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Episode 2

John Lloyd and Phill Jupitus are joined by Pointless co-presenter and TV executive Richard Osman; psychopath expert Prof Kevin Dutton; and Solanaceae expert Dr Sandra Knapp.

This week, the Professor of Ignorance John Lloyd and his curator Phill Jupitus welcome the hugely knowledgeable co-star of Pointless, Richard Osman, the author of Flipnosis: The Art of Split-Second Persuasion and The Wisdom of Psychopaths: Lessons In Life From Saints, Spies and Serial Killers, Professor Kevin Dutton and the Natural History Museum's curator of Solanaceae (the order of plants that includes potatoes, tomatoes and deadly nightshade) Dr Sandra Knapp.

This week, the Museum's Steering Committee discusses why psychopaths don't seem to blink; why cushions on beds are the most pointless things in existence; how an 18th century Swedish botanist knew everything; the evolutionary advantages of smiling; the confectionary milestone that was Cadbury's Dairy Milk; and the culinary revolution of freeze-dried potatoes that taste of Styrofoam.

The show was researched by James Harkin and Stevyn Colgan of QI.

The producers were Richard Turner and Dan Schreiber.

30 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter John Lloyd
Presenter Phill Jupitus
Interviewed Guest Richard Osman
Interviewed Guest Kevin Dutton
Interviewed Guest Sandra Knapp
Producer Richard Turner
Producer Dan Schreiber


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