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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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Queen Victoria.


- Everyone is dressed up in period costumes. Stephen is Oscar Wilde, Jo is Queen Victoria, Sean is the Duke of Wellington, Bill is an Edwardian croquet player and Alan is an Indian officer.


- Queen Victoria probably thought very unfavourably of Mr. Bean, because he tried to assassinate her early in her reign. John Bean tried to shoot her using a gun stuffed with wads of tobacco. (Forfeit: We are not amused)

- Tangent: Mr Bean is very popular in Germany, as was evidenced by Alan's trip on a Lufthansa plane to Germany during which all the German passengers were watching Mr Bean. Bill mentions an Australian who commented that Mr Bean "would not survive in the bush".

- Tangent: Another assassination attempt was foiled by a "P.C. Trounce". One attempt was made by John Francis, who was described by Prince Albert as a "thorough scamp." The maximum penalty for assassinating the Queen was seven years.

- Tangent: The line, "We are not amused" comes from The Notebooks of a Spinster Lady. However, Queen Victoria had a childish sense of humour.

- Victoria's secret was her haemophilia. Due to her, almost every royal family in Europe was affected with the illness. One of her sons, Prince Leopold, died of haemophilia. One of Victoria's daughters, Princess Alice, married into the Russian royal family. Her daughter, Princess Alexandria, had a son who was also a haemophiliac. It is possible that the illness helped kick-start the Russian Revolution, because in the process of finding him treatment, Rasputin became involved with the Royal Family. Some people believe that the chances of Victoria being a haemophiliac are so remote, that she must have been an illegitimate daughter of a haemophiliac.

- Tangent: Rasputin was poisoned, shot and drowned when he was assassinated, but he just would not die.

- A question about erotica: It is forbidden to laugh or be aroused by the exhibits in the Secret Museum of Pornography in Naples. It is meant to be solely for education purposes. Most of the exhibits come from Pompeii, which was full of graffiti, erotic art and statues. These days, you need a special permit and a guide must accompany you on the visit.

- Tangent: There is a formula to calculate the beauty of the buttocks.

- It was easier to put you boots on in the dark between 1600 and 1800 because there were no left and right shoes or boots. All boots were designed to go on either foot, because it was too hard to design left and right heeled footwear at the time.

- Tangent: There is a penis museum in Reykjav


This is the second time the same panel from a previous episode has appeared - see Series B, Episode 1.

Broadcast details

Friday 7th December 2007
BBC Four
30 minutes


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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
    Alan Davies Regular Panellist
    Guest cast
    Bill Bailey Guest
    Jo Brand Guest
    Sean Lock Guest
    Writing team
    Piers Fletcher Question Writer
    Justin Pollard Question Writer
    Production team
    Ian Lorimer Director
    John Lloyd Producer
    Lorraine Heggessey Executive Producer
    Katie Taylor Executive Producer
    Nick King Editor
    Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
    Howard Goodall Composer


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