Jonathan Ross to return to the BBC in special astronomy series

Jonathan Ross

Jonathan Ross is due to return to the BBC early next in a special one-off astronomy series with Professor Brian Cox. The pair first appeared on TV together earlier this year when Cox was interviewed on Ross' late night chat show which ended in the summer after he announced he'd be leaving the BBC in January this year.

Called 'Stargazing Live', the show will air over 3 consecutive nights in January early next year and will see Ross being taught about the skies along with comedian Dara O'Briain.

The pair will be taught by Professor Brian Cox and The One Show's Mark Thompson. Brian Cox will speak to astronauts live from the International Space Station, while Liz Bonnin will be based in Hawaii linking up live with the show to explain how stars also affect us in the daytime.

The BBC's director of vision Jana Bennett insisted to the Daily Mail that the broadcaster never "shut the door" on presenter.

"There wasn't anything to say he should not be on the BBC," she said. "He is well known as a huge enthusiast for learning. He wanted to know more about astronomy."

Stargazing Live will air during primetime on BBC One in January 2011.