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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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Gallery 3, Episode 1 - Meeting Thirteen

The third gallery of the museum now opens with new curator Jon Richardson working alongside John Lloyd, Professor of Ignorance at the University of Buckingham.

With Discworld creator Terry Pratchett, cosmologist Marcus Chown, and Iranian-born stand-up comedienne Shappi Khorsandi.

Further details

Marcus Chown, the cosmology correspondent for New Scientist magazine donates the Omega Point to the museum, which is a possible theory on how the universe will end which also involves a more scientific explanation for the afterlife.

Comedian Shappi Khorsandi offers a comedian herself, in the form of Charlie Chaplin, a comic who inspired Khorsandi when at the age of 11 she saw his film The Great Dictator, in which Chaplin satirised Hitler and the Nazis.

Discworld author Sir Terry Pratchett offers the museum an idea from his novel Thief of Time. It is a machine called a "procrastinator" which is a device which banks any spare time we have so that we can use it later for when we need as much time as possible.


The full episode title is "Meeting Thirteen: The Omega Point, Charlie Chaplin & The Procrastinator".

Broadcast details

Monday 10th May 2010
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    John Lloyd Host / Presenter
    Jon Richardson Host / Presenter
    Guest cast
    Marcus Chown Guest
    Shappi Khorsandi Guest
    Terry Pratchett (as Sir Terry Pratchett) Guest
    Production team
    Richard Turner Producer
    Dan Schreiber Producer
    James Harkin Researcher

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