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20 favourite facts from the Qi team

2 December 2016 5:55 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Find out why Churchill looks grumpy on the £5 note and which insect terrifies the Dalai Lama as the brains behind the panel share some jolly arcana

• Join the Qi team for a Christmas quiz - Guardian Live

At Qi, we work year-round to find facts for our eponymous BBC programme, our sister radio programme The Museum of Curiosity, weekly podcast No Such Thing As a Fish and spinoff BBC 2 programme No Such Thing As the News. We’ve collected our most interesting finds from the last year into our new book 1,342 Qi Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted. Here are 20 of our favourites:

1. In the time it takes to listen to the Proclaimers’ I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), the International Space Station travels 500 miles, then 500 more.

Membership Event: Christmas Quiz with the Qi team

Related: Forget Stephen FrySandi Toksvig has made Qi sing

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- The QI elves

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Megabrains of Britain: meet – and get grilled by – the superquizzers

30 November 2016 4:11 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From the only woman to win University Challenge twice to the first Chris Tarrant Millionaire, meet the brains who’ve set their synapses against the clock for our entertainment

• Plus: they put you to the test

It’s 36 years since Stephen Fry appeared on University Challenge as a grey-blazered, Lego-haired young brain in the 1980 Queens College team. How times have changed. Back then, TV quizzes were largely the preserve of beige-looking megabrains with a leather-bound encyclopedia and college scarf for a pillow.

Today, quizzes are as much a staple of pub life as crisps, coke and multicoloured carpets and, thanks to Qi, Fry spent 13 years as the one asking the questions. From coin-operated quiz machines in suburban boozers to millionaire-making TV formats, the world of quizzing has seen a seismic shift since the squeaking black leather days of Magnus Magnusson on Mastermind. According to new BBC documentary How Quizzing Got Cool, »

- Nell Frizzell

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Bill Bailey: ‘The worst thing anyone’s said to me? “You’re that bloke off the Hairy Bikers”’

29 October 2016 1:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The comedian on mistaken identity, his love of birds and his disappointment at being overlooked for the role of 007

Born in Bath, Bill Bailey, 52, was nominated for a Perrier award at the 1996 Edinburgh fringe, and went on to star in the TV sitcom Black Books. He has appeared regularly on Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Qi, and his recent live shows include Qualmpeddler and Limboland. His book, Bill Bailey’s Remarkable Guide To British Birds, has just been published. He is married with a son, and lives in London.

What is your greatest fear?

Being attacked by enraged bears.

Related: Nadiya Hussain: my most treasured possession? My Bake Off trophy

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- Rosanna Greenstreet

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Forget Stephen Fry – Sandi Toksvig has made Qi sing

28 October 2016 4:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Toksvig holds her own as the sharp, no-nonsense new Qi host, cutting through the show’s smugness and blowing away the cobwebs of Fry’s tenure

When Stephen Fry abandoned Qi last year, after more than a decade of service, it seemed only sensible to assume he would be replaced by a rotating panel of guest hosts. After all, that’s what Have I Got News For You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks did to no great disaster. Viewers are used to seeing a new face drafted in every week to offer the illusion of freshness. If Qi had done the same, no one would have minded in the slightest.

But it didn’t, thank God, because it found the perfect permanent replacement in Sandi Toksvig. Watching her debut episode was both exciting and reassuring; reassuring because her introduction was low-key and seamless, and exciting because her presence helped blow »

- Stuart Heritage

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Sandi Toksvig: Qi dunce Alan Davies is one of the cleverest people I know

14 October 2016 3:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Presenter tells how her relationship with Davies is different from his with Stephen Fry, and reveals her passion for boxing

For years he has been admonished by Stephen Fry for failing to grasp even the most simple brainteasers on Qi, but the show’s new presenter Sandi Toksvig has revealed that Alan Davies is far from the dunce he portrays.

Toksvig, the first woman to host a major UK comedy panel show, told ITV’s Lorraine: “He gets it. It’s an act. I have to say he’s one of the cleverest, most charming people I have ever worked with.”

Related: Sandi Toksvig's Qi: 'I'm not here as a mini-me for Stephen Fry'

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Sandi Toksvig's Qi: 'I'm not here as a mini-me for Stephen Fry'

19 September 2016 5:06 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The panel show has spawned books and apps – and become as significant a cultural export as Doctor Who. But can it survive the departure of its quizmaster of 13 years? Zoe Williams goes on set to find out

“We spend six months researching each show,” says James Harkin. “I think you can tell. I don’t know how you can tell, but you can. It feels like it shouldn’t make a difference, but somehow it does. And I think that’s the difference between Qi and other panel shows that do comedy.”

Harkin is one of “the elves” (or researchers) on Qi, which after 13 years on air is making the probably-scarier-than-anyone-would-admit change from Stephen Fry as presenter to Sandi Toksvig. “But then sometimes,” interjects Andrew Hunter Murray, another elf, “you see something that’s front-page news and think, ‘I’m having that.’”

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- Zoe Williams

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Richard Osman: ‘I love crying. It’s like your pain is laughing’

18 June 2016 1:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The TV writer and presenter on his kids, Judge Rinder and wanting to enjoy the gym

Raised in Sussex, Richard Osman, 45, is a television writer who helped develop the format for the BBC quiz show Pointless and, in 2009, found himself cast as co-host with Alexander Armstrong. His other work includes presenting Two Tribes and appearances on Have I Got News For You and Qi; he is a contestant on the new series of Taskmaster on Dave. He is divorced, has two children and lives in London.

When were you happiest?

Probably when Fulham beat Juventus 4-1 in the Europa League.

Related: Eddie Izzard: ‘The greatest love of my life? My mother'

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- Rosanna Greenstreet

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Full list of winners from the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

9 May 2016 4:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BAFTA Television Awards took place in London last night, with Wolf Hall taking home two honours in Best Drama Series and Best Leading Actor (Mark Rylance). This Is England ’90 also scooped two awards in Best Miniseries and Best Supporting Actress (Chanel Cresswell), while there were also wins for Don’t Take My Baby (Best Single Drama), Transparent (Best International Series), EastEnders (Best Soap), Suranne Jones (Best Leading Actress, Doctor Foster) and Tom Courtenay (Best Supporting Actor, Unforgotten). Check out a full list of the winners here, highlighted in red…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez, »

- Gary Collinson

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BAFTA TV Awards Winners: Complete List

8 May 2016 1:57 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — In another strong year for British television, historical drama “Wolf Hall,” Shane Meadows’ “This Is England ‘90” and “Peter Kay’s Car Share” came up trumps at the BAFTA Television Awards, which unspooled on May 8 in London’s Royal Festival Hall.

The ceremony, which was hosted by Graham Norton, saw BBC2’s “Wolf Hall” win best drama series as well as leading actor for Mark Rylance’s depiction of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power through Henry VIII’s royal court.

Upon receiving the award for best drama series, helmer Peter Kosminsky attacked the U.K. government’s treatment of the BBC, warning that its future was “under threat, make no mistake about that.”

On May 12, Blighty’s government is due to publish its white paper on the future of the Beeb, with the scope and funding of the corporation under threat. Kosminsky noted that government proposals that threatened the »

- Diana Lodderhose

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The ‘Qi Elves’ are getting their own TV series

3 May 2016 1:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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No Such Thing As The News is BBC Two’s new topical news show from Qi’s famous fact finders...

Here’s an interesting one. Qi’s team of researchers – often referred to as the ‘Qi Elves’ by Mr Stephen Fry – are spinning out into their own TV show. 

BBC Two has picked up No Such Thing As The News for five episodes. Qi brainboxes James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and Dan Schreiber will appear on-screen and recount funny stories from the week’s news. 

The show has been described as “fast, intelligent, hilarious television, completely unlike any other show on air” which “aims to do for the news what Qi does for the universe at large.”

This is what producer John Lloyd had to say about the new comedy series...

“The last time I started a topical TV comedy show with four exceptionally talented »

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Katherine Ryan: ‘I want to get pregnant again – just so I can breastfeed on Mock the Week’

10 April 2016 1:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This single mother, standup comedian and panel show favourite has barely a minute to spare… but still found time to tell us about waitressing at Hooters, fighting sexism, dealing with death threats and her invincible self-belief

It’s a testament to her frantic schedule that comedian Katherine Ryan speaks to me on the phone as she’s grabbing a short holiday with her six-year-old daughter, Violet. I feel bad, crashing her break, but she seems used to it. As well as continuing to tour her show, Kathbum, Ryan features regularly on television panel shows such as Qi, Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and the comedy roast show, Safeword, where she’s team leader. She’s also an actor (Episodes), presenter (Hair) and columnist (writing on popular culture for NME).

It’s a list that could make you feel tired just reading it. Her »

- Barbara Ellen

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Full list of nominations for the BAFTA TV Awards 2016

30 March 2016 4:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

BAFTA has today announced the nominations for the 2016 BAFTA TV Awards, with the BBC’s Wolf Hall leading the field with four nods, followed by Peter Kay’s Car Share and Shane Meadows’ This Is England ’90 with three apiece. Check out a full list of the nominations here…

Leading actor

Idris Elba, Luther

Stephen Graham, This is England ’90

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Ben Whishaw, London Spy

Leading actress

Claire Foy, Wolf Hall

Suranne Jones, Doctor Foster

Ruth Madeley, Don’t Take My Baby

Sheridan Smith, The C-Word

Supporting actor

Tom Courtenay, Unforgotten

Anton Lesser, Wolf Hall

Ian McKellen, The Dresser

Cyril Nri, Cucumber

Supporting actress

Chanel Cresswell, This is England ’90

Michelle Gomez, Doctor Who

Lesley Manville, River

Eleanor Worthington-Cox, The Enfield Haunting

Entertainment performance

Leigh Francis, Celebrity Juice

Stephen Fry, Qi

Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show

Romesh Ranganathan, Asian Provocateur

Male performance in a comedy programme

Hugh Bonneville, W1A

Toby Jones, »

- Gary Collinson

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Stephen Fry’s best moments as Qi host - video

18 February 2016 6:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

A compilation of some of the funniest moments of Stephen Fry’s career as host of BBC2 panel show Qi. He will step down this week after presenting the show for the past 13 years, agreeing to chair the show as a last-minute replacement for Michael Palin

Fry’s final episode, titled Misconceptions, is broadcast on Friday at 10pm on BBC2 Continue reading »

- Guardian Staff

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