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BBC Two and BBC One panel show about quite interesting facts. 249 episodes (pilot + 17 series), 2003 - 2020. Stars Sandi Toksvig, Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.

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Series I - QI VG: Compilation Show 6

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

Further details


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

    Regular cast
    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
    Justin Pollard Question Writer
    James Harkin Question Writer
    Molly Oldfield Question Writer
    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
    Mat Coward Researcher
    Will Bowen Researcher

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