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The Museum Of Curiosity

BBC Radio 4 panel show where guest donate to a virtual museum. 73 episodes (pilot + 12 series), 2007 - 2018. Stars John Lloyd, Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson and others.

Gallery 3, Episode 5 - Meeting Seventeen

With explorer Sir Robin Hanbury-Tenison, autistic savant Daniel Tammet and impressionist Ronni Ancona.

Full synopsis

In a special episode, the museum is looking for new members of staff. As a result, all the donations are curious people.

Impressionist and actress Ronni Ancona donates several medical people. One is Dr. Barry Marshall to the museum, who was the man who found the bacterium that caused stomach ulcers. He proved it by consuming the bacteria and giving himself an ulcer. She also donates Dr. Humphrey Davy, inventor of the Davy lamp, discovered more elements than anyone else, and got addicted to laughing gas.

Autistic savant, speaker of 11 languages (one he invented himself) and record holder for remembering pi to the most number of places, Daniel Tammet, gives the museum Saul Bellow, a novelist who used his live for the subject of his books. These include Herzog, which includes a character based on his second wife's adulterer.

Explorer Sir Robin Hanbury-Tenison provides the museum his best friend Nyapun, who acted as Robin's guide on several of his trips, who is an expert in many areas, just processed very little - mainly a blowpipe. He also help defend his Malay from the Japanese.


The full episode title is "Meeting Seventeen: Barry Marshall, Humphrey Davy, Saul Bellow & Nyapun".

Broadcast details

Monday 7th June 2010
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


  1. Sunday 13th June 2010 at 12:00pm on Radio 4
  2. Thursday 3rd May 2012 at 9:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  3. Friday 4th May 2012 at 2:30am on Radio 4 Extra
  4. Friday 26th December 2014 at 9:00am on Radio 4 Extra
  5. Friday 26th December 2014 at 6:00pm on Radio 4 Extra
  6. Saturday 27th December 2014 at 1:00am on Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

Regular cast
John Lloyd Host / Presenter
Jon Richardson Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Robin Hanbury-Tenison Guest
Ronni Ancona Guest
Daniel Tammet Guest
Production team
Richard Turner Producer
Dan Schreiber Producer

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