Some things in life are a mystery to me.
How did Piers Morgan and Alistair Campbell worm their way back onto our Television Screens after the things that they've done? What is the point of Danni Minogue when Kylie is all you need? Why does Clarkson earn millions of pounds a year for being an arse when lots of us can do that?
Most mysterious of all, why is QI in its umteenth series since 2003 riding high in the charts with legions of devoted followers around the world? There are web sites slavishly copying down the transcript of each programme like it was some sort of important religious tract and adoring fan sites on every social network you can name.
I SHOULD like it, I admit.
I enjoy trivia and pub quizes and the programme often features some of my favourite comedians like David Mitchell, Bill Bailey and Sean Locke. I like Stephen Fry -"A Little Bit of Fry & Laurie" is one of my all-time TV Faves - and I even loved "Jonathan Creek" with Alun Davies. I like a panel show format and like a good joke.
But I LOATHE this programme with an intensity totally our of character with my mild-mannered, easy-going and ultra sociable personality.
I've tried and re-tried to watch QI thinking I can't be SOOO out of step with my peers, but nowadays I can't get past the ultra-twee opening sequence where Fry says a beaming "Good Evening" six times in a row then the four guests press their buzzer in turn to reveal nauseatingly un-humorous sounds as they make vacantly stupid expressions to camera, culminating in the meastro-of-Gurn, Alun Davies. He sits at the front of the class like the teacher's pet, desperate for St Stephen to bestow his approval as he fires away his quips and shows off in front of the others who he knows won't be there next week.
It is grossly unfair that the INFINITELY funnier and more brilliant "Would I Lie to You" comedy panel format with much the same guest list has been shunted around to minority time slots whilst the smug, up-its-own-bottom-so-far-it-requires-surgery Quite Interesting appears to go from strength to strength. I started referring to it as Quite Irritating but that doesn't sufficiently cover the loathesome tweeness of this waste of talent and waste of electricity.
Perhaps somebody could tell me where I'm going wrong?
Happy New Year Everyone!