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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 H - QI VG: Compilation Show 4

More of the best bits from the H series of QI, with Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, and a host of special guests.


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


- Best Bit: Health and Safety - Bokito viewers.

- Best Bit: Hanatomy Tangent - Stephen gets goosed by a skeleton.

- Best Bit: Hoaxes - The QI crop circle.

- Best Bit: Highs and Lows Tangent - The Burns address to the haggis in German.

- Best Bit: Hodge Podge - Drilling a square hole with a round drill.

- New Material: Horrible Tangent - Sean expresses his anger at not being able to find the right shampoo when travelling abroad.

- Best Bit: Hanatomy - Which way does the Queen face on coins?

- Best Bit: Health and Safety Tangent - Jeremy talks about the time he went on a channel ferry were everyone else was seasick.

- New Material: House and Home Tangent - Stephen has trouble talking about the future because every time he says "Beyond saying" it sounds like "Beyonce-ing".

- Best Bit: Hypothetical Questions - Quickfire Hypotheticals: if a tree falls down and no-one is around, does it make a sound?

- Best Bit: Hanimals - Swimming with dolphins and being rejected by them.

- Best Bit: Happiness - The Duchenne smile and electrocuting faces.

- Best Bit: History Tangent - Using your hands to make things sound louder.

- New Material: Hanimals Tangent - Ross claims that he knows a surprising amount about hedgehogs and he does not know why. Sean claims he does not a lot and Ross challenges him to compare their hedgehog knowledge. Stephen asks him what the name for a baby hedgehog is and Sean correctly answers with "hoglet". They are also known as urchins.

- Best Bit: Hocus Pocus Tangent - Graham performs the guillotine magic trick on Daniel.

Broadcast details

Monday 2nd May 2011
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 25th January 2013 10:00pm BBC HD
Friday 25th January 2013 10:00pm BBC2

Cast & crew

Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
Alan Davies Regular Panellist
Guest cast
Bill Bailey Guest
Eddie Izzard Guest
Danny Baker Guest
Rich Hall Guest
Gyles Brandreth Guest
Sean Lock Guest
Phill Jupitus Guest
Jeremy Clarkson Guest
Dara O Briain Guest
Fred MacAulay Guest
Andy Hamilton Guest
David Mitchell Guest
Johnny Vegas Guest
Sandi Toksvig Guest
Lee Mack Guest
Graham Norton Guest
Jack Dee Guest
Sue Perkins Guest
Ross Noble Guest
Ruby Wax Guest
Chris Addison Guest
John Lloyd Guest
Daniel Radcliffe 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
Andrew Hunter Murray (as Andy Murray) Researcher
Arron Ferster Question Writer
Production team
Ian Lorimer Director
Piers Fletcher Producer
David Morley (as Dave Morley) Executive Producer
Ruby Kuraishe Executive Producer
Nick King Editor
Jonathan Paul Green Production Designer
Howard Goodall Composer


In terms of reviewing QI, anyone who knows me will know that this is an easy job as far as I'm concerned, as QI is my favourite comedy show.

On Easter Monday a "VG" edition was shown, which consists mainly of old clips of the previous series and some new bits thrown in. Among the quite interesting things mentioned include the correct use of poisoned darts (whatever you do, do not do what Bill Bailey did and blow the dart straight upwards).

As this edition of QI was basically a clip show, there's not that much to say about it, except that this and the edition on Bank Holiday Monday will be the final ever episodes of QI to premier on BBC One before the series moves back to its old home on BBC Two.

For many fans, the show's move from BBC Two to the more mainstream BBC One was a mistake, with some believing that the show would be dumbed-down. Although the people behind the series claimed that the first batch of episodes were edited before the decision to move, critics claimed that show had lost its edge.

I think the move back is the best thing to do, provided they still keep broadcasting the extended "XL" editions as well. Still, I will be wishing QI goodbye from BBC One this week.

Ian Wolf, Giggle Beats, 2nd May 2011

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