Alan Davies nearly quit QI

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 March 2013
Alan Davies

Alan Davies

Alan Davies threatened to quit quiz show 'QI' when the BBC axed his sitcom 'Whites' three years ago, and is still fuming about the incident

Alan Davies nearly quit 'QI'.

The 'Jonathan Creek' star threatened to leave the popular quiz show three years ago because he was so furious at the BBC for cancelling his sitcom 'Whites', which saw him portray a celebrity chef, and assumed their decision must have had something to do with scheduling rules.

He told Radio Times magazine: "I thought they were canning 'Whites' because they had me doing another show. I asked, 'Is that a factor? Can anyone give me a straight answer on that?

"If it is a factor, I'd rather quit 'QI'. Will I get cast as anything else? What if someone wanted to cast me as a serial killer, and I'd be perfect for it?'

"Totally bizarre. I nearly quit 'QI' over it. I'm still quite upset about it, and it's nearly three years ago."

However, Alan has no intention of leaving his lead role in long-running crime drama 'Jonathan Creek' and is delighted the show is still on air after 16 years.

He said: "I have young people coming up to me after stand-up gigs saying they used to watch it when they were kids. Makes me sound so old."

The drama is returning this autumn for a three-part series, as well as a 90-minute one-off episode, 'In The Clue of the Savant's Thumb', on Easter Monday (01.04.13).

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