Series A, Episode 1 - 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.
- 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".
- Thursday 11th September 2003
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Stephen Fry||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|Phil Clarke||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|
|Adam Jacot de Boinod||Researcher|