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

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Series A, Episode 9 - Antelopes

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- A "Bongo" is type of antelope.

- The bongo player in T. Rex was called Steve Peregrin Took.

- In South Africa, the pastime of Bokdrol Spoeg involves spitting the dung of Kudu, a type of antelope.

- Alexander the Great was short, left-handed, epileptic, Albanian and bisexual. He introduced the banana, crucifixion, sugar, cotton and the ring-necked parakeet to Europe. He washed his hair in saffron, was embalmed in honey when he died, and was taught by Aristotle.

- Aristotle claimed that files have four legs and mucus was brain matter.

- "Auricle" is another name for the ear.

- Vincent Van Gogh, after cutting off half of his ear, presented to the prostitute who had spurned his love for her.

- Snakes do not have ears.

- The okapi can clean its own ear with its tongue.

- The "Ear-like growths" discovered by Galileo were the rings of Saturn.

General Ignorance

- The first King of England was Athelstan, who reigned between 924-939. (Forfeit: Alfred the Great)

- Aristotle claimed hedgehogs made love face-to-face, with the female lying on her back. (Forfeit: Very carefully)

- The most dangerous animal in history is the mosquito, killing around half the people who have ever lived.

- The Lords of Shouting are angels who sing to God every morning, according to Judaism.

- Samson's hair was cut off by a servant of Delilah. (Forfeit: Delilah)


- Dave Gorman: 20 points
- Jo Brand and Jeremy Hardy: 15 points
- Alan Davies: 10 points


This episode is also known as "Africa".

Broadcast details

Thursday 6th November 2003
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
    Alan Davies Regular Panellist
    Guest cast
    Jeremy Hardy Guest
    Jo Brand Guest
    Dave Gorman Guest
    Production team
    Ian Lorimer Director
    John Lloyd Producer
    Phil Clarke Executive Producer
    Nick King Editor
    Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
    Howard Goodall Composer
    Samantha Ball Researcher
    Adam Jacot de Boinod Researcher
    Sophie Johnstone Researcher
    Molly Oldfield Researcher

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