Gallery 3 - Meeting Seventeen

With explorer Sir Robin Hanbury-Tenison, autistic savant Daniel Tammet and impressionist Ronni Ancona.

In-Depth Episode Synopsis

Warning: the below synopsis may contain spoilers

In a special episode, the museum is looking for new members of staff. As a result, all the donations are curious people.

Impressionist and actress Ronni Ancona donates several medical people. One is Dr. Barry Marshall to the museum, who was the man who found the bacterium that caused stomach ulcers. He proved it by consuming the bacteria and giving himself an ulcer. She also donates Dr. Humphrey Davy, inventor of the Davy lamp, discovered more elements than anyone else, and got addicted to laughing gas.

Autistic savant, speaker of 11 languages (one he invented himself) and record holder for remembering pi to the most number of places, Daniel Tammet, gives the museum Saul Bellow, a novelist who used his live for the subject of his books. These include Herzog, which includes a character based on his second wife's adulterer.

Explorer Sir Robin Hanbury-Tenison provides the museum his best friend Nyapun, who acted as Robin's guide on several of his trips, who is an expert in many areas, just processed very little - mainly a blowpipe. He also help defend his Malay from the Japanese.

Episode Notes

The full episode title is "Meeting Seventeen: Barry Marshall, Humphrey Davy, Saul Bellow & Nyapun".

First Broadcast Details

Mon 7th June 2010
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Main Repeats

  • Fri 4th May 2012 (2:30am, Radio 4 Extra)
  • Fri 26th Dec 2014 (9:00am, Radio 4 Extra)
  • Fri 26th Dec 2014 (6:00pm, Radio 4 Extra)
  • Sat 27th Dec 2014 (1:00am, Radio 4 Extra)

Episode Cast & Crew

Regular Cast
John Lloyd (I) ... Host / Presenter
Jon Richardson ... Host / Presenter
Guest Cast
Robin Hanbury-Tenison ... Guest
Ronni Ancona ... Guest
Daniel Tammet ... Guest
Production Team
Richard Turner ... Producer
Dan Schreiber ... Producer
James Harkin ... Researcher
Molly Oldfield ... Researcher

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