Stars Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.

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QI. Image shows from L to R: Alan Davies, Sandi Toksvig. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

QI

Panel game that contains lots of difficult questions and a large amount of quite interesting facts

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Genre
Panel Show
Broadcast
2003 - 2018
Channels
BBC Two, BBC One
Episodes
217   (1 pilot + 15 series), plus 22 other episodes
Creator
John Lloyd
Starring
Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies
Writers
John Mitchinson, Piers Fletcher, Justin Pollard, James Harkin, Molly Oldfield, Arron Ferster, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anne Miller and others
Director
Ian Lorimer
Producers
John Lloyd, Piers Fletcher, Phil Clarke, Lorraine Heggessey, Mark Freeland, Sally Debonnaire, Katie Taylor, Simon London, David Morley, Ruby Kuraishe and others

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 original 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 the host, Stephen Fry (Series A-M) and then later Sandi Toksvig (Series N onwards), and 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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