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The Museum Of Curiosity

BBC Radio 4 panel show where guests donate to a virtual museum. 91 episodes (pilot + 15 series), 2007 - 2020. Stars John Lloyd, Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson and others.

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With modern-day polymath Jonathan Miller, science writer Philip Ball and mathematican Marcus du Sautoy.

Further details

Star of Beyond the Fringe, Jonathan Miller talks about the Nottingham Alabasters and their history in British architecture. Miller claims the best are those showing the Resurrection, which is odd coming from athiest.

Science writer Philip Ball brings up the issue of phlogiston, which was thought in the 17th-18th century to be an element which caused fire. Ball uses this as an example of how odd ideas are replaced with the new.

Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy talks about 'The Monster', something that can only exist in a universe containing 26 dimensions. This leads to a visit 24 dimensional grocer.


The full episode title is "Meeting Five - Rooms 4-6: Phlogiston, The Nottingham Alabasters, The Monster".

Broadcast details

Wednesday 19th March 2008
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
John Lloyd Host / Presenter
Bill Bailey Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Jonathan Miller Guest
Philip Ball Guest
Marcus du Sautoy Guest
Production team
Richard Turner Producer
Dan Schreiber Producer

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