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

QI

BBC Two and BBC One and BBC Four panel show about quite interesting facts. 283 episodes (pilot + 19 series), 2003 - 2021. Stars Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.

Next new episode is on Thursday at 10pm. Series S, Episode 3
Catch-up on Episode 2 on BBC iPlayer   Series M, Episode 15 is repeated on Dave today at 6pm.

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 - 2021
Channels
BBC Two, BBC One, BBC Four
Episodes
283   (1 pilot + 19 series), plus 25 2 Halloween Specials, 1 Shakespare Special
Creator
John Lloyd
Starring
Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies
Directors
Ian Lorimer and Diccon Ramsay
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 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 companies
Also known as
  • Quite Interesting (Other official name)
  • QI XL (Other official name)
  • QI VG (Other official name)
Soundtrack
Theme music by Howard Goodall.
Laugh track
Yes, but type varies

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 11th September 2003 on BBC Two at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Thursday 16th September 2021 on BBC Two at 10pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series M Episode 15: Today at 6pm on Dave
  2. Series L Episode 13: Today at 8:20pm on Dave
  3. Series M Episode 16: Today at 9pm on Dave
  4. Series L Episode 13: Tomorrow at 2am on Dave
  5. Series P Episode 4: Tomorrow at 9pm on BBC2
  6. Series M Episode 1: Tomorrow at 10pm on Dave
  7. Series M Episode 1: Sunday at 1:40am on Dave
  8. Series K Episode 3: Monday at 12am on Dave
  9. Series K Episode 3: Monday at 6pm on Dave
  10. Series L Episode 4: Monday at 8:20pm on DaveShow all repeats
  11. Series P Episode 1: Monday at 9pm on Dave
  12. Series L Episode 4: Tuesday at 2:25am on Dave
  13. Series P Episode 1: Tuesday at 6pm on Dave
  14. Series L Episode 5: Tuesday at 8:20pm on Dave
  15. Series P Episode 2: Tuesday at 9pm on Dave
  16. Series L Episode 5: Wednesday at 2:15am on Dave
  17. Series P Episode 2: Wednesday at 6pm on Dave
  18. Series L Episode 6: Wednesday at 8:20pm on Dave
  19. Series P Episode 3: Wednesday at 9pm on Dave
  20. Series L Episode 6: Thursday at 2:15am on Dave
  21. Series P Episode 3: Thursday at 6pm on Dave
  22. Series L Episode 14: Thursday at 8:20pm on Dave
  23. Series P Episode 4: Thursday at 9pm on Dave
  24. Series L Episode 14: Friday 24th September at 2:40am on Dave
  25. Series P Episode 4: Friday 24th September at 6pm on Dave
  26. Series L Episode 15: Friday 24th September at 8:20pm on Dave
  27. Series P Episode 5: Friday 24th September at 9pm on Dave
  28. Series L Episode 15: Saturday 25th September at 2am on Dave
  29. Series M Episode 2: Saturday 25th September at 10pm on Dave
  30. Series M Episode 2: Sunday 26th September at 1am on Dave
  31. Series L Episode 11: Sunday 26th September at 2:45am on Dave
  32. Series K Episode 4: Monday 27th September at 12am on Dave
  33. Series L Episode 12: Monday 27th September at 2am on Dave
  34. Series K Episode 4: Monday 27th September at 6pm on Dave
  35. Series L Episode 7: Monday 27th September at 8:20pm on Dave
  36. Series P Episode 6: Monday 27th September at 9pm on Dave
  37. Series L Episode 7: Tuesday 28th September at 2:15am on Dave
  38. Series L Episode 13: Tuesday 28th September at 2:50am on Dave
  39. Series P Episode 6: Tuesday 28th September at 6pm on Dave
  40. Series L Episode 8: Tuesday 28th September at 8:20pm on Dave
  41. Series P Episode 7: Tuesday 28th September at 9pm on Dave
  42. Series L Episode 8: Wednesday 29th September at 2:15am on Dave
  43. Series L Episode 14: Wednesday 29th September at 2:45am on Dave
  44. Series P Episode 7: Wednesday 29th September at 6pm on Dave
  45. Series L Episode 9: Wednesday 29th September at 8:20pm on Dave
  46. Series P Episode 8: Wednesday 29th September at 9pm on Dave
  47. Series L Episode 9: Thursday 30th September at 2:15am on Dave
  48. Series L Episode 15: Thursday 30th September at 2:45am on Dave
  49. Series P Episode 8: Thursday 30th September at 6pm on Dave
  50. Series L Episode 16: Thursday 30th September at 8:20pm on Dave
  51. Series P Episode 9: Thursday 30th September at 9pm on Dave
  52. Series L Episode 16: Friday 1st October at 2:30am on Dave
  53. Series K Episode 16: Friday 1st October at 6pm on Dave
  54. Series H Episode 1: Friday 1st October at 8:20pm on Dave
  55. Series P Episode 10: Friday 1st October at 9pm on Dave

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