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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0101 20080220 With Sean Lock, Brian Blessed and Richard Fortey 
0102 20080227 Ben Elton, Fran Beauman, Prof Gary Sheffield 
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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.


 
0204 2009052520090531
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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.
John Hodgman, Oliver James, Charlotte Uhlenbroek 
0205 2009060120090607
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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 
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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 
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Guests Marcus Chown, Shappi Khorsandi and Sir Terry Pratchett to add to the collection.
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 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.
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 asks Sarah Bakewell, Michael Welland and Simon Evans to add to the collection.
John Lloyd invites guests Sarah Bakewell, Michael Welland and Simon Evans to add to the collection. From May 2010.
John Lloyd and Jon Richardson host a panel show in which Michael Welland, Sarah Bakewell and Simon Evans and donate fascinating exhibits to a vast imaginary museum.
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With polymath Daniel Tammet, explorer Robin Hanbury-Tenison and comedian Ronni Ancona.
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 
0401Carr, Bellos, Stavrakopoulou2011100320111003 (R4+)
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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.
John Lloyd and Dave Gorman with Jimmy Carr, Francesca Stavrakopoulou and Alex Bellos.
Enter the vast imaginary museum of incredible exhibits donated by our comedy panel.
0402Linehan, Sutherland, Scales2011101020111010 (R4+)
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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:
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.
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.
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.
0403Ince, Highfield, Edwards2011101720111017 (R4+)
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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:
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.
John Lloyd and Dave Gorman receive exhibits as donations to their infinitely vast museum.
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.
0404Natalie Haynes, David Mccandless, David Crystal2011102420111024 (R4+)
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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.
0405Alex Horne, Sara Wheeler, Alain De Botton2011110620111031
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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 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.
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.
0406 LASTHarry Enfield, Alan West Lord West Of Spithead, Lucie Green2011110720111107 (R4+)
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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.
0501Murray, Bondeson, Mcalister2012100120121001 (R4+)
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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.
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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.
0503Ker, Stephenson Connolly, Geim2012101520121015 (R4+)
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John Lloyd and Jimmy Carr with Humphrey Ker, Pamela Stephenson Connolly and 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. 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 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.
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New exhibits are put to host Prof John Lloyd and new curator Humphrey Ker.
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.
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John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker are joined by comedian Andrew O'Neill.
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.
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John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker with Richard Ingrams, Jane Bussmann and Sir Howard Stringer.
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.
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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.
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John Lloyd and Humphrey Ker with Robert Llewellyn, Cleo Rocos and Professor Kevin Warwick.
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.
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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.

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  • 30 Minutes

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  • Genre: Comedy, Games & Quizzes, Museum
  • Genre: Bird, Comedy, Games & Quizzes, Museum, Telescope
  • Entertainment & Comedy

Harry Enfield bio

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.

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Series Four blurb

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).

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