Last night QI returned to BBC2 for another series of the incredibly intelligent quiz show hosted by the extremely knowledgeable Stephen Fry. Last night Mr Fry was joined by Lee Mack, Jimmy Carr, Sandy Toksvig and the ever-present Alan Davies. The subject was I-Spy.
To list the amount of interesting facts would take longer than watching the show itself and to list the amount of jokes, gags or hints of amusement would take al most as long. A few key points on last night’s episode that ticked both boxes were the plastic mould of Einstein’s face that tricks the mind and making the Queen happy or sad on a five pound note. Without giving it away I think you definitely have to watch the show in order to get the point of each.
QI is a very unique programme on the old telebox these days as it educates whilst entertaining. Maintaining the balance and keeping an audience who have flicked on for either is a tricky thing to master, but QI has mastered it with flying colours I do believe. I did learn a few things that I did not know before watching and I although most of it may be useless I do feel more confident going into next week’s pub quiz.
Star of the show last night would have to go Lee Mack who isn’t the cleverest of men, but is damn funny. Catch it on the iPlayer and expand your intelligence whilst having a chuckle.
Treme – Series 2, Episode 2 ‘Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky’
Last night saw the slow burning feast of character development Treme return for the second episode of the series and as ever it slowly ticked away as little layers of each character were slowly teased our way.
It was Thanksgiving in N’Orleans and each of the characters prepared for the day in their own way and dealing with their own respective problems. The city is slowly rebuilding itself, but there are still hundreds of problems and even more unanswered questions about the fate of people during the storm. Antoine (Wendell Pierce) tries to start his own band as his partner Desirae (Phyllis Montana LeBlanc) attends a parent teacher evening that unveils the serious lack of money, books and everyday things needed to run a school. Davis (Steve Zahn) and Anne (Lucia Micarelli) decide to have dinner at his parents house despite his reservations at letting Anne meet his family.
Toni (Melissa Leo) and Sofia (India Ennenga) are struggling to communicate still, but with Toni overworked and Sofia having a night on the town there isn’t a real possibility of talking. Chief Lambreaux (Clarke Peters) has found himself without anywhere to live and when his son Delmond (Rob Brown) comes back to town the pair of them are at loggerheads as to what is the best course of action. Ladonna (Khandi Alexander) looks to get some live music in the bar to try and pull in the customers. The new guy in town Nelson (John Seda) seems to have his fingers in a lot of pies and is looking to make as much money of New Orleans as he can whilst Janette (Kim Dickens) is finding life outside of the Treme just as difficult and without the comforts of home.
Treme is possibly the best-written show on TV at present and it’s richness oozes out of every second of screen time. To try and sum up all the story threads is not doing the show any justice especially as nothing major happens. Instead it’s the small pieces of story, the glances, passing comments and little decisions made by each and every character that make the show so rich. However, it’s tough to get into without watching from the start and a little bit of background knowledge off of Wikipedia helps with understanding the traditions of N’Orleans.
Treme is definitely a show to get into, but do it justice and begin at the beginning. You wont regret it.