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Stephen Fry revealed that there is one panelist who insists on seeing the questions in advance so that he or she can prepare their answers. Fry refused to name the person but did confirm that it was neither Alan Davies nor Rob Brydon.
Stephen Fry and Alan Davies were originally cast as the leaders of the "clever" team and the "stupid" team, respectively. Michael Palin was asked to be the host, but he didn't feel he was right for the role. After Fry and Davies settled into their roles, the idea of having two teams was discarded.
There have been several attempts to broadcast the series in the United States. Comedy Central, PBS, Discovery Channel and BBC America all showed an interest. But the main issue preventing this is the cost of clearing the rights for the many pictures shown on the screens in the background. They are cleared for UK usage only.
Each series has questions related to a subject matter beginning with a corresponding letter (i.e. in the first series, every question was related to things beginning with A, the second series used the letter B, etc.).
Around midways into the show, it was decided and announced that Stephen Fry would be stepping down as the host of QI after its M section concluded, and replaced by Sandi Toksvig.
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The BBC and Talkback issued an apology in January 2011 after the Japanese Embassy made a complaint over a question and answer about Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only man officially recognized as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb explosions, who was described on the show as "either the unluckiest or the luckiest [man in the world], depending on which way you look at it".
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The Qi theme tune actually has a secret message hidden within it, spelling out www.alan0andstephenhero.com in Morse code. In 2016 (when this tidbit was first revealed on the show), a real link to the show's official webpage was created from this URL.
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The title "QI" stands for "Quite Interesting", the aim of the show being to give interesting answers or information to score points rather than necessarily correct answers.
The show was invented with spin-offs in mind. Stephen Fry and John Lloyd bought an old building in Oxford which has been done up to become the QI Building featuring a bar and a bookshop.
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If the show's schedule continues at the current pace (2015), it will run out of letters in 2029. Quite interestingly, the ampersand used to be the last letter of the alphabet.
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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 of the extended X edit version's first-run 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 between the 'regular' versions and their respective XL versions, even though there may be just a gap of a few weeks.
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As of 2016, Jimmy Carr, Phill Jupitus and Jo Brand are the only guest panelists to appear in every season of the show.
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It was originally going to be a radio show, but Talkback persuaded John Lloyd to take it to television as there wasn't any money in radio.
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Despite his role as the somewhat dim-witted panelist, Alan Davies has won at least once in each season of the show (as of 2017), with the exception of Series B, C and H.
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Sean Lock cannot see the point of the human philtrum. It is there so people can smile.
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The "K" series set had KKK on the walls twice, with the Ks arranged in triangles.
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