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

QI

  • TV panel show
  • BBC Two / BBC One / BBC Four
  • 2003 - 2022
  • 279 episodes (19 series)

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

Key details

Genre
Panel Show
Broadcast
2003 - 2022
Channels
BBC Two, BBC One, BBC Four
Episodes
279 (1 pilot + 19 series), plus 29 other episodes
Creator
John Lloyd
Stars
Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies
Writers
James Harkin, Anna Ptaszynski, Sandi Toksvig, John Mitchinson, Piers Fletcher, Justin Pollard, Molly Oldfield, Arron Ferster and more
Directors
Ian Lorimer and Diccon Ramsay
Producers
John Lloyd, Piers Fletcher, Phil Clarke, Lorraine Heggessey, Mark Freeland, Sally Debonnaire, Katie Taylor, Simon London and more
Companies

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.

Additional details

Also known as
  • QI VG
  • QI XL
  • Quite Interesting
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
Theme music by Howard Goodall.

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 11th September 2003 at 10pm on BBC Two
Next repeats
  1. Series O, Episode 10: Today at 10pm on Dave
  2. Series S, Episode 12: Today at 11:05pm on BBC2 Wales
  3. Series H, Episode 6: Tomorrow at 11:40pm on Dave
  4. Series M, Episode 4: Sunday at 8pm on Dave
  5. Series H, Episode 6: Sunday at 10:40pm on Dave
  6. Series O, Episode 11: Monday at 9pm on Dave
  7. Series O, Episode 12: Tuesday at 9pm on Dave
  8. Series O, Episode 13: Wednesday at 9pm on Dave
  9. Series O, Episode 14: Thursday at 9pm on Dave
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • The London Studios - Pilot to Series 16 (P)
  • BBC Television Centre - Series 17 (Q) and Series 18 (R)
  • Zoom (Virtual) - Series 19 (S)

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