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

QI

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.

Another series is in development.
Series N, Episode 6 is repeated on Dave today at 6pm.

Pilot

This was an unbroadcast pilot that has never been shown on television, but was released as an extra on the QI Series A DVD. Guests are Eddie Izzard, Bill Bailey and Kit Hesketh-Harvey.

Further details

Aubrey Beardsley - How Sir Bedivere Cast the Sword Excalibur into the Water.

Names

- "Bobo Fing" is a language spoken by 10,000 people in Mali. Not to be confused with "Bobo" (a language of Burkina Faso) or "Gogo" (spoken by 10 million in Tanzania).

- King Arthur's lance was called "Ron", short for "Rongomynad". His helmet was named "Goosewhite", his armour was called "Wygar" and his war cry was "Clarence!"

- Tangent: Paul Daniels performing a magic trick based on the legend of King Arthur. Arthur called his sword "Caliburn" rather than "Excalibur".

- "Butter hamlets" are small tropical fish which can be found in 10 different colours.

- Tim is the 6th most popular name for a baby boy in Germany. (Forfeit: Adolph - because Stephen's card was spelt like that and Alan who said the answer was thinking "Adolf" as in Adolf Hitler, the penalty was reduced to -8 points)

- Richard Gere's middle name is Tiffany. (Forfeit: Gerbil)

History

- William Huskisson MP, the first person killed in a rail accident, had previously escaped death after a horse fell on his head during his honeymoon.

- The penis bones of badgers were used by Victorian gentlemen as tie clips.

- "Rectal inflation" was an old method of blowing tobacco smoke through the rectum as a means to resuscitate the drowned.

- Victorians who could not afford chimney sweeps would drop a goose down to clean it instead.

Lingo

- Guessing the meanings of Dutch words:

- "Pronk" - Flaunt

- "Sloot" - Ditch

- "Kloof" - Gap

- "Lonk" - To ogle

- "Oog" - Eyes

- "Wanklank" - A discordant noise

- "Tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog moesten vele Nederlanders tulpenbollen eten," is Dutch for, "During the Second World War, many Dutch people had to eat tulip bulbs," which is a true fact.

- Tangent: If dogs eat toothpaste, they hallucinate. Alan admits he heard this fact from someone from the pub. Another kind of dog hunts deer by biting off the testicles.

- Tangent: In Greece, the word for "Bread" and "Lavatory" seat is the same word, "Kol

Broadcast details

This episode has never been broadcast.

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
Alan Davies Regular Panellist
Guest cast
Bill Bailey Guest
Eddie Izzard Guest
Kit Hesketh-Harvey Guest
Production team
Ian Lorimer Director
John Lloyd Producer

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