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

The Museum Of Curiosity

BBC Radio 4 panel show where guests donate to a virtual museum. 91 episodes (pilot + 15 series), 2007 - 2020. Stars John Lloyd, Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson and others.

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Joining John Lloyd and Sarah Millican this week are comic Matt Lucas, neuroscientist Prof. Sophie Scott, and Gogglebox's chess grandmaster William Hartston.

Further details

William Hartston, a chess grandmaster, master of mathematics, author of a huge number of books including the subject of numbers, and star of Gogglebox, donates to The Museum of Curiosity something from his greatest achievement - a black pawn that was on top of an entire pile of chess pieces balancing on top of one rook.

Prof. Sophie Scott, a neuroscientist at University College London, who is researching everything from why people's accent change when they suffer brain damage, to studying laughter under laboratory conditions, provides the Museum with a human tongue, which is different just about every other tongue in nature, mainly because we can speak with it.

Matt Lucas, the star of Little Britain, Pompidou, The Matt Lucas Awards, and the Shooting Stars as the man with the scores George Dawes, offers a fart, because it is something that we all do (with the possible exception of celebrities like Mr. Lucas).


This and episode six were swapped around to avoid Susan Calman's appearance clashing with her appearance on The News Quiz that week.

Broadcast details

Monday 8th February 2016
BBC Radio 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
John Lloyd Host / Presenter
Sarah Millican Host / Presenter
Guest cast
Matt Lucas Guest
Sophie Scott Guest
William Hartston Guest
Production team
Richard Turner Producer
James Harkin Producer


Rufus Hound's austerity & NHS rant

This happened during a The Museum of Curiosity recording and naturally had to be cut from the broadcast version. It's Rufus's "Network" moment, and it's so straight from the heart that it gave me goosebumps.

Featuring: John Lloyd, Rufus Hound.


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