Radio 4’s Museum of Curiosity has found its next curator, in the form of Sally Phillips.
The series, presented by comedy legend John Lloyd, sees guest panelists offer to donate items to the fictional Museum of Curiosity, provided the items fascinate them, and it’s up to the curator to decide which items get in.
Since the show began in 2008, the series has had ten previous curators: Bill Bailey, Sean Lock, Jon Richardson, Dave Gorman, Jimmy Carr, Humphrey Key, Phill Jupitus, Sarah Millican, Noel Fielding and most recently Jo Brand. Now Lloyd has revealed that Phillips will be next in line, during an interview at Latitude Festival.
Phillips, who rose to fame via I’m Alan Partridge, Hippies and Smack the Pony has in recent years been mixing comedic work (in projects such as Set the Thames on Fire with Noel Fielding, Pride and Predjudice vs Zombies with Dolly Wells, House of Fools, Strangeness in Space and a recurring guest role in Veep) with dramatic turns in Midsomer Murders, Death in Paradise and upcoming horror film The Rizen alongside Julian Rhind-Tutt. In 2016, she returned to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time in 20 years, alongside stage actress Lily Bevan, and fronted the acclaimed documentary A World Without Down’s Syndrome?.
Truly an eclectic career then, and a fine choice for The Curator. Museum of Curiosity is likely to return in the Autumn.