BBC Two is to air "Between The Covers", a six-part TV show hosted by Sara Cox about the joys of reading.
Cactus TV has been commissioned by BBC Arts to make the programme, which will feature “some of our best known personalities chatting about their favourite books in a funny and warm-hearted half hour”.
It will see Cox joined by four famous faces and some of their best-loved books each week. The programme will also include a review section, with the panel discussing a book of the week, helped by the author on explaining their work.
Six featured books will be chosen for the series by the editorial team in conjunction with literary consultants who are not affiliated to any publisher.
Cox said: “I can’t wait to delve between the covers of some fantastic books with some of my most favourite people. This show will be welcoming and warm—we want to celebrate books, recommend some absolute crackers and have a good giggle while we do it.”
Cactus TV is the firm behind “Saturday Kitchen Live” along with Richard and Judy's show that ran on Channel 4 for eight years and also included a book club segment.
Amanda Ross, c.e.o of Cactus TV, added: “I couldn’t be more excited that the BBC are championing books in a primetime slot on BBC Two. We will make sure we choose six amazing books as the centrepiece to the campaign to get as many people reading for pleasure as possible. Each week, our stellar panel, led by Sara Cox will inspire and entertain even reluctant readers to pick up a book.”
No details have been revealed yet of which date or time the show will air, but the BBC expects it to be broadcast later this year.