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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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John Lloyd and Jo Brand are joined by comedian Deborah Frances-White, bumble-bee expert Dr. Dave Goulson, and comic actor and Time Team presenter Sir Tony Robinson.

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Deborah Frances-White, comedian, co-host of The Guilty Feminist podcast, and whose past stand-up shows have dealt with her experiences being a teenage Jehovah's Witness and trying to track down her biological family, donates to the Museum the first Englishwoman to make a living as a professional published poet: Emilia Lanier. Among the poems she published include a proto-feminist reading of the Bible.

Dave Goulson, fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, professor of biology at the University of Sussex where he is an expert on bumblebees, and a man who has attempted to create a wildlife sanctuary in France, offers up a pair of virgin death watch beetles. These beetles get their name from their love cry, which people used to think was the sound of the Devil tapping his fingers while waiting for someone to die.

Sir Tony Robinson, comic actor, star of Blackadder, and presenter of countless history programmes including Time Team, Time Walks and The Worst Jobs in History provides an alabaster statue of four soldiers from the First World War coming out of the trenches - except on closer inspection these soldiers are Captain Blackadder, Captain Darling, Lieutenant George and Private Baldrick from Blackadder Goes Forth. The ending for the series was made harder by the fact they had to finish by 10pm and the poor quality polystyrene set meant the cast bounced when they fell to the ground.

Broadcast details

Monday 6th February 2017
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
John Lloyd Host / Presenter
Jo Brand Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Deborah Frances-White Guest
Dave Goulson Guest
Tony Robinson Guest
Production team
Richard Turner Producer
James Harkin Producer

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