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

The Museum Of Curiosity

BBC Radio 4 panel show where guest donate to a virtual museum. 80 episodes (pilot + 13 series), 2007 - 2018. Stars John Lloyd, Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson and others.

Another series is in development.

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

Genre
Panel Show
Broadcast
2007 - 2018
Channel
BBC Radio 4
Episodes
80   (1 pilot + 13 series), plus 1 unbroadcast pilot
Creators
John Lloyd, Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber
Starring
John Lloyd, Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Dave Gorman, Jimmy Carr, Humphrey Ker, Phill Jupitus and others
Producers
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 and Lee Mack the thirteenth.

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)
Soundtrack
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
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 16th April 2007 on BBC Radio 4
Last new broadcast
Tuesday 25th December 2018 on BBC Radio 4 at 8am
Last repeat
Tuesday 2nd April 2019 at 4:00am on Radio 4 Extra

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