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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.

  • Due to return for Series V
  • Series G, Episode 13 repeated Thursday at 9pm on U&Dave
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 1,211


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Series N - QI VG: Compilation Show 15

A compilation of some of the best bits from Series N, with Sandi Toksvig and Alan Davies.


A mixture of new material and best bits from Series N.


- Best Bit: Naming Names Tangent - The origin of the word "quiz".

- New Material: North Norse Tangent - Sandi has difficulty understanding Lucy Beaumont's Hull accent, when she talks about playing "hook-a-duck" at a fair, although actually Lucy's accent is similar to that from people in Scandinavia. Lucy was once doing a gig in Norway, and Lucy claims they the Norwegians understood her better than people in Cheltenham. Alan says that today you cannot fail at hook-a-duck because kids will get angry if they don't win something, and that most of the goldfish given away as prizes at fairs are not actually dead. If you put them in a normal tank and feed them they will be fine.

- Best Bit: Night Tangent - The need to go up for a wee in the middle of the night, and rumours of people urinating in hotel kettles.

- Best Bit: Nosey Noisy Tangent - No-one knows why giraffes hum.

- Best Bit: North Norse Tangent - The Saint John river flowing backwards, and Venice's black gondolas.

- Best Bit: Numbers Tangent - Ringing a random Swedish person.

- Best Bit: Night Tangent - Holly Walsh talks about elderly cat owners dying and their cats eating the corpse of their owner.

- Best Bit: Naked Truth - There is no such thing as someone who is perfectly average.

- Best Bit: Nonsense - The worst noise in the world.

- Best Bit: Naval Navigation - The thing worn by Highland warriors during the Battle of Bannockburn.

- Best Bit: Naming Names Tangent - Phill Jupitus's mother and her loud whistling.

- Best Bit: Nature/Nurture - You cannot describe a bearded tit.

- Best Bit: Non Sequiturs - Impersonating a trout faking an orgasm.

- Best Bit: Night Tangent - Holly Walsh's husband maker her sleep facing away from him because she sleeps too loudly.[/b]

- Best Bit: Noble Rot Tangent - The difficulties for women when using a public toilet when the lock on the door is broken.

- Best Bit: Noodles - Britain's biggest national secret was once the BT Tower.

- Best Bit: Next - The mating habits of black widow spiders.

- Best Bit: Nosey Noisy - Telling the difference between hot and cold water from by their sound.

- Best Bit: Noel - How you would consume the original Humpty Dumpty.

Broadcast details

Friday 17th February 2017
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Sandi Toksvig Host / Presenter
Alan Davies Regular Panellist
Guest cast
Jimmy Carr Guest
Phill Jupitus Guest
Jeremy Clarkson Guest
David Mitchell Guest
Ronni Ancona Guest
Johnny Vegas Guest
Lee Mack Guest
Ross Noble Guest
Sarah Millican Guest
Susan Calman Guest
Jason Manford Guest
Sara Pascoe Guest
Noel Fielding Guest
Colin Lane Guest
Josh Widdicombe Guest
Richard Osman Guest
Aisling Bea Guest
Lucy Porter Guest
Matt Lucas Guest
Cariad Lloyd Guest
Rhod Gilbert Guest
Romesh Ranganathan Guest
Lucy Beaumont Guest
Corey Taylor Guest
Holly Walsh Guest
Lolly Adefope Guest
Miles Jupp Guest
Deirdre O'Kane (as Deidre O'Kane) Guest
David Baddiel Guest
Nish Kumar Guest
Jerry Springer Guest
Frankie Boyle Guest
Writing team
James Harkin Script Editor
Mat Coward Researcher
Will Bowen Researcher
Anne Miller Researcher
Anna Ptaszynski Researcher
Stevyn Colgan Researcher
Ben Dupré Researcher
Andrew Hunter Murray Researcher
Production team
Ian Lorimer Director
John Lloyd (as John Lloyd CBE) Series Producer
Piers Fletcher Producer
Sohail Shah Executive Producer
Justin Pollard Associate Producer
Nick King Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Nick Collier Lighting Designer
Mike Sutcliffe Lighting Designer
Howard Goodall Composer

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