Show will test knowl­edge

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

STEPHEN FRY is to star in a new BBC ra­dio doc­u­men­tary guid­ing two of the na­tion’s new­est beloved braini­acs in their quest to find out whether gen­eral knowl­edge has any prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion.

The show, Monkman and Seag­ull’s Poly­mathic Ad­ven­ture, will fea­ture Eric Monkman and Bobby Seag­ull, who were cat­a­pulted into the lime­light af­ter their run as ri­val captains in this year’s Uni­ver­sity Chal­lenge.

It will be pro­duced by David

Ed­monds, a se­nior re­search as­so­ciate at Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity’s Ue­hiro Cen­tre for Prac­ti­cal Ethics and a JC colum­nist.

Mr Ed­monds has pro­duced ra­dio shows in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar pod­cast se­ries Phi­los­o­phy Bites, which has been down­loaded more than 33 mil­lion times, and has au­thored philo­soph­i­cal books Would You Kill the Fat Man? and Wittgen­stein’s Poker. Monkman and Seag­ull’s Poly­mathic Ad­ven­ture will see the pair in­ves­ti­gate whether their en­cy­clopaedic store of gen­eral knowl­edge is use­ful in the real world.

Mr Fry, a ca­reer poly­math, will ap­pear in a sup­port­ing role.

PHOTO: BBC

Eric Monkman

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