University Challenge stars Monkman and Seagull on being the next Love Island’s Chris and Kem

Bobby Seagull and Eric Monkman, say they could become the new Chris and Kem.

The pair, who graduated from Cambridge University, .

and Kem Cetinay were the surprise stars of last year because of their bromance, and Seagull thinks he and BFF Monkman have a similar set up.

Asked how his life has changed since being a contestant on University Challenge, Bobby told Metro: ‘I can still go to the shops. I still go to my local Lidl and get the best discounts!

‘I’m still really passionate about Maths and education, and I feel that now people are more likely to listen to me. They might say, “Oh that’s the guy from University Challenge, maybe we’ll give him a few more seconds than we normally would do”.

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He added that he and Eric could become role models for young people in the same way Love Island stars are.

‘I admit I watch TV that’s ‘not intellectual’ – for example I watch Love Island. I love the idea that Eric and I are also similar role models.

‘A lot of my students look up to Love Island contestants and want their glamorous Instagram lifestyles, but I like to think Eric and I offer something different, and say, actually, learning and being curious about the world is an acceptable way to be.’

He went on: ‘I’ve always thought that if Eric and I were on Love Island we would be like Chris and Kem, and if Chris and Kem were on University Challenge they’d be like us.

‘But Jack and Dani had such a really honest friendship and relationship, and I’m looking forward to see how they get on in the real world.’

The pair have filmed a new TV show, called Genius Guide To Britain, that will see them travel around the UK searching for hidden gems of British scientific and technological ingenuity.

Eric admitted that he found becoming a presenter ‘easier than expected’ because of the production team.

He said: ‘Everybody involved in the show was good at finding great places to go, giving us suggestions on how we could improve – they made it very easy.

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‘If you watch a lot of documentaries, you think you just put a camera on a talented individual and they can tell you everything you want to know about a subject.

‘But in my experience it wasn’t how it worked. We would have to adjust and they would suggest, “Why don’t you try talking about this?”, we would talk about where we were going and I’d try and share my ideas and they would try and work that in.

‘It was a lot easier to go from contestant to presenter than I expected. I had the support of a great team.’

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

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