The Museum Of Curiosity. John Lloyd. Copyright: BBC.

The Museum Of Curiosity

BBC Radio 4 panel show where guests donate to a virtual museum. 100 episodes (pilot + 16 series), 2007 - 2021. Stars John Lloyd, Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson and others.

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The Museum Of Curiosity. John Lloyd. Copyright: BBC.

The Museum Of Curiosity

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

Panel Show
2007 - 2021
BBC Radio 4
100   (1 pilot + 16 series), plus 1 unbroadcast pilot
John Lloyd, Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber
John Lloyd, Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Dave Gorman, Jimmy Carr, Humphrey Ker, Phill Jupitus and others
Richard Turner, Dan Schreiber, James Harkin and Anne Miller

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. Humphrey Ker was the 6th curator, Phill Jupitus was the seventh, Sarah Millican starred in the eighth series, Noel Fielding in the ninth, Jo Brand for the tenth, Romesh Ranganathan for the eleventh, Sally Phillips the twelfth, Lee Mack the thirteenth, Bridget Christie the fourteen and Alice Levine the fifteenth.

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).

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Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • The Professor Of Curiosity (Working title)
  • TMOC (Acronym)
Series 1: All music on the programme played live by Bill Bailey. The same theme tune was used for series two, but is performed by Dan Neeson, Ash Gardner and Hugo Shepard from House of Strange.
Laugh track
Yes and no; it varies

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 16th April 2007 on BBC Radio 4
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 29th December 2020 on BBC Radio 4 at 6:30pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Gallery 16 Episode 1: Sunday 24th October at 12pm on Radio 4
  2. Gallery 16 Episode 1: Monday 25th October at 7:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  3. Gallery 16 Episode 1: Monday 25th October at 5:30pm on Radio 4 Extra
  4. Gallery 16 Episode 1: Monday 25th October at 10pm on Radio 4 Extra
  5. Gallery 16 Episode 1: Tuesday 26th October at 5:30am on Radio 4 Extra

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