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The Museum Of Curiosity

The Museum Of Curiosity

  • Radio panel show
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2007 - 2021
  • 100 episodes (16 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.

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Gallery 5, Episode 1 - Meeting Twenty-Five

New curator Jimmy Carr joins John Lloyd (Professor of Ignorance at the University of Buckingham) as The Museum of Curiosity opens its fifth gallery. This week's donations come from dipteroligist (fly expert) Erica McAlister, rheumatologist Jan Bondeson and pub landlord Al Murray.

Further details

Dr. Erica McAlister, the woman is amongst other things in charge of the world's largest collection of dead flies, donates a dung pat to The Museum of Curiosity. It turns out that "poo is very selective" in terms of what insects it attracts.

The comedian, history fan and "pub landlord" Al Murray gives to the Museum a real and a metaphorical travellator, which he claims respents just about all aspects of humanity, good and bad, and the law of unintended consequences.

Rheumatologist and fan of the eccentric Jan Bondeson offers the Professor and Jimmy a security coffin, a coffin which allows you to easily escape from it if it turns out you are not actually dead.

Broadcast details

Monday 1st October 2012
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 7th October 2012 12:00pm Radio 4
Monday 8th October 2012 7:30am Radio 4 Extra
Monday 8th October 2012 10:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Friday 15th April 2016 9:00am Radio 4 Extra
Friday 15th April 2016 4:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Saturday 16th April 2016 4:00am Radio 4 Extra
Tuesday 8th January 2019 4:00pm Radio 4 Extra
Wednesday 9th January 2019 4:00am Radio 4 Extra

Cast & crew

John Lloyd Host / Presenter
Jimmy Carr Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Erica McAlister Guest
Al Murray Guest
Jan Bondeson Guest
Production team
Richard Turner Producer
Dan Schreiber Producer
James Harkin Researcher
Stevyn Colgan Researcher


This deliciously funny series returns with chief curator John Lloyd (producer of Not the Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image and QI), ably assisted by Jimmy Carr. The duo ask guests including Al Murray to donate objects of curiosity, with laugh-out-loud comedic effect guaranteed.

Jane Anderson, Radio Times, 1st October 2012

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