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The Museum of Everything (BBC Audio) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Danny Robins , Dan Tetsell , Marcus Brigstocke
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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4 Feb 2010 BBC Audio
This is the critically-acclaimed first series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy sketch show written and performed by Marcus Brigstocke, Danny Robins and Dan Tetsell. From the team behind BBC 2's "We Are History", and based on their successful "Edinburgh Festival" show, this is the show that takes you behind the velvet guide ropes into the vaguely mystical and apparently infinite environs of "The Museum of Everything". Our guides are a pair of long-suffering underpaid West Country museum attendants, who pop up to remind us of museum rules, announce forthcoming attractions and reassure us that it's never far to the promised land of the gift shop, where you can buy leather bookmarks, novelty pencil sharpeners and fudge in the shape of Jane Austen. So welcome to "The Museum of Everything", which stars Marcus Brigstocke (Giles Wemmbley-Hogg, "The Now Show"), Danny Robins ("Danny Robins Music Therapy") and Dan Tetsell ("Lab Rats"). 'Children are welcome, but please keep them in the bags provided...' 'Please don't touch the exhibits. You don't know where they've been'.

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  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (4 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408400391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408400395
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LIKEABLE - BUT SLIGHTLY RAMBLING COMEDY. 28 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Another fine comedy show from the BBC, which has a particular witty way of bringing an offbeat history based programme to a dedicated comedy audience. With amusing references to, amongst other things, the Sealed Knot, the city of Guildford, and Sci Fi re-enactors the series has a welcome irreverence. In fact this is an anoraks comedy dream, as references to films, music, history,and myths are continually woven into a likeable but slightly rambling series of loosely connected scripts and regular features.

The Museum of Everything benefits from the major imput of rising comedy star Marcus Brigstocke [ now virtually a permenant fixture on many excellent Radio 4 programmes], as the subtle inclusion of softly cynical lines betray his influence on the series. However, the contribution of all writers is strong,making this a series of worthy sketches in the finest BBC comedy tradition.

One listen will not reveal all of the gags on each disc, so if you remember the series from radio, chances are you've forgotten much of The Museum of Everything. What better excuse to invest in this clever BBC series do you really need?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Length: 7:49 Mins
First broadcasted back in 2004 on BBC Radio 4, 'The Museum Of Everything' is the brainchild of Marcus Brigstocke (The Now Show, The Late Edition, Argumental etc), Danny Robins (Danny Robins Music Therapy) and Dan Tesell (Lab Rats, That Was Then This Is Now etc), whilst also starring Lucy Montgomery.

The show ran for a total of three series', each containing six half-hour long episodes. Here we have the entire first series, aired between 18 March 2004 and 22 April 2004. The later series followed on in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

Set in a bizarre make-believe museum of apparently infinite environs, the patch-work framework of the sketch-show follows an array of elaborate and wildly over-the-top characters through this mysterious and often utterly surreal experience.

The humour leans more towards the surreal than anything else, sandwiching in sketch after sketch, which in turn forms a long line of potentially baffling encounters within our audio tour of the museum.

This is certainly not the wittiest of productions, with repeated jokes that are often a bit hit and miss, on occasion stepping too far into 'in joke' territory. However, the sheer experimental and loose nature of the series is a breath of fresh air, with a wealth of inspired humour that will amuse the majority of listeners.

This first series comes on three CDs, each containing two episodes, with a cumulative running total of three hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gets better...:-) 28 Feb 2010
By Diziet TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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According to Wikipedia, this series was first broadcast in March and April 2004. Somehow I missed it so I came to listen to this with no preconceptions.

Originally a show at the Edinburgh Festival, like many shows it transferred to Radio 4. And, like many Edinburgh Festival shows, it's a bit patchy. But, saying that, it survived to go on for two more series and I can hear why.

The first episode is pretty clunky but things do start to pick up around about the third episode. Ostensibly set in an infinite museum (maybe a bit reminiscent of Jorge Luis Borges!), it is a sketch show, with the same characters turning up pretty much every week. Of course, some characters work better than others. I particularly enjoyed 'Bagshot Grange' where a lady in straightened circumstances is forced to show uncouth foreign visitors around her stately home while trying to bump off her long-suffering wheelchair-bound husband so she can get the insurance.

And then there's Badgerland which sounds lots of fun - with a Badgerquarium and a badgertarian option at the restaurant. I can hardly wait. And don't forget Euro Badger too! 'Kiss my Badger!' Er...

A special mention must go to the Announcer (Lucy Montgomery), whose gnomic pronouncements punctuate the normally serene boredom of museum life - 'Welcome to the Museum of Everything. Please fell free to wander round our many galleries and experience the History of Everything. Children are welcome but please keep them in the bags provided' and 'The History of Stairs exhibit is located between floors one and two'. Or how about 'This is a visitor announcement. The History of Soluble Aspirin exhibition is now closed due to flooding'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely an acquired taste!! 17 April 2013
By J Cattermole VINE VOICE
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I've listened to this a number of times and I really do want to like this but even on long car journeys I find my mind drifting away from listening to it - they do tend to ramble - which is part of the style of comedy - it's a bit like overhearing a conversation in places - some mildly amusing things are said but nothing in the whole series actually made me laugh out loud. It did raise a few smiles but just personally not my style of comedy - they can be quite obvious jokes, some are very outrageous and some repetitive, the ideas of what is in the museum are funny but I found some of the dialogue between characters a bit silly in places. Not the best comedy i've heard on radio 4 but worth a listen, it is certainly an experience and i'm glad i've heard this as i didn't catch it on radio 4 but I probably wouldn't play it again.

Nice gentle, silly comedy for long car journeys or an afternoon in, some good lines in there, it'll make you smile.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars BBC radio at its best
Did love Little Britain? Well give this a try. Warning it is ruder, but very funny as the three talented stars show you round their museum. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mj Lovell
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing sketch show
The Museum of Everything is a comedy sketch show originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4, featuring Marcus Brigstocke. Read more
Published on 17 May 2012 by jsm999
3.0 out of 5 stars Standard listening
From Marcus Brigstocke, I expected something a little more hilarious - from seeing his stand-up on Live at the Apollo, I thought he would be consistently brilliant! Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2010 by B Keeler
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good. Ideal for listening on your way to Badgerland.
The Museum of Everything is inconsistent, but full of great things. A couple of chaps with West Country accents finishing one another's sentences might not be funny. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2010 by R. Burin
2.0 out of 5 stars Mildy amusing in places, but somewhat tiresome
If you find West Country accents amusing, obvious and lazy jokes about touch screen technology, repetitive catchphrase jokes about gift shops and disabled men being locked in... Read more
Published on 16 April 2010 by Ian Shine
3.0 out of 5 stars A likeable comedy, but not sure of it's replay value.
Enjoyed listening to this. Sometimes the humor was a bit repetitive (for example the gift shop gag), but on the whole enjoyable. The biggest problem is perhaps the replay value. Read more
Published on 5 April 2010 by Clashcity Rocker
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny but forgettable
This is basically a comedy sketch show, loosely set in a museum - handily, the eponymous Museum of Everything which allows the writers a pretty free rein with subjects for sketches... Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2010 by J. Dawson
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
As a quite a fan of Marcus Brigstocke I had vague memories of listening to bits of this when first broadcast on Radio 4 and quite enjoying it. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2010 by S. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget to visit the gift shop on the way out
The Museum of Everything if you've not heard of it before is a thinly disguised sketch comedy show that aired on BBC Radio 4 a few years ago. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2010 by Suzy Shipman
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting conept
I'm quite a big fan of Marcus Brigstocke. He's always fairly amusing and this radio series is no exception. I love the idea of the Museum of Everything. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2010 by A. Willmer
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