The Museum Of Curiosity. John Lloyd. Copyright: BBC.

The Museum Of Curiosity

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

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The Museum Of Curiosity. Image shows from L to R: Lee Mack, Benjamin Zephaniah, Kat Arney, Lucy Beaumont, John Lloyd. Copyright: BBC.

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John Lloyd and his new curator Lee Mack invite guests to submit curious items for the titular museum. With comedian Lucy Beaumont, science writer Dr Kat Arney and poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

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Benjamin Zephaniah, a performance poet who is the only person alive not royal to have a hospital ward named after them, donates the ancient art of tai chi, seemingly a combination of self-defence and slow dance, which is part of the kung-fu movement. Kung-fu actually has nothing to do with fighting (despite the song).

Dr Kat Arney, science writer, an author on two books on genetics, and who is currently writing a third book about cancer genetics, offers a corn of the cob which includes differing coloured bits of corn on it. In the 1950s, it was written about by Barbara McClintock, but she was ignored at the time. By the 1970s, people found examples in animals, and in 1983 she won the Nobel Prize.

Lucy Beaumont, an award winning comedian (after she failed a RADA audition because of her Yorkshire accent) whose first TV appearance was on Crimewatch (in a reconstruction), provides the Museum with the littlest window in the world, located in her hometown of Hull. It is 25cm long and 9cm high, and it is in a pub on a street called The Land of Green Ginger.

Broadcast details

Monday 1st October 2018
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    John Lloyd Host / Presenter
    Lee Mack Host / Presenter
    Guest cast
    Lucy Beaumont Guest
    Kat Arney (as Dr Kat Arney) Guest
    Benjamin Zephaniah Guest
    Production team
    Richard Turner Producer
    Anne Miller Producer
    Mike Turner Researcher
    Emily Jupitus Researcher

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