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The Museum Of Curiosity

BBC Radio 4 panel show where guest donate to a virtual museum. 80 episodes (pilot + 13 series), 2007 - 2018. Stars John Lloyd, Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson and others.

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Gallery 3, Episode 2 - Meeting Fourteen

With Jon Richardson stranded in Australia because of the Icelandic volcano, Dave Gorman stands in as curator. This week's guests are Madness lead singer Suggs, the poet Ruth Padel and star of Bo' Selecta! Leigh Francis.

Further details

Suggs, the lead singer of Madness, provides the museum with The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Continents, including the Crystal Palace, which attracted over 6 million people. Exhibits included an alarm clock with a gun.

The poet Ruth Padel provides the museum with a large tiger reserve by donating 10,000 tigers to John and David in order to protect them from poachers and keep them alive. The problem is that there are only about 3,000 in the wild.

Leigh Francis, the man behind Bo' Selecta!, gives the museum one of the world's greatest superheroes in the form of Spider-man. One interesting fact is that Spider-man creator Stan Lee was Romanian, just like Francis's most famous creation, Avid Merrion.


The full episode title is "Meeting Fourteen: The Great Exhibition, 10,000 Tigers & Spider-man".

Broadcast details

Monday 17th May 2010
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    John Lloyd Host / Presenter
    Dave Gorman Host / Presenter
    Guest cast
    Graham McPherson (as Suggs) Guest
    Ruth Padel Guest
    Leigh Francis Guest
    Production team
    Richard Turner Producer
    Dan Schreiber Producer

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