Series I, Episode 3 : Imbroglio
- Friday 23rd September 2011
- BBC Two
- 30 minutes
- 3.02 million viewers (15.10% audience share)
- This is a "General" show in Series I, covering a wide range of different topics beginning with "I".
- The buzzers are all meant to be intentionally irritating. Alan's buzzer is the klaxon and thus he gets a forfeit straight away. (Forfeit: Wrong again!)
- The French for "innuendo" is "double entente" or "double sens". "Double entendre" is an example of a French phrase which the French do not use but the English do. Other examples include "encore" (the French use the Latin word "bis"), "cause celebre", "en-suite" and "decolletage" (the French is "décolleté"). (Forfeit: Double entendre)
- Some iTunes: The songs "I'm Leaning on a Lamppost" and "When I'm Cleaning Windows" were not written by George Formby, but his wife and manager Beryl insisted that he was credited as a co-creator so that he could get royalties. Many of Formby's songs were ridden with innuendo. Lyrics in "When I'm Cleaning Windows" include: "The blushing bride, she looks divine. The bridegroom, he is doing fine. I'd rather have his job than mine, when I'm cleaning windows." Frank performs some more lyrics on a banjolele, the instrument that Formby played. He sings the lines: "Eight o'clock a girl awakes, at ten past eight a bath she takes, at quarter past my ladder breaks, when I'm cleaning windows," and: "Now there's a famous talkie queen, she looks a flapper on the screen, she's more like 80 than 18, when I'm cleaning windows. She takes her hair down all behind, then takes down her never mind, and finally takes down the blind, when I'm cleaning windows." The BBC banned the song for being too rude, but when Formby performed for the Royal Family in 1941, the Queen Mother insisted that he should play the original version. She liked it so much that she asked for it to played two or three times.
- XL: An initiative test: Stephens gets both the panel and the studio audience to shout out their favourite colour at the same time, and then gets the panel to ask what the favourite colour of the panel member sitting next to them was. The problem is that it is very difficult to listen to someone else talking when you yourself are also talking. This is an example of an exercise done by management consultants.
- XL: An interrobang is a punctuation mark which is a mixture of a question mark and an exclamation mark (?), but is normally represented by the two marks following one after the other. This was popular in the 1960s and still exists in the ASCII code. In Spanish there is an upside-down one called a gnaborretni (which is "interrobang" spelt backwards). Other marks included the sarcastrophe, which uses the caret accent around the word or phrase ^like so^.
- How Ironic is That?: A series of situations are given and the panel are asked how ironic they are and why. People often get irony confused and there are various kinds of irony. These include verbal irony, which include phrases like, "As clear as mud"; comic irony, like the famous line in the Peter Sellers film Dr. Strangelove, "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, this is the War Room"; dramatic irony, in which the audience knows what is going to happen but the characters do not; and Socratic irony in which you are pretending to be dumber than you really are. Examples given are:
- Some inside information: Stephen shows the panel a nut and asks what is inside it. The answer is Brazil nuts, although they are actually a type of seed. The actual nut looks similar to coconuts and can kill you if it lands on your head. Brazil nut trees cannot be cultivated, so only wild trees give nuts. Brazil nuts have a complicated system of reproduction. They can only be pollinated by a particular bee, and the bee will only be able to pollinate it if there is a particular orchid in the area. The Brazil nut also has a unique feature, in that it is the only nut that can be transmitted sexually. If a man makes love with someone the nut could pass onto the partner they inseminated, so if he has eaten nuts and then makes love to someone with a nut allergy, he might provoke their allergy.
- Nobody Knows: No-one knows why in a packet of mixed nuts the Brazil nuts always rise to the top. Alan gets the bonus.
- Nobody Knows: The signal bars on your phone mean nothing. Different networks use different frequencies. No-one gets the bonus.
- An inflatable anchor is used when you wish to anchor in sand. Liquid is inflated into the anchor and it lodges into the sand.
- The animals which Richard I had three of on his shirt were leopards. At the time they were not aware of the difference between lions and leopards. In heraldry, a leopard is always sideways on and in that particular shape you now see on England football shirts in what is known as passant gardant. This means that Frank Skinner and David Baddiel's song "Three Lions" is totally wrong. In Scotland they use a rampant lion which is standing on two legs.
- The only animal in the world whose taxonomical name is exactly the same as its common name is the boa constrictor. The scientific name for a gorilla is "gorilla gorilla" and is not the same as it is repeated twice. Several plants also have the exact same common and taxonomical names such as aloe vera. (Forfeit: Gorilla)
- The panel are shown a picture of some bananas and are asked what is wrong with them. The answer is that they are upside-down. Bananas grow pointing upwards, not downwards as we usually see the in shops. Bananas are faintly radioactive, as are Brazil nuts. Luckily the isotope in bananas is present in our bodies and is harmless. The half-life of the radioactive element of a banana is 1.25 billion years. Brazil nuts contain radium and are 1,000 times more radioactive than other foods. If you walk into a nuclear power plant with a pocket full of Brazil nuts you are likely to set of the radiation leak alarm.
- XL: The country which produces the most Brazil nuts is Bolivia. (Forfeit: Brazil)
- Saturday 24th September 2011 at 21.15 (45 minute version)
- Tuesday 20th December 2011 at 23.30
- Wednesday 1st August 2012 at 21.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Thursday 2nd August 2012 at 00.50 on Dave (55 minute version)
- Sunday 26th August 2012 at 16.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Saturday 8th September 2012 at 21.00 (45 minute version)
- Tuesday 30th October 2012 at 21.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Tuesday 15th January 2013 at 21.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Wednesday 16th January 2013 at 00.20 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Sunday 17th March 2013 at 21.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Tuesday 30th April 2013 at 21.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Tuesday 30th April 2013 at 24.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Monday 15th July 2013 at 22.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Tuesday 16th July 2013 at 01.55 on Dave (45 minute version)
- Sunday 1st September 2013 at 21.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Monday 4th November 2013 at 19.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Monday 4th November 2013 at 24.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Monday 6th January 2014 at 21.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Tuesday 7th January 2014 at 00.40 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Sunday 16th March 2014 at 21.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 21.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Thursday 19th June 2014 at 02.45 on Dave (45 minute version)
- Tuesday 13th January 2015 at 20.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Friday 17th April 2015 at 22.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Saturday 18th April 2015 at 02.55 on Dave (45 minute version)
- Thursday 25th June 2015 at 20.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Thursday 30th July 2015 at 21.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Saturday 14th November 2015 at 21.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Saturday 14th November 2015 at 24.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Sunday 15th November 2015 at 23.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Tuesday 5th January 2016 at 21.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
- Wednesday 6th January 2016 at 01.00 on Dave (60 minute version)
Cast & crew
|Stephen Fry||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|David Morley (as Dave Morley)||Exec Producer|
|Ruby Kuraishe||Exec Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Design|
|Other cast & crew|
|John Mitchinson||Question Wrangler|
|Justin Pollard||Question Wrangler|
|James Harkin||Question Wrangler|
|Molly Oldfield||Question Wrangler|
|Andrew Hunter Murray||Question Wrangler|
The research for this episode of QI was, due to some of the subjects, somewhat simpler than the previous two.James Harkin, The QI Qibble Blog, 26th September 2011