<p>Daytime TV duo Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are planning a one-off children's book show, as part of a new Channel 4 literacy season this autumn. "Richard & Judy's Best Kids' Books Ever" will be an hour-long, peak-time special featuring top children's authors, aimed at encouraging children to read.</p><p>The programme forms part of a Channel 4 season on the state of Britain's literacy that will run at the end of October. The week-long season will also include "Can't Read, Can't Write", a series that follows a headmistress' mission to wipe out illiteracy in her primary school with the help of literacy expert Ruth Miskin and poet Benjamin Zephaniah, and a "Dispatches" investigation in which Channel 4 News' chief correspondent Alex Thompson investigates standards of children's literacy in Britain and the wider social impact of poor literacy rates.</p><p>Also lined up for autumn to celebrate Channel 4's 25th anniversary are "Boy A", based on Jonathan Trigell's novel (Serpent's Tail); "Ponderland", Russell Brand's first solo series; and "This is Civilisation", inspired by the late Kenneth Clarke's arts series.</p><p>Meanwhile, Richard and Judy announced <em>The House at Riverton</em> as this year's Summer Read favourite, as voted for by viewers, on air on Wednesday.</p>
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