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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

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