QI is a British comedy panel game television quiz show created and co-produced by John Lloyd, hosted by Stephen Fry, and featuring permanent panellist Alan Davies. Most of the questions are extremely obscure, making it unlikely that the correct answer will be given. To compensate, points are awarded not only for right answers, but also for interesting ones, regardless of whether they are right or even relate to the original question. Conversely, points are deducted from a panellist who gives "answers which are not only wrong, but pathetically obvious," typically answers that are generally believed to be true but in fact are misconceptions. Points are also often deducted if an obvious joke answer is given. These answers are known as forfeits, usually indicated by a loud siren, flashing lights, and the incorrect answer being displayed on screen as a form of humiliation. 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.
For its first five series episodes premièred on BBC Four and received their first analogue airing on BBC Two a week later, with syndicated episodes of previous series shown on UKTV G2/Dave. QI has the highest viewing figures for any show on BBC Four and Dave. From series F in 2008 the show moved to BBC One, with extended-length repeats on BBC Two. For series G, the regular show moved to a pre-watershed slot, with the extended edition still shown after the watershed. In March 2011 though, it was announced that the ninth series would see the show return to a post-watershed slot on BBC Two. The eleventh series began on 6 September 2013 and is currently being broadcast on BBC Two.
Genres: Comedy, Game-Show
Actors: Alan Davies, Stephen Fry, Bill Bailey, Phill Jupitus, Jo Brand, Sandi Toksvig, Jimmy Carr, David Mitchell, Sean Lock, Rich Hall, Ross Noble, Clive Anderson, Sue Perkins, Rob Brydon, Jeremy Clarkson, Dara O’Briain, Johnny Vegas, John Sessions, Jason Manford, Sarah Millican, Danny Baker, Ronni Ancona, Andy Hamilton, Josh Widdicombe, Aisling Bea, Jack Dee, Cariad Lloyd, Noel Fielding, Lee Mack, Sara Pascoe, Susan Calman, Matt Lucas, Colin Lane, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Vic Reeves, Liza Tarbuck, Jack Whitehall, Jeremy Hardy, Chris Addison, Richard Coles, Reginald D. Hunter, Richard Osman, Mark Steel, Julia Zemiro, Lucy Porter, Holly Walsh, Gyles Brandreth, Linda Smith, Arthur Smith, Deirdre O’Kane, Steve Mould, Brian Cox, Hugh Dennis, Nish Kumar, Doon Mackichan, Julian Clary, Charlie Higson, Graham Norton, Rhod Gilbert, Frank Skinner, Rory McGrath, Marcus Brigstocke, Cal Wilson, Romesh Ranganathan, Scott Penrose, Dave Gorman, Fred MacAulay, Eddie Izzard, Howard Goodall, Phil Kay, Helen Arney, Alexander Armstrong, Helen Atkinson Wood, Barry Cryer, Mark Gatiss, Rory Bremner, Graeme Garden, Roger McGough, Pam Ayres, Clare Balding, John Lloyd, John Bishop, Brian Blessed, Katy Brand, Shappi Khorsandi, Brendan O’Carroll, Victoria Wood, Adam Hills, Kathy Lette, James Acaster, Lolly Adefope, David Baddiel, Lucy Beaumont, Frankie Boyle, Richard E. Grant, Hugh Laurie, Neil Mullarkey, John Hodgman, Nina Conti, Al Murray, Rhys Darby, David O’Doherty, Tim Minchin, Trevor Noah, Katherine Ryan, Janet Street-Porter, Tim Vine, Tony Hawks, Lloyd Langford, Danny Bhoy, Jenny Eclair, Claudia O’Doherty, Tommy Tiernan, Sara Cox, Miles Jupp, Eddie Kadi, Joe Lycett, Meera Syal, Anneka Rice, Jessica Hynes, Andy Parsons, Jonathan Ross, Johnny Vaughan, Dom Joly, Terry Wogan, Ben Miller, John Sergeant, David Tennant, Emma Thompson, Barry Humphries, Daniel Radcliffe, Jan Ravens, Ruby Wax, Ben Goldacre, Robert Webb, Henning Wehn, Greg Proops, Graham Linehan, Isy Suttie, Carrie Fisher, Greg Davies, Sheila Hancock, Sami Shah, Suggs, Dermot O’Leary, Corey Taylor, Jerry Springer, Claudia Winkleman, John Bouldes, Adam Philpott, Jackie Clune, Julia Morris, Peter Serafinowicz, Josie Lawrence, Kit Hesketh-Harvey, Rupert Longsdon, Gábor Domokos, Mark Barnes, Arthur Japin, John Lundberg, Wil Russell, Peter Thompson, Chris McManus, D (London Irish Rifles) Company The London Regiment, Imogen Hedges, Tristan Hedges, Ian Robinson, Tony Robinson, Alex Bell, Andrew Boothroyd, Stevyn Colgan, Karl Eccleston, Brian Fairbairn, Paul Parker, Matt Parker, Gabrielle Provan, Craig Wheeler, Garry Sykes, Zara Radford
Director: Ian Lorimer