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


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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Series N, Episode 6 is repeated on Dave today at 6pm.

Series H, Episode 9 - House And Home

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QI. Image shows from L to R: Bill Bailey, Stephen Fry, Danny Baker, Eddie Izzard. Copyright: TalkbackThames.


- The panel are shown a picture of a typical family with children, a car, a dog and a house. If they want to reduce their ecological footprint (the amount of land needed to replace consumed resources and deal with the resulting waste) as much as they can legally, the best thing they could do is get rid of the dog. Keeping a dog has the same environmental impact as owning two Toyota Land Cursers (including both the making and using of the car), or even more if it is a large dog like a German shepherd, because they eat so much meat. Meat needs more land to be used to make it than plant crops. It takes 43 square metres of land to generate 1kg of chicken, much more for other meats, but only 13 square metres for a 1kg of cereal. Other pets also do damage. For example, a cat has the same impact as a Volkswagen Golf and two hamsters have the same impact as a plasma screen TV. According to the UN, we are using 1.4 times more land than the planet can restore. If you want to reduce your ecological footprint even more, do not have children, as people use more land than animals. (Forfeit: Get rid of a car)

- Tangent: Alan's dogs got into a tin of Quality Street and tore off all the wrappers.

- In the USA the value of a house can be instantly reduced by a third if it is reported to be haunted. Of course there are no such things as ghosts, but even if it is just suspected, the value will be reduced.

- Tangent: Eddie makes the point that if ghosts exist how come we only see human ones and not the ghosts of animals.

- Tangent: Danny claims the most logical thing he has heard with regards to ghosts is the change in the magnetic field during things like lightning storms. People might also feel cold, dread, hallucinate and die in houses, perhaps from things like carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty boilers.

- Tangent: Stephen was the last ever "Pipe Smoker of the Year". When QI was about to start as a series Stephen was asked to do some press for it, and during those days he smoked. He could not find some cigarettes so he took a pipe and tobacco to the interview for The Independent. Two days after the interview he was asked by the paper to be the Pipe Smoker of the Year, and he accepted.

- When moving house on South America's fourth largest island it is custom to literally move the house from one place to another. On the Chilean island of Chilo

Broadcast details

Friday 12th November 2010
30 minutes


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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
    Alan Davies Regular Panellist
    Guest cast
    Bill Bailey Guest
    Eddie Izzard Guest
    Danny Baker Guest
    Writing team
    John Mitchinson Question Writer
    Justin Pollard Question Writer
    James Harkin Question Writer
    Molly Oldfield Question Writer
    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


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