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


Episode menu

Gallery 4, Episode 1 - Meeting Nineteen

John Lloyd (Professor of Ignorance at the University of Buckingham) and his new curator Dave Gorman try and fill up their empty fourth gallery with some interesting exhibits. Donations come from stand-up Jimmy Carr, mathematician Alex Bellos and atheist theologian Francesca Stavrakopoulou.

Further details

The theologian Francesca Stavrakopoulou, who in the past has written books about such light hearted subjects as human sacrifice, donates God to the museum, which is odd seeing as how she does not believe in him.

The journalist and mathematician Alex Bellos gives to the museum a Curta calculator, a hand cranked calculating machine which quite literally crunches numbers.

The stand-up comedian Jimmy Carr decided to donate a book containing all the jokes in the world, and we come across the oldest joke known to humankind.

Broadcast details

Monday 3rd October 2011
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

John Lloyd Host / Presenter
Dave Gorman Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Jimmy Carr Guest
Alex Bellos Guest
Francesca Stavrakopoulou Guest
Production team
Richard Turner Producer
Dan Schreiber Producer
James Harkin Researcher
Molly Oldfield Researcher


Professor of Ignorance and owner of The Museum of Curiosity John Lloyd (perhaps better known as the producer of Blackadder and QI) returns with a new curator, Dave Gorman, to help extract descriptions of bequests from prospective benefactors. This episode's objects are donated by atheist theologian Francesca Stavrakopoulou, mathematician Alex Bellos and comedian Jimmy Carr. These highly intelligent guests are happy to sink to unimaginable depths of taste in both their conversation and their choices, but it makes for truly wicked comedy - especially when one guest bequeaths God!

Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 3rd October 2011

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