Piers ‘Flashy’ Fletcher is slightly irritated by biographical notes which are expressed in the third person even though they're clearly written by the subject himself. Be that as it may, his career has involved three years at Oxford and a stint in the Army, where he was put in charge of the northernmost Observation Post in Hong Kong. Had the Chinese invaded, he would have been the very first opponent they encountered. (They didn't.) He then spent a gruelling 22 years as a commodity broker in the City of London, specialising in potato futures and compliance issues. As well as producing the TV show, he writes this and that for a living. Lord Flashheart, the Blackadder character played by Rik Mayall, is based on him.
qi source of choiceArthur Mee’s Children’s Encyclopaedia
favourite qi factThe one about how it’s impossible to explain which is left and which is right without using a visual reference (because, says Flashy, that one always leads to an argument which I know I’m going to win).