"Weakest Link" presenter Anne Robinson is to front a new celebrity chatshow about books similar to BBC Radio 4’s longrunning "Desert Island Discs" series.
"My Life in Books" will be a literary version of the music show to be broadcast on BBC2 from next month. Guests including P D James, TV presenters Peter and Dan Snow and former news anchor Trevor McDonald will appear to discuss their five favourite books.
"Of course, we want to remind people that the BBC covers literature, but more importantly we want to reflect the fact that people talk more about books now than they ever did," said BBC chief of arts commissioning Mark Bell.
He added, "Anne has already worked well at that time of night, of course. She is a passionate reader. She knows a lot about books and she's an enthusiast."
According to the Guardian, the show will be filmed in front of an audience, and will be broadcast daily from the end of February to herald World Book Day on 3rd March and the inaugural World Book Night on the 5th. Other guests lined up include author Jeanette Winterson, actor Larry Lamb, comedians Sue Perkins and Hardeep Singh Kohli and presenter Richard Bacon.
The BBC is to announce its "Books on the BBC" year this evening [24th January], which will include the four-part documentary series "Faulks on Fiction" and "Planet Word", a five-part series on language for BBC2 with Stephen Fry.
Programmes lined up also include documentaries on the King James Bible and children’s writer Michael Morpurgo giving the Richard Dimbleby Lecture.
The BBC is also supporting World Book Night with programming on BBC2.