The Museum Of Curiosity. John Lloyd. Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

The Museum Of Curiosity

A new series of this comedy is in production.

Radio panel show in which John Lloyd and his curators try to fill up their museum with curious objects

AKA:
TMOC; The Professor Of Curiosity (Pilot)
Genre:
Panel Show
Broadcast:
2007 - 2013  (BBC Radio 4)
Episodes:
37 (pilot + 6 series)
Starring:
John Lloyd, Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Dave Gorman, Jimmy Carr, Humphrey Ker
Writers:
John Lloyd, Richard Turner, Dan Schreiber
Production:
British Broadcasting Corporation

The Museum of Curiosity is a vast (albeit fictitious) building with a mission statement of housing everything in the universe that is in some way curious (including, as it happens, the entire universe itself).

Each week, a panel made up of entertainers and academic experts put forward their curiosities to the head of the museum John Lloyd, the Professor of Ignorance at the University of Buckingham (later Southampton-Solent) and his curators. In the first series the curator was Bill Bailey, followed by Sean Lock in the second, Jon Richardson in the third, Dave Gorman in the fourth and Jimmy Carr in the fifth.

The only rule for donation is that the exhibit has to be in some way curious. It doesn't matter if something is gigantic, microscopic, hughly expensive, or even if it doesn't exist.

Current exhibits in the Museum include the Big Bang when it was the size of a grapefruit, the urge to press red buttons that should not be pressed, and a wildlife reserve containing 10,000 tigers (even if there are only 3,000 in the wild).

Our Review: Described by one critic as "Pornography for the brain", TMOC is a curious programme which is, in many ways, a spin-off from the hit TV series QI.

What is mainly notable about this programme is that it not only features comedians, but it also gives guest spots to academics such as historians, mathematicians and paleontologists. However, the programme still manages to maintain an amusing edge. There are some listeners however who feel that too much time is taken with the guests and not with the exhibits they donate.