Oldham-born Brian Cox is the man who turned science into rock ‘n’ roll – apt as he started off as the keyboard player with D:ream, responsible for Things Can Only Get Better. They did for Cox thanks mainly to Hulme Grammar and The University of Manchester where he gained a PHD in high-energy particle physics.
He put his love of physics down to Carl Sagan and he followed in his footsteps onto TV thanks to his boyish good looks and his infectious enthusiasm. His work with the BBC on programmes such as Wonders of Life and Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage have made him a household name. because of the innovative work of Burnley-born screenwriter Paul Abbott. Having started his career on Coronation Street, he went on to create ground-breaking and award-winning dramas Clocking Off and Shameless and the 2003 political thriller State of Play which helped to pave the way for the new wave of small screen drama. More recently he wrote the BAFTA winning No Offence.
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