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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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

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Ben Elton, Fran Beauman, Prof Gary Sheffield

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Arthur Smith, Ronald Hutton, Frank Close

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Kevin Day, Alistair Fothergill, Victoria Finlay

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Jonathan Miller, Marcus Du Sautoy, Philip Ball

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Alan Davies, Martha Reeves, John Gribbin

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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

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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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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.

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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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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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.