TV space egghead Brian Cox is in more trouble today after a small west country town was devastated by a spate of burglaries last night.
The crimes were committed during a town-wide black-out, co-ordinated as part of Cox's three-night BBC2 astronomy extravaganza Stargazing Live.
BBC cameras were in the west country town of Dulverton to demonstrate what a difference to the night sky could be made by turning off all lights in an area.
But planners failed to take into account the local criminal fraternity, who had what one of them described as 'a field day.'
'Nimming' Ned Carter said: "'kin brill! Turn the lights off and get everyone to meet up in the main street...
"We 'eard about this weeks ago - thank you Coxy and the BBC - come the big switch off we was ready. We had a field day."
A police spokesman confirmed it had been a good night for the underworld: "We have had reports of several burglaries and car thefts in Dulverton and we are well pissed off with Brian Cox and the BBC.
"We are keen to speak to Professor Cox and, indeed, Mr O'Briain, about these incidents - to eliminate them from our inquiries, of course."
A BBC source said: "Oh for crying out loud... that bloody space head again!"