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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.

  • Due to return for Series V
  • Series T, Episode 3 repeated at 10pm on U&Dave
  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 1,196


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Series I - QI VG: Compilation Show 6

Second 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 - The naming of the First World War.

- Best Bit: Invertebrates Tangent - Stephen eats a chocolate ant.

- New Material: Inventive Tangent - Bill did the PR Week awards, when they had originally picked Stephen. They did not have time to reassign the hotel room he was staying. Bill's wife telephoned the staff to order some coffee and the staff member addressed her as "Mrs. Fry".

- Best Bit: Invertebrates Tangent - Stephen keeps coughing after eating the chocolate ant.

- New Material: Imbroglio Tangent - Stephen tells a joke about an Irishman who went to see the Pope and asked him to do something about his hearing. So the Pope puts his hands over the Irishman's ears, presses them down and says a prayer in Latin. The Pope asks how the Irishman's hear is now and the Irishman says, "I don't know, it's not till Wednesday."

- New Material: Illness Tangent - Stephen produces a shape-memory alloy in the form of a spoon made out of nitinol (so called because it is made out of nickel and titanium). It appears to be an ordinary metal, but if it is put into hot water the spoon will bend into the shape before it was turned into a spoon.

- Best Bit: Invertebrates Tangent - Johnny eats a scorpion brittle and Alan eats a chocolate ant.

- Best Bit: Infantile Tangent - The panel play quoits.

- Best Bit: Intelligence Tangent - Bad job interview questions.

- Best Bit: Invertebrates Tangent - Alan has tried a scorpion and tried an ant, and that's it.

- Best Bit: Inequality Tangent - The mute German baby joke.

- Best Bit: Invertebrates Tangent - Sarah still refuses to eat any insects.

- Best Bit: I-Spy Tangent - The Albert Einstein mould optical illusion.

- New Material: The Immortal Bard - The panel are given a selection of Shakespearean words which are no longer used and asked what any of them mean. The only one defined in the clip is "kickie-wickie", which is an affectionate term for a wife.

- New Material: Ice - The panel are given modelling balloons and are asked to make something with them. Alan makes a starfish and a three legged dog with an erection, Ross makes some sausages and a hat, and Sean makes what he claims is the gonorrhoea molecule.

- Best Bit: Incomprehensible Tangent - The moon most likely to be home to Ewoks.

- Best Bit: Imbroglio Tangent - Sexually transmitting Brazil nuts.

- Best Bit: Incomprehensible Tangent - Shattering Ewoks in a lake of fart.

- Best Bit: Intelligence - Asimo.

Broadcast details

Friday 23rd December 2011
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Stephen Fry Host / Presenter
Alan Davies Regular Panellist
Guest cast
Bill Bailey Guest
Clive Anderson Guest
Jo Brand Guest
Jimmy Carr Guest
Sean Lock Guest
Dave Gorman Guest
Andy Hamilton Guest
David Mitchell Guest
Ronni Ancona Guest
Johnny Vegas Guest
Sandi Toksvig Guest
Lee Mack Guest
Jack Dee Guest
Sue Perkins Guest
Ross Noble Guest
Brian Blessed Guest
Brian Cox (as Prof Brian Cox, University of Manchester) Guest
Frank Skinner Guest
John Bishop Guest
Sarah Millican Guest
Nina Conti Guest
Henning Wehn Guest
Ben Goldacre 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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