Hello! And welcome to this blog which accompanies the BBC Radio 4 series The Museum of Curiosity.
The premise of the show is simple: we own an extraordinary museum, a building of infinite size and complexity into which anything can be put. Every week we invite three guests - comedians, musicians, scientists, authors, philosophers, actors, even astronauts - to donate something to the museum that makes them go 'Wow!' Over the last six seasons, we've been given such diverse things as a yeti, a pineapple, Kepler's drinks dispenser, the universe when it was the size of a grapefruit, the urge to press red buttons (that you shouldn't), a cowpat, a P-51 Mustang fighter, a walrus penis bone, 10,000 tigers, silence, Helen of Troy and a single Shreddie displayed at an angle of 45°. The show takes the form of a round table discussion about all things interesting and curious, chaired by John Lloyd CBE and one of his guest curators, of which there have been six to date: Bill Bailey (Season 1), Sean Lock (S2), Jon Richardson (S3), Dave Gorman (S4), Jimmy Carr (S5) and Humphrey Ker (S6).
John Lloyd almost needs no introduction. He's the creator of such popular shows as QI, Not the Nine O'clock News, Have I got News for You and Spitting Image. He produced every single episode of Blackadder and helped to nudge both Mr Bean and Johnny English to life. He co-wrote two of the original episodes of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with his good friend Douglas Adams and they later wrote The Meaning of Liff together. Most recently, he has co-authored the bestselling QI Books of General Ignorance, Animal Ignorance, Book of the Dead, Book of Advanced Banter and 1227 Facts to Blow your Socks off. And to mark the 30th anniversary of The Meaning of Liff, he's recently published a sequel, Afterliff (with Jon Canter) and performed his first live shows at the Edinburgh Festival and at London's Bloomsbury Theatre.
Here he is discussing the The Museum of Curiosity with producer Dan Schreiber and revealing what he would donate if he was a guest:
So, welcome to the wonderful world of The Museum of Curiosity and its occasional podcast The Badger Hole of Ignorance.
We hope you find it curious.