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


  • 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 I - QI VG: Compilation Show 5

Collection of highlights from QI Series 9 - aka the letter 'I' series.


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


- Best Bit: International - Jesse Owens being snubbed by FDR.

- Best Bit: Imbroglio - Frank Skinner plays the banjolele.

- Best Bit: Inland Revenue - Harold MacMillan joining the AA.

- Best Bit: I-Spy - Scouting for Boys advice on dealing with the suicidal.

- Best Bit: Incomprehensible Tangent - SatNav voices and Ross Noble on the longest straight road in the world.

- New Material: Inequality Tangent - Patrick Litchfield was once asked to photograph a royal wedding at Hampton Court in which all the crown heads of Europe would attend (the first such photo), except for the elderly and wheelchair-bound Princess Catherine of Greece. When the photo was taken someone wheeled in an old woman on a wheelchair who was visiting the palace, thinking it was Princess Catherine.

- Best Bit: Illumination - Hydrogel beads.

- Best Bit: Incomprehensible - Lettuce on the Titanic.

- Best Bit: I-Spy XL Tangent - The "Durable" Mike Malloy.

- New Material: Ice - If you take two phone books and inter-leaf them, so each page of one book fits between the pages of the other, it is practically impossible for you to pull the two apart because of the friction caused by the pages. You need 8,000lb of force to do it. Alan is only able to do it because he trashes the books around with such force that some of the pages are torn out.

- Best Bit: Indecision - Sexing chicks.

- Best Bit: Inventive XL Tangent - Pig in a poke.

- Best Bit: Infantile - The best hugs.

- Best Bit: Inventive - The panel try ventriloquism.

Broadcast details

Friday 16th December 2011
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 2nd March 2012 10:00pm BBC2

Cast & crew

Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
Alan Davies Regular Panellist
Guest cast
Bill Bailey Guest
Rich Hall Guest
Clive Anderson Guest
Jimmy Carr Guest
Sean Lock Guest
Dave Gorman Guest
Phill Jupitus Guest
Dara O Briain Guest
David Mitchell Guest
Ronni Ancona Guest
Sandi Toksvig Guest
Lee Mack Guest
Jack Dee Guest
Sue Perkins Guest
Ross Noble Guest
Chris Addison Guest
Brian Blessed Guest
Brian Cox (as Prof Brian Cox, University of Manchester) Guest
Frank Skinner Guest
John Bishop Guest
Nina Conti Guest
Henning Wehn Guest
Al Murray Guest
Writing team
John Mitchinson Question Writer
Mat Coward Researcher
Justin Pollard Question Writer
James Harkin Question Writer
Molly Oldfield Question Writer
Will Bowen Researcher
Andrew Hunter Murray Question Writer
Production team
Ian Lorimer Director
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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