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QI: Complete BBC Series 1 (DVD)

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Genre: Television - QI / Theatrical Release: 2003 / Actors: Stephen Fry, Alan Davies ... / DVD released 06 November, 2006 at 2 Entertain Video / Features of the DVD: PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen

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      26.06.2009 18:50
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      Hilarious and informative

      Q.I is an entertaining quiz show with an informative, intelligent side provided by the amazing Stephen Fry, who makes a witty, hilarious host with an encylopedia of interesting knowledge.
      The guests are mostly current comedians, with Alan Davis on every week, an common appearances from Phil Jupitas, Dara O'Briain, Rob Brydon and Jimmy Carr. The guests are all given a unique buzzer noise in every episode to do with the theme of the quiz such as nature or the circus or mythology or many other themes. They are also sometimes given something to hold up when a certain question in the program comes up.
      Stephen Fry asks a series of intelligent questions, which tend to produce very interesting and informative answers, and so the quiz is educational as well as funny unlike many modern quiz shows. When the contestants answer a question with the obvious answer which is wrong a buzzer goes off and the screens flash.
      Very funny.

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        11.09.2008 19:01
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        Light relief for quiz fans

        I really did not get this at first!
        Now I like quiz shows, especially ones that are a little more challenging, like appropriately enough University Challenge. I take them seriously to the point of annoying anyone else in the room with me.
        "SHHHH"
        "Listen to the question"
        "Think about it and you'll get the answer"
        Now when I am reading, I tend to have the telly on as well, some sort of strange multi-tasking thing going on. And on one of the days I was reading and had the telly on, one program had merged into another and at this particular instance QI happened to be on. Whilst reading, I could hear the questions being read out and was muttering the answers to myself. Eventually it dawned on me that, Mr Stephen Fry, the host, quizmaster, MC, or general Mr Big Brain was saying the 'right' answers were in fact wrong. So my attention turned away from my book, towards the programme, and as I was effectively now watching a programme halfway through, I didn't understand the format. Without sounding arrogant, I was convinced the right answers were right and could not understand why Fry was marking them as wrong. Infact, the programme just seemed to be a big free for all piss-take of regular guest Alan Davies. In short it looked like my beloved quiz show genre had turned into a night at the pub.
        Fast forward to another time and a colleague is raving about this QI program and how FUNNY and INTERESTING it is, in fact "QUITE INTERESTING."
        I told him about my experience.
        And he explained, the whole point of the show is not for the answer to be necessarily right, but to be interesting and witty, and yes many of the questions asked are those where we think we know the right answer, but the generally accepted right answer is something of a myth. The show is meant to be enjoyed for its banter and wit flying around, mainly at the expense of the permanent guest and stooge to Stephen Fry, the token non-intellectual, i.e. Alan Davies. The proper guests (across the range of series, perhaps not on this DVD) are drawn from the world of comedy and the highbrow end of lowbrow TV, so expect guests like Doon Mackichan, Jo Brand, Bill Bailey, Jimmy Carr, John Sessions, Dara O'Briain. One regret of this show though is that many of the guests, whilst having moments of humour and interest about them are really rather annoying, arrogant and unfunny people such as Sean Lock, Clive Anderson, Jeremy Clarkson, Rob Brydon, and Danny Baker, but don't worry all is saved by the continuing banter between Stephen Fry and Alan Davies.

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          12.08.2007 19:52
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          excellent and entertaining

          HOSTED BY :Stephen Fry

          CONTESTANTS: Alan Davies (permanent)Bill Bailey, Hugh Laurie, Rich Hall, Jo Brand, Meera Syall, Rob Brydon, Jeremy Clarkson, Phill Jupitus, Sean Lock, Clive Anderson, Danny Baker, John Sessions, and more.

          FORMAT: PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen

          REGION: Region 2

          NUMBER OF DISCS:2

          CLASSIFICATTION:15

          STUDIO:BBC

          RELEASE DATE: 6 Nov 2006

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          INTRODUCTION
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          QI, which stands for Quite Interesting, could loosely be described as apanel quiz- except it's a quiz show with a difference. It's produced by John Lloyd, and hosted by Stephen Fry (although MIchael Palin was originally approached to host it, he declined), and features regular panellisty Alan Davies, with the other 3 panel spots rotating between a group of top quality comedians and television personalities. Originally broadcast on BBC2, and later on BBC4 and UKTV G2, it's enjoyed four series so far, with the fifth due to air this september.

          What distinguishes this game from all the other panel quiz's out there, aside from the array fo comdiens, is the way the points are awarded. Points are awarded not only for getting the correct answer, but also for interesting comments and facts prseented by the contestants. You don;t even HAVE to be right to get the points. Also, there's a trap - many questions have seeming obvious correct answers that turn out to be myths, and if you stumble upon one of these 'trick' answers, an alarm sounds and points are deducted. With many of the questions being obscure and not the sort of thing people would generally know, its not unusual to hear totally random comedy guesses, nor is it rare for a contestant to have zero, or even negative points at the end of the game.
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          PANELLISTS
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          The panel consists of four panellists, Alan Davies (who has been in every episode but only won three times because he , as Fry puts it "rushes headlong like a puppy into the wall of ignorance.". The other three panellist rotate around various entertainment figures : Bill Bailey, Hugh Laurie, Rich Hall, Jo Brand, Meera Syall, Rob Brydon, Jeremy Clarkson, Jimmy Carr, Phill Jupitus, Sean Lock, Clive Anderson, Danny Baker, John Sessions, Jeremy Hardy, Linda Smith and Dave Gorman.


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          POINTS AND SCORING
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          "Now, the rules are simple. Points are given and points are taken away. They are taken away for answers which are both obvious and wrong, and are they're given not so much for being correct as for being interesting. Their level of interestingness is impartially determined by a demographically selected customer-service focus consultanCy, broken down by age and sex - i.e. me. Because there is no-one more broken down by age and sex than me." - Stephen Fry

          The scoring system can seem quite odd, but it adds to the entertainment value of the show as contestants go off topic trying to be interesting – often making jokes, telling stories, or making up false facts to score extra points. While the points given and deducted are usually decided by Stephen Fry, some answers (the common misconceptions that turn out to be wrong) generally have a set deduction cost , usually quite a high one .

          As an example, one episode asks ‘What is the main ingredient of Air’, and the answer most people would think of as right, Carbon Dioxide , had a deduction value of 3000 Quite Interesting points if someone fell into the trap and used it. No one did, but Alan Davies did get 10 QI points deducted for another wrong/boring answer- Oxygen.

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          QUESTIONS
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          QI series work by letter – This DVD is Series one being the first, Letter A . This means that all topics started with this letter - astronomy, anteaters, apples, Africa, aeroplanes, atoms, antelopes, anchovies, Antarctica and Azerbaijan. There was even a round dedicated to famous ‘Alans’ which Alan Davies proceeded to win .

          There is one round in each episode that doesn’t follow the A rule, and that’s the general ignorance round, which asks seemingly easy questions where the most widely perceived correct answer often turns out to be wrong. Due to this, this is generally the round where contestants stand to lose the most points, and poor Alan Davies seems to fall for the trap every time.

          The questions, answers, and silly banter are what makes the game so hilarious, so I’ve included a few little quotes for you!

          Stephen Fry: What would you think if I touched the tips of your genitals with linen or papyrus?
          Jo Brand: To be honest, Stephen, I'd be bloody impressed that you found the tip!

          Stephen Fry: If a lion mates with a tiger, you get a...?
          Alan Davies: Scandal.

          Stephen Fry: Where is ninety percent of the universe?
          Jeremy Hardy: Ikea.
          Alan Davies: Ikea doesn't have any windows. They don't sell windows either, but you can't see out so you just lose track of time, you've got no idea how long you've been in there. You could be in there for weeks... and if your body spends too long without being exposed to natural light—
          Bill Bailey: You buy spoons.

          Stephen Fry: How big is a dwarf anteater? You can use your hands.
          Hugh Laurie: Metric or imperial? A dwarf anteater is exactly the same size as a dwarf ant eater. Both of which are 62 foot long.
          Stephen Fry: Actually, they're about the size of a squirrel.
          Hugh Laurie: Right. A sixty-two-foot long squirrel.


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          DVD EXTRA’S
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          The DVD comes with a few extras – crew commentary, outtakes and unseen footage, and the Pilot episode of the show. All the extras are good quality, and the pilot episode was hilarious!

          Overall, I’d highly recomment buying this DVD with 12 episodes of Series 1/A. Its hilarious, with lots of risqué comments, lots of facts you’ve never known nor wished to, and a whole lot of randomness. At around £16.98 from Amazon.co.uk, its well worth buying.

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          Stephen Fry presents this comedy panel game where artistic licence is king. Fry is joined by four others each episode and the point of the game is to come up with the most elaborate answer, as opposed to actually being right.