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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.

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Gallery 1, Episode 4 - Meeting Four

With writer and journalist Victoria Finlay, fascist-turned-socialist comic Kevin Day and nature documentary maker Alastair Fothergill.

Further details

Writer and journalist Victoria Finlay mentions the life of Pliny the Elder: naturalist, observer and the man who claimed that hedgehogs stole apples by climbing up trees, falling backwards and piercing the fruit with their spikes.

Kevin Day talks about our misunderstandings about the Battle of Waterloo and some of the more unusual stories behind the famous conflict, such as the story of Lord Uxbridge's leg.

Alastair Fothergill, who worked on several natural history programmes such as The Blue Planet, talks about the hairy angler fish, which he discovered while filming, as well as talking about how he nearly killed David Attenborough.


The full episode title is "Meeting Four - Rooms 30-32: The Battle of Waterloo, Pliny the Elder, The Hairy Angler Fish".

Broadcast details

Wednesday 12th March 2008
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

John Lloyd Host / Presenter
Bill Bailey Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Victoria Finlay Guest
Alastair Fothergill Guest
Kevin Day Guest
Production team
Richard Turner Producer
Dan Schreiber Producer
James Harkin Researcher
Xander Cansell Researcher

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