Series M of QI opens with A Medley of Maladies. Not much has changed apart from Stephen Fry’s hair thickening up well. And yet, changes are on the 21st century-horizon for the show. Fry is stepping down after thirteen years of hosting, and Sandi Toksvig is taking control of the quizzical helm.
Toksvig has a long and impressive curriculum vitae as host of panel shows, however, up till now, they have all been on radio. Most famously she hosted The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4 for the past nine years. By taking on the job, she will be the first female host of a major television comedy panel show. She is the perfect choice for the show; experienced, professional and most importantly, naturally funny.
Series M starts well, comfortably predictable, funny and satisfyingly educational. Alan Davies continues to fulfill his role of the unwise fool, there to be the butt of every joke, a trope of the show that I cannot see changing with the change of host.
John Lloyd’s vision for the programme has stayed true for thirteen years, the addition of Sandi Toksvig can only be a positive, and fresh reincarnation for QI.