BOB HART OUT OF THE BOX
WE KNOW a bit more about this series since the recent ABC interview with QI regular Alan Davies, conducted by the witty Tony Martin.
Actually, those Martin interviews, called A Quiet Word With ... and screened on Saturday nights after Spooks, are pretty good. But not as good as QI. Nothing is, really.
There are folk who would have given away their TVs years ago were it not for Stephen Fry in general, and this series in particular. It is wise, witty and ridiculously informative. Students pass final exams with things they learnt from QI. Honest.
Anyway, what we learnt from the Alan Davies interview was that — apart from the fact that Davies and Martin are mates, and that Davies polished his comedy in Australia before anyone had even heard of Jonathan Creek — QI was to have been a panel show hosted by Michael Palin with Fry on one team, Davies on the other.
I forget what happened next, but I’m glad it did: the show that goes to air each week, with Fry in the hosting chair and Davies as the goose in residence, is beyond compare.
Most episodes have a bit of a theme. Tonight it’s budget
Witty: Stephen Fry