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  • TV panel show
  • BBC Two / BBC One / BBC Four
  • 2003 - 2024
  • 312 episodes (21 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.

  • Resumes at the end of March
  • Series U, Episode 9 repeated at 10:15pm on BBC2 Wales
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Series A, Episode 8 - Albania

CB Fry


- Elephants can become drunk by eating fruit which ferments in their stomachs. Correction: This is a myth. The fruit they eat does not ferment in their stomachs. The only way an elephant can get drunk is to have an alcoholic drink.

- A "Bradford" is a cocktail that is shaken, not stirred. The "Vesper" cocktail was invented in Casino Royale.

- Tangent: There is a type of cocktail called a "Blowjob". It is made with either Drambuie or Bailey's, with whipped cream on the top and served in a shooter glass. You are not allowed to use your hands to drink it.

- C. B. Fry could jump backwards onto a mantelpiece from a standing position without losing his balance, held the world long-jump record, played in an F.A. cup final, could speak several languages, and was offered the throne of Albania, but turned it down.

- Tangent: It is possible to jump across a canal by using weights and skimming across.

- The Albanian language has several words for eyebrows. A Vetullushe is goat with brown eyebrows.

- The "Pink fairy" is a type of armadillo. The "Green Fairy" is a nickname for absinthe.

- Benjamin Franklin thought it would be a good idea to find a way to stop flatulence from smelling bad.

- Tangent: Franklin was not allowed to draft the U.S. constitution for fear he would jokes in it.

- The first processed food sold by H. J. Heinz in 1869 was horseradish. (Forfeit: Tomato Ketchup; Baked Beans)

General Ignorance

- Fingernails and hair do not grow after you die. The skin tightens creating the illusion of growth.

- Bananas come from an herb. (Forfeit: Trees)

- Tangent: Banana plants walk up to 40 centimetres in a lifetime.

- A "Lili" is the offspring of a liger and a lion. A "Titi" is the offspring of a tigon and a tiger.

- The phrase, "Survival of the fittest" was invented by Herbert Spencer, who also invented the paper clip. (Forfeit: Charles Darwin)


- Clive Anderson: 37 points
- Linda Smith: 30 points
- Sean Lock: 25 points
- Alan Davies: -30 points


For the correction, see The Second Book of General Ignorance.

Broadcast details

Thursday 30th October 2003
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 8th January 2011 8:20pm Dave
Friday 2nd September 2011 7:20pm Dave
Friday 2nd September 2011 11:10pm Dave
Wednesday 28th December 2011 11:20am Dave
Wednesday 28th December 2011 4:20pm Dave
Wednesday 31st October 2012 7:00pm Dave
Thursday 1st November 2012 12:55am Dave
Friday 21st December 2012 2:40pm Dave
Friday 21st December 2012 11:40pm Dave
Sunday 26th May 2013 3:40pm Dave
Sunday 26th May 2013 11:30pm Dave
Sunday 11th August 2013 3:50pm Dave
Sunday 11th August 2013 7:20pm Dave
Monday 12th August 2013 3:20am Dave
Saturday 16th November 2013 7:00pm Dave
Sunday 17th November 2013 2:00pm Dave
Monday 12th January 2015 11:00pm Dave
Thursday 26th March 2015 11:00pm Dave
Wednesday 15th July 2015 11:00pm Dave
Thursday 19th November 2015 10:20pm Dave
Tuesday 2nd August 2016 12:20am Dave
Tuesday 2nd August 2016 9:20pm Dave
Thursday 10th November 2016 12:00am Dave
Monday 16th January 2017 3:20pm Dave
Friday 17th March 2017 2:00pm Dave
Saturday 18th March 2017 12:20am Dave
Tuesday 16th January 2018 11:40pm Dave
Wednesday 17th January 2018 1:40am Dave
Tuesday 20th March 2018 1:00am Dave
Saturday 19th May 2018 12:00am Dave
Saturday 19th May 2018 2:00am Dave
Friday 14th September 2018 1:00am Dave
Friday 14th September 2018 11:15pm Dave
Monday 28th January 2019 11:00pm Dave
Tuesday 29th January 2019 1:00am Dave
Tuesday 25th June 2019 8:20pm Dave

Cast & crew

Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
Alan Davies Regular Panellist
Guest cast
Clive Anderson Guest
Linda Smith Guest
Sean Lock Guest
Writing team
Samantha Ball Researcher
Adam Jacot de Boinod Researcher
Sophie Johnstone Researcher
Molly Oldfield Researcher
Adam King Researcher
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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