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BBC Two and BBC One panel show focusing on quite interesting facts. 233 episodes (pilot + 16 series), 2003 - 2018. Stars Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.

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QI. Image shows from L to R: Alan Davies, Gyles Brandreth, Sandi Toksvig, Jimmy Carr, Victoria Coren Mitchell. Copyright: TalkbackThames.

Series N, Episode 5 - Not Nearly

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- The correct answer to the question: "Alan, don't you not want some points or not?" is "Yes", although arguably you could answer the question in both the positive and negative as it is not a yes/no question.

- Tangent: English is the largest language in the world, with over a million words. German has only 150,000 words and French has less than 100,000 words.

- XL Tangent: The difference between "no" and "nay" is that the former was used in response to questions asked in the negative, while the later was used to questions asked in the positive. The same is true of "yes" and "yea".

- XL: Is it clear that Sandi will be docking points for anyone who uses the words "yes", "yea", "no" or "nay"? The answer is "yea", because they question was positively phrased. (Forfeit: Yes)

- The panel are shown a photo of two men in military uniform on horseback and are asked why the man on the right is such a loser. The man in question, Sgt. Gehnall Persson, took part in the 1948 Olympics for the Swedish Equestrian Team and won gold in the dressage, but his medal was taken away because the French runners-up spotted Persson was wearing a Sergeant's cap. At the time, Olympic Equestrianism was only open to officers and gentlemen, as it was an amateur sport, and the other ranks were considered professionals. Persson has been given a bogus promotion up to lieutenant in order to take part, but he forgot to change his hat and so was caught out. However, the rule was later changed and Persson won gold in the next two Olympics in his old rank.

- XL Tangent: The very first substance abuse case in the Olympics was American swimmer Eleanor Holm, who was suspended from the team in the 1936 Olympics drinking too much champagne.

- XL Tangent: The first time Victoria went dog racing she went with a friend who was always betting on the second favourite, arguing that normally someone has slipped the favourite dog a pie.

- The panel are shown another photo, this time of two Olympic rowers and a boy, and are asked what they did when they found out their cox was too big. The answer is they borrowed a child from the crowd. The Dutch cox pair in the 1900 Olympics found that their cox, Hermanus Brockmann, was overweight. Worried they would lose, they spotted that the French were using children as coxes, so they borrowed a 7-to-10-year-old child who had already been turned down by the French. No-one knows the boy's name, but with him the Dutch won gold. However, the boy vanished back into the crowd before he could be presented with a medal, so the boy's gold went to Brockmann, and to this day the boy remains the only anonymous gold winner in the Olympics.

- Out of three bottles of wine, the first priced

Broadcast details

Friday 25th November 2016
30 minutes


  1. Wednesday 20th June 2018 at 8:00pm on Dave (60 minute version)
  2. Thursday 21st June 2018 at 6:00pm on Dave (60 minute version)

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Cast & crew

Regular cast
Sandi Toksvig Host / Presenter
Alan Davies Regular Panellist
Guest cast
Gyles Brandreth Guest
Jimmy Carr Guest
Victoria Coren Mitchell Guest
Writing team
James Harkin Script Editor
Mat Coward Question Writer
Production team
Ian Lorimer Director
John Lloyd (as John Lloyd CBE) Series Producer
Piers Fletcher Producer
Sohail Shah Executive Producer
Nick King Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Howard Goodall Composer


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