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BBC Two and BBC One panel show about quite interesting facts. 269 episodes (pilot + 18 series), 2003 - 2021. Stars Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.

Series S recorded.
Series M, Episode 10 is repeated on Dave today at 1pm.

Series A, Episode 9 - Antelopes

Further details



- 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

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