QI (Quite Interesting) Season 1 (A Series) [NON-U.S.A. FORMAT: PAL Region 2 U.K. Import] BBC
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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Anamorphic Widescreen, Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The comedy quiz that refreshes the parts other shows don't even have names for. Here is the first, ground-breaking series of the programme that won Stephen Fry the Golden Rose of Montreux for the world's best game-show host. BBC2's smash-hit comedy is also the most popular programme on BBC4. It's a 26-year project, each series dealing with a different letter of the alphabet, and this is the one that started it all off. Here is an avalanche of askings on astronomy, anteaters, apples, Africa, aeroplanes, atoms, antelopes, anchovies, Antarctica and Azerbaijan all of it absolutely astonishing to Alan Davies (QI's resident loser and Stephen Fry's favourite stud-muffin). The friendliest show on British TV is graced by the cream of world-class comedy talent including Bill Bailey, Hugh Laurie, Rich Hall, Jo Brand, Meera Syall, Rob Brydon, Jeremy Clarkson, Jimmy Carr, Phill Jupitus, Sean Lock, Clive Anderson, Danny Baker, John Sessions, Jeremy Hardy, Linda Smith and Dave Gorman. Discover the definitive answers to the questions you didn't even know existed. Why don't pigeons go to the movies? Why are there no Alsatians in the Spanish army? What flavour is the oldest known soup? How do otters kill crocodiles? And what is the name of the 23rd tallest tree in the world? SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...QI - Series One - 2-DVD Set ( QI - Entire Series 1 ) ( QI XL )
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Glad I did, having been a viewer from the very start it was great to see again, especially some of the guests who've been on over the years such as
Stephen Fry's good friend, the Wooster to Stephen's Jeeves, Hugh Laurie. since those heady days the show has gone from strength to strength and has become a staple of my Friday night viewing ever since and it meets the BBC's criteria and informs, educates and entertains. This DVD also
contains the original pilot made before it was fully commissioned and broadcast as a series. Sadly as I write this review series 13 has just started on
BBC2 with the news that this is to be Stephen Fry's final series ,how ever I have thouroughly enjoyed this DVD and look forward to collecting the following series in the collection.
Lots of laughs (body functions a special source of merriment). Lots of surprises (Dickens invented the word "boredom"; Queen Victoria smoked; Richard Geere's middle name; China discovered Australia; banana plants walk - to mention but a few). Pliny the Elder is subjected to much ridicule for his "remedies", Alexander Graham Bell to much venom for reasons not to his credit.
Bonuses include the first pilot (pre-the set and buzzers, some of its material destined for recycling). There is also a collection of extracts not seen, amongst them a rare instance of Fry losing his cool.
Quite interesting? No - very interesting indeed. How great to know much of the alphabet still remains to be explored!
Starring a quintessential jewel of the nation in host Stephen Fry (A Little Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, Kingdom, Blackadder) with his right hand man and resident 'dunce' Alan Davies (most well known outside of QI for his starring role in Jonathan Creek) the remainder of the panel is made of comedians of the current british comedy circuit.
The premise is simple - questions are posed - points are given for interesting answers around the question as well as correct answers. stating the obvious (incorrect) answer, will however incur a large penalty. This first series isn't as smooth and polished as some of the later series' - specially when settled into the alphabetical format, but has its own charm because of its slightly less polished presentation.
A rarity in a quiz show is that i can watch QI again and again - it doesn't bore me, and has the wonderful ability of cheering me up when i'm down. The fact that i learn things is a bonus!!! Long may QI reign!!
The episodes in themselves are hilarious and this coupled with the out-takes and extra features means for a wonderful DVD.
I intended to watch it one episode at a time but have watched 6 this afternoon!
The DVD navigation is intuitive and pleasing to the eye and has a lot to offer the viewer.
It's a 2 DVD set and I recommend it to anyone who likes the series, comedy in general and of course, Stephen Fry.
Short for Quite Interesting, this BBC quiz show (hosted by Stephen Fry) turns all conventional quiz rules on their heads. Instead of contestants, there is a panel of British celebrities ranging from barely known to familiar faces. Instead of scoring for correct answers, players score by making their answers interesting, even if they have nothing to do with the question. Instead of a closing round of general knowledge to give people a chance to catch up, there is a round of general ignorance, where if you think the answer to a question is obvious, you should prepare to be surprised and lose whatever lead you had.
The content is strong and adult (the stamp in the lower corner warns that nobody under the age of twelve should watch; Americans would probably keep anyone under the age of sixteen away. Expect swearing and the politically incorrect), so unless you have an open mind and a wicked sense of humour, you might want to give this one a miss. But if you enjoy hearing neat stories and bizarre answers about the world and everything in it, give this a look.