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Stephen Fry hosts a comedy quiz show where contestants face impossible-to-answer questions drawn from subjects beginning with A. With guests Alan Davies, Hugh Laurie, John Sessions and Danny Baker. The second edition follows at 10.30pm on BBC4. (S) (W)

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Comedy Quiz
QI 10.00pm BBC2 The initials stand for "quite interesting". If that seems like a lame title, bear in mind that Never Mind the Buzzcocks is a dud name, too, but that hasn't stopped it running to umpteen series. The idea here is to put five of the wittiest people around in a studio, get them trading anecdotes, quotes and obscure historical trivia, and wrap it up in a feather-light quiz format with Stephen Fry in charge.
The result is very funny indeed, though cynics may find the Groucho Club chumminess of it a bit cosy. But with Alan Davies, Danny Baker, Hugh Laurie and John Sessions as panellists - or as Fry calls them: "employees" - you can't go far wrong. There are some nice twists, too. If a panellist comes up with a predictable joke, a klaxon sounds and he loses points. There's also a debunking theme, so we learn that ships' captains can't marry passengers and Sweden doesn't have the highest suicide rate in the world. It's Lithuania, apparently. DB

Contributors

Host: Stephen Fry
Panellist: Alan Davies
Panellist: Hugh Laurie
Panellist: John Sessions
Panellist: Danny Baker
Director: Ian Lorimer
Producer: John Lloyd

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