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QI. Image shows from L to R: Alan Davies, Sandi Toksvig. Copyright: TalkbackThames


  • 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 12 repeated at 9pm on U&Dave
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 1,210


Episode menu

Series B, Episode 10 - Bills

William F. Cody (aka Buffalo Bill)

Extra Tasks

- The panel are asked to draw a wigwam. However, each panel mistakenly draw a tepee instead, except for Clive who draws George Michael and Andrew Ridgley of the band Wham! wearing wigs. ("Wamwig")


- There are over 200 folk names for the pansy, such as "Love idol", "Tickle my fancy", "Meet me in the buttery" and "Tickle my John".

- "Bottomry" is a type of insurance taken out on a ship (known as "Bottoms" in marine commerce).

- Buffalo Bill did nothing with buffalo because all the supposed buffalo in the USA are actually bison.

- Sitting Bull's real name was "Jumping Badger". He inherited his name from his father as a teenager. Sitting Bull is chief of the Sioux, who defeated General Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn. Correction: Sitting Bull was not chief of the Sioux, but a medicine man. The army that defeated Custer was also made of several tribes. The Sioux formed only a third of the army.

- The BBC paid Hilda Brabban three guineas for the three original Bill and Ben, the Flowerpot Men radio stories.

- Tangent: "Flobbadob" the language used by Bill and Ben was named after the noise made by Brabban's brothers farting in the bath. Correction: This is an urban myth that first appeared in a newspaper article. Their language is ""Oddle Poddle". "Flobbadob" means "Flowerpot" in Oddle Poddle. (See Series D)

- The connection between Billy the Kid and Ben-Hur is Lew Wallace. Wallace wrote the novel Ben-Hur and also wrote Billy the Kid's death warrant whilst he was Governor of New Mexico.

- Luvvie Alarm: When John Sessions was talking to Robert Redford at the Sundance Film Festival, Redford told him that The Sundance Kid was Welsh.

- As you go upstairs, the thoughts in your head go faster.

- The best floor to throw a cat out of is the fifth, if you want to harm it.

- Tangent: A man in Shropshire catapults dead cows.

General Ignorance

- The commonest material in the world is perovskite. (Forfeit: Oxygen; Water)

- In 63 AD, Pompeii was destroyed by an earthquake.

- Roman emperors ordered the death of a gladiator by sticking their thumbs up. (Forfeit: Thumbs down)

- The organisation the Americans fought in Vietnam was the Viet Minh. (Forfeit: Viet Cong)

- Tangent: In Denmark, King Kong is known as Kong King. Correction: This fact is a myth, although is true that the Danish for "King" is "Kong".


- Clive Anderson: 1 point
- Phil Kay: 0 points
- John Sessions: -10 points
- Alan Davies: -26 points


For the King Kong correction, see The Unbelievable Truth, Series 21, Episode 1.

Broadcast details

Friday 3rd December 2004
BBC Four
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
Alan Davies Regular Panellist
Guest cast
John Sessions Guest
Clive Anderson Guest
Phil Kay Guest
Writing team
Sophie Johnstone Researcher
Molly Oldfield Researcher
John Mitchinson Question Writer
Piers Fletcher Question Writer
Kate Staples Researcher
Garrick Alder Researcher
Dan Schreiber Researcher
Production team
Ian Lorimer Director
John Lloyd Producer
Mark Freeland Executive Producer
Simon London Executive Producer
Nick King Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Howard Goodall Composer

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