Three BBC live broadcasts to form part of WBN

Three BBC live broadcasts to form part of WBN

Three live broadcasts, plus coverage on Radio 4 and Radio 7 have been confirmed as part of the pan-BBC coverage for World Book Night.

BBC2 will broadcast an evening of "Culture Show" specials between 7.30pm and 10pm on Saturday. BBC arts editor Will Gompertz will broadcast live from the Aye Write! literary festival in Glasgow at 19.57 p.m. on the night (5th March). At 20.57, broadcaster and writer Stuart Maconie will appear live from will broadcast from a centre for the homeless in Manchester called The Mustard Tree . One hour later, James Naughtie will broadcast from WBN activities at London’s Southbank Centre.

BBC Radio 4’s “A Good Read” is dedicating the programme to the initiative from today (1st March) to WBN, with guests selecting their favourite title from the list of 25. Nightly arts programme “Front Row” (7.15pm) will also broadcast interviews with some of the authors from the list. BBC Radio 7 will present a selection of archive readings from the list.

As previously reported, the three Culture Show specials will be “A Million Books For Free: A Culture Show Special”, presented by Andrew Graham Dixon; “The Books We Really Read” presented by Sue Perkins; and “New Novelists: 12 of the Best from The Culture Show”, fronted by chair and presenter John Mullan.

BBC2 will also broadcast the recent adaptation of “Brideshead Revisited” from 10 p.m.