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The Museum Of Curiosity

BBC Radio 4 panel show where guests donate to a virtual museum. 85 episodes (pilot + 14 series), 2007 - 2019. Stars John Lloyd, Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson and others.

Gallery 10, Episode 4 - Meeting Fifty-Nine

John Lloyd and his new curator Jo Brand are joined by Danish comic Sofie Hagen, mollusc and cephalopod expert Jon Ablett and anthropologist Kate Fox.

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Danish comedian Sofie Hagen, who taught herself English to get herself close to Westlife, winner of the Edinburgh Fringe Newcomer prize, and co-host of The Guilty Feminist, donates the manifesto by film directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg that resulted in Dogme 95. Rules include no special effects, all filming was on location, and the director could not be credited. 35 films got a Dogme 95 certificate.

Jon Ablett, the curator of mollusca and cephalopoda at the Natural History Museum responsible for over seven million specimens of snails, slugs and octopuses, provides the museum with a snail glued to a board. In the 19th century the forerunner to the Natural History Museum had this, and one snail turned out to have hibernated for four years.

Kate Fox, a social anthropologist, author of Watching the English, and a woman who admits to lying to getting honest answers from people, and found out that 80% of English people apologise when someone else bumps into them, offers up some stone age selfies: namely, handprint paintings. They were thought to have been made by blowing paint while put your hand against the wall.

Broadcast details

Monday 30th January 2017
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
John Lloyd Host / Presenter
Jo Brand Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Sofie Hagen Guest
Jon Ablett Guest
Kate Fox Guest
Production team
Richard Turner Producer
James Harkin Producer

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