Channel 4 and Specsavers launch new TV Book Club

Channel 4 has launched a new TV Book Club, funded by Specsavers, presented by stars Jo Brand, Gok Wan, Laila Rouass, Dave Spikey and Nathaniel Parker. The TV Book Club is aired on More4 every Sunday at 7:30pm, with a repeat on Channel 4 every Monday lunchtime. Produced by Cactus TV, creators of the original Book Club on Richard and Judy, The TV Book Club reviews the most compelling new reads.

The funding of the new look TV Book Club follows the recent success of Specsavers headline sponsorship of the Crime Thriller Awards 2009, with Cactus and the Crime Writer’s Association. Aside from The TV Book Club, an eight part Summer Read, which champions the best in holiday reads, will follow later in 2010.

The TV Book Club offers viewers the chance to celebrate and immerse themselves in Britain’s best writing, discussed by a new panel of faces, hand selected from all corners of TV, comedy and arts. In a similar style to ordinary book clubs up and down the country, the presenters rate and review one title each week, offering their personal insight and opinions.  

Creator and producer of the original and revived Book Club, Amanda Ross says: ‘We’re thrilled to be bringing the Book Club back to TV screens. Thanks to Specsavers we have a long term home on More and Channel 4. We would also like to thank publishers, libraries and retailers, who have all provided invaluable support, which is set to continue to create a whole new wave of star authors. The Book Club is without a doubt the TV series I am most proud of!’

Hamish Mykura, Head of Documentaries and More4 said ‘I’m delighted to bring the TV Book Club to More4 where it forms an exciting part of the resurgence of arts programming on the Channel.’

Click here to watch the first episode of The TV Book Club and visit www.tvbookclub.co.uk for further details.

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