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Cox star of royal TV Society Awards

Published 16/03/2011 | 08:52

Brian Cox arrives at the Royal Television Society Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Photo: PA
Brian Cox arrives at the Royal Television Society Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Photo: PA

Science poster boy Professor Brian Cox was the star himself after becoming a double winner at the Royal Television Society Awards.

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The pop star turned academic was rewarded for turning his shows about the solar system into a mainstream hit at the highbrow awards event.

Another double winner last night was Miranda Hart, who has won huge acclaim for her BBC2 sitcom Miranda, which is soon to be moved to BBC1. She collected the prize for best comedy performance and her show landed the award for best scripted comedy.

"I'm really thrilled because I don't really like writing - I find really hard work," she said as she collected her scriptwriting prize.

And she thanked TV presenters Ant and Dec - winners of the best entertainment performance prize - for helping her to enjoy the evening, staged at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

"Because we're on the BBC table we're not allowed to drink Champagne so I was dared to ask Ant and Dec for theirs and they gave it to me."

Cox was rewarded as best presenter - beating Piers Morgan and Reggie Yates - and his BBC2 series Wonders Of The Solar System took the science and natural history prize.

The astrophysicist - who had a first taste of fame as a member of chart act D:ream - thanked the BBC for allowing an academic to become a presenter.

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