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824215.  Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:53 pm Reply with quote

No Rob Brydon this series. Apparently, he just wants to take a break this year, much like Bill Bailey did a few years ago. (F series?)

Appears that Rich Hall and Jo Brand have been demoted to the 2nd tier of guests -- those that are just booked for 2 guest slots per series. (Phil Jupitus also only has 2 appearances, but I have a feeling that's because he's busy on stage).

Lee Mack and Sue Perkins have been promoted to the 2nd tier, with 2 appearances each (up from 1 per series).

Jack Dee and Dara O'Brain remain in the 2nd tier with 2 appearances each. Sandi has apparently made the leap to the 1st tier (3 appearances).

Clive Anderson has only one booking. He used to be featured more often.

Ian Dunn
824447.  Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:51 am Reply with quote

I didn't know that there was a tier system.

824462.  Thu Jun 16, 2011 5:51 am Reply with quote

Oh yeah, it's pretty brutal. At the end of every series, the contestants are all locked in a room together and fight it out to see who'll be in the top tier for next year, while Stephen and Alan laugh mockingly and throw sticky buns at them.

824476.  Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:14 am Reply with quote

I thought they were sent to Argentina to face the spinning dummies...

Sadurian Mike
824477.  Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:17 am Reply with quote

Of course there's a tier system. We know that the show is recorded and shown in the evening, so it is tiers before bedtime.

824519.  Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:23 am Reply with quote

Top tier -- 3 appearances per series (e.g. David Mitchell) . 3rd tier -- regulars who make but 1 appearance per series (Ronnie Ancona, Andy Hamilton).

Ian Dunn
824539.  Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:05 am Reply with quote

Interesting to see that out of the 16 episodes, 9 had new brand panellists, including two who are not comedians or entertainers.

824770.  Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:50 am Reply with quote

Brian Cox was very entertaining, and rather funny.

825187.  Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:03 am Reply with quote

clack wrote:
Top tier -- 3 appearances per series (e.g. David Mitchell) . 3rd tier -- regulars who make but 1 appearance per series (Ronnie Ancona, Andy Hamilton).

So is this official, or is it something you made up?

825204.  Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:22 pm Reply with quote

So is this official, or is it something you made up?
Just observing the obvious.

I mean, wouldn't we be thinking that something is peculiar if David Mitchell, Sean Lock, Bill Bailey, and Jimmy Carr made just one appearance each in Series I, and Johnny Vegas and Jeremy Hardy made 3 each?

Some panelists are consistently booked 3 times per series, some 2, some once, and some are just booked once in one series and then never appear again.

My observation is that Sean Lock is on a different level in the QI pecking order (if you don't like the word "tier") than Arthur Smith, say. It's neither "official" nor is is something I just made up out of whole cloth.

Sadurian Mike
825240.  Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:36 pm Reply with quote

Maybe the number of appearances might actually be down to availability?

These people do other work than appear on QI, you know.

825248.  Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:47 pm Reply with quote

No they don't, they get wheeled out of the broom cupboard as and when they're needed.

Sadurian Mike
825255.  Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:03 pm Reply with quote

How big a broom cupboard would you need to store Phil Jupitus and Jo Brand together?

825282.  Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:15 pm Reply with quote

Boat, broom cupboard. Whatever. :P

841287.  Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:08 pm Reply with quote

Friday 9th of September BBC

Yay, yay, and thrice yay!


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