A comedy panel game in which being Quite Interesting is more important than being right. Stephen Fry is joined each week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well.
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A comedy panel game in which being Quite Interesting is more important than being right. Stephen Fry is joined each week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well.

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Trivia

The original BBC scheduling plan, for the series when they introduced the additional extended broadcast edit, was to have the 30 minutes edit shown first, with the corresponding extended XL edit shown several days later, usually on Saturday evening. However, due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts, and regional variations, some first-run episodes' companion extended XL edit version may not appear for several weeks until after the shorter version was first broadcast. This has the knock-on affect of creating some discrepancies in the broadcast dates. And confusion for if viewers had missed the XL versions, even though there may be just a gap of a few weeks. See more »

Goofs

Jimmy Carr says "Aren't you going to say Don't try this at Home?" when Stephen Fry is demonstrating how to make a Lava Lamp and Stephen Fry says "It's okay it won't explode or anything". A man did once accidentally kill himself with a Lava Lamp: he tried to heat the glass tube on the stove, because the base unit had broken, and it exploded sending a shard into his heart. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Fry: [quoting Albert Einstein] Only two things are infinite - the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the universe.
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Crazy Credits

The researchers who provide the questions and information for Stephen Fry are credited as "QI Elves" which is how they are referred to on the show. Occasionally they are also given other interesting titles like "Curator of Jack and Jill" These can be seen in the "Cast And Crew". See more »

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Referenced in Signal Boost!: We're So Meta, Even This Acronym (2016) See more »

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Very good
6 November 2003 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I have often heard Stephen Fry accused of being pleased with himself for being so clever. This implies that there is something intrinsically wrong with being clever.

QI is a perfect vehicle for Fry and others to show how clever and witty they are. And why not?

You know, if I was as clever and witty as Stephen Fry. I would be pleased with myself too.

As for the complaints about the intelligence and wit being sullied by smut, remember that many of us LIKE smut. The difference between fans and opponents of smut, is that you are unlikely to hear comments on 'Points Of View' complaining about a paucity of dirty jokes. So keep the smut forthcoming please.

There should be enough facts in the world to keep this show going for a while yet.


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