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The Museum Of Curiosity

The Museum Of Curiosity

  • Radio panel show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2007 - 2023
  • 106 episodes (17 series)

Radio panel show in which John Lloyd and his curators try to fill up their museum with curious objects. Also features Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Dave Gorman, Jimmy Carr and more.

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Gallery 15, Episode 2 - Meeting Eighty-Nine

John Lloyd and Alice Levine are joined by comedian Suzi Ruffell, chef Ainsley Harriott and Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding, who donate a Dutch upright bicycle, the welwitschia mirabilis plant and the Victoria Falls.

Further details

Suzi Ruffell, comedian, dyslexic, and podcaster with the LGBT show Out, donates a Dutch upright bicycle. The bike allows her to cycle without hurting her back, and she describes it as the Jeep of bicycles. To this day, no-one knows for certain how bikes stay upright.

Ainsley Harriott, celebrity chef, TV host and a man who blacked out a hotel using six ovens, offers up the welwitschia mirabilis, a plant in the Namibia desert that has been around since the dinosaurs and was voted the 4th ugliest plant in the world.

Helen Fielding, the novelist behind the Bridget Jones books, as well as Mills and Boon novels, provides the Victoria Falls. The water that falls creates a "smoke that thunders", as well as "moonbows".

Broadcast details

Monday 14th September 2020
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 20th September 2020 12:00pm Radio 4
Monday 21st September 2020 7:30am Radio 4 Extra
Monday 21st September 2020 5:30pm Radio 4 Extra
Monday 21st September 2020 10:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Tuesday 22nd September 2020 5:30am Radio 4 Extra
Friday 20th January 2023 9:00am Radio 4 Extra
Friday 20th January 2023 2:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Saturday 21st January 2023 5:00am Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

John Lloyd Host / Presenter
Alice Levine Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Suzi Ruffell Guest
Ainsley Harriott Guest
Helen Fielding Guest
Production team
Anne Miller Producer
Victoria Lloyd Executive Producer
David Thomas Editor
Mike Turner Researcher
Emily Jupitus Researcher
Mike Shephard (as Mike Shepherd) Researcher
Lydia Mizon Researcher

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