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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 8

More of the best bits from Series J, with Stephen Fry, Alan Davies and guests.

Further details


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


- Best Bit: Joints - Can Alan feel his sphincter relaxing? Jimmy Carr's experience with a camera up his "schlong".

- Best Bit: Justice Tangent - Alan mishears "killing a Spaniard" as "stealing a bike".

- Best Bit: Jam, Jelly and Juice - Character jugs, Toby jugs and puzzle jugs.

- Best Bit: Jargon Tangent - The jizz of birds.

- Best Bit: Jumpers - The square bubble jolly jape.

- New Material: Jolly Tangent - The panel are playing with various practical joke toys. Stephen gives Alan a pen which gives him a big electric shock which Alan claims to be very painful.

- New Material: J-Places - Stephen asks the panel if they have even scene an inside-out moon. The picture on the screens shows the Clangers, which leads the panel to impersonate them. Bill Bailey does the best impression of both the Clangers and the Soup Dragon.

- Best Bit: Just the Job Tangent - Jeremy Clarkson tells a story about an auctioneer who went to a Scottish castle because the owners were selling the contents. The auctioneer tried to find a hat stand, which he discovered was a stuffed German soldier from World War One. What happened was that the Lord or one of his ancestors was in the trenches with his batman, but it was always suspected that their relationship was closer. The batman had looked over the trench, but was shot by the Germans from the opposite trench. The Scot was so angered by this that he ran across No Man's Land, killed the German, dragged the body back to the British trenches, sent the body back home with instructions that he was to be stuffed and used as a hat stand for the rest of time.

- New Material: Justice - Jason Manford was one burgled by two men. When he confronted the two, who appeared to have been first-time burglars, the burglars panicked, waited a bit, and one of them asked to borrow some milk. Prof. Brian Cox has a friend in New York who witnessed a mugging in Central Park. His friend gave chase, but then realised he did not know what he was going to when he caught him. The mugger then turned, as did his friend, and so the mugger started chasing his friend. They kept switching for some time before the mugger dropped the bag he stole and ran off. Jason got mugged when he was around 16-17. The mugger told him to give them money or they would beat him up. Jason handed over some money, but the mugger still beat him up. The thing that annoyed Jason the most was the breaking of the verbal agreement.

- Best Bit: Jumpers Tangent - Stephen bungee jumping and Bill's scuba diving eye accident.

- Best Bit: Jeopardy Tangent - Ross Noble's narcoleptic horse.

- Best Bit: Joints - The 3D printout Strandbeest jolly jape.

- Best Bit: Jack and Jill Tangent - The saddest hide-and-seek story.

- Best Bit: Jumble Tangent - Jo Brand's disgusting story about a student prank gone wrong.

- Best Bit: Jack and Jill - The paper dart jolly jape.

- Best Bit: Jingle Bells Tangent - Sarah Millican on not wanting children and Stephen's "plans" for a child buffing workshop according to Phill Jupitus.

- Best Bit: Jeopardy - The hydrogen-making jolly jape which you should not do at home.

Broadcast details

Friday 4th January 2013
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
    Liza Tarbuck Guest
    Julian Clary 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
    Jack Whitehall Guest
    Julia Zemiro Guest
    Jason Manford Guest
    Rhys Darby Guest
    Tim Vine 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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