Sky Arts launches Book Club show

Sky Arts launches Book Club show

Arts and culture TV channel Sky Arts is to launch a new book club show, hosted by author and journalist Elizabeth Day and chef and broadcaster Andi Oliver.

Book Club Live will see members of an existing book club discuss new releases and their favourite titles. They will also be joined by an author, who will answer their questions, in addition to those from the public, with the show simultaneously broadcast on Sky TV Facebook Live. 

Booktuber Simon Savidge will also be on the programme, recommending some lesser-known reads.

The show will be released as four two-hour episdoes, and be free to view. 

Oliver said: "I could not be more excited to be working alongside the excellent Elizabeth Day for the first time and with gorgeous Simon Savidge for the second time, on the Sky Arts Book Club Live! Bringing together two of my greatest loves: books and cookbooks and getting the chance to share them with other people? Yes please! I am a very happy, happy, happy Andi Oliver."

The programme is one of four new commissions, alongside actor Ashley Walters directorial debut, "Boys", Irvine Welsh's documentary "Offended" and conductor Charles Hazlewood's exploration of the life of Beethoven, in celebration of the composer's 250th anniversary. 

Day said: "I'm so delighted to be a part of this brilliant new show, which puts books and readers right back at the heart of arts programming. As an author, I'm giddily excited at the prospect of sharing fantastic new releases and old favourites with the audience; and as a reader I couldn't think of a better way to spend my Sunday evenings than chatting about books with people from all over the country. I'm so grateful to Sky Arts and Philip Edgar-Jones and am thrilled that I get to co-host with the wonderful Andi Oliver. Now, please excuse me as I get back to this really great novel I'm reading."

The first episode of Book Club live will air on 18th October.