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Monkman and Seagull's road trip concludes with a whistle-stop tour of Scotland. They begin at the birthplace of a little-known scientist who changed the face of history.

University Challenge icons and real-life best friends Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull are on a road trip with a difference. Feeding their insatiable appetite for knowledge, they visit Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales in search of hidden gems of British scientific and technological ingenuity.

Monkman and Seagull's genius road trip concludes with a whistle-stop tour of some of Scotland's most enigmatic scientific achievements. Their journey begins in Edinburgh at the birthplace of a little-known scientist who changed the face of history, and ends at gigantic power station buried deep within a Highland mountain. First stop for Monkman and Seagull is the Edinburgh birthplace of one of their childhood heroes. James Clerk Maxwell has been dubbed 'Scotland's Unknown Einstein', and his pioneering work includes the 1865 theory of electromagnetism.

Before heading west to Glasgow, Monkman and Seagull analyse a deep-fried Mars Bar, and discuss the science behind this notorious Scottish snack. In Glasgow, they explore the Hunterian Museum's collection of antiquarian experimental instruments and delve into the personal correspondence of iconic scientist Lord Kelvin. A drive along the banks of Loch Lomond prompts them to stop and explore the science of skimming stones, before their day ends at the picturesque town of Inveraray, home of an authentically preserved 19th-century jail.

Last stop on Monkman and Seagull's genius road trip through Scotland is the beguiling Ben Cruachan. This vast Scottish peak holds a dark secret - entering the mountain reveals its hollow interior, home to a gigantic hydroelectric power station.

29 minutes

Last on

Fri 30 Aug 2019 19:00

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:02

    The Chemical Brothers

    Galvanize

  • 00:02

    The Chemical Brothers

    Galvanize (feat. Q‐Tip)

  • 00:03

    City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

    Rawhide - Theme

  • 00:10

    Aztec Camera

    Somewhere in My Heart

  • 00:13

    The Swingle Singers

    Prelude of Organ Chorale "Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland" Bwv 659

  • 00:15

    Nic Raine, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

    Close Encounters of The Third Kind

  • 00:15

    Gillian Hills

    Zou Bisou Bisou

  • 00:19

    James Last

    Spanish Eyes

  • 00:20

    Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

    Western Lilt / The Harsh February / Far From Home

  • 00:23

    Johnny Cash

    Folsom Prison Blues

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Bobby Seagull
Presenter Eric Monkman
Executive Producer Simon Dickson
Executive Producer Lorraine Charker-Phillips
Series Producer Merle Currie
Director Samuel Palmer
Production Company Label1 Television Ltd

Broadcasts

  • Mon 8 Oct 2018 20:00
  • Sat 13 Oct 2018 17:00
  • Wed 31 Oct 2018 23:45
  • Thu 15 Nov 2018 02:15
  • Fri 30 Aug 2019 19:00