Who are Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull? How did they get famous? What is their new TV series?

The brainiest BFFs around are presenting their own series - a boffin's guide to the sights of Great Britain.

If you’ve ever marvelled at the sheer breadth of knowledge that University Challenge contestants possess, here’s your chance to learn something alongside them.

Two of the tough quiz show’s most famous team captains are setting off on an information odyssey of Great Britain, where they’ll find out more about some of our greatest inventions and discoveries.

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Here’s all you need to know about Monkman and Seagull’s Genius Guide to Britain.

Who are Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull?

Anyone who follows University Challenge will know Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull as two of the quiz’s biggest brains, who captained rival teams during the 2017 series.

Both were students at Cambridge, but Eric, from Ontario, Canada, captained the Wolfson College team, whilst Londoner Bobby headed up the Emmanuel College side.

Although Eric’s team eventually beat Bobby’s, the pair became best friends and now that they have graduated, are setting out on a tour of the UK to marvel at the nation’s genius.

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When is their new series on TV?

The four-part series Monkman and Seagull’s Genius Guide to Britain begins on Monday, September 17 at 8pm on BBC Two.

What is it about?

Monkman and Seagull’s Genius Guide to Britain follows the brainy duo on a road trip of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as they look for the hidden gems of British scientific and technological ingenuity.

The pair will feed their insatiable appetite for knowledge as they take in some of the lesser-celebrated feats of British intelligence.

Viewers will see them travel to the world’s smallest museum which is housed in a phone box, visit giant telescopes and miniature aeroplanes, and pay homage to the humble lawnmower.

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Eric said: “Curiosity is an approach to life. The more you know, the more you realise you don’t know. My admiration for British genius is one of the major factors that led me to study in the United Kingdom. I am fortunate to now have the opportunity to see more of your beautiful country. I look forward to learning more about Britain’s scientific discoveries and to sharing what I learn with everyone."

Bobby added: "The beauty of our friendship is that we’re both driven by the same thing - a curiosity about the world. We obviously faced off on University Challenge. Eric defeated me…but I’ve forgiven him now!”

Monkman and Seagull’s Genius Guide to Britain begins on Monday, September 17 at 8pm on BBC Two.

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