- List of QI episodes (C series)
season_name = QI Series C
caption = The front cover of the "
QI" series C DVD, featuring Stephen Fry(left) and Alan Davies(right).
dvd_release_date = 1 September 2008
country = UK
first_aired = 30 September 2005
last_aired = 9 December 2005
num_episodes = 12
prev_series = Series B
next_series = Series D|This is a list of episodes of "
QI", the BBCcomedy panel game television showhosted by Stephen Fry.
The first series started on 11 September 2003. Although not mentioned at the time, all of the questions (with the exception of the final "general ignorance" round) were on subjects beginning with "a" (such as "arthropods", "Alans" and "astronomy"). The following four series continued the theme: the second series' subjects all began with "b", and so on.
The dates in the lists are those of the
BBC Twobroadcasts. The episodes were also broadcast on BBC Four, generally a week earlier (as soon as one episode finished on BBC Two, the next was shown on BBC Four). Aside from Alan Daviesand not adding clip shows, there are six guests that have appeared in ten or more episodes (out of 61), they are Jo Brand(18), Rich Hall(16), Phill Jupitus(16), Bill Bailey(15), Sean Lock(14) and Clive Anderson(10). Excluding the Pilot there have been a total of 51 different guest panellists in the four series to date. The fifth series began to air on BBC Two on 21 September 2007.
Disclaimer: Some facts stated during the series have since been found to be incorrect, in some cases due to a mistake and others by becoming outdated. Where possible these entries have been highlighted.
C Series (2005)
Episode 1 "Custard, Cardiff and Campanology"
*30 September 2005 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-25 points)
Bill Bailey(-5 points) small|7th appearance
Rob Brydon(-16 points) small|2nd appearance
Rich Hall(Winner with 8 points) small|10th appearance
*Bill - A bus's bell
*Rob - Men singing "Bread of Heaven"
*Rich - A dog howling ("How is that a bus?" - "It's a dog being hit by a bus")
*Alan - Children singing "The Wheels on the Bus"
Ordnance Survey mapof Great Britain, the most detailed map of its kind, sells on CD-ROMfor £30,000 for every town, or £4,990,000 for the whole country.:"Tangent: Amongst the famous actors from Port Talbotare Rob, Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkinsand Michael Sheen.":"Tangent: The etymologyof the word "map", from the word "mapa", the Latinfor napkin."
*The connection between a
CarlisleSurprise, A Reverse CanterburyPleasure & A Sheep Tied To A Lamppost in Cardiffis that they're all types of "changes" in church bellringing. In Campanology, there are 720 different possible "changes" in the traditional British line-up of six church bells. The origin of the word "Campanology" comes from the Latin for a part of the countryside called Campana. If there were 12 bells in the peal, there would be 479,001,600 different permutations, which would take 38 years to do. The Chinese invented the bell in 1200 BC.:"Tangent: Stephen thought that he and his brother invented the word " fuck", so they were surprised when their mother said it to them. Rich first said "fuck" to his father, after his father peeped round his doorand said "Shut the door, dad, I'm trying to fuck in here!":"Tangent: John Bunyandenounced bellringing along with dancing, playing tip-cat, and reading the historyof Sir Bevis of Southampton."
Isle of Wightwas the last place in Britain to convert to Christianityin 686 AD, almost a centuryafter the rest of the country. It was subjugated by Cædwalla (leader of the West Saxons), who killed most of the Pagan population to Christianise it. Alan got a point for knowing about The Needles. The North American gray squirrel has not made its way to the Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight was the last place to be invaded by a foreign power, when it was invaded by the French. (100 point question asked to Alan. Bill answered it correctly.)
Custardcan support a person walking on top of it because it is a non-Newtonian fluid, as demonstrated on Sky One's . The heavier the weightyou put on it, the harder it becomes.
*Name the teams at the
Colosseumin Ancient Rome. - There is no evidence that any Christians were thrown to the lions in a colosseum. Among punishments given to Christians were being forced by Neroto make torches on the Appian Way. (Forfeit: Lions v Christians):"Tangent: In the filmGladiator, the Roman Emperorplayed by Joaquin Phoenixwas called Commodus.":"Tangent: Alan's confusion over Emperor's names and champagne names."
Middle Ages, most peoplethought the world was spherical, although Christopher Columbusbelieved the world to be pear shaped. Terry Jonesblames Washington Irvingfor making this "lie" about it. He says "The Greeks knew it was round, Chaucer knew it was round, Roger Baconwrote about the curvatureof the Earthin the 13th century." If the Earth wasn't round, planes couldn't fly properly. Since the 4th century BC, no-one believed that the world was flat. (Forfeit: Flat):"Tangent: Stephen's inability to answer Alan if all the stars were round.":"Tangent: Rich's attempts to make Stephen bluff the "QI Audience" into believing anything said by him."
*A Taffy Pull is an American form of
toffee. It's different from English toffee because it's chewy and soft all the way through, because it's aerated. Salt water taffyisn't actually made from salt water. The story goes that during the 19th century, there was a floodin Atlantic City (Fry refers to Atlanta but he is mistaken, probably because Atlanta is inland.) and the stock of taffy was flooded, so a friend told the owner to sell it as "salt water taffy". Some people believe the story, others don't. (Forfeit: Welsh Chat-Up Line)
*There were seven sheep on
Noah's Ark, because there were seven of every type of clean animal onboard the Ark, with two of each unclean animal like pigs. It's of course a slight ironythat no animals are allowed on ships nowadays anyway. (Forfeit: Two)
archbishopmurdered by Henry II was called Thomas Becket, with the "A" being a mistake, as described by historian John Strypein the "Memoirs of Thomas Cranmer". (Forfeit: Thomas À Becket)
Episode 2 "Crime, Cuisine and the Contents of the Queen's Handbag"
*7 October 2005 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-4 points)
Andy Hamilton(Winner with 5 points) small|1st appearance
Doon Mackichan(-2 points) small|1st appearance
*Arthur Smith (-6 points) small|2nd appearance
Opera- a 50 point bonus was offered to any contestant who could break a wine glass using only the power of their voice. It is almost impossible to achieve.
*Doon - A woman singing coloratura
*Arthur - An opera singer (extract from 'A te, o caro' from Bellini's 'I puritani')
*Andy - A man singing in a deep voice
*Alan - A long howl by a dog
*Doon swam the Channel in 1998; Captain Webb was the first man to do so in 1875, he was smothered in goose-
fatin order to insulate himself.:"Tangent: Captain Webb died in 1883 attempting to swim across the river at the foot of the Niagara Falls."
Cummingtoniteis a mineraldiscovered at Cummington, Massachusetts. Other comedy compounds include Penguinone, Arsoleand Moronic acid.
Deep-fried Mars Bars do exist and are not an urban myth. The deep-fried pork sausage kebab, found in Glasgow, contains 1000 calories and 46g of fat.:"Tangent: Fry's various anecdotes on the Scottish accent."
*Ordeal by bean is an (outlawed)
Nigerian tribal custom whereby accused individuals are forced to eat a lethal strain of bean. (Forfeit: Mr Bean):"Tangent: 95% of baked beansare eaten in Britain."
hairdressercalled Big Beard Wang regularly shaved his pussy, because his pussy was Chairman Mao. (Mao in Chinese meaning cat)
*According to one survey, the age people would most like to be is 17. From a man's point of view, a woman's perfect age is said to be half his own plus seven.
*How big is a platypus? - Alan used his hands to measure the size of a duck-billed platypus, which brought up the forfeit "About This Big" on the screen. A platypus, technically speaking, is a
genusof beetle, not to be confused with a duck-billed platypus. The latter has no nipples, but instead sweats milk. (Forfeit: About This Big):"Tangent: The echidnais the only other mammal, apart from the platypus that lays eggs."
dialoguedoes not have any limits to how many people can take part. Two people have to take part in a duologue. (Forfeit: Two)
*The Queen's handbag contains some
money, a comb, a handkerchief, a small gold compact and some lipstick.
:"Tangent: Just before Stephen Fry read out the points, the contestants attempted to break their glasses. Alan Davies appeared to succeed, but Doon Mackichan revealed that he had cheated. Stephen then revealed that Alan was trying to break
sugar glass, and smashed one over his head. Arthur Smith threw his into the 'QI' logo in the centre of the studio. It was fortunate he did, as his was real glass. (Doon threatened to sue).
Episode 3 "Chickens, Cormorants and Cardigans"
*14 October 2005 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-9 points)
Jimmy Carr(-12 points) small|3rd appearance
Sean Lock(0 points) small|6th appearance
Rory McGrath(Winner with 88 points) small|1st appearance
*Sean - A builder's drilling machine
*Jimmy - A fire alarm
*Rory - A police car's siren
*Alan - Noise and the speaker from the House of Commons shouting "Order! Order!"
birdin the world is the domesticated chicken.:"Tangent: According to the Kinsey report, 1 out of 6 men in Iowahas had sexwith a chicken."
John Napier, inventor of the decimal pointand logarithms, kept a black cockerelwhich he used as a ploy to catch a thieving servant. He would hide the cockerel in a darkened room and ask all his servants to stroke it, but they didn't know he covered the cockerel in soot, so the innocent ones would stroke it and have dirty fingers, but the guilty one would pretend to stroke it and have clean hands. Napier supposedly invented the machine gun.:"Tangent: The Piccadillruff."
*A chevin, or chavender, is a type of
carp. (Forfeit: A ChavCalled Kevin, A Chav In EastEnders)
*Fry stated that
marsupials are not mammals, however this is incorrect.
fingerprints of a koalaare indistinguishable from those of a human.
Dermatoglyphics' and " are the longest words in English languagewith no repetition of a letter.:"Tangent: The Finnish word "" is the longest palindromein the world."
metalin the human body is calcium, mainly because the bones are calcium phosphate crystals. ("Genius" award - 100 points). (Forfeit: Iron, Mercury).:"Tangent: Rory's knowledge of all the atomic numbers."
*The "first" Prime Minister was
Henry Campbell-Bannerman; prior to this the official title was First Lord of the Treasury. He became Prime Minister in 1905, 5 days after becoming First Lord of the Treasury. Prime Ministers nowadays become both Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury. Campbell-Bannerman's last words were "This is not the end of me". Walpole never referred to his position as "Prime Minister". (Forfeit: Walpole, Pitt the Elder)
*Another name for the common cormorant is the seacrow. (Forfeit: Shag):"Tangent: Rory and Stephen discuss
*The Queen's corgis are of the Pembroke variety, not the Cardigan.
Tweedused to be fixed with stale urine.
*Mr Chicken lived in
10 Downing Street, he was actually the last private resident. (Forfeit: Kentucky):"Tangent: The doorat 10 Downing Street is the only door that can only be opened from the inside."
Episode 4 "Cheating, Caravans and Cuckoo Clocks"
*21 October 2005 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-52 points)
*Alexander Armstrong (Winner with 93 points) small|1st and only appearance
Jeremy Clarkson(0 points) small|2nd appearance
John Sessions(-10 points) small|5th appearance
*Jeremy - A firework
*Alexander - A hippo groaning
*John - A humorous jingle based around the word "fruity"
*Alan - A cuckoo clock (and a gun shooting the cuckoo)
*The panelists were asked to keep their own scores. An extra 100 points would be awarded for any contestant who recorded their score absolutely accurately. Alexander Armstrong was the only person who accurately recorded his score (-7) and therefore received 100 points bringing his score up to 93.
Jeremy thought his score was -29, John thought his score was 7 and Alan thought his score was -85½.
*The 'winner' of the
marathonat the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri, Frederick Lorz, went most of the way by car. Fourth place was awarded to a Cuban postman named Felix Carbajal, despite falling ill to apples he ate from an orcharden route. Len Tau, one of the first black African competitors in the Olympic Games, finished 9th despite being chased a mile or so off course by a large dog.:"Tangent: George Eyserwon six gymnastic medals at the 1904 games despite his left legbeing made of wood.":"Tangent: Cricket at the 1900 Summer Olympics: Britain beat France in the 1900 Olympic Gamesin cricket, although the French team was actually made of British Embassyofficials."
*Many riders competing in the
1904 Tour de Francewere disqualified because of receiving illegal tows from motor vehicles during night races. Maurice Garinwas disqualified for taking a trainthrough part of the route.
*Challenger, Tornado, Typhoon, Mustang, Laser, Marauder, Hurricane, Starquest, Apache, Buccaneer, Jetstream, Superstorm and Cobra are all makes of caravan. (Forfeit:
Tanks, Fighters, Helicopters).
*Patriot, Gladiator, Dagger, Javelin, Merlin, Archer, Arrow, White King and Excalibur are all variants of
parsnip. Boris Pasternak's surname means parsnip in Russian. Jeremy grows his own parsnips in a fieldnear where he lives. (Forfeit: Missiles).
*The first creature to be sent into space was a fruit fly. (Forfeit:
Monkey, Dog):"Tangent: 65% of diseases found in humans are paralleled in the fruit fly."
*The fruit fly has the largest sperm of any organism, with an uncoiled size of around 20 times its own length (5.8cm).:"Tangent: The sperm is the smallest cell in the human body, and the
ovumis the largest."
Tonya Harding's attempt to eliminate the competition of Nancy Kerriganat figure skating, and Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan's transcontinental flights.
Germanywas only reunified in 1990, the Second World War only officially ended that year. (Forfeit: 1945)
*Swiss inventions include
velcro, milk chocolate, cellophane, rayonand the Swiss army knife. (Forfeit: Cuckoo Clock):"Tangent: The Swiss have the highest motorcycleand gunownerships in the world. Jeremy was once pulled over in Switzerland, because of his car exhaust, but the policemantook no notice of his gun on the passenger chair."
*1792 - the year the
guillotinewas first used, the birth of the inventor of the computer and the death of the inventor of the sandwich and Cambridge University introduced the concept of examinations judged on a written rather than oral basis.:"Tangent: The guillotine was last used in 1977, when a one-legged French criminal was executed, Alan tried to gain extra points by claiming it was last used in 1960 in Vietnam, before Stephen corrected Alan.":"Tangent: Only 3 people attended Charles Babbage's funeral."
Episode 5 "Cat's Eyes, Camels and Centurions"
*28 October 2005 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-18 points)
Jo Brand(-28 points) small|9th appearance
Rich Hall(3 points) small|11th appearance
Sean Lock(Winner with 12 points) small|7th appearance
*Sean - A deep inhale through a stuffy nose
*Rich - A hacking cough
*Jo - A sneeze
*Alan - A
*Women have been shown to be able to "smell
fear". Animals can smell the fear of each other but not of another species.:"Tangent: Female mosquitoes bite you and suck your blood, but not the males."
*"Cats Eyes" Cunningham shot down the very first
planeby nightin 1940 because he had airborne radar. Alan initially mistook Cunningham for the inventorof the cat's eyes, Percy Shaw. (Forfeit: Carrots):"Tangent: The tiny carrot museumin Berlotte, Belgium." [http://www.carrotmuseum.co.uk/belgianmuseum.html] :"Tangent: Why children aged around 2 go off vegetables.
Marco Polofirst heard the curious sounds that were created in the desertby sand dunes, which he claimed were the spirits of the desert. There are more molecules in a glass of waterthan there are grains of sandin the entire world.:"Tangent: The Gobi toadlives in the desert and waits every 7 years for rainfall and then they mate and go back into the desert."
Pliny the Elderand others believed that a giraffewas the result of a cross between a cameland a leopard. This creature was originally called a "camelopard".
*Since 1982, a
centenarianin the UK receives a 'telemessage' from the Queen, but only on application from the Anniversaries' Secretary at Buckingham Palace.:"Tangent: Stephen gave Prince Charles for his weddingpresent coffeemade from Cambodian weaselvomit."
*There is no word for a Roman who was in charge of 100 men. Strictly speaking, centurions were in charge of 83 men, although it was normally between 60 and 80. (Forfeit: Centurion)
*It is suggested that
Neroplayed the bagpipeswhile Romeburned down. It was impossible for him to have played the violinas it didn't exist until the 14th century. He blamed the Christians for the Great Fire of Rome. (Forfeit: Fiddled While RomeBurned)
Elephants used to be caught by Ethiopian elephant catchers who would capture one, disable it and use it as a breeding animal. Methods used to frighten elephants included setting fire to oil-covered pigs and setting them at the elephants.
*No animals are mentioned that have short memories. (Forfeit:
*A Myoclonic jerk is a sensation of falling during the prestages of
sleepused in early stages of evolutionto prevent gravityfrom removing the creature from trees.
lakeentirely within Canadais the Great Bear Lake. None of the Great Lakesare entirely in Canada, so none of them count. The deepest lake in Canada is Lake Manitou, which has an islandinside it, and in that island there is a lake. That makes it the largest lake that's in an island that's in a lake in the world. (Forfeit: Who Cares?)
Botts' dotsis the name for "cat's eyes" in California. They were created by Dr. Elbert Botts. Unlike Percy Shaw, he received no moneybecause he was working for the California Department of Transportationat the time.
Episode 6 "Cockneys, Catfish and Coal"
*4 November 2005 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-19 points)
Bill Bailey(Winner with 3 points) small|8th appearance
Phill Jupitus(-12 points) small|4th appearance
Rory McGrath(-1 point) small|2nd appearance
Cockney rhyming slang
*Phill - An excerpt from "Henry the Eighth I Am"
*Rory - An excerpt from "Knees Up Mother Brown"
*Bill - An excerpt from Patsy Cline's "
Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey"
*Alan - Dick van Dyke singing "Chim Chim Cher-ee" from "
;Tasks:Pin The Tastebud On The Catfish: Each of the panellists was given a
catfishand told to put stickers on where they thought the catfish's taste buds were. The answer is that a catfish has thousands of taste buds all over its body.
Criminals originally used cockney rhyming slang to obfuscate what they were planning when they thought they could be heard.
*"Cockney" means "cock's egg".
Cherokee language, the word for Cherokeeis "ah-ni-yv-wi-ya".
*Giant Sequoias have
barkconvert|4|ft|m|sing=on thick and need forest fires to clear the ground for them to breed.:"Tangent: Kudzuis the only plantmeasured in mph in its growth."
coal, when they clean their teeth, because it is present in the nylon bristles of the toothbrush, rather than the toothpaste. (Forfeit: No)
*Nylon was originally called "No Run". The name was given by its inventor,
Wallace Carothersof the DuPontcompany. (Forfeit: New York & London)
Laughing Cavalier" was painted on cannabis(or more precisely, hemp) and the word " canvas" originates from the Greek word "cannabis".
**Was the capital of England for 5 days in 1381.
**Is the only English town named after
**Called "the dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the earth" by
**Also had the first
Marconi factorythat made radios.
**Has the largest burns unit in
Europe.:"Tangent: The Member of Parliamentfor Chelmsford West is called Simon Burns, but since he got a third at university, his nickname is "Third-Degree Burns"."
*Babies in the
wombare covered in hair ( lanugo) – it then sheds this hair, eats it, and then excretes it as meconium.
*If Stephen was to paint Alan's body in
gold, as per the James Bondfilm "Goldfinger", he'd get very hot and couldn't sweat. (Forfeit: He'd Die):"Tangent: Ian Flemingalso claimed in the James Bond novels that homosexuals couldn't whistle, and in You Only Live Twice, Tiger Tanaka says that 14 year-old Japanese sumo wrestlers were massaging the appropriate organs, the testicles would re-enter the body by the inguinal canalthat they originally descended from."
*Humans have between 9 & 21
senses. (Forfeit: Five)
*The oldest man in the
Bibleis Enoch, as "the Lord took him" and he is therefore not dead. (Forfeit: Methuselah)
Episode 7 "Chihuahuas, Cheese and Constellations"
*11 November 2005 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-18 points)
Jeremy Clarkson(Winner with 5 points) small|3rd appearance
Rich Hall(2 points) small|12th appearance
Sean Lock(3 points) small|8th appearance
*It would take around an hour to drive to
Outer space, as it is convert|62|mi|km above the Earth's atmosphere.
*The smallest recorded
dogin the world was a Yorkshire Terrierthat was 2.5 inches high and 3¾ inches long and weighed 4 ounces.
*Chihuahua Cheese is a popular roasting (Asadero)
cheesefrom the Chihuahua State in Mexico.
Flintis made of quartzfrom sponges.
*The only survivor of the
Crimean Waris a naval tortoisecalled Timothy the Tortoise. It died in 2004 and was the ship's mascot of the naval shipHMS "Queen" during the first bombardmentof Sebastopol.
luffacomes from the ground, because it's a plantthat you can grow. (Forfeit: The Sea)
Ford Model Twas available in grey, redor Brewster green. In Manchester, you could only get them in blue. They were only available in blackafter 1913. (Forfeit: Black, Any Color So Long As It's Black):"Tangent: Henry Fordwas an Anti-Semite and a supporter of the Nazis."
*S.O.B. is an air travel term meaning
Souls on Board.:"Tangent: Jeremy's experience of eating whalewith a seal flipper with some grated puffinas a starter. He claimed it was 'exactly' like licking a hot Turkish urinal."
*The Gatso Camera was invented by Maurice Gatsonides to monitor the
speedof a carso he could find a way to make a car go faster around corners. (Forfeit: To Raise MoneyFor The Government)
Samuel Pepysburied a piece of Parmesan cheesein his gardenduring the Great Fire of London. (Forfeit: Diary)
Episode 8 "China, Corby and Coffee"
*18 November 2005 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-40 points)
Bill Bailey(-8 points) small|9th appearance
Phill Jupitus(-9 points) small|5th appearance
*David Mitchell (Winner with 0 points) small|1st appearance
*The panellists' names in Chinese and their meanings
**Alan - Lazy great slave child/2 dozen blue combs
**Stephen - stiff fragrant husband come/private suite bend over pipe
**Bill - Shabby plum shellfish texture/low hedge sad hedge
**Phill - vulgar dwarf skin couch/bend over hedge master ruffian foetus
**David - Slack slave rotten dynasty/fry borrows narrow spoon
*There are no
inventions from Corbythat begin with the letter "C". The famed "Corby" trouser presswas invented by a man called John Corby. Corby is also the largest townin Europewithout a railway station. (Forfeit: Trouser Press):"Tangent: Corby's high Scottish population and the size of its Rangers Supporters' Club."
*There is a crater on
Marsnamed after Corby, in honour of a world-record attempt of consuming the most bowls of porridgethat happened while the astronauts on Apollo 11were heading to the Moon. The information was relayed to them from Houston.
*All craters on Mars have to be named after
towns with a populationof less than 100,000, such as Cádiz, Cairns, Canberra, Charleston & Crewe.:"Non sequitur: Stephen presents Alan with an Alan Potato Head."
houses in Chinaare built from stones out of the Great Wall of China. There is only 20% of the Great Wall of China left. (Forfeit: Bamboo)
Thomas Crapperwas the inventor of the ballcock. The flush toiletwas in fact invented in China. (Forfeit: The Flush Toilet):"Tangent: Nominative determinism."
*The Chinese invented the toilet,
toilet paper, chess, acupuncture, fireworks, abacus, decimal system, drilling for oil, fishing reel, flamethrower, helicopter, horse collar, iron plough, lacquer, mechanical clock, hot air balloon, negative numbers, parachute, printmaking, leaf maps, rudder, seismograph, stirrup, suspension bridge, umbrella, water bomb and whisky. Non-Chinese inventionsinclude the Rickshaw, Chop sueyand the fortune cookie, which were all invented in the United States.:"Tangent: MSG and umami."
Dalmatian that discovered China was called Marco Polo. His translated name is actually "Mark Chicken".
Croatians invented the invention that no businessman should be without, the tie. (Forfeit: Corby Trouser Press)
Coffee tightsare tights that are made with caffeinemade into them.
*A picture is shown of The Angel of Christian Charity (Forfeit: Eros), a memorial to Lord Shaftesbury, and the first
statuein the world to be made of aluminium.:"Tangent: The urban legend that the hooves of mounted statuaryindicate the circumstances of the subject's death."
*The origin of the name "America" comes from the Welshman
Richard Amerike. The reason it doesn't seem plausible that Amerigo Vespucci is that it if people had places named after them, it would be their surname, rather than their forename that was used. For example, Magellan Straits ( Ferdinand Magellan) and Tasmania. ( Abel Tasman) (Forfeit: Amerigo Vespucci)
Presidentof America was Peyton Randolph, the first President of the Continental Congress. The second was John Hancock, whose name became an American term for a signature. Washington was the first president of the independent United States. (Forfeit: George Washington)
Episode 9 "Chimpanzees, Chromosomes and Cuttlefish"
*25 November 2005 (BBC Two)
*9 March 2006 (BBC Four)
Alan Davies(15 points)
Helen Atkinson-Wood(Winner with 200 points) small|1st and only appearance
Bill Bailey(-20 points) small|10th appearance
Andy Hamilton(22 points) small|2nd appearance
*Difficult question bonus - one question is deemed "so impossible" that a correct answer would be rewarded with 200 points.
Cuttlefish- concealed somewhere in the show there would be a cuttlefish or part of a cuttlefish.
*Bill - A
*Andy - A
*Helen - A
*Alan - A
*Out of the 4
animal buzzers, the chickenhas the most chromosomes at 78. (or as they're counted in pairs, 39 pairs) (Forfeit: Gorilla):"Tangent: The number of chromosomes to each animal as no relation to their genetic make-up or the C-value paradox of each animal.":"Tangent: The Adder's tongue fernhas the most number of chromosomes at 1,320."
*Pygmy chimpanzees, or bonobos are highly sexed
apes and if a pair of them see any mysterious objects, like a box, they have recreational sex.:"Tangent: Malebonobos practice penis fencing while hanging upside-down from the branches of trees."
Swimmingthrough treacleis similar to swimming in water, because even though it's hard to use your arms, the legs are pushing on a harder surface, so you get a big spring from it, so the speedis virtually the same.
*The material used in
schools to write on blackboards is gypsum. (Forfeit: Chalk)
*C6H12O6(S) + 6O2(g) -> 6CO2(g) + 6H2O(g), described as an "explosion in a custard factory"; is the oxidisation of
glucose. (This question was worth 200 points and was answered correctly by Helen.)
*The French word for
custardis "Crème Anglaise".
*As well as being able to sing, the
New Guinea Singing Dog(a type of canine), can climb up trees.
Octopuses pretend to be coconuts. (Forfeit: Cuttlefish):"Tangent: The pluralof octopus is octopuses or octopoida, but not octopi. An octopus the size of a volleyballcan fit into a soft drink can."
Marie Curiewho discovered radiumtogether with her husband Pierre, was the first winner of two Nobel Prizes. One for Physics and one for Chemistry.:"Tangent: Marie Curie and her daughter Irène Joliot-Curie(the second woman to win a Nobel Prize) died of leukaemia, while her husband Pierre died after being hit by a runaway horse.":"This is also where part of the cuttlefishwas hidden: Marie Curie's photo appeared on the screens in sepia tone, which was originally created using a pigment coming from cuttlefish. The Italian word for cuttlefish is sepia. However, this was not spotted by the panellists."
inventorof the pie chartwas Florence Nightingale.:"Cuttlefish prize - Alan shouts out "cuttlefish" when the picture of Florence Nightingale appears in sepia tone."
tigers in the world are in private hands in the United States. (Forfeit: Asia, Zoos)
*Silly, Billy, Chilly, Pussy, Pissy, Corny, Punchy, Misery, Messy and Prat are all places in
France. (Forfeit: The Ten Dwarves, made by an audience member who lost 45 points according to Stephen, although unlike in future episodes, this wasn't mentioned at the end of the show.):"Tangent: Bill recalls making a trip to a French town called " Bitche"."
Episode 10 "Corks, Cats and Carbon Dioxide"
*2 December 2005 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-84 points)
Clive Anderson(-28 points) small|5th appearance
John Sessions(-16 points) small|6th appearance
Mark Steel(Winner with 2 points) small|2nd appearance
*Secret Agents buzzers
*John - Theme from the James Bond films
*Clive - Theme from
*Mark - Theme from
*Alan - Theme from
*The first head of the SIS (formerly the SSB) was Sir Mansfield Cumming, referred to as "C". He had only one leg, because he lost his other one in a
caraccident in Franceand used a penknifeto cut it off.:"Tangent: Lord Nelson had his arm amputated by a saw, an incredibly painful operation as there was no anaesthetic; though legend holds that he claimed the worst part was the saw being cold, so surgeons have pre-warmed surgical saws for their patients' comfort ever since.":"Tangent: The South Africa national cricket teamonce picked a one-legged Norwegian for their team during Apartheid, rather than pick an able-bodied native black person."
Cleve Crudgingtoninvented the champagne cork opener. (The original question was what did Crudgington do with corks? - to which a forfeit was prepared for Alan of "Rams them up his arse", that he only just avoided more out of luck than judgement).:"Tangent: Krug means beermug."
*Condensation nuclei make champagne bubbly. (Forfeit: Carbon Dioxide):"Luvvie Alarm: Stephen starts telling a story about his Champagne allergy at a party given by the Duke and Duchess of Westminster but is embarrassed into giving up."
Torpenhow Hillis twice as interesting as Mount Fuji, because the word "Torpenhow Hill" means "Hill Hill Hill Hill", but Fuji only means "Hill Hill" - They're examples of tautological place names.:"Tangent: Boutros Boutros-Ghalimeans "Peter Peter-Expensive"."
*A list of
Scottish inventions and discoveriesinclude rubber tyres, adhesive stamps, Australian national anthem, Bank of England, bicycle pedals, breach-loading rifle, Bovril, cell nucleus, chloroform, cloud chamber, cornflour, curefor malaria, decimal point, Encyclopædia Britannica, fountain pens, fingerprinting, hypnosis, Hypodermic syringes, insulin, kaleidoscope, lawnmower, lime cordial, logarithms, lorries, marmalade, matches, motor insurance, paraffin, piano pedals, postmarks, radar, reflecting telescope, savings banks, screw propeller, speedometer, steam hammer, raincoats, tarmac, teleprinters, tubular steel, typhoid vaccines, ultrasound, United States Navy, UST, vacuum flasks, wave powered electricity generation and wire rope. Others that aren't Scottish include kilts, which are Irish and Danish, Hogmanay, which is French and whiskyis Italian and Chinese. (Forfeit: Television, Haggis):"Tangent: Alexander Graham Bell(who as we found in Series "A", Episode 11, didn't invent the telephone) helped invent a hydrofoilthat travelled at convert|70|mi/h|km/h|abbr=on in 1919 and a metal detectorthat tried to find the bulletlodged into President Garfield, but it was confused by his bed springs, so he died."
*The origin of the word
catis catulus. The Romans called dogs "catulus".
English language, there are 33 Vowel sounds.
*The longest animal in the world is the Bootlace worm. (Forfeit:
Blue Whale, Giant Squid, Lion's Mane Jellyfish):"Tangent: Charles Darwincollected all the worms from his gardenand placed them on his snooker table and then got his son to blow a bassoonat them, to get to know them more as he didn't know too much about them.":"Tangent: The bootlace worm is the simplest organism to have a separate mouthand anus."
*Examples of berries are the
banana, tomato, orange, lemon, grapefruit, watermelon, kiwifruit, cucumber, grape, passion fruit, papayaand pomegranate. The only berry fruits that end in "berry" are the gooseberryand the blueberry. (Forfeit: Blackberry, Strawberry, Raspberry)
*The second actor to portray
James Bondwas Bob Holness. (Forfeit: Sean Connery, David Niven)
*According to Buddha, "a person should wander lonely as a
rhinoceros". (Forfeit: Cloud):"Tangent: John's brother was nearly killed after being chased by a crocodilein a circusin Londonderry."
Episode 11 "Clowns, Cuckoos and Cinderella"
*9 December 2005 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-26 points)
Clive Anderson(Winner with 0 points) small|6th appearance
Jo Brand(-23 points) small|10th appearance
Phill Jupitus(-23 points) small|6th appearance
*One answer involved
squirrels – if a panellist identified it correctly they would receive 50 points, with 10 points taken away for a miscallEach of the panellists also have a swazzlefor amusement purposes.
*You have to swallow 2 swazzles to become a
professorof Punch and Judy.
*The difference between
phobias & fears are that phobia are irrational and fears are rational. (Squirrel Forfeit - Alan):"Tangent: Coulrophobiais the fear of clowns and the fear of squirrels is sciurophobia."
*Does anyone have a
cuckooin their pants? - Yes, the Greek for cuckoo is coccyx. (Forfeit: No):"Tangent: The Road Runner is a cuckoo."
*Most animals wear Greek
frocks, because the Greek for frock is chitin, which is a polymer, that covers all animals, plants and fungi. (Forfeit: Demis Roussos) (Squirrel Forfeit - Jo)
*The Greek army wear
kilts, that have 400 pleats in them, because there was 400 years of Turkish subjugation.
Coconut crabcan't swim or float in water, they can be the size of a small dog, can shin up trees, have claws that can open tin cans and can carry a load that is greater than the luggage allowance on an international flight.:"Tangent: Coconut milkis the mushed-up fleshfound in the coconut."
*A Cheeselog is another name for a
woodlouse. (Squirrel Forfeit - Clive):"Tangent: Clive is the President of the Woodland Trust."
Charlemagnehad a party trick using a tableclothmade of asbestos, in which he threw it onto a fire. Asbestos means "inextinguishable". The town where the most asbestos is mined is called Asbestos.
*No-one goes gathering nuts in May, because hawthorn blooms. (Squirrel Forfeit - Alan, Clive & Phill)
*A custard pile is another name for a cock.
Cockfighting was Britain's national sport for nearly 2,000 years. Every village in Britain would have a cockpit. The word "cockpit" is derived from the word "cock". (Squirrel Forfeit - Phill)
Aeschyluswas killed by a falling tortoisethat was dropped by an eagle. (Squirrel Forfeit - Phill):"Tangent: Croesus."
tightswere the colour Lincoln Graine, a shade of scarlet. In the original " A Gest of Robyn Hode", their clothes were mentioned very frequently.
*In the version made by
Charles Perrault, Cinderella's slippers were made of squirrel fur; this is itself disputed. (None of the panellists guessed at squirrel fur.):"Tangent: In the Chinese version, the slippers are made out of gold, in Germany, they are made of silkand gold and in the Scottish version, they are made of rushes.":"Tangent: Perrault added the Fairy Godmother, the Ugly Sisters and the mice."
Episode 12 "Catastrophes, Cosmonauts and Coconuts"
*16 December 2005 (BBC Two)
Alan Davies(-47 points)
Bill Bailey(Winner with 3 points) small|11th appearance
Phill Jupitus(-18 points) small|7th appearance
Dara Ó Briain(-8 points) small|2nd appearance
*Phill - Ending to
*One fact would be incorrect – the "doubt card" can be shown by any player when they think they have spotted it.
*The greatest raid made by the Allies' Mosquitoes, was when they sent 12
aircraftto rescue 12 members of the French Resistancein the attack on Amiens Prison.
*The crew of the RMS "Titanic" had their wages stopped as soon as the ship started sinking. (Forfeit: They Drowned):"Tangent: The Duff-Gordons allegedly bribed the crew members of a lifeboat to survive."
*The difference between an Able Seaman and an Ordinary Seaman is that the able seaman has to have a log known as a "certificate of continuous discharge".
Pistachios and walnuts could destroy the hull of a ship, because they are Spontaneously combustible.
Peanuts, almonds, pistachios, Brazil nuts, cashews, coconuts, horse-chestnuts, pine nuts and beetle nuts are not nuts, most of them are seeds.:"Tangent: Why pistachio ice creamis greenand vanilla milkshakeis white.":"Tangent: Coconuts kill 10 times more people than sharks do every year."
*Examples of true nuts are
walnuts, butternuts, hickory, pecan, wingnuts, chestnut, beech, oak, stone oak, tanoak, hazelnuts, filbertand hornbeam.
*Rolls-Royce test their
aircraft engines for the effects of bird strikewith chickens fired from a cannon.
*The inventor of the
theory of relativitywas Galileo and it was known as the Galilean invariance. (Forfeit: Einstein)
*Three-quarters of the people accused of
witchcraftin Englandwere acquitted. (Forfeit: They Were Burned):"Tangent: peter cushing lived in whitstable when alan did and a ocal band wrote a song about it;General Ignorance:
Pineis a technical example of a softwood. (Forfeit: Balsa Wood)
*If you cut an
earthwormin two, it becomes two halves of a dead worm. (Forfeit: You Get Two Worms):"Tangent: There is a type of flatwormcalled a planaria, which was discovered by a man called T. H. Morgan. 1/279 of it could regenerate into a full planaria."
*Instead of using a
Space Pen, astronauts could have used a regular penin zero gravity. (Forfeit: A Pencil):"Doubt Card (Bollocks Answer): Neil Armstrongand the Mr Gorski story – told as a fact but then shown to be the fictional answer. Alan correctly used his doubt card for this."
triple pointof wateris actually 0.01°C, a correction from a previous episode as pointed out by viewers. Apparently those viewers forgot to explain that "Celsius" had been thrown out back in 1948 (six years before the triple point was fixed at 0.01°C) along with "centesimal" in favour of the third name in use then, "degrees Celsius". (Forfeit: 0°C)
* [http://www.comedy.org.uk/guide/tv/qi/episodes/3/ British Comedy Guide - Series C]
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