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Book Club to return to TV minus Richard and Judy

Gok Wan
Gok Wan is one of the celebrities fronting the new series

The book club made famous by presenters Richard and Judy is to return to TV screens, but with celebrity reviewers replacing the couple.

The TV Book Club will review "the most compelling reads for 2010" and be fronted by stars including stylist Gok Wan and comedian Jo Brand.

It will air on digital channel More4, with repeats on Channel 4 the following lunchtime, from January 2010.

The final 10 titles for the show will be revealed at the end of December.

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Laila Rouass, comedian Dave Spikey and actor Nathaniel Parker will also be joining the presenting panel.

'New chapter'

Each week the show will also feature a celebrity interview and an author who has been selected for a previous Book Club series, discussing how the programme changed their lives.

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan
Richard and Judy's Book Club help boost sales of featured novels

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan took the Book Club with them from Channel 4 when they took their magazine show to digital channel Watch, but they quit their show earlier this year after falling viewing figures.

Amanda Ross, creator and producer of the original club which began in 2004, said: "We're thrilled to be bringing the Book Club back to TV screens.

"We would 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 and I'm looking forward to the start of its new chapter."

In past years, novels including The Time Traveller's Wife, The Bookseller of Kabul and The Shadow of the Wind have seen a boost sales thanks to its inclusion on Richard and Judy's Book Club.



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