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  • Actors: Stephen Fry, Alan Davies
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 21 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012ZY508
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,684 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Have QI for pudding. Your cultural digestive system will feel both energised and soothed." - The Times "Utterly irresistible" Daily Telegraph QI: THE B SERIES STARRING THE WORLD'S BEST HOST AND SOMEONE FROM ESSEX

Behold QI's big-sized "B" bundle, benevolently blending bug-eyed bafflement and brilliant badinage by Britain's brightest babble-meisters.

Bananas! Bamboo! Baguettes! Baldness! Bagpipes! Biscuits! Bernards! This beauteous boxset brims bountifully Brian could somebody please rewrite the copy from this point on? This idea is fantastically tedious and unfunny. Yes leave it with me no problem I'll have a go at it after lunch.

Does the Pope eat beaver? Where did the Greeks put their blackberries? How big is a barnacle's boner? Discover answers to questions you never dreamt of asking and find that everything you think you know is wrong.

This complete second series is devoted entirely to the letter beloved by Balzac, Bertolt Brecht and the Brontës you can take those out too I've never heard of any of them and all 12 glorious episodes are included. Your beaming host, QI Master Stephen Fry, winner of the 'Golden Rose of Montreux' for best game-show host, quizzes the likes of Bill Bailey, Brand (Jo), Barry (Cryer) and Briain (Dara O') in a quite interesting and unquestionably hilarious trawl through the world of bugs, beetles, bangs, Bermuda shorts, Brownian motion, Bombay duck, Irving Berlin the list is OK but take out the word 'beaming' please and Birmingham. Starring Alan Davies and a lot of other people without a B in their name: Sean Lock, Rich Hall, Phil Kay, Clive Anderson, Mark Gatiss, Phill Jupitus, Jeremy Hardy, Jeremy Clarkson, Jimmy Carr, Anneka Rice, Arthur Smith, Linda Smith, Fred MacAulay, Josie Lawrence, John Sessions and Mark Steel. SPECIAL FEATURES Banter (with backroom boys) Bonus Bits Bloopers Buzzers Batteries not included.

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Fortunately, you don’t have to be anywhere near as clever and quick-witted as Stephen Fry to enjoy the majesty of Q.I.’s second series. Brought together in its entirety in this DVD set, it’s that rarest of things: a timeless panel show that can be enjoyed over and over again.

What structure there is to Q.I. proves simply to be a platform for questions about obscure topics, and the equally obscure, and quite interesting, answers that follow. It’s a simple idea, majestically realised. With panelists who are genuinely funny and interesting--series regular Alan Davies is joined by the likes of Dara O’Briain, Sean Lock, Rich Hall and the late Linda Smith--each episode is a glorious slice of comedy that you could never accuse of dumbing down.

The theme for this series of Q.I., as you probably guessed from the DVD title, is the letter B, and that’s the glue that holds all the answers together. Yet guiding the show is the quite brilliant Stephen Fry, in a show he was simply made to host. Very funny, quick and--yes!--quite interesting too, he’s simply superb here.

A terrific antidote to the lazy panel show that too often infests our screens, Q.I. is priceless television, and this B series is simply not to be missed. --Jon Foster

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By LettyBIRD on 18 Mar. 2008
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Hurrah Series 2, us QI fans have been waiting a jolly long time for this to appear and finally it has arrived.

QI is the sort of show that makes you proud to be British, it is practically Victorian in its straddling of the line between the sublime and the ridiculous. If you have never seen this show before here is the basic premise. Steven Fry (bless his Gieves and Hawkes socks) asks questions about... well practically anything (each series is linked to a letter of the alphabet, series one unsurprisingly is the letter A) Alan Davies + 3 other panelists try to answer those questions not only correctly; but interestingly, avoiding the pitfalls of urban myth (for example: no centipede has ever been found to have 100 legs the closest is 96)

The great thing about Qi is that those taking part are of a higher calibre than the usual panel game, they never appear to be there just because they have a book to flog or have just left the Big Brother house and are tenuously clinging to the dying seconds of their fame.

Each episode brings some new delight to amuse and amaze your friends.

Buy this DVD if for no other reason than it will make you are more interesting person.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barry Wom on 9 April 2012
Love QI but they are taking the p**s - some of these volumes are years old now - no DVD is worth nearly 20 quid You'd expect to pay 2 or 3 quid for this stuff from about five years ago. The guests carry it, (Alan sits there like a drunk cat) and quite well in fairness a lot of he time. ITS TOO BLOODY EXPENSIVE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Chew on 3 Feb. 2010
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... and worth more than every episode of Eastenders ever made, all combined.

Take in intelligent host, give him intelligent and knowlegable guests and this is what you get. Something worth watching. Buy it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ticked Off on 15 Aug. 2008
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How wonderful to see the BBC finally giving up complete season box sets. At least with QI. (Now just do the same, Auntie, with Mock The Week and I'll be your fan for life).

QI is one of my favourite comedy shows. It lacks the smugness and sometimes unpleasant undertang of meanness that comes with Paul Merton and Ian Hislop in Have I Got News For You (I enjoy HIGNFY but prefer the sight of panellists just having sheer fun with each other and obviously loving every minute that you get with QI and MTW). And watching Stephen Fry - the walking encyclopedia - expound on fascinating facts is a wonder. His sheer love of language and facts sweeps you up in his enthusiasm every time.

Alan Davies plays the patsy and foil to Fry very well and is often very amusing. He's never been my favourite comedian, but in this he shines. I love the way the panellists banter with Fry and each other, especially when they tease Fry about his upper crust manners and drive him to exasperation at times, like a frustrated schoolmaster.

I'm delighted to finally see season two arrive. Here's hoping the Beeb brings out the others, post haste!
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The format of the panel quiz show is rather tired, but this is almost irrelevant to the success of this program (who the hell keeps count of the scores anyway?), it's the running jokes, the sparring, and the crossover or sometimes lack thereof, of the panelists, which keeps you watching.
So on that level this series is better than the first, and I hope it continues to grow on me, but for the whole 26 years?!
It will be fun finding out...
One note - the titles and credits are awful (both visually and musically! - very early 90's) - come on chaps, even the DVD menu was classier.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By OK on 16 Sept. 2008
This show is just brilliant, it has the best comedians on it and as always Steven Fry shares his intelligence with no trace of being condescending. Alan is great in it too but for his boyishness.

As for the one bad review on here, I looked at that persons other reviews and it's clear that that person is a troll just looking for attention.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. J. Littler on 18 May 2008
The DVD packaging has changed from series 'A' which had the letter on the spine. I was expecting the 'B' series to follow suit keeping a nice uniform row for the 26 DVD series........ or perhaps I have been watching too much QI !
Mr Fry, Mr Davies and crew are all on tip top form in the actual shows so worry not about the content, but the DVD menu is not as classy as series A.
Roll on C, D and E.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Franklin on 1 April 2008
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I recently bought this to while away the time whilst I'm in France...and I haven't been able to stop watching it! The whole series is sheer brilliance, with the guests being better than ever (especially Bill Bailey) and Alan being just as stupid as ever (thinking Dara O'Briain's name was an anagram of diarrhoea). Add to that Stephen's put-downs (usually aimed at Alan), and you get one of the finest DVDs available on DVD...buy it now and you won't be disappointed!
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