BRIAN COX

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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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