'The Book Show' moves to primetime

'The Book Show' moves to primetime

Sky Arts is moving "The Book Show" to a new primetime slot on Thursdays when it returns for a fifth series next week.

The show, presented by Mariella Frostrup, will be broadcast at 8pm and opens with four episodes from the Cheltenham Literature Festival. The show's producers have a new set and format for the show, which will focus on author interviews and performances.

In a new slot on the show, authors will engage in a debate inspired by a current literary topic. Janet Street Porter will discuss libraries, Libby Purves will consider how new words enter the English language and David Baddiel will explore the growth in comedians writing memoirs.

The debates will be chaired by Frostrup, who said: "I am delighted to be returning with 'The Book Show', and kick-starting the new series from Cheltenham. The new format will give all of our authors a chance to really debate and discuss, so I'm excited to see the variety of opinions, and I'm sure, arguments."