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Monkman & Seagull's Genius Guide to Britain - BBC2

Monkman & Seagull's Genius Guide to Britain
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University Challenge icons Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull take a road trip with a difference, searching for gems of British scientific and technological ingenuity

Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull found fame and friendship on BBC2’s University Challenge.

In this new four-part series, the two brainboxes are on a journey of discovery around the nation to track down its best scientific, engineering and technological marvels.

Monkman & Seagull's Genius Guide to Britain

Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull at the Jodrell Bank Observatory

They begin by hitting Blackpool Pleasure Beach. After studying how the oldest fairground ride in the UK – Sir Hiram Maxim’s 1904 ‘Captive Flying Machines’ – works, Eric and Bobby visit the British Lawnmower Museum in Southport before indulging in a spot of trigonometry to measure the Emley Moor transmitter.

They make great geeky guides in this slightly bizarre series.

TV Times rating: ****

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Mandy Cooper

As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.