UNIVERSITY Challenge stars Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull paid a visit to Rainhill to film part of their new TV series.

Monkman & Seagull's Genius Adventures is a BBC documentary series presented by Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull.

The duo met as rivals on the quiz programme University Challenge in 2017.

They have since become friends, co-authors and TV and radio show co-hosts.

The show is a follow on series from 2018's Monkman & Seagull's Genius Guide to Britain.

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Monkman & Seagull’s Genius Adventures continues on Monday at 9pm on BBC Two

It follows Eric and Bobby on a road trip around the United Kingdom, time-travelling through a key 150-year period from the Industrial Revolution to the Victorian era.

The duo visit Rainhill, to see the site where Stephenson's Rocket won the Rainhill Trials.

Footage has been shared with the Star of the duo's appearance in the village.

Last year, a replica of Stephenson's Rocket came to the village for the 190th anniversary of the Rainhill Trials.

The locomotive established a steam train as the correct choice for the future of the Liverpool to Manchester line 190 years ago at the Rainhill Trials in 1829, which was a competition to decide on the best mode of transport for the railway.

The episode featuring Eric and Bobby's visit to Rainhill will be broadcast on Monday, May 25 at 9pm on BBC Two.