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The Museum Of Curiosity

The Museum Of Curiosity

  • Radio panel show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2007 - 2023
  • 106 episodes (17 series)

Radio panel show in which John Lloyd and his curators try to fill up their museum with curious objects. Also features Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Dave Gorman, Jimmy Carr and more.


Episode menu

Gallery 1, Episode 1 - Meeting One

With palaeontologist Richard Fortey, comedian Sean Lock and extra-loud actor Brian Blessed.

Further details

Palaeontologist Richard Fortey talks about the giant hornet of Chang Jiang and the curators of the Natural History Museum (including one who was deeply interested in pubic hair).

Brian Blessed discusses why he thinks the yeti exists, and how he was told that he looked like one.

Sean Lock reveals how he was fascinated by a new way to tie scarves when he came back home from holiday, and gets the knot named after himself.


The full title of the episode is "Meeting One - Rooms 16-18: The Giant Hornet of Chang Jiang, The Yeti, The Modern Scarf Knot".

Broadcast details

Wednesday 20th February 2008
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

John Lloyd Host / Presenter
Bill Bailey Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Sean Lock Guest
Brian Blessed Guest
Richard Fortey Guest
Production team
Richard Turner Producer
Dan Schreiber Producer
James Harkin Researcher
Xander Cansell Researcher


The Museum of Curiosity, Radio 4

Doesn't a little bit of Brian Blessed go an awfully long way? I thought of this whenever he opened his mouth on Radio 4's new, well, I suppose strictly speaking it's comedy, because it goes out at 6.30, but 'Radio 4's new comedy show' doesn't quite seem to fit. How does one describe The Museum of Curiosity? It's got guests; it has two hosts, Bill Bailey and John Lloyd, and occasionally, laughs.

Apart from Brian Blessed, of whom I have now had a sufficiency that will last me the rest of my days, the show more or less worked. Eccentricity is fine by me, as long as it's genuinely amusing. And hearing about Sean Lock's time as a goatherder - or Richard Fortey's experience of being stung by a giant Chinese hornet, or his story about the womanising museum curator who filed snippings of pubic hair from every woman he slept with - help pass the time pleasantly enough.

Nicholas Lezard, The Independent, 24th February 2008

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