Series D, Episode 11 - Denial And Deprivation
- Everyone on the show is deprived of something. Instead of the normal set, Alan and Mark are sitting behind school desks, whilst Roger and Vic have side tables and whiskey. Stephen has an auctioneers stand with a gavel. The lighting director is 'fired' so there is a lack of light, although some of the studio is lit with candles. The audience are forced to watch the show on the street. The buzzers are hand-cranked.
- The panel have to try and guess how a potato, a green felt tip pen, dental floss and curry powder have been used to help people escape from prison.
- According to Anna Freud, the daughter of Sigmund Freud, when children play with their food, they are really playing with their excrement.
- 'Banting' means "to diet". It was invented by William Banting, who wrote A Letter on Corpulence in 1864. Dieting became popular with President Taft, who went on a diet after he got stuck in a bath. It became more popular when Hollywood caught onto the idea. In the 1950s, a big fad was the tapeworm pill, where you swallowed a tapeworm egg to keep you thin.
- Hoover the talking seal was a seal found in Maine in 1971, who was discovered to have a Bostonian accent. He appeared on Good Morning America. When he died in 1985, he got an obituary in The Boston Globe.
- When the Bastille was stormed, there were only seven prisoners in it. Four of them were forgers and two were lunatics, one of whom though he was Julius Caesar.
- The Kray twins were imprisoned in the Tower of London for desertion from National Service.
- The four main religions of India are Hinduism (805 million worshippers), Islam (134 million), Christian (23 million) and Sikh (19 million). (Forfeit: Buddhism)
- No-one milks a yak, because yaks are all male. The female is known as a 'Nak'. A wild yak is 6'5", whilst a domesticated yak is 4". They have the longest hair of any animal, with hairs 2 feet long. The hairs are used in wigs. The BBC still has lots of yak wigs, and if you play Santa at Christmas the chances are your beard will be yak. Yaks have twice as many blood cells, but they are only half the size.
- Crabs have 10 legs. (Forfeit: 8)
- George Washington said nothing about cherry trees; the story of him chopping down one was invented by a man called Parson Weems.
- The panel try to identify correctly a picture of some Yeomen of the Guard. (Forfeit: Beefeaters)
- Friday 1st December 2006
- BBC Four
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Stephen Fry||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|John Mitchinson||Question Writer|
|Piers Fletcher||Question Writer|
|Lorraine Heggessey||Executive Producer|
|Katie Taylor||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|