The Museum of Curiosity: The Complete Gallery 1

  • by Dan Schreiber, Richard Turner
  • Narrated by Bill Bailey, John Lloyd
  • 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Join Professor John Lloyd and Curator Bill Bailey as they plunge down the badger hole of ignorance in a search for the universe's most mind-boggling oddness's. The Museum of Curiosity is BBC Radio 4's monumental comedy edifice, and the only one with gargoyles in the foyer. It allows nothing inside unless it makes you scratch your head, stroke your chin or, at the very least, go 'Hmm'. Secondly, it is almost completely empty. Fortunately, helping to fill its vacant plinths is a gathering of the world's most original minds. So listen in as Sean Lock, Brian Blessed, Alastair Fothergill, Ben Elton, Fran Beauman, John Gribbin, Alan Davies, Ronald Hutton, Jonathan Miller, Victoria Finlay, Arthur Smith, Richard Fortey and many more agglutinate an exhibition of the wondrous and impossible that includes the beginning of the universe, the entire Battle of Waterloo, the real Father Christmas and a quite interesting, relatively new way of knotting a scarf.

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Thoroughly entertaining

As a fan of QI, I was excited to find this program and I wasn't disappointed. Each of the individuals, whether they're comedians or scientists, brings their personality along with their concepts for curation. I like that the show is recorded with a live audience. It really comes to life (and makes you feel better about laughing out loud). I never get tired of listening to this.
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- Priscilla

Curiously Charming and Funny

This comedy show from the researchers of QI is full of astounding facts, charm and quirkiness. It makes me laugh out loud at times (which can be a bit embarrassing on the train), and more often than not evokes the "that's interesting!" response. Season one, hosted by John Lloyd with Bill Bailey, consists of six 27-minute episodes, each with three special guests. Each guest is invited to select something to donate to the virtual museum, which is then used as a topic for discussion, revealing fascinating facts and a good dose of humor. These donations range from The Battle of Waterloo to a pineapple, and discussion wanders around the realms of science, history and philosophy. Although gentle in tone, it's dense with content, and stands up well to repeat listens.
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- emma

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-01-2009
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited