Attenborough 'passes the torch' to Brian Cox

Broadcasting legend Sir David Attenborough has hailed physicist Brian Cox as his natural successor.

During his six decade broadcasting career Sir David has brought the natural world to television audiences.

Sir David Attenborough has hailed physicist Brian Cox as his natural successor Credit: PA

He said: "If I had a torch I would hand it to Brian."

Earlier in the night, Cox had praised Sir David's "inspirational" example during a ceremony to mark his career.

He said: "There are many, many scientists across the world who cite David's programmes as being the original inspiration that got them into science.

"He's contributed to science, and thereby contributed to society, to Britain and indeed the world. That's what great science communicators can do."