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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 J - QI VG: Compilation Show 7

A compilation of some of the best bits from Series J, with Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.

Further details


A mixture of new material and the best bits from Series J.


- Best Bit: Journeys - The best way to remember where you left your passport.

- New Material: J-Places Tangent - Sandi Toksvig talks about eating macaroni pie (a pie filled with macaroni cheese), a Scottish dish, in Glasgow with Susan Calman.

- New Material: Justice Tangent - Rhys Darby hates it when people try to find adult meanings in children's programmes. Jason Manford is of the belief that in Fireman Sam the troublesome kid Norman, who comes from a single parent family, is ginger. The only other character in the show with ginger hair is Sam.

- Best Bit: Jungles - The ant/sand jolly jape.

- Best Bit: Jingle Bells - Beethoven's Jingling Johnny.

- Best Bit: Jargon - The thing that Watson did twice as often as Holmes.

- Best Bit: Just the Job - Something interesting that you can do with a slinky. It was designed by Richard James, an American naval officer who invented by accident. He knocked over a coiled spring and noticed how it moved. It was his wife however who thought it would make a good toy. Over 300 million have been sold. If you let go of a slinky, the bottom does not move. The top of it moves and then the spring falls down to the ground.

- Best Bit: Jumble Tangent - John Sessions's Ken Dodd story.

- New Material: Jams, Jelly and Juice - Actor Richard Brain once starred in a commercial where he played a mummy. At one point, while wrapped up in his bandages, he needed to pee. However, because it took so long to unwrap him, someone had to rummage around and get out Brain's cock. To this day he has no idea who it was he could not see.

- New Material: Journalism - The panel are asked to come up with a new hat design. Johnny Vegas jokes that he invented multitasking.

- Best Bit: Jargon - What is the only number which when written out in English is spelt in alphabetical order?

- Best Bit: Jobs - The laser balloon popping jolly jape.

- Best Bit: Just the Job Tangent - Amongst the odd things that Sandi gets sent by the public was a she-wee, which she loves. Jeremy says that driving under the influence for needing a wee is the most dangerous thing you can do on the road.

- Best Bit: Journeys Tangent - Rob Brydon's over-detailed explanation of the saying: "Couldn't see the wood for the trees."

- New Material: Jingles Bells Tangent - Mormon pornography consists of the image being covered a red sheet with holes showing the less offensive parts. Mormon underwear covers the person from the shoulders to the knees.

- Best Bit: Jams, Jelly and Juice - The miracle jerry jolly jape.

- Best Bit: J-Places Tangent - Bill Bailey and Alan mime Gerard de Nerval force feeding his pet lobster with Jerusalem artichokes.

- Best Bit: Journalism - The vortex cannon jolly jape.

Broadcast details

Friday 28th December 2012
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
    Alan Davies Regular Panellist
    Guest cast
    Bill Bailey Guest
    John Sessions Guest
    Danny Baker Guest
    Jo Brand Guest
    Rob Brydon Guest
    Jimmy Carr Guest
    Phill Jupitus Guest
    Jeremy Clarkson Guest
    Dara O Briain Guest
    David Mitchell Guest
    Johnny Vegas Guest
    Reginald D Hunter Guest
    Sandi Toksvig Guest
    Sue Perkins Guest
    Ross Noble Guest
    Brian Cox (as Prof Brian Cox, University of Manchester) Guest
    Sarah Millican Guest
    Victoria Coren Mitchell (as Victoria Coren) Guest
    Cal Wilson Guest
    Katy Brand Guest
    Susan Calman Guest
    Shappi Khorsandi Guest
    Greg Proops Guest
    David O'Doherty Guest
    Jason Manford Guest
    Rhys Darby Guest
    Richard Coles (as Rev Richard Coles) Guest
    Writing team
    James Harkin Script Editor
    Production team
    Ian Lorimer Director
    John Lloyd (as John Lloyd CBE) Series Producer
    Piers Fletcher Producer
    Ruby Kuraishe Executive Producer
    Nick King Editor
    Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
    Howard Goodall Composer
    Molly Oldfield Researcher
    Mat Coward Researcher
    Will Bowen Researcher
    Andrew Hunter Murray (as Andy Murray) Researcher
    Anne Miller Researcher
    Jenny Ryan Researcher
    John Mitchinson Researcher

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