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Swedish TV to take on Stephen Fry's QI

7 Mar 2012, 15:35

Published: 07 Mar 2012 15:35 GMT+01:00

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"I've known of QI for several years through creator John Lloyd, and I've always thought it was simply brilliant," producer Anders Lenhoff told The Local.

"We've long wanted a Swedish version, and after several years we've got the green light and we're going into production".

The new version, which is as yet unnamed, will be broadcast on Sveriges Television (SVT).

Filling the British host Stephen Fry’s enormous shoes will be Swedish quiz show veteran Johan Wester, who Lenhoff believes is the exact right man for the job.

Lenhoff is something of a Swedish producer extraordinaire, and was in charge of producing the world’s first Survivor series (called “Expedition Robinson” in Sweden) back in 1997.

And he is confident that his latest project will have Swedes nationwide laughing.

"This show is perfect for Swedish audiences. I think Swedish and British humour are quite often related, and Swedes love British comedy," he said.

QI, or Quite Interesting, is a programme driven by curiosity. A panel filled with actors and comedians try to answer Fry’s probing (and often purposefully misleading) questions in front of a studio audience. And of course, extra points are awarded if a response is deemed to be "quite interesting".

According to QI's official website, “Everything is interesting if looked at in the right way”.

“At one extreme, QI is serious, intensely scientific, deeply mystical; at the other it is hilarious, silly and frothy enough to please the most indolent couch-potato.”

The date for the show's premiére has not yet been confirmed but it will air on SVT sometime this year.

"Now is the right time for this kind of show in Sweden too, we are ready for a slightly more intelligent take on the comedy panel show," Lenhoff said.

"We're not going to pre-write the jokes, it will be a bit more like a discussion among the panellists - it will be realistic, funny and entertaining.

"This is a different kind of animal," Lenhoff told The Local.

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Swedes have been enjoying the British QI on BBC Entertainment, which runs the show five nights a week in Sweden. According to Stefan Nyman of BBC worldwide, it is the channel's highest rated programme, and the rights to another five seasons have just been purchased.

Oliver Gee


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Your comments about this article

15:57 March 7, 2012 by Shibumi
Big shoes to fill... Stephen Fry's Q.I. is brilliant.

Good luck to them!
17:41 March 7, 2012 by Nemesis
That would require intelligent contestants and an intelligent audience.

What country do they intend to find the contestants in and what country do they intend to broadcast the show in?
18:08 March 7, 2012 by axiom
This will be interesting and a must watch, QI is an amazingly good program and Fry is so brilliant at it.
18:28 March 7, 2012 by kirub
But isn't the Swedish sense of humor all about killing the joke?
19:05 March 7, 2012 by OUIJA
To make a show with the British sense of humour it's like looking for a needle in a haystack.

"More intelligent comedy" in Sweden? Is it a joke? Well, wishful thinking is everywhere, so why not in Sweden?
20:24 March 7, 2012 by Greysuede
Oh yeah he was brilliant in Wanda. One of amazing British fags!
20:50 March 7, 2012 by Indignerad
Sweden has plenty of intelligent comedy and good comedians. Our sense of humor is also very similar to the British, so there's no problem there, the ACTUAL problem is that we keep adapting things instead of coming up with new stuff. Which is mainly the fault of scared, regressive TV execs.
22:14 March 7, 2012 by spongepaddy
@Nemesis: Where is this "intelligent audience" of which you speak? Proxima Centauri? Pretty much by definition, a television audience isn't intelligent. Kind of like the one that reads this newspaper...
23:36 March 7, 2012 by Flygger
I'm looking forward to this immensely.

Swedish humour is very like UK humour so I don't see a problem at all.

Can hardly wait and will give the first few screenings a bit of leeway until it settles down to be the hit that it richly deserves in Sweden..
09:51 March 8, 2012 by Nemesis
@ spongepaddy,

Good point.
08:52 March 11, 2012 by Ballcocks
Strange how the comment that Swedish humour is very similar to British humour comes from Swedish people and not British ones ??.

After having endured over ten years of Swedish TV and "Humour" I would have thought that Harry Hill's TV Burp would be a more appropriate export
14:05 March 12, 2012 by gabbs
Fry is very good at delivery, however, the key to the show is the work put into the knowledge delivered by Fry, fed by boffins who spend their time scouring religiously for interesting trivia.

If you get someone who can deliver, then the show will work with the right behind the scenes team.
17:08 March 13, 2012 by magnush
As long as the show stays away from TV4 and their pre-written jokes to the so called 'swedish comedy elite', there's a fair chance for success.
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