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Sally Phillips confirmed as curator of The Museum Of Curiosity 12

Monday 11th September 2017, 2:56pm

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Radio 4 has confirmed that Sally Phillips will join host John Lloyd for the twelfth series of The Museum Of Curiosity.

Each episode of the Rose d'Or award winning show sees three panellists joining the host and a 'curator' to submit an item which fascinates them into the Museum's imaginary wings. Donations so far have included Helen of Troy, a bubble, the urge to press red buttons and the smell of coffee.

The Smack The Pony and Clare In The Community star will take on the role of 'curator' when the new series is recorded in October, following in the footsteps of previous assistants, who have recently included Romesh Ranganathan, Jo Brand, Noel Fielding and Sarah Millican.

Phillips has previously appeared as a guest on the show. In the last series she donated yarn-bombing, in the form of a "museum cozy", to the fictional institution.

Sally Phillips says: "I couldn't be more thrilled to be the next in a long line of distinguished sidekicks to the wonderful Mr John Lloyd and on such a brilliant show. Museum Of Curiosity is as mind-blowing as it is hilarious and it has long been a career goal to work with John, the only non-Finn who has both won BAFTAs and written a dictionary of place-names in Finnish."

John Lloyd comments: "Sally is one of my all-time favourite comedy performers and I'm looking forward, as usual, to being much less funny than the latest of a long line of distinguished and delightful curators."

The six-part new series will begin recording at the BBC Radio Theatre from Friday 6th October (free tickets) for broadcast on Radio 4 in early 2018.


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The Museum Of Curiosity - The Complete Series One To Four

The Museum Of Curiosity - The Complete Series One To Four

The Museum Of Curiosity is BBC Radio 4's monumental comedy edifice, and the only one with gargoyles in the foyer. It allows nothing inside that doesn't make you scratch your head, stroke your chin or, at the very least, go 'Hmm'. Fortunately, helping to fill its vacant plinths is a gathering of the world's most original minds.

Among the guests bearing donations to the museum in these 25 episodes are Neil Gaiman, Sarah Millican, Clive James, Kate Adie, Sir Terry Pratchett, Ronni Ancona, Jon Ronson, Bettany Hughes, Ben Elton, Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Alain de Botton, Charlotte Uhlenbroek, Alistair Fothergill, Ruth Padel, Jonathan Miller, Lucie Green, Marcus du Sautoy, Sara Wheeler, Brian Eno, Shappi Khorsandi, John Hodgman, Chris Addison, Roger Law, Tim Minchin, Philip Pullman, Richard Wiseman, Victoria Finlay, Simon Singh, Jimmy Carr, Graham Linehan, Sarah Bakewell, Robin Ince, David Eagleman, Natalie Haynes, Brian Blessed, Alan Davies, Gareth Edwards, Martha Reeves, Harry Enfield, Helen Scales, Admiral Alan West & many more.

In addition to all the episodes from the first four series, a previously unbroadcast pilot episode, The Professor Of Curiosity, is also included.

First released: Saturday 5th December 2015

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The Museum Of Curiosity - The Complete Series Five To Eight

The Museum Of Curiosity - The Complete Series Five To Eight

Join Professor John Lloyd and curators Jimmy Carr, Humphrey Ker, Phill Jupitus and Sarah Millican as they plunge down the badger hole of ignorance in a search for the universe's most mind-boggling oddnesses.

The Museum Of Curiosity is BBC Radio 4's monumental comedy edifice and the only one with gargoyles in the foyer. It allows nothing inside that doesn't make you scratch your head, stroke your chin or, at the very least, go 'hmm'. Fortunately, helping to fill its almost vacant plinths is a gathering of the world's most original minds.

Among the guests bearing donations to the museum in these 25 episodes are Al Murray, Jo Brand, Pamela Stephenson-Connolly, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Sara Pascoe, Mark Watson, Richard Ingrams, Richard Herring, Cleo Rocos, Paul Sinha, David Frost, Richard Osman, Sandi Toksvig, Rich Hall, Clive Anderson, Neil Innes, Ken Dodd, Henry Blofeld, Tim Smit, Rufus Hound, Matt Lucas, Susan Calman and many more.

In addition to all the episodes from Sseries 5-8, the 2015 'Coding Special' is also included.

First released: Thursday 2nd February 2017

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