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lead­ing role in strik­ing ‘‘ that es­sen­tial blend of thought­ful­ness and fun. You only get that fresh, blithe ap­proach if you re­ally put in the work with ev­ery comma, ev­ery syl­la­ble’’.

He is in a state of ‘‘ con­stant anx­i­ety’’ about QI be­cause ‘‘ you’re cre­at­ing a dif­fer­ent recipe ev­ery week.’’

For the show’s 99th episode, Lloyd agreed to be a pan­el­list and was in awe of Fry’s con­cen­tra­tion: ‘‘ You look into his eyes and think, ‘ This guy is a kind of God’. But he’s not Zeus. Not ar­ro­gant at all.’’

Away from QI, Lloyd is con­tem­plat­ing a Swedish stage ver­sion of Black­ad­der, but says a re­union of the orig­i­nal team is un­likely.

As Lloyd says: ‘‘ It’s dif­fi­cult with ev­ery­one go­ing on to have such enor­mous per­sonal ca­reers. Get­ting them in the same room, even for a glass of sherry, is hard.’’

QI, ABC1, Thurs­day, 8pm

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