I’ve long been a fan of both of these old codgers. I was a High School dropout and an autodidact, and had by good fortune stumbled upon both these worthies at an important point in my life. Russell’s An Outline of Philosophy was a very important book early on for me. Basically my introduction to the subject. And Copleston’s History of Philosophy which followed for me, was if possible, even more important.
If you haven’t ever heard it, I suggest its worth a listen in.
And, if you rather, here’s a transcript.