The TV Book Club Channel 4 slot change
News: Channel 4 is to move its daytime repeat show of The TV Book Club to a later time. The Monday 12.05pm C4 repeat will now be broadcast at 2.55pm. The first showing, on More4 at 7.30pm on Sundays, will remain the same. A spokesperson for the channel explained that: "There is a greater potential audience available a bit later in the afternoon. We are really pleased with the show so by moving it to 2.55 we are giving more people the opportunity to view."
Cactus m.d. Amanda Ross said of the time change, "This is obviously really good news for the show and a great vote of confidence from the channel."
The TV Book Club which is funded by Specsavers is a ten part series presented by TV personalities Jo Brand, Gok Wan, Laila Rouass, Dave Spikey and Nathaniel Parker, which started in January 2010.
The show launched with Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger, the rest of the selected titles in transmission order are: Blacklands, by Belinda Bauer, Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant, Juliet, Naked, by Nick Hornby, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, The Rapture by Liz Jensen, Brixton Beach by Roma Tearne, The Way Home by George Pelecanos, Wedlock by Wendy Moore, and The Silver Linings Play Book by Matthew Quick.
The authors, a combination of established writers and emerging talents, include Nick Hornby, who features with his latest work Juliet, Naked. Nick is no stranger to literary success, having won global recognition for his award-winning books Fever Pitch and About a Boy, which along with High Fidelity have all been made into high-grossing movies. Meanwhile, The Way Home author, George Pelecanos is a TV and film producer and has written and produced extensively for the cult hit crime-fighting drama, The Wire. Sarah Waters, who has written The Little Stranger, has previously enjoyed success with her books Tipping the Velvet and Fingersmith, winning the South Bank Award for Literature and being named as Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.
Each week the revived TV Book Club will also feature a major celebrity interview and an author who has been previously selected discussing how the programme impacted on their success. Previous writers that have benefited from featuring on the TV Book Club include Kate Mosse, Victoria Hislop and Cecilia Aherne.
Testament to its undeniable success, previous Book Club entries (from Richard & Judy’s daytime show) have been made into high-grossing movies. A film of Alice Sebold’s best-seller The Lovely Bones has just been released starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz and Susan Sarandon and directed by the Oscar winning director of The Lord of The Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson, while Cecilia Aherne’s PS I Love You, was released as a motion picture in 2007 starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler.