Little Ilford’s Bobby Seagull goes back in time as part of new BBC2 series starting next week
PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 May 2020 | UPDATED: 11:51 14 May 2020
©RYAN MCNAMARA 2019
Little Ilford’s Bobby Seagull stars in a new BBC2 series beginning next Monday, May 18, where he and fellow University Challenge alumnus Eric Monkman rediscover some of the nation’s greatest inventions.
Across three one-hour episodes, the pair embark upon a roadtrip to the birthplace of significant discoveries made between 1750 and 1900.
The maths teacher describes the series as “a combination of BBC show QI with Top Gear, added with a pinch of the 90s comedy Friends”.
Designated driver Bobby said: “I can’t wait for my students at Little Ilford School to see my roadtrip series — they’ll see that Mr Seagull is surprisingly quite a decent car driver!”
The West Ham fanatic relished exploring a historical period which he believes “traces the greatest transformation the world had ever seen”.
Beginning their journey in 1759, the genius duo start by visiting John Harrison’s marine chronometer in Greenwich; in the first episode alone, they visit the home of groundbreaking innovations such as the water frame, steam engine condenser and hot air balloon.
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They also spend time in the Wiltshire room where Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in 1774, and stop at the National Library to sample the first edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Though he and Eric were sometimes required to dress up in period costume, Bobby says his outfits were otherwise inspired by a mixture of his two footballing loves: Gareth Southgate’s waistcoat with a West Ham claret and blue tie.
As with all of Bobby’s ventures, his aim is to inspire people to want to learn.
Beyond this new series, he is busy fulfilling that objective, having recently been asked by Strictly Come Dancing stars Oti Mabuse and Karen Haeur to join their Home Festival.
Bobby will add a knowledge segment to the classes on different subjects already hosted by the two dancers.
People can keep up-to-date with all of Bobby’s projects by following him on twitter and TikTok @Bobby_Seagull or on instagram @bobby_seagull.
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