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Have you ever wondered what you should be doing with your life? What it's all about? We have too. And that's why QI exists - to satisfy our curiosity about... well, everything. It's all Quite Interesting if you look at it in the right way.

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      27.12.2011 11:07
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      Ok bits

      I don't know what to make of Q.I - Quite Interesting. It's funny and delightful in places yet feels heavily scripted in others, which means it's always contradicting itself in presenting the contestants and host as very clever, the requisite, it seems, to watch the show. With so-called Mr Clever himself in Stephen Fry hosting it has that intellectual and knowing Radio Four feel yet quickly dumbed down for TV entertainment reasons by the Socratic humour of Alan Davies, playing the village idiot to keep the laughs coming and so the show some rhythm or reason. Davies clearly isn't the idiot in the show he presents and so the question is just how much of QI is scripted, and by that I mean are the guests given crib sheets two weeks before they come on to work out their witty answers to the questions - wrong or right - likely to be asked. We know that schools do what the have to do with exams and the kids homework to make sure the kids pass the tests so they get their funding and so why not this show? The prepping of the guests to make sure they come on happens on most celebrity panel shows where the guest can be easily embarrassed if they don't know any of the answers. Victoria Derbyshire famously let slip that she was given a list of questions she might be asked when asked to do Celebrity Mastermind last year.

      The series creator and producer John Lloyd was very clever when pitching the idea for Q.I as the pilot was for the letter 'A' and trivia starting with, which meant if the show was a hit he would get 25 more, and no set number of shows for each letter. Series G got 16 episodes whilst some letters just 8. As the show is run and created by Oxbridge alumni it was always going to get commissioned at the BBC anyway, such is the class system operated there. But the real brains behind Q.I are the group of keen researchers who trawl through thousands of books and articles to find those clever questions and those likewise answers. Alas, just as many nerds write into complain when the wrong answers or questions are presented on the show.

      The shows rules are irrelevant to the point of being 'sixth form studenty', most of the questions extremely obscure, making it unlikely that the correct answer will ever be presented. Points are given by a man in Stephen Fry's ear who is the official scorer up in the producer's booth, not only for the right answers but interesting ones, whether they are right or even relate to the original question in the first place. It's a lose panel show to say the least. Conversely, points are deducted from a panelist, who gives an answer which is not only wrong, but pathetically obvious, typically answers that we generally believed to be true through urban legend of common acceptance but in fact are not. A buzzer will sound when this happens. Buzzer sounds are different every week, often very silly noises. Points are also deducted if an obvious joke answer is given to the question by playful contestants. In addition, bonus points are often awarded or deducted for various challenges or incorrect references to a certain thing or place, varying from show to show.

      Alan Davies, of course, plays along with that village idiot role and has finished last a record 64 times with -144 being his and the shows worse ever score. Because Davies has been on every episode bar one (where he was at the football, according to Wikipedia and so text his answers in) he has the level highest number of wins with ten, somewhat ironically, matching the laconic American comic Rich Halls score. Joe Brand and Sean lock have the record guest appearances at 27, which they receive a fee of two grand. The pointless Lisa Tarbuck is level bottom with two.

      It goes out at a later slot now but retains it's mostly middle-class audience, the little Harry Potters of suburbia particularly keen on it. Its also holds the record with Top gear as the most repeated and looped show on Dave, the comedy channel. If you can take it for what it is and not worry about getting the questions right or how tough they are like Mastermind then its ok. Cleary only the perceived cerebral are invited on and it does get competitive with some to reveal a clever fact of their own or, heavens forbid, get the answer right.

      I can't say I ring this in the TV guide but if it's on at 10pm on BBC2 and I'm up with the news I will give it a go. I do find Fry a little too smug and condescending at times but he does it in a deliberately nice way so can forgive him. He confesses to being a thief in his youth and cheating in all his exams all the way through his education so you do have to ask just how clever he is, if at all. Many posh people are articulate and nothing more.

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        01.09.2010 11:09
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        Give QI a go!

        QI is a game show with Stephen Fry as the host, QI stands for quite interesting. It is an intelligent quiz show that asks questions on different topics and also eliminates the 'myth' answers. The contestants are rewarded if their answers are deemed 'Quite Interesting'. QI is now in its 8th series so the show has been running since 2003 and has proven to be really popular. It was first shown on the BBC and the new series continue to be shown on BBC but the Sky / Free view channel Dave now shows repeats throughout the week.

        A lot of the questions asked have answers that most people believe are right for example old wives tales etc, the questions asked are designed to trap the teams into thinking they know the answer. The wrong answer is then broken down by Stephen Fry and he explains the correct explanation. Just one example is 'What shouldn't you eat before bedtime', of course the obvious answer is cheese, Stephen Fry then goes on to explain that this is rubbish and that cheese has actually been proven to aid sleep and give you pleasant dreams! Every time a wrong answer is called, the team member gets minus points. Alan Davies nearly always ends up in the minus with his score.

        There are different guests each week with some reappearing guests such as Jimmy Carr, David Mitchell. Alan Davies is a regular fixture on the show and he and Stephen Fry work really well together, bouncing off each other with their wit and intelligence. Alan Davies tends to play the joker of the bunch, frequently making the live audience laugh with his sarcastic and witty remarks and answers.

        The show has a nice pace, focusing on each question just long enough for you to learn about it and for them to cover the subject, it's not a quick fire quiz show at all, they spend a while before moving onto the next question. This can feel like a long time if they are discussing a subject in which you have no interest in!

        The show is very well researched making Stephen Fry the perfect host as he has enough knowledge himself to answer the questions from the panel members, it's surprising how much he does know!

        QI covers lots of different subjects for questioning, history, sports, celebrities, food, astronomy, wildlife and random facts. QI is unlike any other quiz show that I have seen as the questions are really interesting and even for the brightest of people there is always something to learn from watching an episode of QI.

        The set itself is simple, dark in colour with giant TV screens either side of Stephen Fry. These screens display images of the subject in the questions. The theme tune is an upbeat happy piano tune that once learned, you'll always recognize as being QI as it's quite a unique TV theme tune.

        Here are a couple of examples of the facts you learn watching QI -

        Potato starch is actually worse for your teeth than sweets and sugar.

        The 'map of the tongue' which we were probably all shown in text books at school where different parts of the tongue taste different flavours e.g. bitter, sweet, salty is actually rubbish. The tongue tastes flavours all over so there are no specific areas where different flavours are tasted.

        The internet is made up of 85 - 89% spam! Contrary to popular belief, less than 1% is actually pornographic material.

        I hope you have learned something reading this review and I would recommend everyone watches QI at least once to see if it's for them. I'd recommend this show as you are bound to learn a fact or two and it also contains good humour and interesting weekly guests.

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          28.05.2010 11:10
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          Very good show

          Q.I is a panel show that is shown on the BBC and is also repeated on Dave.
          It is hosted by Stephen Fry who is a very intelligent man who also has a comedy side to him, which is part of what Q.I is about.
          Q.I is very interesting and also funny, this is because they give you useless information that you didn't know and usually has a funny side to it.

          The panel is made up of comedians and members of the BBC, like Jimmy Carr, Jo Brand and Jeremy Clarkson.
          There is only 1 regular member of the panel and that is Alan Davis who is quite funny in the show due to his ignorance and usually comes last on the leader board.
          The panellists are given a different buzzer every week, they are all supposed to make the audience laugh and they do, Alan Davis is usually given the silliest one.

          Throughout the show, Stephan Fry asks questions and the panellists try and guess the answer. A lot of questions are designed to catch them out. A lot of the time the questions are silly ones and they make jokes with it. If they answer a question and the alarm goes off, this means that the member of the panel has answered the question in a way the producers thought they would, so they loose points. The final round of the show is General ignorance. This is where Stephan Fry asks questions that seem to be common knowledge but actually aren't true. This part of the show is interesting because the audience all think they know the answer when in fact they don't.
          When they give the obvious answer, the alarm goes off and they lose points.

          At the end of the show the winner is decided by how many points they have, most of the time, Alan Davis has minus points and sometimes so do the others.

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            20.05.2010 12:10
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            Stephen Fry is the perfect host for this show

            Quite Interesting or QI for those that know it well is essentially a comedy panel quiz that airs on BBC and has been running since 2003 and is still going now. The show is hosted by Stephen Fry who is excellent as he is both entertaining and helps the guests along with their answers, all the while having absolute power over the scoring as he sees fit. The eighth series is due on our screen this year and is still pretty popular. This quiz show may not be as familiar to some as the more famous ones but is as funny in my opinion as the likes of Have I got news for you and such like. The show over the years has featured a host of comedians and other celebrities.

            Points in this game show are awarded for being interesting or funny so if you are a comedian on this show and end up with a positive score then you know you have done well and performed to the best of your ability. Alan Davies is a regular on the show and is very good at the game nowadays. Basically it doesn't too much if you get the answer wrong as you long as you make the audience and viewers laugh, not to mention the host Stephen Fry.

            If you've never seen this show then it's definately worth it as it's very entertaining and funny and like all shows of this nature they are good because the guests have to think on their feet so you know it's not material they have prepared earlier. This for me is what sets a good comedian apart from a great one. I've watched a number of series and it's great fun

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            21.03.2010 07:13
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            Above average show. Not brilliant but fun if there's nothing better on

            ** Q.I. Quite Interesting **

            In the mould of great programs like Have I Got News For You a host of slightly different comedy panel shows have sprung up in the last decade or so. One of the more successful is Q.I. Quite Interesting which is like Have I Got News For You meets University Challenge.

            Q.I. is hosted by Stephen Fry who himself made many appearances on University College in his Uni days. Stephen is a likeable enough character but suffers from being one of the new breed of celebrities who do lots of things but are not particularly great at any of them. Acting, show hosting, documentaries and so on Fry is everywhere lately. The phrase Jack Of All Trades comes to mind. As a teenager Stephen Fry even tried crime once too, long before becoming a well known TV personality. He wasn't particularly good at that either though and got sent to prison!

            Joining Fry are two competing teams who work their way through the novel premise of trying to be less ignorant than the other team rather than cleverer. As if to make this point final scores can often be in the minuses and a score of 0 is often considered a good one.

            This is amusing and unsurprising as the whole show revolves around questions that people think they know the answer to but in fact the answer is a lot stranger or different from the expected.

            I feel that the Q.I. team do sometimes have bend and stretch definitions and terms around about to make the questions with unusual answers work. But that can be amusing in itself. There have even been a few mistakes in the supposed correct answers to questions that Fry gives.

            Thanks to the repeats on the Dave freeview TV channel you can watch out for these to amuse yourself or win a few pub bets. In one episode involving a question about how helium changes your voice Fry wrongly gives the answer "tambre". I have an awesome musician friend who put me right. The answer is really "timbre". There's another pitch related mistake my friend pointed out to me that I wouldn't have noticed where Fry announces pitches and he gets one wrong.

            I find these flaws in Q.I. really add to the fun. There is something great about a highly educated team of academic nurds getting things completely wrong even if it is only rarely :o)

            The banter and endless stream of adlib and improvised jokes can be enjoyable with certain guests. Occasionally the guests or Fry go on to long and it gets a bit grating but mostly the comic comments hit the mark.

            Alan Davies is usually very entertaining and often deliberately commits the cardinal sin of giving the most obvious but invariably wrong answer. This always sets the alarms ringing to great comic effect. Jo Brand is another excellent guest on the show sometimes.


            ** My conclusion **

            I don't think you learn much from watching Q.I. it is not educational as most of the knowledge is useless. Like discovering WW2 didn't officially end until a few years ago. But if there is nothing better on the show can be entertaining.

            Especially now I know not all the answers are correct. I'm hoping to find mistake number 3 sometime soon.
            Thanks for reading my review.

            Thanks for reading my review.
            Mike xx

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              06.03.2010 22:00
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              a show of obscure questions with answers you might not expect

              QI is a quiz show with a bit of a difference. It is hosted by Stephen Fry for a start who, in my eyes, is one of the most intelligent celebrities there are and so you get to thinking this isn't your typical questions and answers show. Also it has a panel of celebrity guests as well as the permanent fixture of Alan Davies. The other three panellists are usually stand up comedians such as Jo Brand, Jimmy Carr and

              The premise of the show is for Fry to ask some ridiculously obscure questions or questions where you think there is a certain answer when in fact the actual answer is something completely unobvious. Where the incorrect or obvious answer is given (usually by Davies) then the horn sounds and the word is flashed up on the screens behind them and points are deducted.

              Each episode each panellist has a buzzer which usually have a different sound each week. Sometimes the show is based on a certain topic and the buzzers relate to that. This is done for a comical effect mostly shown at the beginning of the show. Usually Davies buzzer is the daftest. He really is just there for others to take the mickey out of (in the nicest way of course!)

              As the obscure questions are asked and the panellist give their funny answers (as is a must and theme of the show) Fry then gives a clue as to what the answer could possibly be. Sometimes a panellist will then get it right other times Fry answers it and then goes into detailed information about the answer and some interesting facts. Some rounds they have pictures and they are asked what do they have in common and these pictures can be quite weird and the topic turns to the peculiar image. Other times they talk about unusual sizes of animal's genetalia or a daft fact about a famous person. All through it all Davies usually has something that changes it into being really funny. He asks stupid questions to Fry also that would be something I would be scared to ask for fear of sounding dunce and I love him for that!

              At times Fry gives them tasks to complete during the show such as using magnetic letters to spell out a sentence or to draw a picture, and a few times they had an elephant on a stick which they had to use on the correct question known as 'The elephant in the room'
              The points are worked out in a funny way and we don't know the results until the end when Fry declares the winners. As with 95% of the shows Davies is last with a daft amount such as -50 points. The winner is usually the one that is about positive figures. No prize is given of course just the pleasure of being entertaining and giving interesting facts. Sometimes points are just awarded for that reason and not the correct answer. There is normally nothing that Fry doesn't know but on occasion he is amazed at being told something he didn't know.

              I think this show is really fascinating and Fry is a quite interesting character. He makes me laugh at the gay jokes they sometimes slip in and the posh way he laughs when they say a rude joke is hilarious. I like how the questions are leading to the obvious when in fact the correct answer is completely what you didn't expect.

              For me though Davies makes this show entertaining with his quirky sense of humour and daft answers. He is almost childlike but sometimes he gives the answers I would give and makes me feel like I am not alone in my silly answers!

              Some of the answers are interesting and I do learn occasionally things I would never have known otherwise, granted they are of no use to me and my life isn't enriched by the facts but I am a nosy parker and I enjoy knowing these unusual facts, you never know I may need them in a pub quiz! (that's if I can remember them!)

              I would say that some people won't enjoy this show and will probably find the facts boring and I think if Davies wasn't in the show (he has been in every episode from the start in 2003) then I would probably not watch it either. It is quite funny to watch and the answers the comedians give can actually make me laugh out loud. I have heard that they are told the questions a short while before the show so they can prepare their witty replies.

              Overall not a show for everyone but I find it funny and entertaining as well as Quite Interesting. You can find this aired on BBC1, BBC2 (for QI XL - showing extended episodes after watershed) and also repeats of earlier episodes on Dave.

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                25.02.2010 23:16
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                Watch it!

                Q.I. stands for Quite Interesting and that is really what this show is. It is a quiz which is funny and at the same time tells you that whatever you thought was true is actually probably wrong!

                The show is hosted by Stephen Fry and Alan Davies is always on the show too. There are three other panellists which rotate around a bit but tend to be the same people i.e. there may be about 10 different people who regularly appear on the show!

                The show is first shown on BBC 1 but you will also often find it on Dave. The answers to the questions are normally very different to what you would expect or very strange. If the answer is very obvious and wrong a klaxon will go off and that panellist will also lose some points. The points are not very important though and the show is more about being funny and quite interesting. Points are probably awarded more for interesting and funny answers than completely correct ones! It is quite funny as Alan Davies always comes last and often they all have negative points!

                Stephen Fry is a great host and the show is well worth watching if you have a spare half an hour. The show works well because it is interesting, quite educational and funny all at the same time. You also improve your knowledge from watching the show and may even find yourself stating facts you learned from it!

                Overall I think this is an excellent show and well worth watching next time you are bored! It really is quite interesting as well as quite educational and quite funny!

                This review may also appear on other sites under the names ns1209 and mariofan123.

                Thanks for reading!

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                  25.02.2010 22:34
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                  A show that I hope will go on for many more years. Always has interesting facts and Fry's brilliant

                  QI was based around the idea that what was interesting was much more fun that what was right, and that what's boring couldn't be farther from the truth. After all, everyone knows that going swimming less than an hour after eating is dangerous, and everyone knows that cows are worshipped in India. But it's all of those little bits of knowledge and tidbits that we think we know. There's so much every day things we know that are in fact made up of micromyths, which are all pretty much wrong and mistaken anyway. This is where QI comes in to save us all from our spiralling endless faux-facts.

                  QI, in its whole, is just fun to watch. Stephen Fry leads a group of four panelists, with them regular Alan Davies, through the muddy waters of general ignorance as, through themed episodes, they explore the facts we believe are true, only to totally reverse them. the show is entertaining, it's hilarious and it certainly makes learning a hell of a lot of fun. The show, like I said earlier, rewards interesting answers probably more than right ones, and penalises boring, untrue ones usually with a great big humiliating klaxon. Alan Davies is often the comedy relief here, being the one who gets all the questions wrong and it's not even scripted. The other regular panelists, who are more or less the same people every so often (the more popular ones being Sean Lock, Rich Hall, Jo Brand, Rob Brydon and Bill Baliey) all work together greatly, bouncing jokes and things off each other brilliantly.

                  With its funny guests, amazing facts, and the simple fact that Stephen Fry's in it, this is a total joy to watch, and a great way to spend a half-hour. So fun and interesting in fact that I often find myself quoting the facts i've just learnt to people all of the time, the combination of the to and fro between the guests and Fry and the things they say that you wouldn't learn anywhere else makes this, in my opinion the best panel show out there.

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                  21.02.2010 02:23
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                  A great show for fun facts and to enjoy with the family

                  QI stands for quite interesting. Hosted by Stephen Fry with regular panellist Alan Davies. The programme has 3 other panellists which vary show to show (though you do get regulars popping up frequently).

                  Each episode centres around a letter of the alphabet. While this is a light hearted show it's also extremely informative. The questions given to the panel are usually based on what you think you know which probably isnt right. A mindfield of intersting facts this is educational while being funny.

                  Alan Davies takes the place of the class clown. He tries hard but rarely gets things right. This is actually quite endearing and you find yourself willing him on to get a question right.

                  Stephen Fry is as one might expect, a very well read knowledgable man. While you might expect this to be annoying, he certainly isnt. He manages to be informative yet funny at the same time.

                  While the information is probably never going to win you any awards for general knowledge, it is still compelling viewing. I mean who doesnt want to know what the biggest thing a blue whale can swallow is?

                  If your after a show thats fascinating, funny and full of facts to make you go "I never knew that" then this is probably right up your street. It dispells myths, makes you laugh out loud and question things you always thought were true.

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                    One of the best shows on UK television right now

                    Do you know how many moons the Earth has, or what word rhymes with purple? You probably don't, as Stephen Fry will be quick to tell you in the hilarious and incredibly informative comedy panel quiz show QI.

                    Hosted by England's national treasure Stephen Fry, our all-knowing sensei, and joined by eager, ever-learning (and ever-getting it wrong) regular panelist Alan Davies, along with three guests hand-picked from the cream of the crop of Britain's finest comedians, writers, and humourists, QI takes us on half-hour tours of things we thought know, but really we didn't.

                    The premise of the show is quite simple - it's a quiz show intent on busting what they call "General Ignorance": a general belief of a fact (no matter what it is) that is, when you get right down to it, not true in the least bit. QI stands for Quite Interesting, and that's exactly what the show is - there isn't a single dull fact or question in the show. It might all be useless trivia, but it certainly isn't boring. Working on the rule that the panelists get penalised for boring answers, the show doesn't so much reward right answers as much as interesting ones and with the usual returning panelists Jo Brand, Sean Lock, Bill Bailey, Rich Hall, Jimmy Carr, Rob Brydon (and many others), you know the jokes will keep coming.

                    QI does what I think a lot of other panel shows don't in that it has this warmth to it. It must be Stephen Fry or something, who acts as this teacher to the four "students".

                    Another thing is you never question the show. No matter how absurd the answer to the question is. If Stephen Fry says it, it's got to be correct

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                    Just love this show

                    My favourite quiz show on tv has to be the fabulous QI which comes on BBC1 on a friday at 8.30pm. The letters QI stand for quite interesting and it is really that and more.

                    The idea of the show is that they pick a topic for each show and the questions are to do with this topic. There are usually 4 members of the panel who are usally comedians. The questions they are given are really way out and encourage them to give the obvious answer which is usually the wrong one. When they have given one of these obvious answers that are infact wrong there is a loud klaxon going off telling them that they have got it wrong. This makes the whole show so funny as people dont want to say the answer that they think would be right incase they set off the klaxons and lose points. It ends up with them all having a really funny and often interesting time trying to come up with the right answer.

                    The host is Stephen Fry who welcomes you with a big Goooooooooooood Evening and then goes on to entertain you with things you would never have known about before (unless your as brainy as Stephen that is). He is just like a teacher when he is taking this show teaching you something new every time, and he makes it all sound so interesting and easy to understand without coming across as patronising in the slightest.

                    Alan Davies is also on each show as a permanent panelist. I love Alan Davies anyway as he is an avid Arsenal fan and I thought he was brilliant in the quirky tv show Jonathan Creek. He is always made out to be the member of the panel who would know the least and would be most likely to get things wrong but in fact he is very intelligent and knows a great deal of the answers. I love the way he acts out the parts when he is giving an answer, it is really funny.

                    Each show they have different buzzer sounds for each contestant and these are themed in with the topic of the evening. Usually Alan Davies's buzzer is something really funny and often childish up to the rest of them.

                    I am not sure how they actually do the points on the show even though I have been watching it for years but they must start off with nothing. Then if they get a question right they score points and if they get them wrong points are taken off. If they hit the big time and say one of the obvious but wrong answers to a question they will lose lots of points. At the end of the game the winner doesnt usually have that many points but the loser will usually have minus something which is quite a large minus number (if you can have such a thing??)

                    My OH has tried to get into this show but just cant see the funny side of it and thought it was terribly boring but I just love it so much, it makes me feel happy watching it and I just want to watch it again and again and learn all the things from it.

                    There is only one series currently available on DVD which is the first series and I was so pleased to get it for Christmas this year. I also got a copy of the QI interactive game but sadly I have no one to play it with (sob sob) as OH doesnt like it and my 14 year old daughter thought it was boring so I have had a go at the first one myself just to see what it was like and will save it incase someone a bit more intellectual comes visiting one day who shares my sense of humour.

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                      A very good watch, but not for everybody

                      Hosted by Stephen Fry, QI is another panel show which hosts a variety of different comedians. It revolves around bizaare facts, dispelling common myths. For example, how many moons does the Earth have? According to QI, two! Some of the facts are difficult to believe, but if it comes from Stephen Fry's mouth then it must be true!

                      Alan Davies features regularly on the show as the token dunce and is a perfect contrast to Stephen Fry. Jeremy Clarkson, Jo Brand, Phil Jupitus and Rich Hall are among those who have featured on the show, which goes to demonstrate the quality of the guests. I do find the humour very funny, but I appreciate that it is not for everybody. My girlfriend cannot stand QI, so sadly I do not get to watch it as much as I'd like, although it does feature regularly on Dave. The humour is a bit stuffy, although occasionally does descend into anarchy courtesy of Alan Davies.

                      It's definitely worth a try, and you will pick up random facts which you can pop out at the pub to look clever! Most of the guests are very funny, and Stephen Fry could, in my opinion, read out the phonebook and still be interesting.

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                        23.01.2010 13:58
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                        Well worth a watch

                        Hosted by Stephen Fry, QI (which stands for 'Quite Interesting') is essentially just another panel/quiz show, but one with a keen interest in little known trivia topics across both the sciences and the humanities. Essentially, the show requires its two, two-man teams to answer tantalising questions posed by Fry, whilst obvious (and thus normally wrong) answers are flashed up in giant letters on the screen behind the contenstants, accompanied by a loudly ringing alarm bell, costing the contestant in question points. Thus the game requires its contestants to have both a wide range of knowledge and to try and think in an unconventional manner in order to get the questions right.

                        The show has a range of good guests on, including US comedian Rich Hall, David Mitchell, Sean Locke and Bill Bailey, whilst regulars include Jo Brand and the rather talentless Alan Davies, whose mock-ignorance begins to grate very quickly. This high quality of participants means that there are plently of funny (and often decidedly surreal) comedic observations being made, alongside the only half-restrained deadpan rants and sardonic comments for which David Mitchell is best known.

                        All in all QI is just that, offering up intriguing nuggets of information, amusing observations and a relaxed atmosphere, making it a programme that is at once easy to watch, educational and consistently entertaining.

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                        a unique and entertaining show

                        In an era where reality TV shows and soap opera dominate the airwaves, it's nice to find a show that dares to be different. A show that single_handedly fulfils the BBC's charter to educate, inform and entertain. QI stands for Quite Interesting and is a quiz show hosted by the demi-god that is Stephen Fry. It currently airs on BBC1 on Thursdays at 9.30pm.

                        On the face of it, QI is similar to other quiz shows that the BBC does so well, such as have I got news for you and never mind the buzzcocks. However, the questions on QI are deemed to be so difficult that most points are won not by giving correct answers, but by giving answers that are quite interesting (hence the name of the show). If a contestant gives an answer that is obvious but wrong (such as a contestant answering that Christopher Columbus thought the world was round. In actual fact he did not believe this) then a klaxon flares and points are deducted. Due to the difficult nature of the questions it is quite common for contestants to end up with scores in the negatives. A running joke of the show is that Alan Davies (of Jonathon Creek fame) often sets off the klaxon and end sup with scores in the -30's.

                        As well as Alan, the show features 3 other contestants who change with each episode. These contestants are often popular comedians such as Jo Brand, Rob Brydon and Bill Bailey. In my view some contestants are better than others. Jo Brand just doesn't do it for me, however Rob Brydon often gives hilarious answers. Question - how does a love bomb work? Rob's answer - I just turn up and get on with it!

                        Each episode starts with a series of questions on obscure topics, such as what game traditionally ends with the players being thrown into a pit of sulphur? The show ends with a round called General Ignorance where all the questions have obvious answers but these answers are usually wrong, such as the Christopher Columbus example.

                        QI seems to becoming more popular with each subsequent series, and with good reason. If you haven't seen this show yet then give it a try because you really are missing out on a very unique show.

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                          A great show, that you will never tire of. Quite Interesting by name, Quite Interesting by nature!

                          Quite Interesting. That's really all there is to it. This show goes out of its way to be interesting - and unexpected! The show explodes many common myths by asking questions and getting comedy - and often wrong - answers from the celebrity guests, with the regular appearance of Alan Davies guaranteed to entertain and liven things up! It's presented by Stephen Fry, who brings his own brand of humour, and intelligent style to the show. It's hard not to like it - you will find something new to learn and laugh at - especially if you are one of these people who thiks they know everything (this show will prove you wrong!). The first series began at 'A', and will continue through the alphabet through to 'Z'. Each episode has a common them beginning with the series letter - for the 'F' series it might be about the French, Fish, or Flight. So it looks like QI will end in about 20 series or so, which will be a real shame. But don't worry, as they'll be repeated on Dave for all eternity!

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