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Oxford University Press teams up with BBC

Oxford University Press teams up with BBC's QI for a comedy sketch

29 July 2016

In July, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) team was approached by the producers of UK television show QI, a BBC comedy quiz starring comedians Stephen Fry and Alan Davies. Panellists get points for being 'interesting' and each series looks at a different letter of the alphabet.

The show’s producers were creating a series of online sketches and wanted the OED team to feature in one of them. The Brexit inspired piece is set at the Oxford University Press office in Oxford, where the ‘Chief Editor’ resigns after the letters 'E' and 'U' are banned. The sketch aims to be topical but not political.

OUP jumped at the chance to take part and a group of willing staff spent an evening filming with actress Charlotte Gittins.

Kate Farquhar-Thomson, Head of Publicity, OUP Global Academic, said of the show’s producers: “They could not have been easier and more accommodating to work with and I know they were thrilled to have the opportunity to film in the real OED office”.

The finished sketch is now live and viewable on Youtube.