Petition - QI in the USA!

In June 2006, a petition was started to release QI Series 1 on DVD. Thousands of fans signed the electronic document, and it was brought to meetings with the BBC DVD arm, 2 entertain, as proof that the movement had merit and endorsement.

Less than three months after the petition was released, QI's commercial director announced that the campaign had been a success, for the distributor had been impressed with the overwhelming interest shown by its supporters. 2 entertain not only released Series 1 of the programme on DVD, but is currently making plans to release the 2nd and 3rd series as well.

On the coattails of this success, we're hoping to start a new endeavor: To bring QI to America's silver screens through BBC America.

The text of the petition is as follows:

      We, the undersigned, are fans of the television series "QI", which is broadcast in the UK by the BBC and produced by Talkback THAMES productions. At the current time, no editions of the program have appeared on United States television.

We would like all of the four seasons of "QI" to be broadcast in the United States.

The show is exceptionally popular in the UK, and audience numbers continue to increase. It consistently garners the highest audience figures on BBC 4 during its broadcast runs. It has also been nominated for four BAFTA awards, and host Stephen Fry was awarded the Rose d’Or for Best Game Show Host.

QI is based around the philosophy that knowledge is "quite interesting". It contains a strong mixture of top-notch comedy and interesting information that greatly appeals to viewers. Because of the current backlash against the "dumbing down" of the media, we believe that now is the perfect time to make QI available to American audiences.

Amazon’s 2006 Christmas global bestseller, the QI Book of General Ignorance, will be made available on American shelves on August 7th, 2007. This release will provide an excellent introduction to the show in the United States.

We therefore request that BBC America and all relevant bodies and parties take action to bring this excellent show to our screens.

We are hoping, with the support of thousands of signatories, to spread the grandeur of QI to the as-yet-uninitiated audience of the United States. When we have generated a sizable number of signatures, the petition will be brought to the attention of the president of BBC Worldwide America, Garth Ancier, a man who has been responsible for supervising the production of dozens of the most well-known and loved shows of the last several decades.

In the words of QI creator and producer John Lloyd:

       "Enthusiasm makes a BIG difference. QI is largely held together by enthusiasm. And strong drink."

Sign the QI petition and change the United States for the better. Goodness knows you want to.