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  • 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.

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Series G - QI VG: Compilation Show 2

The second of two compilation shows featuring the best bits of Series G and some never-before-seen bits of interestingness.


A mixture of new material and the best bits from Series G.


- Best Bit: Gardens - The first novelty teapot.

- New Material: Geometry Tangent - A falcon flies down in the shape of "the golden spiral" when hunting for prey. Johnny claims that mice also do this to hunt barley, claiming they do this so they prepare themselves for when barley evolve legs or grow them because of GM. Alan then talks about certain plants that want to be eaten so that they fertilise. Johnny then claims that the barley is acting in a slutty fashion.

- Best Bit: Genius - The ability to roll tongues and the effect of asparagus in the smell of your urine.

- Best Bit: Girls and Boys - Why QI does not have more women as guests.

- Best Bit: Gifts - The scold's bridal.

- New Material: Gravity Tangent - Bill once hired a bouncy castle for his son's fifth birthday party. When the company set the bouncy castle up, they gave Bill the safety instructions, which he tried to read while on the bouncy castle whilst it was full of children. Within two minutes, one got hit in the face and had a blood injury. Later, when the parents came to pick up the children and the safety instructions were on a table nearby, with blood on them. Stephen then talks about the safety slides on aeroplanes in America, where they tell people to take of high heeled shoes before going down. Alan returns to the bouncy castle, saying he would always get nosebleeds on them and someone would always wee on them. Stephen was of the wrong generation and did not have bouncy castles as a child, which leads to Alan claiming that Stephen used to bouncy on fat men.

- Best Bit: Greats Tangent - Cheese going of the Stephen saying it is the celebration of what happens when milk goes of big-time-stylee.

- Best Bit: Green Tangent - Putting wheels on a tortoise.

- Best Bit: Germany Tangent - Rob's long socks.

- New Material: Greats Tangent - Pascal's Wager was to bet on whether there was an afterlife. Blasé Pascal argued that if you put a bet on there being no god and no afterlife, when you die, that is the end of it. However, if there is even the smallest chance that there is an afterlife, it would be best to bet that an afterlife does exist, because if you lose the bet then nothing will still happen. If you win the bet you would go to Heaven. If you bet there was no afterlife and it turns out there was one, you would go to Hell. David suggest that a third outcome would if there was an afterlife, but only for atheists.

- Best Bit: Germany - The Spuk and more on Rob's long socks.

- New Material: Games Tangent - Some computer email programmes have a system that if you write an email at a certain time (for example, when you are most likely to be drunk or behave irrationally) before you send an angry email the programme will make you solve a mathematical problem. That way, you avoid sending the email. Another version will only allow you to send the email the next morning. The problem is that this is limited to certain email systems. You can always use another one, or use the phone, or go around in person. Sean asks if you can send angry messages to the dead via an Ouija board.

- Best Bit: Germany Tangent - Rob's long socks being pulled down by his trousers when he goes to the toilet, and Sean putting his glasses in his underpants when he is on the toilet.

Broadcast details

Friday 16th April 2010
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 20th May 2010 10:00pm BBC2
Wednesday 2nd June 2010 10:00pm BBC2

Cast & crew

Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
Alan Davies Regular Panellist
Guest cast
Bill Bailey Guest
Danny Baker Guest
Rich Hall Guest
Clive Anderson Guest
Jo Brand Guest
Rob Brydon Guest
Jimmy Carr Guest
Sean Lock Guest
Phill Jupitus Guest
Jeremy Clarkson Guest
Dara O Briain Guest
David Mitchell Guest
Liza Tarbuck Guest
Ronni Ancona Guest
Johnny Vegas Guest
Sandi Toksvig Guest
Graham Norton Guest
Jack Dee Guest
Jan Ravens Guest
Barry Humphries Guest
Writing team
John Mitchinson Question Writer
Dan Schreiber Researcher
Mat Coward Researcher
Justin Pollard Question Writer
James Harkin Question Writer
Molly Oldfield Question Writer
Will Bowen Researcher
Arron Ferster Researcher
Production team
Ian Lorimer Director
Piers Fletcher Producer
Katie Taylor Executive Producer
David Morley (as Dave Morley) Executive Producer
Nick King Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Howard Goodall Composer

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