I got some very exciting news for you all. As you know, Nat was a guest on the Richard & Judy Book Club several times over the last years. The show's big move from Channel 4 to digital channel Watch didn't prove to be a success rating-wise. The show lost a great number of viewers which is a shame, because it helped promote interesting new reads for a wider audience. Now "Richard & Judy" producer Cactus TV has revealed the long-awaited follow-up to the top-selling TV Book Club.

The show is planned to return with a new panel and on a new channel from January 2010. Stars such as Strictly Come Dancing contestant Laila Rouass and comic Jo Brand will do the reviewing instead. They will be joined by stylist Gok Wan, comic Dave Spikey and - you may have already guessed it - Nathaniel Parker. There will be more celebrity presenters to be announced later. Nat says “What a great opportunity to get books off the shelves and into the public consciousness. I think reading books gets so much more exciting if we can discuss them too.”

 

On the decision not to bring back Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan, who were behind the successful book club, Amanda Ross said: "Everybody felt it was time to move on. They had six successful years. It was time for a change." Instead, five "recognisable stars" - Brand, Spikey, Parker, Wan and actress and "Strictly Come Dancing" contestant Laila Rouass - will present the shows. The summer series will comprise eight episodes, championing "the best in holiday reads".

The new show will be broadcast on More4. Repeats will be shown on Channel 4 at lunchtime the following day. Producer Amanda Ross says: "We're thrilled to be bringing the Book Club back and to have a home on More4. Publishers, libraries and retailers have all provided invaluable support, which is set to continue to create a whole new wave of star authors."

Ross describes the new format as "like a dinner party", with the five hosts chatting to a celebrity author each week. The guest will then stay to discuss the book club book for that week. Each book will be promoted with a film of the author. Each week the show will also revisit success stories from the R&J book club, such as authors Victoria Hislop, Audrey Niffenegger and Jodi Picoult, discussing how the programme changed their lives, offering a unique glimpse into how it feels to be a chart-topping author. New non-fiction releases will also be discussed each week with accompanying videos. The list of titles chosen will be revealed on 26th December.

The first series of the show will be on from January 17, 2010. This show will run for 10 weeks, and each episode will be 30-minutes long. Please do note that all given info is subject to change and may be altered or revoked upon the producer's decisions.

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