Brian Cox

Brian Cox explores the possibility of life on Mars

Brian Cox: Seven Days on Mars (credit: BBC)

In 1980, the 12-year-old Brian Cox wrote to Nasa asking for photographs of its space missions, including shots from the mid-1970s Viking programme to land a spacecraft on Mars.  

Speaking from Seattle at an online RTS London event in June, the physicist and TV presenter recalled: “I was so excited when this package came back.” 

He continued: “It’s one of the most wonderful things that Nasa does. It doesn’t only… attempt to answer some of the biggest questions that we can ask, in this case, ‘Are we alone in the universe?’… but also, it engages with the next generation.”  

Succession renewed for fourth series

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Created by Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show), the series follows ageing media mogul Logan Roy (Brian Cox) and his children Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Roman (Kieran Culkin), Shiv (Sarah Snook) and Connor (Alan Ruck) as they jockey for position in the race to be named successor of the family media empire Waystar Royco.

Succession’s third series is currently airing on Sky and NOW in the UK, with the Roy family entering a full-blown civil war after son Kendall’s whistle-blowing about the conglomerate’s historical sex offences sending the company into a tailspin.

Sky releases teaser for Succession series three

Following Kendall’s (Jeremy Strong) public betrayal of his father, Logan (Brian Cox), in series two’s explosive finale, the trailer sees the Roy family forced to take sides.

The number one criterion for the Roys has always been personal gain, and true to form, Shiv (Sarah Snook) is seen to be negotiating for the better deal.

Series favourites Tom (Matthew Macfadyen) and Cousin Greg (Nicholas Braun) also feature, and it seems the latter’s part in Kendall’s stunt has soured their already toxic friendship.