Together they bring a new meaning to the phrase "legends in your own lunch-times."
The pair unearth a rich mix of histories stretching from Bath to Boston, from Doncaster to Dorchester.
They investigate local history from ghost-packed cities to the heritage of Liverpool FC.
They encounter the "Ladies of Llangollen", the celebrated virgins of Regency Europe - and discover the hidden talents of Nottingham's George Green, the miller and self-taught mathematician whose work may have helped Einstein develop the Theory Of Relativity.
"I failed O-Level History." says Hart-Davis. "I'm now a convert, a passionate fan."
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