Thanks to both Vince for clarifying his position (I understand much better now) and to scentless_apprentice. I don't think you are going against the grain scentless, most posters seemed either neutral or in favour of the 'rock star physicist'. Oddly, Vince has probably gained Professor Cox and extra viewer since I hadn't seen the show but I'm now most intrigued to see what all the fuss is about! I would agree with scentless in that there has been a general dumbing down of tv, you only have to watch the BBC News at Six to see that it's of a lower standard than Newround was in the old days! In terms of the making of tv programmes, I've no real comment. I certainly don't think many would switch on to see any presenter deliver a monologue on a scientific topic so I suppose it's a question of balance. I'm more inclined to side with the people who are saying that anything that gets the public to take an interest in science has to be worth a shot. At a time when several leading universities have lost physics departments, surely the more people who have at least some interest has to be a good thing. I'm sure how Vince can say with such certainty that popular TV like Prof Cox won't spark interest amongst youngsters, it might not be to everyones taste but at least the BBC are having a go.