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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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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his new curator Sally Phillips welcome Rory Bremner; beer expert Pete Brown; and arts broadcaster Nikki Bedi.

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Nikki Bedi, host of The Arts Hour on the BBC World Service, and hosted a show called Nikki Tonight which was one of the most watched shows in India at the time and one of the most controversial programmes for giving time to a gay activist at time when homosexuality was illegal, offers the Museum Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed god in Hinduism. For her he represents sweets, patron of the arts, and remover of obstecles - although he also creates them.

Pete Brown, an author of eight books about the history of beer, including recreating the entire trip that India Pale Ale took to get to Britain, as well as formerly working in advertising for beer (right at the point the beer ads stopped being funny), donates The Moon Under Water, the best pub in the world as described by George Orwell in an 800 word essay, albeit a fictional one. The Moon Under Water is actually is based on three different pubs in London.

Rory Bremner, the impressionist, satirist, co-star of Bremner, Bird and Fortune, and who once went to restruants in South Africa by impersonating Nelson Mandela, gives Mad Jack Churchill to the Museum. He was one of the most eccentric soldiers in World War II. He was the last person in Britain to shoot someone in battle with a bow and arrow, and piped his troops into Britain. Churchill's two sons Rod and Malcolm are in the audience.

Broadcast details

Monday 8th January 2018
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
John Lloyd Host / Presenter
Sally Phillips Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Rory Bremner Guest
Pete Brown Guest
Nikki Bedi Guest
Production team
Richard Turner Producer
Anne Miller Producer

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