The Museum Of Curiosity

Professor John Lloyd and the curator host a panel show in which three distinguished guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum.

Curios can range from a subatomic particle to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

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John Lloyd and Noel Fielding are joined by Ross Noble, Dr Mike Shanahan and Susie Dent.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Noel Fielding welcome the freewheeling superstar Geordie comedian Ross Noble; science journalist and rainforest ecologist Dr Mike Shanahan; and the famous, renowned, celebrated, prominent and popular lexicographer from Countdown, Susie Dent.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee appreciate the significance of figs; the joys of long-distance football; and thoughts of an 18th Century spy.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and Anne Miller of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his newest new curator Sarah Millican welcome:

- Matt Parker, who left Australia to teach maths in the UK before joining the Festival of the Spoken Nerd comedy group. He is a regular on Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage, presents the Discovery Channel's You Have Been Warned and has shown off his Rubik's Cube skills on CBBC's How to Be Epic at Everything. His latest book Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension explores such topics as the fairest way to cut a pizza and the most efficient way to tie your shoelaces. Matt's favourite numbers are 496, 3,435 and 2,025.

- Eben Upton, who in 2006 conceived the idea of the Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized fully-programmable computer that went on sale in 2011 and has since sold more than 5 million, becoming the fastest-selling British personal computer in history. MIT has since named him one of the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35 and he has been awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal.

- Sydney Padua, a Canadian graphic novelist and animator and who has worked on blockbuster movies such as The Illusionist, Clash of the Titans and John Carter as well as teaching at the Animation Workshop in Denmark and at the University of Middlesex. Most recently she has written and illustrated The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, a New York Times bestselling graphic novel in which 19th century computer pioneers Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage build a vast mechanical computer - and use it to fight crime for Queen Victoria.

This week, the Museum's Steering Committee discusses computers made with dominoes, praises the mother of all computer programs and reveals that the first computer bug was actually a moth.

The show was researched by Anne Miller and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin and was a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

John Lloyd and Sarah Millican are joined by Matt Parker, Eben Upton and Sydney Padua.

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Professor John Lloyd and the curator host a panel show in which three distinguished guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum.

Curios can range from a subatomic particle to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.With Sean Lock, Brian Blessed and Richard Fortey

John Lloyd and Bill Bailey host a panel show in which three distinguished guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum. Curios can range from a subatomic particle to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

With Sean Lock, Brian Blessed and Richard Fortey

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Ben Elton, Fran Beauman, Prof Gary Sheffield

John Lloyd and Bill Bailey host a panel show in which three distinguished guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum. Curios can range from a subatomic particle to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

With Ben Elton, Fran Beauman and Prof Gary Sheffield

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Arthur Smith, Ronald Hutton, Frank Close

John Lloyd and Bill Bailey host a panel show in which three distinguished guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum. Curios can range from a subatomic particle to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

With Arthur Smith, Ronald Hutton and Frank Close

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Kevin Day, Alistair Fothergill, Victoria Finlay

John Lloyd and Bill Bailey host a panel show in which three distinguished guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum. Curios can range from a subatomic particle to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

With Kevin Day, Alistair Fothergill and Victoria Finlay

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Jonathan Miller, Marcus Du Sautoy, Philip Ball

John Lloyd and Bill Bailey host a panel show in which three distinguished guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum. Curios can range from a subatomic particle to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

5/6. With Jonathan Miller, Marcus Du Sautoy and Philip Ball

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Alan Davies, Martha Reeves, John Gribbin

John Lloyd and Bill Bailey host a panel show in which three distinguished guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum. Curios can range from a subatomic particle to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

With Alan Davies, Martha Reeves and John Gribbin

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John Lloyd and Sean Lock's guests are Brian Eno, Chris Donald and Dave Gorman.

John Lloyd and Sean Lock host a panel show in which three distinguished guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum.

John and Sean's guests are Brian Eno, Chris Donald and Dave Gorman.

Brian Eno, Chris Donald, Dave Gorman

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Tim FitzHigham, Simon Singh and Gavin Pretor-pinney donate items to the imaginary museum.

John Lloyd and Sean Lock host a panel show in which three distinguished guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum.

Tim FitzHigham, Simon Singh and Gavin Pretor-pinney donate Don Quixote, a pigeon-spattered telescope and an extremely rare cloud.

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Chris Addison, Bettany Hughes and Rupert Sheldrake suggest exhibits to the museum.

John Lloyd and Sean Lock host a panel show in which three distinguished guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum.

Chris Addison, Rupert Sheldrake and Bettany Hughes donate objects of extreme interest to the world's most eclectic museum.

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John Lloyd and Sean Lock host a panel show in which three guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum.

With John Hodgman, Oliver James and Charlotte Uhlenbroek.

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John Lloyd invites Oliver James, John Hodgman and Charlotte Uhlenbroek to submit exhibits.

John Lloyd invites Oliver James, John Hodgman and Charlotte Uhlenbroek to submit exhibits. With Sean Lock. From May 2009.

John Lloyd and Sean Lock host a panel show in which three guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum. With John Hodgman, Oliver James and Charlotte Uhlenbroek.

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With Kate Adie, Jon Richardson and Roger Law.

John Lloyd and Sean Lock host a panel show in which three guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum.

Kate Adie, Jon Richardson, Roger Law

John Lloyd and Sean Lock host, with guests Jon Richardson, Roger Law and Kate Adie.

John Lloyd and Sean Lock invite guests Jon Richardson, Roger Law and Kate Adie to increase the collection. From June 2009.

John Lloyd and Sean Lock host a panel show in which three guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum. With Kate Adie, Jon Richardson and Roger Law.

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Three distinguished guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum.

John Lloyd and Sean Lock host a panel show in which three guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum.

With Clive James, Tim Minchin and Philip Pullman.

From 2009.

With Clive James, and Philip Pullman

John Lloyd and Sean Lock invite guests Tim Minchin, Philip Pullman and Clive James to add to the collection. From June 2009.

John Lloyd and Sean Lock invite guests Tim Minchin, Philip Pullman and Clive James.

John Lloyd and Sean Lock host a panel show in which three guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum. With Clive James, Tim Minchin and Philip Pullman. From 2009.

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John Lloyd and Sean Lock invite guests Tim Minchin, Philip Pullman and Clive James.

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Guests Marcus Chown, Shappi Khorsandi and Sir Terry Pratchett to add to the collection.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

Prepare to have your synapses twisted into a string theorist's nightmare, as Professor Lloyd and his new curator, the startlingly insightful comedian Jon Richardson, hurriedly throw the dust covers off the Museum's clump of empty plinths for a brand new series of the BBC's most improving comedy panel show.

This week, fantasy novelist Sir Terry Pratchett offers them a Secret And Personal Extra Day Of The Week; cosmologist and author Marcus Chown donates a bizarre but plausible scientific theory of the afterlife known as the Enigma Point; and Shappi Khorsandi has somehow finds herself in a position to offer none other than Charlie Chaplin.

Prepare to have your synapses twisted into a string theorist's nightmare, as Professor Lloyd and his new curator, the startlingly insightful comedian Jon Richardson, hurriedly throw the dust covers off the Museum's clump of empty plinths for a brand new series of the BBC's most improving comedy panel show.

This week, fantasy novelist Sir Terry Pratchett offers them a Secret And Personal Extra Day Of The Week; cosmologist and author Marcus Chown donates a bizarre but plausible scientific theory of the afterlife known as the Enigma Point; and Shappi Khorsandi has somehow finds herself in a position to offer none other than Charlie Chaplin.

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John Lloyd and Dave Gorman accept offers from Leigh Francis, Ruth Padel and Suggs.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

While Jon Richardson is detained by the volcano Eyjafjallajokull, John Lloyd is joined by emergency guest curator Dave Gorman to welcome poet Ruth Padel, Madness frontman Suggs and Bo Selecta comedian Leigh Francis, who are offering us the Great Exhibition of 1851, a tiger reserve and some Spidermans, and all for public display.

John Lloyd is joined by guest curator Dave Gorman, with Ruth Padel, Suggs, Leigh Francis.

While Jon Richardson is detained by the volcano Eyjafjallajokull, John Lloyd is joined by emergency guest curator Dave Gorman to welcome poet Ruth Padel, Madness frontman Suggs and Bo Selecta comedian Leigh Francis, who are offering us the Great Exhibition of 1851, a tiger reserve and some Spidermans, and all for public display.

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John Lloyd invites Kevin Eldon, John Ronson and Richard Wiseman to add to the collection.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

John Lloyd invites guests Kevin Eldon, John Ronson and Richard Wiseman to add to the imaginary collection. From May 2010.

This week, John and Jon are joined by ex-magician and psychology professor Richard Wiseman, out-of-his-depth" humorous journalist Jon Ronson and comedy actor Kevin Eldon"

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John Lloyd and Jon Richardson host a panel show in which Michael Welland, Sarah Bakewell and Simon Evans donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum.

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With polymath Daniel Tammet, explorer Robin Hanbury-tenison and comedian Ronni Ancona.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John receives offerings from polymath Daniel Tammet, explorer Robin Hanbury-tenison and comedian Ronni Ancona. From June 2010.

With author and prodigious savant Daniel Tammet, explorer Robin Hanbury-tenison and comedian Ronni Ancona

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David Eagleman, Neil Gaiman and Sarah Millican to add to the collection.

John Lloyd invites guests David Eagleman, Neil Gaiman and Sarah Millican to add to the collection. From June 2010.

With author and neuroscientist David Eagleman, author and screenwriter Neil Gaiman and comedian Sarah Millican

David Eagleman, Neil Gaiman and Sarah Millican add to the collection.

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John Lloyd invites guests David Eagleman, Neil Gaiman and Sarah Millican to add to the collection. From June 2010.

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David Eagleman, Neil Gaiman and Sarah Millican to add to the collection.

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John Lloyd and Dave Gorman with Jimmy Carr, Francesca Stavrakopoulou and Alex Bellos.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

The Museum of Curiosity is, as ever, hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd (now with added C.B.E). For this, the fourth series, he is joined by the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman as his Curator. Dave is the latest in a line of illustrious Museum curators: Bill Bailey, Sean Lock and Jon Richardson.

The Museum of Curiosity has a unique method for collecting exhibits. Once a week it welcomes three luminaries from widely different specialist fields and asks them to bring with them their most treasured items to donate.

The Museum's collection already boasts The Big Bang When It Was The Size Of A Grapefruit; A Pineapple; A Yard Of Silence; Nothing; A British Railways Bridge Plate; A Telepathic Sheep; A Chimpanzee Rain Dance; An Impossible Rabbit; A Gay Bomb; A Choir Of Singing Sand Dunes; National Ignorance Day (of which we know nothing); and An Icelandic Volcano (long before they were fashionable).

In the first of the new series, John and Dave are joined by comedian Jimmy Carr; documentary maker, theologian (and atheist) Francesca Stavrakapoulou; and the mathematician, Guardian South America correspondent and football author Alex Bellos.

The museum's guests later in the rest of the series are:

Philosopher Alain de Botton
Linguist David Crystal
Filmmaker Gareth Edwards
Comedian Harry Enfield
Solar physicist Lucie Green
Classically-trained comedian Natalie Haynes
New Scientist Editor Roger Highfield
Comedian Alex Horne
Rational Comedian Robin Ince
Graham Linehan
Data Miner David McCandless
Marine biologist Helen Scales
Advertising guru Rory Sutherland
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Polar explorer Sara Wheeler.

The Museum of Curiosity is, as ever, hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd (now with added C.B.E). For this, the fourth series, he is joined by the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman as his Curator. Dave is the latest in a line of illustrious Museum curators: Bill Bailey, Sean Lock and Jon Richardson.

The Museum of Curiosity has a unique method for collecting exhibits. Once a week it welcomes three luminaries from widely different specialist fields and asks them to bring with them their most treasured items to donate.

The Museum's collection already boasts The Big Bang When It Was The Size Of A Grapefruit; A Pineapple; A Yard Of Silence; Nothing; A British Railways Bridge Plate; A Telepathic Sheep; A Chimpanzee Rain Dance; An Impossible Rabbit; A Gay Bomb; A Choir Of Singing Sand Dunes; National Ignorance Day (of which we know nothing); and An Icelandic Volcano (long before they were fashionable).

In the first of the new series, John and Dave are joined by comedian Jimmy Carr; documetary maker, theologian (and atheist) Francesca Stavrakapoulou; and the mathematician, Guardian South America correspondent and football author Alex Bellos.

The museum's guests later in the rest of the series are:

Philosopher Alain de Botton

Linguist David Crystal

Filmmaker Gareth Edwards

Comedian Harry Enfield

Solar physicist Lucie Green

Classically-trained comedian Natalie Haynes

New Scientist Editor Roger Highfield

Comedian Alex Horne

Rational Comedian Robin Ince

Graham Linehan

Data Miner David McCandless

Marine biologist Helen Scales

Advertising guru Rory Sutherland

Admiral Alan William John West, Baron West of Spithead GCB DSC PC

Polar explorer Sara Wheeler.

Enter the vast imaginary museum of incredible exhibits donated by our comedy panel.

In the first of the new series, John and Dave are joined by comedian Jimmy Carr; documentary maker, theologian (and atheist) Francesca Stavrakapoulou; and the mathematician, Guardian South America correspondent and football author Alex Bellos.

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John Lloyd and curator Dave Gorman welcome exhibits from Graham Linehan among others.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E. and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

This week's guests:

Coming from a long line of vicars, Robin Ince is the UK's most rational comedian, and he tests his reason to the limit once every year by performing at least four shows a day at the Edinburgh fringe. His infamous Bad Book Club, which in which he invites his fellow comedians to celebrate awful literature, has become an institution, and his massive Christmas show Nine Lessons and Carols For Godless People is now a huge event, featuring the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Dara O Briain and Richard Dawkins.

Roger Highfield is a scientist, science author and the editor of New Scientist, but if you met him, you wouldn't immediately guess that science is his thing. He's jolly and worldly and has the hearty laugh of a comic supervillain. He first made his name as a scientist be being the first person ever to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble. Roger has written and co-written 9 best-selling science books, including a book on the hows and whys of Dolly the sheep, an explanation of the science of Harry Potter and a biography of Einstein.

Gareth Edwards is a filmmaker whose success and methods of achieving it have sent ripples of fear through the studios of Hollywood. His movie Monsters is an apocalyptic blockbuster which he made for one five hundredth of the budget for Avatar by shooting with a small, mobile team, hiring non-actors on the spot and using dazzling-but-cheap CGI effects.

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John Lloyd and Dave Gorman are joined by Graham Linehan, Helen Scales and Rory Sutherland.

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E.

and comedian Dave Gorman.

This week's guests:

Graham Linehan is one of the UK's best comedy writers: Father Ted, Big Train, Black Books and The IT Crowd.

It should come as no surprise that Graham is an extremely intelligent and funny man, but you'll only get that confirmed here, because Graham appears as a panellist far less often than he should.

It's as if his charm and wit are not small but far away.

He's also a major presence on the social networking scene.

According to Graham "Facebook was John the Baptist - Twitter is the Real Deal".

We seriously do recommend following him.

His Twitter ID is @glinner.

Helen Scales is a marine biologist at Cambridge University.

Her passion is getting amongst the creatures of the Deep.

Hooked on diving since she first entered the freezing waters of a murky lake in Leicestershire in her teens, she now travels the world, often "freediving" (without scuba equipment) in much warmer waters around coral reefs all over the world.

She broadcasts regularly as part of the "Naked Scientists" team who make an outstanding series for BBC local radio for the whole of East Anglia.

Rory Sutherland is the Creative Director at Ogilvy UK and the advertising industry's most influential spokesman.

As a junior copywriter at Ogilvy, he worked on Microsoft's account in the days when you had to tell people who Microsoft were, and was among the first in the traditional ad world to see the potential of the internet.

He writes a blog at Campaign's Brand Republic site and his own column "The Wiki Man" at The Spectator.

He's also an inveterate Tweeter.

Rory's understanding of advertising goes far deeper than you'd ever expect.

He certainly sold himself to us.

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E. and comedian Dave Gorman.

Graham Linehan is one of the UK's best comedy writers: Father Ted, Big Train, Black Books and The IT Crowd. It should come as no surprise that Graham is an extremely intelligent and funny man, but you'll only get that confirmed here, because Graham appears as a panellist far less often than he should. It's as if his charm and wit are not small but far away. He's also a major presence on the social networking scene. According to Graham "Facebook was John the Baptist - Twitter is the Real Deal". We seriously do recommend following him. His Twitter ID is @glinner.

Helen Scales is a marine biologist at Cambridge University. Her passion is getting amongst the creatures of the Deep. Hooked on diving since she first entered the freezing waters of a murky lake in Leicestershire in her teens, she now travels the world, often "freediving" (without scuba equipment) in much warmer waters around coral reefs all over the world. She broadcasts regularly as part of the "Naked Scientists" team who make an outstanding series for BBC local radio for the whole of East Anglia.

Rory Sutherland is the Creative Director at Ogilvy UK and the advertising industry's most influential spokesman. As a junior copywriter at Ogilvy, he worked on Microsoft's account in the days when you had to tell people who Microsoft were, and was among the first in the traditional ad world to see the potential of the internet. He writes a blog at Campaign's Brand Republic site and his own column "The Wiki Man" at The Spectator. He's also an inveterate Tweeter. Rory's understanding of advertising goes far deeper than you'd ever expect. He certainly sold himself to us.

John Lloyd and curator Dave Gorman welcome exhibits from Graham Linehan among others.

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E. and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

Coming from a long line of vicars, Robin Ince is the UK's most rational comedian, and he tests his reason to the limit once every year by performing at least four shows a day at the Edinburgh fringe. His infamous Bad Book Club, which in which he invites his fellow comedians to celebrate awful literature, has become an institution, and his massive Christmas show Nine Lessons and Carols For Godless People is now a huge event, featuring the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Dara O Briain and Richard Dawkins.

Roger Highfield is a scientist, science author and the editor of New Scientist, but if you met him, you wouldn't immediately guess that science is his thing. He's jolly and worldly and has the hearty laugh of a comic supervillain. He first made his name as a scientist be being the first person ever to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble. Roger has written and co-written 9 best-selling science books, including a book on the hows and whys of Dolly the sheep, an explanation of the science of Harry Potter and a biography of Einstein.

Gareth Edwards is a filmmaker whose success and methods of achieving it have sent ripples of fear through the studios of Hollywood. His movie Monsters is an apocalyptic blockbuster which he made for one five hundredth of the budget for Avatar by shooting with a small, mobile team, hiring non-actors on the spot and using dazzling-but-cheap CGI effects.

Coming from a long line of vicars, Robin Ince is the UK's most rational comedian, and he tests his reason to the limit once every year by performing at least four shows a day at the Edinburgh fringe. His infamous Bad Book Club, which in which he invites his fellow comedians to celebrate awful literature, has become an institution, and his massive Christmas show Nine Lessons and Carols For Godless People is now a huge event, feating the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Dara O Briain and Richard Dawkins.

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John Lloyd and Dave Gorman receive exhibits as donations to their infinitely vast museum.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E. and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

This week's guests:

Coming from a long line of vicars, Robin Ince is the UK's most rational comedian, and he tests his reason to the limit once every year by performing at least four shows a day at the Edinburgh fringe. His infamous Bad Book Club, which in which he invites his fellow comedians to celebrate awful literature, has become an institution, and his massive Christmas show Nine Lessons and Carols For Godless People is now a huge event, featuring the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Dara O Briain and Richard Dawkins.

Roger Highfield is a scientist, science author and the editor of New Scientist, but if you met him, you wouldn't immediately guess that science is his thing. He's jolly and worldly and has the hearty laugh of a comic supervillain. He first made his name as a scientist be being the first person ever to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble. Roger has written and co-written 9 best-selling science books, including a book on the hows and whys of Dolly the sheep, an explanation of the science of Harry Potter and a biography of Einstein.

Gareth Edwards is a filmmaker whose success and methods of achieving it have sent ripples of fear through the studios of Hollywood. His movie Monsters is an apocalyptic blockbuster which he made for one five hundredth of the budget for Avatar by shooting with a small, mobile team, hiring non-actors on the spot and using dazzling-but-cheap CGI effects.

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E. and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

This week's guests:

Coming from a long line of vicars, Robin Ince is the UK's most rational comedian, and he tests his reason to the limit once every year by performing at least four shows a day at the Edinburgh fringe. His infamous Bad Book Club, which in which he invites his fellow comedians to celebrate awful literature, has become an institution, and his massive Christmas show Nine Lessons and Carols For Godless People is now a huge event, feating the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Dara O Briain and Richard Dawkins.

Roger Highfield is a scientist, science author and the editor of New Scientist, but if you met him, you wouldn't immediately guess that science is his thing. He's jolly and worldly and has the hearty laugh of a comic supervillain. He first made his name as a scientist be being the first person ever to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble. Roger has written and co-written 9 best-selling science books, including a book on the hows and whys of Dolly the sheep, an explanation of the science of Harry Potter and a biography of Einstein.

Gareth Edwards is a filmmaker whose success and methods of achieving it have sent ripples of fear through the studios of Hollywood. His movie Monsters is an apocalyptic blockbuster which he made for one five hundredth of the budget for Avatar by shooting with a small, mobile team, hiring non-actors on the spot and using dazzling-but-cheap CGI effects.

Coming from a long line of vicars, Robin Ince is the UK's most rational comedian, and he tests his reason to the limit once every year by performing at least four shows a day at the Edinburgh fringe. His infamous Bad Book Club, which in which he invites his fellow comedians to celebrate awful literature, has become an institution, and his massive Christmas show Nine Lessons and Carols For Godless People is now a huge event, featuring the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Dara O Briain and Richard Dawkins.

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E.

and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

Coming from a long line of vicars, Robin Ince is the UK's most rational comedian, and he tests his reason to the limit once every year by performing at least four shows a day at the Edinburgh fringe.

His infamous Bad Book Club, which in which he invites his fellow comedians to celebrate awful literature, has become an institution, and his massive Christmas show Nine Lessons and Carols For Godless People is now a huge event, feating the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Dara O Briain and Richard Dawkins.

Roger Highfield is a scientist, science author and the editor of New Scientist, but if you met him, you wouldn't immediately guess that science is his thing.

He's jolly and worldly and has the hearty laugh of a comic supervillain.

He first made his name as a scientist be being the first person ever to bounce a neutron off a soap bubble.

Roger has written and co-written 9 best-selling science books, including a book on the hows and whys of Dolly the sheep, an explanation of the science of Harry Potter and a biography of Einstein.

Gareth Edwards is a filmmaker whose success and methods of achieving it have sent ripples of fear through the studios of Hollywood.

His movie Monsters is an apocalyptic blockbuster which he made for one five hundredth of the budget for Avatar by shooting with a small, mobile team, hiring non-actors on the spot and using dazzling-but-cheap CGI effects.

His infamous Bad Book Club, which in which he invites his fellow comedians to celebrate awful literature, has become an institution, and his massive Christmas show Nine Lessons and Carols For Godless People is now a huge event, featuring the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Dara O Briain and Richard Dawkins.

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John Lloyd and Dave Gorman with Natalie Haynes, David McCandless and David Crystal.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E. and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

This week's guests:

Natalie Haynes is an author, comedian and critic. Her book, The Ancient Guide To Modern Life is all about the wisdom and lifestyles of the ancient Greeks and Romans and uses them to give us a better perspective of our own time. Natalie is bubbling with facts and loves busting cherished myths about the classical past. Natalie is also a massive fan of detective fiction, to which she has applied her prodigious intellect. An obsessive Diagnosis Murder fan, Natalie would give up a year of her life to live in the time in which Dick Van Dyke was the "biggest star in the world".

David McCandless is a journalist and the author of Information Is Beautiful, a book which uses imaginative new ways to display complex statistical information, using novel graphics. David was also once the UK's Doom video game champion, narrowly beaten in the world final by a 14-year-old boy with a moustache.

David Crystal is the Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He is without doubt Britain's top linguist. He has written over a hundred books on the subject, including the standard texts read by every linguistics student in the country, and edited the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English language. He knows exactly how many different words there are in an average edition of the Sun, because he's counted them, knows just why people are wrong when they say that txtspk is the death of English, and once sold two dozen adjectives at a shilling each.

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E. and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

This week's guests:

Natalie Haynes is an author, comedian and critic. Her book, The Ancient Guide To Modern Life is all about the wisdom and lifestyles of the ancient Greeks and Romans and uses them to give us a better perspective of our own time. Natalie is bubbling with facts and loves busting cherished myths about the classical past. Natalie is also a massive fan of detective fiction, to which she has applied her prodigious intellect. An obsessive Diagnosis Murder fan, Natalie would give up a year of her life to live in the time in which Dick Van Dyke was the "biggest star in the world".

David McCandless is a journalist and the author of Information Is Beautiful, a book which uses imaginative new ways to display complex statistical information, using novel graphics. David was also once the UK's Doom video game champion, narrowly beaten in the world final by a 14-year-old boy with a moustache.

David Crystal is the Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He is without doubt Britain's top linguist. He has written over a hundred books on the subject, including the standard texts read by every linguistics student in the country, and edited the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English language. He knows exactly how many different words there are in an average edition of the Sun, because he's counted them, knows just why people are wrong when they say that txtspk is the death of English, and once sold two dozen adjectives at a shilling each.

0404Natalie Haynes, David Mccandless & David Crystal2011102420111031 (BBC7)

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E. and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

This week's guests:

Natalie Haynes is an author, comedian and critic. Her book, The Ancient Guide To Modern Life is all about the wisdom and lifestyles of the ancient Greeks and Romans and uses them to give us a better perspective of our own time. Natalie is bubbling with facts and loves busting cherished myths about the classical past. Natalie is also a massive fan of detective fiction, to which she has applied her prodigious intellect. An obsessive Diagnosis Murder fan, Natalie would give up a year of her life to live in the time in which Dick Van Dyke was the "biggest star in the world".

David McCandless is a journalist and the author of Information Is Beautiful, a book which uses imaginative new ways to display complex statistical information, using novel graphics. David was also once the UK's Doom video game champion, narrowly beaten in the world final by a 14-year-old boy with a moustache.

David Crystal is the Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He is without doubt Britain's top linguist. He has written over a hundred books on the subject, including the standard texts read by every linguistics student in the country, and edited the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English language. He knows exactly how many different words there are in an average edition of the Sun, because he's counted them, knows just why people are wrong when they say that txtspk is the death of English, and once sold two dozen adjectives at a shilling each.

John Lloyd and Dave Gorman with Natalie Haynes, David McCandless and David Crystal.

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Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E.

and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

This week's guests:

Natalie Haynes is an author, comedian and critic.

Her book, The Ancient Guide To Modern Life is all about the wisdom and lifestyles of the ancient Greeks and Romans and uses them to give us a better perspective of our own time.

Natalie is bubbling with facts and loves busting cherished myths about the classical past.

Natalie is also a massive fan of detective fiction, to which she has applied her prodigious intellect.

An obsessive Diagnosis Murder fan, Natalie would give up a year of her life to live in the time in which Dick Van Dyke was the "biggest star in the world".

David McCandless is a journalist and the author of Information Is Beautiful, a book which uses imaginative new ways to display complex statistical information, using novel graphics.

David was also once the UK's Doom video game champion, narrowly beaten in the world final by a 14-year-old boy with a moustache.

David Crystal is the Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor.

He is without doubt Britain's top linguist.

He has written over a hundred books on the subject, including the standard texts read by every linguistics student in the country, and edited the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English language.

He knows exactly how many different words there are in an average edition of the Sun, because he's counted them, knows just why people are wrong when they say that txtspk is the death of English, and once sold two dozen adjectives at a shilling each.

John Lloyd and Dave Gorman with Natalie Haynes, David McCandless and David Crystal.

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E. and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

Natalie Haynes is an author, comedian and critic. Her book, The Ancient Guide To Modern Life is all about the wisdom and lifestyles of the ancient Greeks and Romans and uses them to give us a better perspective of our own time. Natalie is bubbling with facts and loves busting cherished myths about the classical past. Natalie is also a massive fan of detective fiction, to which she has applied her prodigious intellect. An obsessive Diagnosis Murder fan, Natalie would give up a year of her life to live in the time in which Dick Van Dyke was the "biggest star in the world".

David McCandless is a journalist and the author of Information Is Beautiful, a book which uses imaginative new ways to display complex statistical information, using novel graphics. David was also once the UK's Doom video game champion, narrowly beaten in the world final by a 14-year-old boy with a moustache.

David Crystal is the Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He is without doubt Britain's top linguist. He has written over a hundred books on the subject, including the standard texts read by every linguistics student in the country, and edited the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English language. He knows exactly how many different words there are in an average edition of the Sun, because he's counted them, knows just why people are wrong when they say that txtspk is the death of English, and once sold two dozen adjectives at a shilling each.

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20111031 (BBC7)

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E.

and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

This week's guests:

Natalie Haynes is an author, comedian and critic.

Her book, The Ancient Guide To Modern Life is all about the wisdom and lifestyles of the ancient Greeks and Romans and uses them to give us a better perspective of our own time.

Natalie is bubbling with facts and loves busting cherished myths about the classical past.

Natalie is also a massive fan of detective fiction, to which she has applied her prodigious intellect.

An obsessive Diagnosis Murder fan, Natalie would give up a year of her life to live in the time in which Dick Van Dyke was the "biggest star in the world".

David McCandless is a journalist and the author of Information Is Beautiful, a book which uses imaginative new ways to display complex statistical information, using novel graphics.

David was also once the UK's Doom video game champion, narrowly beaten in the world final by a 14-year-old boy with a moustache.

David Crystal is the Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor.

He is without doubt Britain's top linguist.

He has written over a hundred books on the subject, including the standard texts read by every linguistics student in the country, and edited the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English language.

He knows exactly how many different words there are in an average edition of the Sun, because he's counted them, knows just why people are wrong when they say that txtspk is the death of English, and once sold two dozen adjectives at a shilling each.

John Lloyd and Dave Gorman with Natalie Haynes, David McCandless and David Crystal.

0405Alex Horne, Sara Wheeler & Alain De Botton2011103120111107 (BBC7)

John Lloyd CBE and Dave Gorman accept new exhibits for their imaginary museum from comedian Alex Horne, travel writer Sara Wheeler and author Alain De Botton.

Enter the vast imaginary museum of incredible exhibits donated by our comedy panel.

John Lloyd and Dave Gorman receive exhibits as donations to their infinitely vast museum.

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Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E. and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

This week's guests:

Alex Horne is a comedian and writer. He co-presents the anarchic BBC4 comedy panel show We Need Answers with Tim Key and Mark Watson. Alex may have started his career as a stand-up comic by winning a Christmas cracker joke writing competition. Since then, his life has been one long experiment, the biggest of which is a project to become the oldest man in the world. He is still alive to this day and climbing up the chart by a hundred places every minute. Alex is also developing his own unique form of beard and has been trying for some time to get a new word of his own invention into the Oxford English Dictionary.

Sara Wheeler is a traveller and travel writer who has been described as the new Eric Newby. Her travel books include Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica; Travels in a Thin Country; and the biography of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a polar explorer who himself wrote a moving account of his own experience as a survivor of Scott's disastrous 1912 Antarctic expedition. Sara often speaks on behalf of the disenfranchised nomadic peoples of the arctic, such as the Chukchi, who live in the far North Eastern tip of Siberia. When not traveling, Wheeler lives with her family in London.

Alain de Botton is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life' and have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain started writing at a young age. His first book, Essays in Love [titled On Love in the US], was published when he was 23.Alain's next book is titled Religion for Atheists.

John Lloyd and Dave Gorman receive exhibits as donations to their infinitely vast museum.

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John Lloyd CBE and Dave Gorman accept new exhibits for their imaginary museum from comedian Alex Horne, travel writer Sara Wheeler and author Alain De Botton.

Enter the vast imaginary museum of incredible exhibits donated by our comedy panel.

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E.

and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

This week's guests:

Alex Horne is a comedian and writer.

He co-presents the anarchic BBC4 comedy panel show We Need Answers with Tim Key and Mark Watson.

Alex may have started his career as a stand-up comic by winning a Christmas cracker joke writing competition.

Since then, his life has been one long experiment, the biggest of which is a project to become the oldest man in the world.

He is still alive to this day and climbing up the chart by a hundred places every minute.

Alex is also developing his own unique form of beard and has been trying for some time to get a new word of his own invention into the Oxford English Dictionary.

Sara Wheeler is a traveller and travel writer who has been described as the new Eric Newby.

Her travel books include Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica; Travels in a Thin Country; and the biography of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a polar explorer who himself wrote a moving account of his own experience as a survivor of Scott's disastrous 1912 Antarctic expedition.

Sara often speaks on behalf of the disenfranchised nomadic peoples of the arctic, such as the Chukchi, who live in the far North Eastern tip of Siberia.

When not traveling, Wheeler lives with her family in London.

Alain De Botton is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life' and have been bestsellers in 30 countries.

Alain also started and helps to run The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education.

Alain started writing at a young age.

His first book, Essays in Love [titled On Love in the US], was published when he was 23.Alain's next book is titled Religion for Atheists.

John Lloyd and Dave Gorman receive exhibits as donations to their infinitely vast museum.

John Lloyd and Dave Gorman take exhibits from Alex Horne, Sara Wheeler and Alain De Botton

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E. and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

Alex Horne is a comedian and writer. He co-presents the anarchic BBC4 comedy panel show We Need Answers with Tim Key and Mark Watson. Alex may have started his career as a stand-up comic by winning a Christmas cracker joke writing competition. Since then, his life has been one long experiment, the biggest of which is a project to become the oldest man in the world. He is still alive to this day and climbing up the chart by a hundred places every minute. Alex is also developing his own unique form of beard and has been trying for some time to get a new word of his own invention into the Oxford English Dictionary.

Sara Wheeler is a traveller and travel writer who has been described as the new Eric Newby. Her travel books include Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica; Travels in a Thin Country; and the biography of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a polar explorer who himself wrote a moving account of his own experience as a survivor of Scott's disastrous 1912 Antarctic expedition. Sara often speaks on behalf of the disenfranchised nomadic peoples of the arctic, such as the Chukchi, who live in the far North Eastern tip of Siberia. When not travelling, Wheeler lives with her family in London.

Alain De Botton is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life' and have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain started writing at a young age. His first book, Essays in Love (titled On Love in the US), was published when he was 23.Alain's next book is titled Religion for Atheists.

Sara Wheeler is a traveller and travel writer who has been described as the new Eric Newby. Her travel books include Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica; Travels in a Thin Country; and the biography of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a polar explorer who himself wrote a moving account of his own experience as a survivor of Scott's disastrous 1912 Antarctic expedition. Sara often speaks on behalf of the disenfranchised nomadic peoples of the arctic, such as the Chukchi, who live in the far North Eastern tip of Siberia. When not traveling, Wheeler lives with her family in London.

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John Lloyd and Dave Gorman take exhibits from Alex Horne, Sara Wheeler and Alain De Botton

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E. and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

This week's guests:

Alex Horne is a comedian and writer. He co-presents the anarchic BBC4 comedy panel show We Need Answers with Tim Key and Mark Watson. Alex may have started his career as a stand-up comic by winning a Christmas cracker joke writing competition. Since then, his life has been one long experiment, the biggest of which is a project to become the oldest man in the world. He is still alive to this day and climbing up the chart by a hundred places every minute. Alex is also developing his own unique form of beard and has been trying for some time to get a new word of his own invention into the Oxford English Dictionary.

Sara Wheeler is a traveller and travel writer who has been described as the new Eric Newby. Her travel books include Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica; Travels in a Thin Country; and the biography of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a polar explorer who himself wrote a moving account of his own experience as a survivor of Scott's disastrous 1912 Antarctic expedition. Sara often speaks on behalf of the disenfranchised nomadic peoples of the arctic, such as the Chukchi, who live in the far North Eastern tip of Siberia. When not travelling, Wheeler lives with her family in London.

Alain De Botton is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life' and have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain started writing at a young age. His first book, Essays in Love [titled On Love in the US], was published when he was 23.Alain's next book is titled Religion for Atheists.

Hosted by the Professor of Ignorance from the University of Buckingham John Lloyd C.B.E. and the intensely curious comedian Dave Gorman.

This week's guests:

Alex Horne is a comedian and writer. He co-presents the anarchic BBC4 comedy panel show We Need Answers with Tim Key and Mark Watson. Alex may have started his career as a stand-up comic by winning a Christmas cracker joke writing competition. Since then, his life has been one long experiment, the biggest of which is a project to become the oldest man in the world. He is still alive to this day and climbing up the chart by a hundred places every minute. Alex is also developing his own unique form of beard and has been trying for some time to get a new word of his own invention into the Oxford English Dictionary.

Sara Wheeler is a traveller and travel writer who has been described as the new Eric Newby. Her travel books include Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica; Travels in a Thin Country; and the biography of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a polar explorer who himself wrote a moving account of his own experience as a survivor of Scott's disastrous 1912 Antarctic expedition. Sara often speaks on behalf of the disenfranchised nomadic peoples of the arctic, such as the Chukchi, who live in the far North Eastern tip of Siberia. When not travelling, Wheeler lives with her family in London.

Alain De Botton is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a 'philosophy of everyday life' and have been bestsellers in 30 countries. Alain also started and helps to run The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. Alain started writing at a young age. His first book, Essays in Love (titled On Love in the US), was published when he was 23.Alain's next book is titled Religion for Atheists.

Sara Wheeler is a traveller and travel writer who has been described as the new Eric Newby. Her travel books include Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica; Travels in a Thin Country; and the biography of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, a polar explorer who himself wrote a moving account of his own experience as a survivor of Scott's disastrous 1912 Antarctic expedition. Sara often speaks on behalf of the disenfranchised nomadic peoples of the arctic, such as the Chukchi, who live in the far North Eastern tip of Siberia. When not traveling, Wheeler lives with her family in London.

0406Enfield, West, Green2011110720180828 (BBC7)
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John Lloyd and Dave Gorman receive exhibits as donations to their infinitely vast museum.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

Harry Enfield is a comedian and sketch character actor whose creations have made a permanent mark on the nation's psyche and whose catchphrases have echoed around playgrounds and building sites for decades. His monstrous creations include the iconic 80s character Loadsamoney, Stavros the Kebab Shop Owner and Tory Boy. Harry had a bit of a punkish image as a youth, but in fact he's quite posh. So posh that Virginia Woolf once famously referred to his grandparents in a notorious letter to Lytton Strachey. To find out what it was she said about them, either listen in or you could always Google it yourself.

Lucie Green is a solar researcher based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London's Department of Space and Climate Physics, a Bletchley-like stately pile tucked away in the Surrey countryside that houses 150 of Britain's top space scientists. She studies activity in the atmosphere of the Sun. She takes a strong interest in science education, and in 2009 was awarded the Royal Society's Kohn award for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science.

Admiral Alan William John West, Baron West of Spithead GCB DSC PC once ran the entire Royal Navy. From June 2007 to May 2010, he was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the British Home Office with responsibility for Security and a Security Advisor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Prior to his ministerial appointment, he was First Sea Lord, the professional head of the Royal Navy, from 2002 to 2006. He has served aboard 14 ships, and in his first post as a captain, was the last to abandon ship as his vessel had been attacked by the Argentine Air Force during the Falklands war. As Head of Military Intelligence, he once had the honour of using a desk that played a unique role in history.

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John Lloyd and Dave Gorman receive exhibits as donations to their infinitely vast museum.

Harry Enfield is a comedian and sketch character actor whose creations have made a permanent mark on the nation's psyche and whose catchphrases have echoed around playgrounds and building sites for decades. His monstrous creations include the iconic 80s character Loadsamoney, Stavros the Kebab Shop Owner and Tory Boy. Harry had a bit of a punkish image as a youth, but in fact he's quite posh. So posh that Virginia Woolf once famously referred to his grandparents in a notorious letter to Lytton Strachey. To find out what it was she said about them, either listen in or you could always Google it yourself.

Lucie Green is a solar researcher based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London's Department of Space and Climate Physics, a Bletchley-like stately pile tucked away in the Surrey countryside that houses 150 of Britain's top space scientists. She studies activity in the atmosphere of the Sun. She takes a strong interest in science education, and in 2009 was awarded the Royal Society's Kohn award for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science.

Admiral Alan William John West, Baron West of Spithead GCB DSC PC once ran the entire Royal Navy. From June 2007 to May 2010, he was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the British Home Office with responsibility for Security and a Security Advisor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Prior to his ministerial appointment, he was First Sea Lord, the professional head of the Royal Navy, from 2002 to 2006. He has served aboard 14 ships, and in his first post as a captain, was the last to abandon ship as his vessel had been attacked by the Argentine Air Force during the Falklands war. As Head of Military Intelligence, he once had the honour of using a desk that played a unique role in history.

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Harry Enfield is a comedian and sketch character actor whose creations have made a permanent mark on the nation's psyche and whose catchphrases have echoed around playgrounds and building sites for decades. His monstrous creations include the iconic 80s character Loadsamoney, Stavros the Kebab Shop Owner and Tory Boy. Harry had a bit of a punkish image as a youth, but in fact he's quite posh. So posh that Virginia Woolf once famously referred to his grandparents in a notorious letter to Lytton Strachey. To find out what it was she said about them, either listen in or you could always Google it yourself.

Lucie Green is a solar researcher based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London's Department of Space and Climate Physics, a Bletchley-like stately pile tucked away in the Surrey countryside that houses 150 of Britain's top space scientists. She studies activity in the atmosphere of the Sun. She takes a strong interest in science education, and in 2009 was awarded the Royal Society's Kohn award for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science.

Admiral Alan William John West, Baron West of Spithead GCB DSC PC once ran the entire Royal Navy. From June 2007 to May 2010, he was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the British Home Office with responsibility for Security and a Security Advisor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Prior to his ministerial appointment, he was First Sea Lord, the professional head of the Royal Navy, from 2002 to 2006. He has served aboard 14 ships, and in his first post as a captain, was the last to abandon ship as his vessel had been attacked by the Argentine Air Force during the Falklands war. As Head of Military Intelligence, he once had the honour of using a desk that played a unique role in history.

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Harry Enfield is a comedian and sketch character actor whose creations have made a permanent mark on the nation's psyche and whose catchphrases have echoed around playgrounds and building sites for decades. His monstrous creations include the iconic 80s character Loadsamoney, Stavros the Kebab Shop Owner and Tory Boy. Harry had a bit of a punkish image as a youth, but in fact he's quite posh. So posh that Virginia Woolf once famously referred to his grandparents in a notorious letter to Lytton Strachey. To find out what it was she said about them, either listen in or you could always Google it yourself.

Lucie Green is a solar researcher based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London's Department of Space and Climate Physics, a Bletchley-like stately pile tucked away in the Surrey countryside that houses 150 of Britain's top space scientists. She studies activity in the atmosphere of the Sun. She takes a strong interest in science education, and in 2009 was awarded the Royal Society's Kohn award for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science.

Admiral Alan William John West, Baron West of Spithead GCB DSC PC once ran the entire Royal Navy. From June 2007 to May 2010, he was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the British Home Office with responsibility for Security and a Security Advisor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Prior to his ministerial appointment, he was First Sea Lord, the professional head of the Royal Navy, from 2002 to 2006. He has served aboard 14 ships, and in his first post as a captain, was the last to abandon ship as his vessel had been attacked by the Argentine Air Force during the Falklands war. As Head of Military Intelligence, he once had the honour of using a desk that played a unique role in history.

John Lloyd and Dave Gorman receive exhibits as donations to their infinitely vast museum.

Lucie Green is a solar researcher based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London's Department of Space and Climate Physics, a Bletchley-like stately pile tucked away in the Surrey countryside that houses 150 of Britain's top space scientists.

She studies activity in the atmosphere of the Sun.

She takes a strong interest in science education, and in 2009 was awarded the Royal Society's Kohn award for Excellence in Engaging the Public with Science.

Admiral Alan William John West, Baron West of Spithead GCB DSC PC once ran the entire Royal Navy.

From June 2007 to May 2010, he was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the British Home Office with responsibility for Security and a Security Advisor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Prior to his ministerial appointment, he was First Sea Lord, the professional head of the Royal Navy, from 2002 to 2006.

He has served aboard 14 ships, and in his first post as a captain, was the last to abandon ship as his vessel had been attacked by the Argentine Air Force during the Falklands war.

As Head of Military Intelligence, he once had the honour of using a desk that played a unique role in history.

With comedian Harry Enfield, astronomer Lucie Green and Alan West, Baron West of Spithead.

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John Lloyd and Jimmy Carr with Dr Erica McAlister, Dr Jan Bondeson and Al Murray.

The Museum of Curiosity is hosted as ever by the Professor of Ignorance at the University of Buckingham, Professor John Lloyd C.B.E. (of Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI fame). For this fifth series, he is joined by the comedian Jimmy Carr.

Each week, the Museum invites three guests, a mixture of entertaining experts and expert entertainers, to donate one item each to the Museum and explain why it deserves a place in the museum.

This week, John and Jimmy have invited along the Natural History Museum's resident dipterologist (fly expert) Erica McAlister; Consultant Rheumatologist at the Cardiff University School of Medicine; and the comedian, historian and fictitious Pub Landlord Al Murray.

Guests booked for the rest of the series include:

Astronomer Dr Stuart Clark

Plant-hunter and former hostage Tom Hart Dyke

Comedian, novelist and sitcom writer Jo Brand

Physicist and broadcaster Dr Helen Czerski

Expert on Ancient Mesopotamia Dr Irving Finkel

Comedian Humphrey Ker

Magian/actor/comedian Andy Nyman

Anatomist author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts

Ig Nobels Prize founder Marc Abrahams

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin

Comedian Pamela Stephenson

Nobel Physics Laureate Professor Sir Andre Geim.

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This week, John and Jimmy have invited along the Natural History Museum's resident dipterologist (fly expert) Erica McAlister; Consultant Rheumatologist at the Cardiff University School of Medicine; and the comedian, historian and fictitious Pub Landlord Al Murray.

Guests booked for the rest of the series include:

Astronomer Dr Stuart Clark

Plant-hunter and former hostage Tom Hart Dyke

Comedian, novelist and sitcom writer Jo Brand

Physicist and broadcaster Dr Helen Czerski

Expert on Ancient Mesopotamia Dr Irving Finkel

Comedian Humphrey Ker

Magian/actor/comedian Andy Nyman

Anatomist author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts

Ig Nobels Prize founder Marc Abrahams

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin

Comedian Pamela Stephenson

Nobel Physics Laureate Professor Sir Andre Geim.

The Museum of Curiosity is hosted as ever by the Professor of Ignorance at the University of Buckingham, Professor John Lloyd C.B.E. (of Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI fame). For this fifth series, he is joined by the comedian Jimmy Carr.

Each week, the Museum invites three guests, a mixture of entertaining experts and expert entertainers, to donate one item each to the Museum and explain why it deserves a place in the museum.

John Lloyd and Jimmy Carr with Dr Erica McAlister, Dr Jan Bondeson and Al Murray.

This week, John and Jimmy have invited along the Natural History Museum's resident dipterologist (fly expert) Erica McAlister; Consultant Rheumatologist at the Cardiff University School of Medicine Jan Bondeson and the comedian, historian and fictitious Pub Landlord Al Murray.

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The Museum of Curiosity is hosted as ever by the Professor of Ignorance at the University of Buckingham, Professor John Lloyd C.B.E. (of Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI fame). For this fifth series, he is joined by the comedian Jimmy Carr.

Each week, the Museum invites three guests, a mixture of entertaining experts and expert entertainers, to donate one item each to the Museum and explain why it deserves a place in the museum. Ever since someone gave the Museum the Big Bang it's been expanding at an alarming rate, and now there's no looking back without the aid of a huge telescope.

This week, John and Jimmy have invited along Astronomer Dr Stuart Clark; Plant-hunter and former hostage Tom Hart Dyke; and comedian, novelist and sitcom writer Jo Brand.

Guests booked for the rest of the series include:

Physicist and broadcaster Dr Helen Czerski

Expert on Ancient Mesopotamia Dr Irving Finkel

Comedian Humphrey Ker

Magician/actor/comedian Andy Nyman

Anatomist author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts

Comedian Sean Hughes

Ig Nobels Prize founder Marc Abrahams

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin

Comedian, author and sex therapist Pamela Stephenson

Nobel Physics Laureate Professor Sir Andre Geim.

Astronomer Stuart Clark, former hostage Tom Hart Dyke and comedian Jo Brand donate items.

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The Museum of Curiosity is hosted as ever by the Professor of Ignorance at the University of Buckingham, Professor John Lloyd C.B.E. (of Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI fame). For this fifth series, he is joined by the comedian Jimmy Carr.

Each week, the Museum invites three guests, a mixture of entertaining experts and expert entertainers, to donate one item each to the Museum and explain why it deserves a place in the museum. Ever since someone gave the Museum the Big Bang it's been expanding at an alarming rate, and now there's no looking back without the aid of a huge telescope.

This week, John and Jimmy have invited along comedian Humphrey Ker, sex therapist, comedian and author Dr Pamela Stephenson-Connolly and Nobel Physics Laureate Professor Sir Andre Geim.

Guests booked for the rest of the series include:

Physicist and broadcaster Dr Helen Czerski

Expert on Ancient Mesopotamia Dr Irving Finkel

Magician/actor/comedian Andy Nyman

Anatomist author and broadcaster Professor Alice Roberts

Comedian Sean Hughes

Ig Nobels Prize founder Marc Abrahams

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

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John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker with Frank Cottrell Boyce, Andy Nyman and Dr Alice Roberts.

The Museum of Curiosity is hosted as ever by the Professor of Ignorance at the University of Buckingham, Professor John Lloyd C.B.E. (of Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI fame). This week he is joined by the comedian Humphrey Ker in the role of Temporary Curator.

Each week, the Museum invites three guests, a mixture of entertaining experts and expert entertainers, to donate one item each to the Museum and explain why it deserves a place in the museum. Ever since someone gave the Museum the Big Bang it's been expanding at an alarming rate, and now there's no looking back without the aid of a huge telescope.

This week, John and Jimmy have invited along screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce, actor/writer/magician Andy Nyman and anatomist Dr Alice Roberts.

Guests booked for the rest of the series include:

Physicist and broadcaster Dr Helen Czerski

Expert on Ancient Mesopotamia Dr Irving Finkel

Comedian Sean Hughes

Ig Nobels Prize founder Marc Abrahams

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

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John Lloyd and Jimmy Carr with Sean Hughes, Dr Helen Czerski and Dr Irving Finkel.

The Museum of Curiosity is hosted by the Professor of Ignorance at the University of Buckingham, Professor John Lloyd C.B.E. (of Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI fame) and the comedian Jimmy Carr.

Each week, the Museum invites three guests, a mixture of entertaining experts and expert entertainers, to donate one item each to the Museum and explain why it deserves a place in the museum. Ever since someone gave the Museum the Big Bang it's been expanding at an alarming rate, and now there's no looking back without the aid of a huge telescope.

This week, John and Jimmy have invited along comedian Sean Hughes, physicist Dr Helen Czerski and cuneiform expert Dr Irving Finkel.

Guests to look forward to:

Comedian Sara Pascoe

Ig Nobels Prize founder Marc Abrahams

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

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John Lloyd and Jimmy Carr with Sara Pascoe, Marc Abrahams and Buzz Aldrin.

The Museum of Curiosity is hosted by the Professor of Ignorance at the University of Buckingham, Professor John Lloyd C.B.E. (of Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI fame) and the comedian Jimmy Carr.

Each week, the Museum invites three guests, a mixture of entertaining experts and expert entertainers, to donate one item each to the Museum and explain why it deserves a place in the Museum. Ever since someone gave the Museum the Big Bang it's been expanding at an alarming rate, and now there's no looking back without the aid of a huge telescope.

This week, John and Jimmy have invited along comedian Sara Pascoe, Ig Nobels founder Marc Abrahams and Astronaut Dr Buzz Aldrin.

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John Lloyd and Jimmy Carr with Sara Pascoe, Marc Abrahams and Dr Buzz Aldrin.

The Museum of Curiosity is hosted by the Professor of Ignorance at the University of Buckingham, Professor John Lloyd C.B.E. (of Not The Nine O'Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI fame) and the comedian Jimmy Carr.

Each week, the Museum invites three guests, a mixture of entertaining experts and expert entertainers, to donate one item each to the Museum and explain why it deserves a place in the Museum. Ever since someone gave the Museum the Big Bang it's been expanding at an alarming rate, and now there's no looking back without the aid of a huge telescope.

This week, John and Jimmy have invited along comedian Sara Pascoe, Ig Nobels founder Marc Abrahams and Astronaut Dr Buzz Aldrin.

John Lloyd and Jimmy Carr with Sara Pascoe, Marc Abrahams and Buzz Aldrin.

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The Museum of Curiosity is the natural meeting place for entertaining experts and expert entertainers. This week, it's flinging open its doors, inaugurating a brand new wing of empty plinths is ready to receive 3 new exhibits. Our host is (as ever) the Professor of Ignorance, John Lloyd, and for this series he is joined by a new curator, the comedian Humphrey Ker. This week's generous donors are Egyptologist Prof. Joann Fletcher, who is presenting us with a hugely significant Roman coin; explorer Col. John Blashford-Snell, who brings a compass that led its owner the greatest one-liner in History; and the comedian Mark Watson, who is offering us something rather small and personal.

John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker welcome objects from Mark Watson and Joann Fletcher.

New exhibits are put to host Prof John Lloyd and new curator Humphrey Ker.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Humphrey Ker welcome the crowd-sourcing rock star Amanda Palmer, evolutionary anthropologist Professor Volker Sommer and occult comedian Andrew O'Neill to discuss steam punk, cross-dressing, rock, sex, death, religion, humans and other great apes.

The show was researched by James Harkin and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber.

John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker are joined by comedian Andrew O'Neill.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Humphrey Ker welcome Private Eye founder and editor of The Oldie Richard Ingrams; comedian and "world's worst foreign correspondent" Jane Bussmann, and the former head of Sony and the CBS network Sir Howard Stringer to discuss libel, lucky scrapes, African warlords, dozy judges and the difficulties of depicting a famous chat-show host's body parts in a cartoon.

The show was researched by James Harkin Molly Oldfield and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber.

John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker with Richard Ingrams, Jane Bussmann and Sir Howard Stringer.

John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker with Richard Ingrams, Jane Bussmann and Howard Stringer.

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John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker welcome three new guests to the imaginary museum.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Humphrey Ker welcome the art historian and former director of the Greenwich Observatory Dr Kristin Lippincott; comedian, chat show host and blogger Richard Herring and animal locomotion expert Dr Christofer Clemente. Topics for illumination include Time, inspiration, writer's block, sticky ants' feet, Russia's Greatest Love Machine lizards doing wheelies and the most controversial moustache in history.

The show was researched by James Harkin, Molly Oldfield and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber.

Featuring objects from Richard Herring, Kristin Lippincott and Dr Christofer Clemente.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Humphrey Ker welcome the author, presenter and actor Robert Llewellyn; comedian, socialite and tequilera Cleo Rocos and the partly-robotic professor of cybernetics at the University of Reading, Professor Kevin Warwick. This week, the Museum's Steering Committee discusses the joys of mobile chat shows; the demise of the internal combustion engine; the advantages of higher quality alcohol; the possibility that intelligent machines will make slaves of us all; and the late, lamented trees of our youth.

The show was researched by James Harkin, Molly Oldfield and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber.

John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker with Robert Llewellyn, Cleo Rocos and Professor Kevin Warwick.

John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker with Robert Llewellyn, Cleo Rocos and Kevin Warwick.

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John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker welcome objects from Paul Sinha and Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

John Lloyd and curator Humphrey Ker welcome objects from Paul Sinha, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and David Frost. From April 2013.

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Sir David Frost joins the museum for the last episode in the series.

John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker welcome comedian Paul Sinha, space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and the broadcaster Sir David Frost into the Museum of Curiosity.

Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and curator Humphrey Ker welcome three new guests.

John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker welcome objects from Paul Sinha and Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

John Lloyd and curator Humphrey Ker welcome objects from Paul Sinha, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and David Frost. From April 2013.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his new curator Phill Jupitus welcome the space-obsessed star of Radio 4's It Is Rocket Science Helen Keen; the internet entrepreneur and founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales; and the curator of the Natural History Museum of Rotterdam Kees Moeliker, who won an Ig Nobel Prize for his study of Homosexual Necrophilia in the Mallard Duck.

This week, the Museum's Steering Committee discusses a smuggling ring 27 kilometres in circumference ; why the largest reference work in the history of civilisation has room for a list of sexually-active popes; how a sparrow became Holland's most famous martyr to TV Light Entertainment; how invoking The Wand helped put Americans in space; and how Africa will be transformed by a £10 gadget.

The show was researched by James Harkin and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber.

John Lloyd and Phill Jupitus with Helen Keen, Jimmy Wales and Kees Moeliker.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Phill Jupitus welcome the hugely knowledgeable co-star of Pointless, Richard Osman, the author of Flipnosis: The Art of Split-Second Persuasion and The Wisdom of Psychopaths: Lessons In Life From Saints, Spies and Serial Killers, Professor Kevin Dutton and the Natural History Museum's curator of Solanaceae (the order of plants that includes potatoes, tomatoes and deadly nightshade) Dr Sandra Knapp.

This week, the Museum's Steering Committee discusses why psychopaths don't seem to blink; why cushions on beds are the most pointless things in existence; how an 18th century Swedish botanist knew everything; the evolutionary advantages of smiling; the confectionary milestone that was Cadbury's Dairy Milk; and the culinary revolution of freeze-dried potatoes that taste of Styrofoam.

The show was researched by James Harkin and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber.

John Lloyd and Phill Jupitus with Richard Osman, Prof Kevin Dutton and Dr Sandra Knapp.

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Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and curator Phill Jupitus discuss some new curiosities.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Phill Jupitus welcome Rich Hall, the Emmy award-winning American comedy writer, stand-up, playwright, musician, author and documentary maker who has worked on such iconic American programs as the Late Show with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live.Dr Anna Keay, who is a historian, author and television presenter. Over the course of her career, she has overseen hundreds of the most significant edifices in Britain, including Kensington Palace, the Tower of London and Stonehenge. She is now the Director of the Landmark Trust.

Henry Marsh CBE, a leading neurosurgeon who works at St George's hospital in London. He's been the subject of two award-winning documentaries, and his remarkable memoir Do No Harm not only looks into the intricacies of brain operations but gives us a searingly honest and poignant insight into the brains behind the operations.

This week, the Museum's Steering Committee discusses how the Wild West wasn't at all like what we think it was; how brain surgery isn't exactly rocket science; how tourists were encouraged to chip off their own souvenirs from Stonehenge; why the key to understanding the difference between the Americans and British is on the front porch; how British monarchs used to borrow their crown jewels and how our brains disappear when they're not needed.

The show was researched by James Harkin and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber.

Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and curator Phill Jupitus discuss some new curiosities.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Phill Jupitus welcome

Clive Anderson, a qualified barrister who by his own account is not a very good writer, isn't interested in stand-up comedy or acting and couldn't give a damn about broadcasting, yet has written gags for top comedians, hosted a string of hugely successful TV and radio shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Loose Ends and is a leading light of British Light Entertainment.

Anne Dudley, an award-winning musician, composer, arranger, conductor and producer and a founding member of the Grammy-Award-winning, avant-garde, synth-pop "anti-group" The Art of Noise; she has collaborated with Elton John, Pulp, The Spice Girls, Tom Jones and comedians like Bill Bailey, Terry Jones and Stephen Fry. She has produced, composed and arranged dozens of TV and movie soundtracks, including for Les Misérables and The Full Monty, for which she won a Brit Award and an Oscar.

Richard Williams, a world-famous animator who has won 3 Oscars, 3 BAFTAS and over 250 other international awards in more than six decades of animating hundreds of adverts and dozens of full-length features - and the title sequences of major feature films such as The Return of the Pink Panther; What's New, Pussycat? and the original Casino Royale. He is perhaps best known to the general public as the animation director of the smash hit movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit. In the movie industry, he is known as "the animator's animator"..

This week, the Museum's Steering Committee discusses how the Old Bailey isn't very old; how the Wool Sack was found to be a sack of horsehair; and how Disney provided the perfect workstation for animators.

The show was researched by James Harkin and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber.

John Lloyd and Phill Jupitus with Clive Anderson, Anne Dudley and Richard Williams.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Phill Jupitus welcome

Neil Innes, either a musical comedian or a comedy musician or possibly both. He was the third member of the surreal psychedelic jazz pop fusion combo the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band; is acknowledged as the seventh member of the Monty Python team; and was, according to some authorities, the 33rd member of the Beatles.

Dr Bradley Garrett, a writer, photographer urban explorer and researcher at Oxford University. He is perhaps the only academic whose studies have resulted in hanging onto a crane at the top of the Shard, being arrested on the tarmac at Heathrow for criminal damage and trespassing on private property over 300 times in more than eight countries.

Isabel Berncke, a scientist who grew up in the wild mountains of Chile but moved to the UK to study in London, Cambridge and Oxford. She's a doctor of cognitive and evolutionary anthropology, but her research interests include neuroscience, music, primatology, poetry, ethnology, complexity theory, behavioural ecology and hobbits.

This week, the Museum's Steering Committee discusses wrapping the Angel of the North up warm, penis fencing, the lowest-rated prime-time show in American TV history, London's secret rivers, what makes a tree laugh and why we should stupidity should be put in an institution.

The show was researched by James Harkin and Molly Oldfield of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber.

John Lloyd and Phill Jupitus with Neil Innes, Dr Bradley Garrett and Isabel Berncke.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sarah Millican welcome the singer, photographic playboy and failed accountant Ken Dodd; the University College London lecturer who took up mathematical modelling to get to grips with the dating scene, Dr Hannah Fry; and the man with the enviable task of overseeing the historical accuracy of over 1,200 songs and sketches that make up Horrible Histories, Greg Jenner.

This week, the Museum's peripatetic scholars reveal how the first ever alcoholic drinks were guzzled from a spitton; why the equation Wt+l =a +r.W,+IHW(H) and Hl+l = b + r2Ht + IWH(Wt), is the formula for a happy marriage; and why you can tell a joke in Liverpool that that won't get a laugh in London.

The show was researched by Anne Miller and Molly Oldfield of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

John Lloyd and Sarah Millican welcome Ken Dodd, Dr Hannah Fry and Greg Jenner.

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John Lloyd and Sarah Millican welcome Matt Lucas, Prof Sophie Scott and William Hartston.

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John Lloyd and Sarah Millican welcome Holly Walsh, Stephen J Dubner and Dr David Bramwell.

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John Lloyd and Sarah Millican welcome Ken Dodd, Dr Hannah Fry and Greg Jenner.

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John Lloyd and Sarah Millican welcome Holly Walsh, Stephen J Dubner and Dr David Bramwell.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his new curator Sarah Millican welcome Holly Walsh, comedian, would-be medieval scholar and host of Radio 4's hit panel show Best Behaviour; Stephen J. Dubner, the co-author of Freakonomics, a best-selling book that turned our understanding of economics on its head; and Dr David Bramwell, the author, comedian, and adventurer whose book The No. 9 Bus To Utopia recounts his year-long pilgrimage in search of a Better Life.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee speculate on what drove medieval monks to draw obscene doodles on sacred manuscripts; why a mind-reading microchip could see the end of civilisation as we know it; and an interesting theory about who all those streakers were at 1970 sports events.

The show was researched by Anne Miller and Molly Oldfield of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sarah Millican welcome the singer, photographic playboy and failed accountant Ken Dodd; the University College London lecturer who took up mathematical modelling to get to grips with the dating scene, Dr Hannah Fry; and the man with the enviable task of overseeing the historical accuracy of over 1,200 songs and sketches that make up Horrible Histories, Greg Jenner.

This week, the Museum's peripatetic scholars reveal how the first ever alcoholic drinks were guzzled from a spitton; why the equation Wt+l =a +r.W,+IHW(H) and Hl+l = b + r2Ht + IWH(Wt), is the formula for a happy marriage; and why you can tell a joke in Liverpool that that won't get a laugh in London.

The show was researched by Anne Miller and Molly Oldfield of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

John Lloyd and Sarah Millican welcome Ken Dodd, Dr Hannah Fry and Greg Jenner.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sarah Millican welcome an award-winning Australian comedian who is so much more than a mere joker, Felicity Ward; the cricket commentator whose association with James Bond villainy is more than a mere coincidence, Henry Blofeld; and a former chemist from Mars who is more than a Mir astronaut, Dr Helen Sharman OBE.

This week, the Museum's guests discuss the cultural significance of Australians using watermelons as hats; how you can increase your stature in more ways than one by going into space; how it took an author as inventive as P.G. Wodehouse to coin the word 'gruntled' decades after the word 'disgruntled'; the vital importance of toilets; and the coolest possible way of telling mountain trekkers where you were when you first saw the Himalayas.

The show was researched by Anne Miller and Molly Oldfield of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

John Lloyd and Sarah Millican welcome Ken Dodd, Dr Hannah Fry and Greg Jenner.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sarah Millican welcome Rufus Hound, the comedian, actor, politician and Strictly Come Dancing winner; Sir Tim Smit, who gave up being a music producer and took up gardening when he found the Lost Gardens of Heligan and founded the Eden Project; and Doris Vickers, a woman from Vienna who studied astronomy but woke up one morning with an overwhelming desire to learn Latin, and who now combines the two disciplines as an archaeoastronomer.

This week, the Museum's guests discuss how people could tell the time at night before the invention of clocks; how politics could be transformed with obligatory wearing of lie-detecting suits; and why going ape in the mirror could help us see what makes us human.

The show was researched by Anne Miller and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

John Lloyd and Sarah Millican welcome Rufus Hound, Sir Tim Smit and Doris Vickers.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sarah Millican welcome the comedian, Fearer of Raisins and Collector of Thimbles, Susan Calman; an artist who has made an art out of copying art and claims that he has actually slept with the Mona Lisa, Adam Lowe; and a TV naturalist who admits that when she talks to animals, all they want to talk about is food, fighting and, well, mating, Lucy Cooke.

This week, the Museum's guests discuss what Fifty Shades of Grey has in common with Capt. Kirk and Mr Spock making sweet exoplanetary love; how salt could be the building material of the future if only it didn't rain; and why living on a small island will either turn you into a pygmy or a giant.

The show was researched by Anne Miller and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

John Lloyd and Sarah Millican welcome Susan Calman, Adam Lowe and Lucy Cooke.

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John Lloyd and Sarah Millican welcome Matt Lucas, Prof Sophie Scott and William Hartston.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sarah Millican welcome the comedian, actor and star of Little Britain, Matt Lucas; a neuroscientist from University College, London who studies comedy under laboratory conditions, Professor Sophie Scott; and an author, former British Chess champion and leading psychometrics consultant who writes the Beachcomber column in the Daily Express, has written dozens of bestselling books, and has finally gained recognition as a reality TV star on Gogglebox.

This week, the Museum's guests discuss the joy of farts; the many uses of the human tongue; and why obsessive behaviour can turn a chess player into an unstable towering genius.

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John Lloyd and Sarah Millican welcome Susan Calman, Adam Lowe and Lucy Cooke.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sarah Millican welcome the comedian, Fearer of Raisins and Collector of Thimbles, Susan Calman; an artist who has made an art out of copying art and claims that he has actually slept with the Mona Lisa, Adam Lowe; and a TV naturalist who admits that when she talks to animals, all they want to talk about is food, fighting and, well, mating, Lucy Cooke.

This week, the Museum's guests discuss what Fifty Shades of Grey has in common with Capt. Kirk and Mr Spock making sweet exoplanetary love; how salt could be the building material of the future if only it didn't rain; and why living on a small island will either turn you into a pygmy or a giant.

The show was researched by Anne Miller and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Radio Comedy Production.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his new curator Noel Fielding welcome the Newsjack presenter and half of the double act Gentlemen of Leisure, the writer and comedian Nish Kumar; Professor of Experimental Architecture and TED fellow Rachel Armstrong; and the award winning composer of choral music, stage musicals, film and TV scores, Howard Goodall.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee speculate on the appeal of a 50 year-old piece of vinyl; a magic spell in a bottle; and an extinct piano with no keys.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and Anne Miller of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

John Lloyd and Noel Fielding with Nish Kumar, Prof Rachel Armstrong and Howard Goodall.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his new curator Noel Fielding welcome the comedian, actor, writer pub landlady and 2006 runner up for the 'Scotswoman of the Year' award Janey Godley; a scientist whose controversial research supports the theory that alien bacteria are constantly bombarding the Earth from outer space, Dr Milton Wainwright; and the author and award-winning man behind mask Number Eight in the iconic heavy metal band Slipknot Corey Taylor, whose list of books includes: You're Making Me Hate You: A Cantankerous Look at the Common Misconception That Humans Have Any Common Sense Left.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee speculate on Dogs From The 1970s; a little CD tray that collects germs from the stratosphere; and the phenomenon of deep fried food.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and Anne Miller of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

John Lloyd and Noel Fielding with Janey Godley, Milton Wainwright and Corey Taylor.

John Lloyd and Noel Fielding are joined by Ross Noble, Dr Mike Shanahan and Susie Dent.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Noel Fielding welcome the freewheeling superstar Geordie comedian Ross Noble; science journalist and rainforest ecologist Dr Mike Shanahan; and the famous, renowned, celebrated, prominent and popular lexicographer from Countdown, Susie Dent.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee appreciate the significance of figs; the joys of long-distance football; and thoughts of an 18th Century spy.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Noel Fielding welcome the freewheeling superstar Geordie comedian Ross Noble; science journalist and rainforest ecologist Dr Mike Shanahan; and the famous, renowned, celebrated, prominent and popular lexicographer from Countdown, Susie Dent.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee appreciate the significance of figs; the joys of long-distance football; and thoughts of an 18th Century spy.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and Anne Miller of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

John Lloyd and Noel Fielding with Ross Noble, Dr Mike Shanahan and Susie Dent.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Noel Fielding welcome:

Vic Reeves, the comedian, artist and game show host whose credits include Vic Reeves Big Night Out; The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer; Bang, Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased); Catterick; House of Fools; and Shooting Stars. Vic also is the author of Vic Reeve's Vast Book of World Knowledge and presented Vic Reeves' Pirates - a six-part documentary on West Country pirates.

Dr Tristram Wyatt, Senior Research Associate and Emeritus Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford whose main areas of interest are the evolution of pheromones and animal behaviour.

His TEDx talk on the 'Smelly Mystery of Human Pheromones' has had over a million views and the transcripts have been translated into 24 languages.

Professor Kate Williams, who co-presented BBC Two's Restoration Home, presented Young Victoria for BBC Two commentated for the State Opening of Parliament, the Diamond Jubilee and the Royal Wedding as well as covering the Olympic Opening Ceremony for BBC News. She was the resident historian on Radio 4's The Rest is History with Frank Skinner and is a regular guest panellist on BBC Two's Insert Name Here.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee appreciate a pale bird that fakes injury to protect its young; a childishly photoshopped picture that fooled Conan Doyle; and a faint smell that may or may not exist, but (if it did) might drive you wild.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and Anne Miller of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

John Lloyd and Noel Fielding with Vic Reeves, Dr Tristram Wyatt and Prof Kate Williams.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Noel Fielding welcome:

Dr Janina Ramirez, art historian and TV presenter. Janina is Course Director for the Undergraduate Certificate in History of Art at the University of Oxford. He presenter credits include Treasures of the Anglo-Saxons; The Viking Sagas; Britain's Most Fragile Treasure; The Private Lives of Medieval Kings. Her latest book is The Private Lives of the Saints: Power, Passion and Politics in Anglo-Saxon England.

Peter Frankopan, Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian, and contributed to many TV and Radio documentaries. His latest book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World was named The Daily Telegraph's History Book of the Year 2015.

Jenny Colgan, a novelist who writes romantic comedies, sci-fi and children's books. Her first novel Amanda's Wedding was published in 1999, and she has written 26 more since then. In 2013 she won the Romantic Novel of the Year award for Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams. Her audio play The Time Reaver - starring David Tennant and Catherine Tate will be released in August 2016.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee appreciate a medieval polymath nun who created her own language; a collection of food additives from the 1970s; and an infinite number of colours that exist only in the mind and all with the same name.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and Anne Miller of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

John Lloyd and Noel Fielding with Jenny Colgan, Dr Janina Ramirez and Dr Peter Frankopan.

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John Lloyd and Noel Fielding with Craig Brown, Katie Birkwood and George Monbiot.

Craig Brown, critic and satirist, best known for his parodies in Private Eye. In The Independent on Sunday he is Wallace Arnold, he's Bel Littlejohn in The Guardian, and he has a diary in Private Eye under a number of topical guises. As well as writing comedy shows such as Norman Ormal for TV, Craig has a regular column in The Daily Telegraph, and his books include The Little Book of Chaos, The Marsh Marlowe Letters and The Hounding of John Thomas.

Katie Birkwood, the rare books and special collections librarian at the Royal College of Physicians, London, where she's worked for three years and recently curated a hugely popular exhibition on the life and book collection of John Dee. Katie regularly contributes to the journal Library and Information History, and has published on topics as diverse as the 16th century manuscripts collector Robert Cotton; the 17th archbishop James Ussher; depictions of venereal disease in early printed books, and the 20th century astronomer Fred Hoyle.

George Monbiot, a journalist best known for his environmental activism. His celebrated Guardian columns are syndicated all over the world, and he is the author of the bestselling books Captive State, The Age of Consent, as well as the investigative travel books Poisoned Arrows, Amazon Watershed and No Man's Land. His investigations in Africa, Asia, and the Americas have led to him to be declared persona non grata in seven countries, sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment in Indonesia, shot at, beaten up by military police, shipwrecked and stung into a coma.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee appreciate a mythical hotel from another age; a book that was stolen from the greatest library of the Tudor age; and the greatest bear that ever lived.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and Anne Miller of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his new curator Jo Brand welcome the science communicator, musician and comedian Helen Arney; a man who has lived as a goat in the Alps for 6 days and built his own toaster from the ground up; and the captain of a fourteen storey £350 million pound cruise ship, The Queen Elizabeth, Captain Aseem Hashmi.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee catch up on the latest 4 elements to be added to the periodic chart, flip through a history book from the future, which is all about now; and the thing that keeps a sea captain grounded, figuratively as well as literally, his 12-ton anchor.

The show was researched by Anne Miller of QI and Mike Turner.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

The production coordinator was Sophie Richardson.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

John Lloyd and Jo Brand with Helen Arney, Thomas Thwaites and Captain Aseem Hashmi.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Jo Brand welcome the feel-good writer and comedian, Lucy Porter; the etymologist, self-proclaimed pedant and "Inky Fool" Mark Forsyth; and the lipsmackin' thirstquenchin' acetastin' motivatin' goodbuzzin' cooltalkin' highwalkin' fastlivin' evergivin' coolfizzin' advertising creative legend, Dave Trott.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee stretch their minds over the subject of Lycra, revive an old word for a printer's day off; and explore the surprisingly recent cultural heritage of the Ploughman's Lunch.

The show was researched by Anne Miller of QI and Mike Turner.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

The production coordinator was Sophie Richardson.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

John Lloyd and Jo Brand with Lucy Porter, Mark Forsyth and Dave Trott.

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This week, Professor John Lloyd his curator Jo Brand welcome a fashion historian with a taste for nautical chic, Amber Butchart; a quizzer with a business head and 57 trillion entries in his address book, Jack Waley-Cohen; and a comedian who's as big Down Under as he is internationally, Jimeoin.

This week, the Museum's guests investigate a failed cure for malaria that made the world go crazy for mauve; an inventive use of adverbs that will obsess inventive punsters; and a new unit of velocity for compressed curd.

Researched by Anne Miller of QI and Mike Turner.

The production coordinator was Sophie Richardson.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

John Lloyd and Jo Brand are joined by Amber Butchart, Jack Waley-Cohen and Jimeoin.

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Professor John Lloyd and his curator Jo Brand are joined by Danish comedian Sofie Hagen, mollusc and cephalopod expert Jon Ablett and "Watching the English" anthropologist Kate Fox.

This week the Museum's Steering Committee ruminate on the rules of Dogma films, a snail that survived four years glued to a board in the British Museum and the paleolithic origins of the selfie.

Researched by Anne Miller of QI and Mike Turner.

The production coordinator was Sophie Richardson.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

John Lloyd and Jo Brand with Sofie Hagen, Jon Ablett and Kate Fox.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Jo Brand welcome comedian, screenwriter and Guilty Feminist podcaster Deborah Frances-White; the entomologist and bumblebee expert, Professor Dave Goulson; and "that bloke off Time Team who was Baldrick in Blackadder", Sir Tony Robinson.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee enshrine the first Englishwoman to make a living as a professional poet, Emilia Lanier; speculate on the unusual polyphiloprogenitive strategies of virgin death watch beetles; and pay homage to the moment when Blackadder finally went "over the top".

The show was researched by Anne Miller of QI and Mike Turner.

The production coordinator was Sophie Richardson.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

John Lloyd and Jo Brand with Deborah Frances-White, Prof Dave Goulson and Tony Robinson.

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John Lloyd and Jo Brand with guests Michelle Wolf, Bee Wilson and Henry Eliot. This week the Museum considers a 24-hour news channel, a 1,000 year long piece of music and the smell of fresh coffee.

Researched by Anne Miller of QI and Mike Turner.

The production coordinator was Sophie Richardson.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

John Lloyd and Jo Brand with guests Michelle Wolf, Bee Wilson and Henry Eliot.

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John Lloyd and Romesh Ranganathan with Cally Beaton, Sally Phillips and Suzy Lishman.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his new curator, the brilliant Romesh Ranganathan welcome a high-powered media executive who was persuaded by none other than Joan Rivers to become a stand-up comedian, Cally Beaton; the wonderfully funny comedy actor from Smack The Pony, I'm Alan Partridge, Green Wing and Miranda, Sally Phillips; and consultant in cellular pathology at Peterborough City Hospital and president of the Royal College of Pathologists, Suzy Lishman.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee offer as exhibits the entire population of the Netherlands; Richard III's foot bones; and a knitted tea-cosy to cover the entire Museum.

The show was researched by Anne Miller of QI and Mike Turner.

The production coordinator was Tamara Shilham.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

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John Lloyd and Romesh Ranganathan with Phill Jupitus, Roger Graef and Prue Leith.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator, the brilliant Romesh Ranganathan welcome:

The comedian, artist, performance poet, musician, radio DJ, author, musical actor and former Museum of Curiosity Curator, Phill Jupitus

Criminologist, broadcaster, writer and award-winning documentary film-maker, Roger Graef;

and

The novelist, Michelin-starred restaurateur and food columnist who is also Chancellor of Queen Margaret University as well as judge on The Great British Bake Off, Prue Leith.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee offer as exhibits the world's first celebrity chef, a newspaper headline calling for longer sentences and one evening in Chelmsford Odeon on Sunday July 26th 1981.

The show was researched by Anne Miller of QI and Mike Turner.

The production coordinator was Tamara Shilham.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

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John Lloyd and Romesh Ranganathan with Rainer Hersch, Beth Healey and Kaffe Fassett.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator, the brilliant Romesh Ranganathan welcome:

The internationally acclaimed conductor, actor, writer, comedian and broadcaster Rainer Hersch

The doctor, Antarctic explorer, and prospective Martian astronaut Beth Healey

and

The painter, author and textile, ceramics and costume designer Kaffe Fassett.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee offer as exhibits a vast home-made architectural folly, a wind instrument that takes you back to school and a station the size of a football pitch that weighs absolutely nothing and moves at 18,000 mph.

The show was researched by Anne Miller of QI and Mike Turner.

The production coordinator was Tamara Shilham.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

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John Lloyd and Romesh Ranganathan with Cariad Lloyd, Amanda Owen and Gyles Brandreth.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator, the brilliant Romesh Ranganathan welcome:

The Austentatiously funny improvisor, comedian and writer Cariad Lloyd.

The Huddersfield girl who escaped modelling and headed for the Yorkshire hills, Amanda Owen.

and

The broadcaster, reporter, after-dinner speaker, former MP and Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, panellist, performer, Dictionary Corner occupant, Chancellor of the University of Chester, President of the Association of British Scrabble Players and prodigiously prolific author Gyles Brandreth.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee offer as exhibits a bleak but cuddly Finnish troll, a tiny device that commands attention and a button with a dramatic past.

The show was researched by Anne Miller of QI and Mike Turner.

The production coordinator was Tamara Shilham.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

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John Lloyd and Romesh Ranganathan with Penny Rose, Francis Wheen and Clive Oppenheimer.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator, the brilliant Romesh Ranganathan welcome:

A costume designer who has dressed Johnny Depp, Madonna and Tom Cruise, Penny Rose.

Truth seeker, commentator, author, biographer, columnist and Private Eye's Editor, Francis Wheen.

and

Professor of Volcanology at Cambridge University and author who travels from the Antarctic to darkest North Korea in search of the Hot Stuff, Clive Oppenheimer.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee offer as exhibits a decorous device for lifting a Victorian lady's skirt, a letter that Karl Marx never wrote and a tin can full of liquid rock.

The show was researched by Anne Miller of QI and Mike Turner.

The production coordinator was Tamara Shilham.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios production.

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John Lloyd and Romesh Ranganathan with Kathy Lette, Andy Miller and Stephen Fry.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator, the brilliant Romesh Ranganathan welcome:

The Australian writer of Puberty Blues, newspaper columnist, Simpsons writer, charity ambassador and formerly obsessive teen fan of Spike Milligan, Kathy Lette.

Author and adventurer, podcaster and editor, member of Team UK in the European Miniature Golf Championships and the man who has read all the books you should have, Andy Miller.

and

Comedian, actor, author, presenter, film director, documentary maker, social media guru, atheist, activist, businessman, charity patron, voice-over artist, panel show host, sitcom writer, movie star and ambassador for Norwich City FC, Stephen Fry.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee offer as exhibits the mysterious thing that drives women to be mothers, a receptacle for honey that contains nothing more than a broken balloon and... a bunch of grapes.

The show was researched by Anne Miller of QI and Mike Turner.

The production coordinator was Tamara Shilham.

The producers were Richard Turner and James Harkin.

It was a BBC Studios production.

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John Lloyd and Sally Phillips with Rory Bremner, Nikki Bedi and Pete Brown.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sally Phillips welcome the satirical comedy impressionist Rory Bremner, the presenter of the BBC World Service's The Arts Hour Nikki Bedi and the award-winning writer who makes you thirsty for beer, Pete Brown.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee find out about the boy-elephant-god Ganesh, and why the direction his trunk is pointing in is so important; reveal the last British soldier to bring down an enemy with a longbow, and enter George Orwell's favourite non-existent pub..

The show was researched by Mike Turner and QI.

The Production Coordinator was Tamara Shilham.

The Associate Producer was James Harkin.

The Producers were Richard Turner and Anne Miller.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

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John Lloyd and Sally Phillips with Joe Lycett, Prof Tom Shakespeare and Konnie Huq.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sally Phillips welcome the acerbically charming comedian Joe Lycett, William Shakespeare's great great great great great great great 16th cousin twice removed, sociologist Prof Tom Shakespeare,and Blue Peter's longest-serving female presenter Konnie Huq. This week, the Museum reveals how wheels turned for the French Revolution, how a little blue ship on a plastic chip can get you into over 200 UK attractions, and the brain-tinglingly sensational significance of towels in the hands of a woman called Maria.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and QI.

The Production Coordinator was Tamara Shilham.

The Associate Producer was James Harkin.

The Producers were Richard Turner and Anne Miller.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

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With Stephen K Amos, Dr Suze Kundu and Victoria Hislop.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sally Phillips welcome the exuberant comedian Stephen K. Amos, the small but perfectly informed nanochemist Dr Suze Kundu, and the author of The Island Victoria Hislop.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee highlight the resilience of Tooting Broadway, the bulletproof qualities of Kevlar and the influence of the Protective Eye.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and QI.

The Production Coordinator was Tamara Shilham.

The Associate Producer was James Harkin.

The Producers were Richard Turner and Anne Miller.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

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John Lloyd and Sally Phillips invite guests to submit items for the titular museum.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sally Phillips welcome the former merchant banker-turned-standup Sindhu Vee, the Nobel Prizewinning geneticist Sir Paul Nurse and the editor of The Amorist magazine Rowan Pelling.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee blow hot and cold over the Danish concept of hygge, get in a spin at the Large Hadron Collider and end up dizzy with a choice collection of saucy limericks.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and QI.

The Production Coordinator was Tamara Shilham.

The Associate Producer was James Harkin.

The Producers were Richard Turner and Anne Miller.

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This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sally Phillips welcome the satirical comedy songstress Dillie Keane, intrepid Neanderthal expert Ella Al-Shamahi, and the writer of Notting Hill, Blackadder and The Vicar of Dibley, Richard Curtis.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee tuck into some homemade chutney, get embarrassingly excited about caves and celebrate some choice bits of Australian slang.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and QI.

The Production Coordinator was Tamara Shilham.

The Associate Producer was James Harkin.

The Producers were Richard Turner and Anne Miller.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

John Lloyd and Sally Phillips with Dillie Keane, Ella Al-Shamahi and Richard Curtis.

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John Lloyd and Sally Phillips with Jack Carroll, Suzanne Williams and Robert Twigger.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sally Phillips welcome Britain's Got Talent runner-up (at the age of 14!) Jack Carroll, hostage negotiator Suzanne Williams and the traveller with big ideas about mastering little things, Robert Twigger.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee contemplate how someone changed history by choosing her bus seat carefully in 1955, what life might be like if we paid each other more attention and why all of life might actually be a simulation in a future game of Football Manager.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and QI.

The Production Coordinator was Tamara Shilham.

The Associate Producer was James Harkin.

The Producers were Richard Turner and Anne Miller.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Sally Phillips welcome Britain's Got Talent runner-up (at the age of 14!) Jack Carroll, hostage negotiator Suzanne Williams and the traveller with big ideas about mastering little things, Robert Twigger.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee contemplate how someone changed history by choosing her bus seat carefully in 1955, what life might be like if we paid each other more attention and why all of life might actually be a simulation in a future game of Football Manager.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and QI.

The Production Coordinator was Tamara Shilham.

The Associate Producer was James Harkin.

The Producers were Richard Turner and Anne Miller.

It was a BBC Studios Production.

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John Lloyd & Lee Mack with Athena Kugblenu, Dolly Alderton and Sir Nigel Shadbolt.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Athena Kugblenu, Dolly Alderton and Sir Nigel Shadbolt.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Athena Kugblenu, Dolly Alderton and Sir Nigel Shadbolt.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Karen Dunbar, Professor John Wood and Shaun Keaveny.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Karen Dunbar, Professor John Wood and Shaun Keaveny.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Lucy Mangan, Steve Mould and Graeme Le Saux.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Bridget Christie, Andrea Wulf and Vikram Jayanti

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Bridget Christie, Andrea Wulf and Vikram Jayanti

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his brand new curator Lee Mack welcome comedian and writer Lucy Beaumont; scientist, writer and storyteller Dr Kat Arney; and multi-award-winning poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

This week, the Museum's Guest Committee find out how jumping genes took the world by surprise, peep through the smallest window in the world and practise the ancient art of Tai Chi.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and Emily Jupitus of QI.

The Producers were Richard Turner and Anne Miller.

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Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his brand new curator Lee Mack welcome comedian and writer Lucy Beaumont; scientist, writer and storyteller Dr Kat Arney; and multi-award-winning poet Benjamin Zephaniah.

This week, the Museum’s Guest Committee find out how jumping genes took the world by surprise, peep through the smallest window in the world and practise the ancient art of Tai Chi.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and Emily Jupitus of QI.

The Producers were Richard Turner and Anne Miller.

A BBC Studios Production

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Athena Kugblenu, Dolly Alderton and Sir Nigel Shadbolt.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Lee Mack welcome comedian Athena Kugblenu; writer and podcaster Dolly Alderton; and Artificial Intelligence expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt.

This week, the Museum’s Guest Committee opt for the cheapest item on a wedding list, celebrate the triumph of a machine over the best chess player in the world and feel vegetarian nostalgia for corned beef.

The show was researched by Mike Turner and Emily Jupitus of QI.

The Producers were Richard Turner and Anne Miller.

A BBC Studios production

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Karen Dunbar, Professor John Wood and Shaun Keaveny.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Karen Dunbar, Professor John Wood and Shaun Keaveny.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Karen Dunbar, Professor John Wood and Shaun Keaveny.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Lucy Mangan, Steve Mould and Graeme Le Saux.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Lucy Mangan, Steve Mould and Graeme Le Saux.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Lucy Mangan, Steve Mould and Graeme Le Saux.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Nina Conti, Daisy Goodman and Lord Butler of Brockwell.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum

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John Lloyd and Lee Mack with Nina Conti, Daisy Goodman and Lord Butler of Brockwell.

Panel show in which guests donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum