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

The Museum Of Curiosity

BBC Radio 4 panel show where guest donate to a virtual museum. 80 episodes (pilot + 13 series), 2007 - 2019. Stars John Lloyd, Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson and others.

Another series is in development.

Gallery 2, Episode 3 - Meeting Nine

With biologist Rupert Sheldrake, historian Bettany Hughes and stand-up comedian and star of The Thick of It Chris Addison.

Further details

The ancient historian Bettany Hughes donates Helen of Troy to the museum, which leads to the subject of the "Millihelen", a unit of measurement which states how much beauty it takes to launch a single ship.

Comedian Chris Addison gives the museum the golf club that astronaut Alan Shepard took to the Moon with him so that he could play while visiting the heavenly body.

Controversial biologist Rupert Sheldrake donates a sheep rolling over a cattle gird as an example of his theory of morphic resonance: the idea that animals on one side of the world learn to do something on the other side within just a few days.


The full episode title is "Meeting Nine - Rooms 73-75: Helen of Troy, Alan Shepard's Six Iron & A Sheep Rolling Over a Cattlegrid".

Broadcast details

Monday 18th May 2009
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    John Lloyd Host / Presenter
    Sean Lock Host / Presenter
    Guest cast
    Chris Addison Guest
    Bettany Hughes Guest
    Rupert Sheldrake Guest
    Production team
    Richard Turner Producer
    Dan Schreiber Producer
    James Harkin Researcher
    Molly Oldfield Researcher

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