At the 2013 Radio Times Covers Party Sir David Attenborough said “if I had a torch I would hand it to Brian Cox”.
But perhaps the young physicist and presenter of The Wonders of the Universe has a little way to go before he is able to outshine the elder statesman of TV science.
The veteran naturalist trounced Cox in the final of the RadioTimes.com TV Champion factual category, garnering 82% of the vote to Cox’s 18%.
In all 434,701 votes were cast in the whole factual champion round which featured 64 of the greats of factual TV competing for the crown.
These included Jeremy Clarkson and Chris Evans – the former Top Gear presenter losing to the present incumbent by 88% of the vote to 12% in round one.
Evans eventually fell to classicist Mary Beard who had 61% of the vote. But she in turn lost to Cox by 36% to 64%.
Attenborough will now go on to compete in the TV Champion finals and aim to triumph in a competition where more than 50m votes have been cast so far.
Comedy Champion Ricky Gervais and Entertainment Champion Ricky Wilson are among the eight finalists who will fight it out in the coming days to claim the RadioTimes.com TV Champion 2015 crown.
Sam Heughan from US import Outlander is another great to have won a places among the finalists chosen from the genre-based knockout rounds.
A trophy, and glory, awaits the victor. Go to RadioTimes.com/tvchampion to vote….