STEPHEN FRY JOINS BBC AMERICA THIS FEBRUARY AS HOST OF COMEDY QUIZ SHOW "QI" AND THE BAFTA FILM AWARDS
New York - Friday, January 30, 2015 - BBC AMERICA today announced it has acquired the Rose d'Or-winning and BAFTA-nominated comedy quiz show QI (Quite Interesting) hosted by Stephen Fry (Gosford Park, Bones) who can also be seen hosting The EE British Academy Film Awards on the channel this February.
QI is a panel show full of quirky facts in which contestants are rewarded more if their answers are 'quite interesting.' Every season is themed around a different letter of the alphabet and each episode has a different theme on which the celebrity guests have to answer questions, avoiding repeating common misconceptions and urban myths. It's okay to be wrong but don't be obviously, boringly wrong. BBC AMERICA launches QI Season J with three back-to-back episodes on Thursday, February 19, 8:00pm ET.
QI celebrity guests include some of Britain's most eloquent comedians and smartest experts. They include permanent panelist Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, comedians Katy Brand, Rob Brydon, Jimmy Carr, Bill Bailey and Flight of the Conchords' Rhys Darby, as well as Professor Brian Cox (Wonders of the Universe). QI was created by Executive Producer John Lloyd and distributed by FreemantleMedia International.
Ahead of QI's debut, Stephen Fry will once again host The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015, exclusively broadcast in the US on BBC AMERICA. This marks the 10th time Fry has hosted the ceremony, where Hollywood and Britain's biggest names in film come together at London's Royal Opera House. The Grand Budapest Hotel leads the field with 11 nominations. Films with multiple nominations include: Birdman (10), The Theory of Everything (10), The Imitation Game (9) Boyhood (5), Whiplash (5), Mr. Turner (4), Nightcrawler (4), Interstellar (4), and Pride (3). The EE British Academy Film Awards 2015 premieres Sunday, February 8, 8:00pm ET on BBC AMERICA. Watch Trailer Here
BBC AMERICA delivers U.S. audiences high-quality, innovative and intelligent programming. Established in 1998, it has been the launch pad for talent embraced by American mainstream pop culture, including Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Graham Norton, and successful programming formats including ground-breaking non-scripted television like Top Gear and top-rated science-fiction like Doctor Who. A joint venture between BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and AMC Networks, BBC AMERICA has attracted both critical acclaim and major awards including four Emmy(R) Awards, five Golden Globes(R) and 12 Peabody Awards. The channel attracts one of cable's most affluent and educated audiences and is available on cable and satellite TV in 80 million homes. It broadcasts in both standard and high-definition, with content available On Demand across all major digital platforms. Online, www.BBCAmerica.com is the place to go to dig deeper into pop culture with a British twist.