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


BBC Two and BBC One panel show focusing on quite interesting facts. 249 episodes (pilot + 17 series), 2003 - 2020. Stars Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.

Next new episode is on Friday at 10pm. Series Q, Episode 3
Catch-up on Episode 2 on BBC iPlayer   Series D, Episode 12 is repeated on Dave tomorrow at 8:20pm.
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QI. Image shows from L to R: Alan Davies, Sandi Toksvig. Copyright: TalkbackThames.


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

Panel Show
2003 - 2020
BBC Two, BBC One
249   (1 pilot + 17 series), plus 26 other episodes
John Lloyd
Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies
Ian Lorimer
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 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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Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Quite Interesting (Other official name)
  • QI XL (Other official name)
  • QI VG (Other official name)
Theme music by Howard Goodall.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 30th November -0001 on BBC Two
Last new broadcast
Friday 3rd January 2020 on BBC Two at 10pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series D Episode 12: Tomorrow at 8:20pm on Dave
  2. Series C Episode 1: Tomorrow at 11pm on Dave
  3. Series C Episode 1: Tuesday at 8:20pm on Dave
  4. Series D Episode 13: Tuesday at 11pm on Dave
  5. Series O Episode 2: Wednesday at 10:40pm on Dave
  6. Series O Episode 2: Thursday at 2:45am on Dave
  7. Series C Episode 4: Thursday at 8:20pm on Dave
  8. Series C Episode 6: Thursday at 11pm on Dave
  9. Series C Episode 6: Friday at 8:20pm on Dave
  10. Series Q Episode 1: Saturday at 9pm on BBC2Show all repeats
  11. Series C Episode 7: Monday 23rd September at 8:20pm on Dave
  12. Series C Episode 10: Tuesday 24th September at 8:20pm on Dave
  13. Series C Episode 9: Tuesday 24th September at 11pm on Dave
  14. Series O Episode 4: Wednesday 25th September at 10:40pm on Dave
  15. Series O Episode 4: Thursday 26th September at 2:35am on Dave
  16. Series C Episode 11: Thursday 26th September at 8:20pm on Dave
  17. Series C Episode 12: Thursday 26th September at 11pm on Dave
  18. Series C Episode 12: Friday 27th September at 8:20pm on Dave

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