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BBC Two and BBC One panel show focusing on quite interesting facts. 233 episodes (pilot + 16 series), 2003 - 2018. Stars Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.

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Series A, Episode 1 - Adam

Full synopsis

Creation of Adam.


- Adam's navel and the Archbishop of Canterbury's left ear are both purely decorative.

- God allowed Noah to eat animals, a right he had previously denied to Adam and Eve.

- Christopher Plummer once said of Julie Andrews that working with her was like being hit on the head with a Valentine card.

- Andrew Graham-Dixon discovered that the painter Caravaggio accidentally killed Ranuccio Tomassoni on a tennis court. He was merely attempting to cut off his testicles. (Forfeit: New Balls Please)

- Tangent: Sheep are castrated without breaking the skin.

- Tangent: Discussion of Prince Albert's libido and the Prince Albert piercing.

- "Finocchio" (fennel) is Italian street slang for a homosexual.

- According to Andrew Marshall's writings on Burma in The Trouser People, the Burmese idiom, "Excuse me sir, but I see your department store is open, even on weekends," means, "Your flies are open."

- Edward Woodward has four "D's" in his name to prevent it becoming, "Ewar Woowar".

- Tangent: Kiwifruit use up more than their own weight in aviation fuel getting from New Zealand to Europe.

- Tangent: When Sir John Gielgud first heard of the name "Edward Woodward", he thought it sounded like a fart in a bath.

- Actor John Barrymore regretted not being able to see himself perform on stage.

- Tangent: A drunken Peter O'Toole once went to see a play, having forgotten that he was supposed to be in it.

- Young giant anteaters indulge in "bluff charging". Their claws are sharp enough to eviscerate a human.

- Anteaters have sixteen-inch tongues, but mouths as narrow as a pencil.

- Tangent: The average graphite pencil can write for thirty-five miles.

- Dwarf anteaters are the size of squirrels and are a delicacy in parts of South America.

General Ignorance

- The country with the highest suicide rate is Lithuania. (Forfeit: Sweden)

- Tangent: Two urban myths invented by the film industry: A ship's captain cannot marry people, and lemmings do not jump over cliffs. (The lemming myth was later corrected in Series "D", as the myth was actually invented in a children's encyclopaedia in 1905.)

- Caravaggio's real name was "Michelangelo".

- The steam engine was invented by Hero of Alexandria, and was named the "Aeolipile". The railway was invented seven hundred years earlier by Periander of Corinth. The modern steam engine was invented by Richard Trevithick.

- Tangent: When Stephenson's Rocket was introduced, people were concerned that travelling at such high speeds could cause irreparable brain damage.

- Tangent: The Romans believed that buggery caused earthquakes.

- The twenty-third tallest tree in the world is a giant sequoia called "Adam".


Danny Baker: 18 points.
Hugh Laurie: 11 points.
John Sessions: 10 points.
Alan Davies: -5 points.

Broadcast details

Thursday 11th September 2003
30 minutes


  1. Sunday 15th February 2009 at 9:00pm on Dave
  2. Saturday 5th September 2009 at 8:20pm on Dave
  3. Saturday 25th December 2010 at 7:40pm on Dave
  4. Wednesday 8th June 2011 at 10:20pm on Dave
  5. Tuesday 20th December 2011 at 4:20pm on Dave
  6. Sunday 8th July 2012 at 9:00pm on Dave
  7. Monday 29th October 2012 at 5:20pm on Dave
  8. Monday 17th December 2012 at 2:00pm on Dave
  9. Wednesday 6th February 2013 at 11:20pm on Dave
  10. Tuesday 14th May 2013 at 10:40pm on Dave
  11. Wednesday 15th May 2013 at 1:40am on Dave
  12. Sunday 1st September 2013 at 2:40pm on Dave
  13. Monday 5th January 2015 at 11:00pm on Dave
  14. Tuesday 10th March 2015 at 11:00pm on Dave
  15. Monday 6th July 2015 at 12:00am on Dave
  16. Monday 6th July 2015 at 11:00pm on Dave
  17. Monday 19th October 2015 at 11:30pm on Dave
  18. Tuesday 5th April 2016 at 12:10am on Dave
  19. Tuesday 5th April 2016 at 8:40pm on Dave
  20. Saturday 27th August 2016 at 1:45am on Dave
  21. Tuesday 3rd January 2017 at 3:20pm on Dave
  22. Monday 6th March 2017 at 2:00pm on Dave
  23. Tuesday 7th March 2017 at 12:20am on Dave
  24. Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 11:00pm on Dave
  25. Thursday 11th January 2018 at 1:00am on Dave
  26. Tuesday 13th February 2018 at 11:00pm on Dave
  27. Wednesday 14th February 2018 at 1:00am on Dave
  28. Friday 16th March 2018 at 2:00am on Dave
  29. Friday 16th March 2018 at 11:00pm on Dave

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
Alan Davies Regular Panellist
Guest cast
John Sessions Guest
Danny Baker Guest
Hugh Laurie Guest
Production team
Ian Lorimer Director
John Lloyd Producer
Phil Clarke Executive Producer
Nick King Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Howard Goodall Composer

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