Good Evening, Goodeveninggoodevening, Goodbye

Some sad news to start off the day: Stephen Fry has announced that after the current "M" series of QI, he will be stepping down as Quiz Master of the series. His incomparable run will have exceeded 180 episodes. Said Fry in a statement, "For thirteen years I had one of the best jobs on television. Behind the camera squadrons of quite extraordinarily brilliant researchers, programme makers and uniquely curious (in both senses of the word) people making that job so much easier. In front of the camera generations of lively minds and above all of course the wonder of nature that is Alan Davies. After passing the alphabetical halfway mark I thought it time to move on, but I will never cease to be grateful to John Lloyd for devising QI and for everyone else for making it such fun."

Added the so-named Mr. Lloyd, creator of the series, as well as co-creator of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and co-writer of the Meaning of Liff, "Stephen’s departure is the end of an era. It’s been a thoroughly delightful experience. After more than 40 years in broadcasting, QI has been by far the most enjoyable show it has been my privilege to produce, and Stephen has been its big, beating heart."

For fans of the series, this is a blow, as Lloyd is quite correct, that Fry is the beating heart of the programme. For those not familiar with the show, do yourself the biggest favour you will do today, and get familiar with it. It is in excess of brilliant. Using the standard panel quiz show format, the show is a love letter to the obscure, the arcane, and the occasionally apocryphal. Each episode, three comedians/celebrities/whomsoevers showcase exactly how much ephemera the brain absorbs in a lifetime as they are quizzed by the magisterial Fry (buffeted by an Elf in his ear, a pile of cards at the ready, and his own labyrinth of accumulated information between his ears) on all aspects of knowledge that are Quite Interesting. And along for the ride is the every man, personified by Alan Davis, Fry's literal right-hand man. Fry was the perfect headmaster for this class, and he will be sorely missed.

Taking on the unrelishable job of filling his chair from "N" on will be Sandi Toksvig, frequent guest on the show, and former ten year host of Radio Four's The News Quiz. Said Toksvig, "QI is my favourite television programme both to watch and to be on, so this is absolutely my dream job. (My Nordic background also makes me keen to spend time with the Elves). Stephen has been utterly brilliant with the first half of the alphabet. Now I look forward to picking up the baton, mixing my metaphors and sailing towards the Land of Nod (i.e. Z). Who knows what lies ahead? It should all be quite interesting." The job makes Toksvig the first female host of a comedy panel show on British television, which is a bit shameful and well overdue.

Via Den of Geek.
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