Has anyone ever noticed the lack of literature related television? While we understand that the two things are crossover media, there are television programmes about everything possible, cookery, theatre, politics, and virtually every other subject under the sun, but television based around literature is so rare I’m struggling to think of a single example.
However, all that could be about to change as Zoe Ball is to host a new TV book club, airing on ITV from mid-June. The show is to be made by Cactus TV in association with Specsavers and will run until mid-August, focusing on one book each week as part of the show.
Publishers can submit titles, and readers can find out all the lowdown at cactustvbookclub.co.uk, with publishers given until 6th April to submit books for consideration. The show will also be accompanied by an extensive campaign supporting the book club through bookshops, libraries and Specsavers stores.
Zoe Ball says she can’t wait for the show, calling it her ‘passion project’ as she is an avid reader, and hopefully the show will prove that there is a place on mainstream television for literature and literature related shows.
Reading has never been so cool, and much of that is due to Instagammers, and even pages like our own, bringing literature back into the eye of the public again. Hopefully this new show will do even more for the hobby of reading, and bring even more people to literature.
The project from Apple draws us into the world of Emily Dickinson and explores the themes of society, gender and family. The series follows Emily as a young writer who feels she doesn’t fit in to her world, and is shown through her imaginative point of view.
Dickinson is the writer’s coming-of-age story and shows her fight to have her voice heard. The comedy is still set in the 1800s, but is being made more accessible through its modern tone and styling.
While a science fiction show, the series was very grounded in real issues such as race, sex, gender, and religion featuring a multi-national cast, various sexualities and a transgender character, played by a transgender actor (yay!).
I absolutely loved it, and I know much of the team did too and brilliant storylines aside, I loved the fact that Amanita, played by Freema Agyeman worked at the City Lights Bookstore, meaning it was featured in various episodes. And if you were hanging out for more bookstore references there was a second one with a mention for Shakespeare and Co in the finale too! Read More
That isn’t stopping us from lapping it up of course and if you’ve been eagerly awaiting season 6 then here’s the trailer. Read More
“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein left an indelible mark on generations of imaginations,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP, global development and production for National Geographic Global Networks. “Equally inspiring is the story of Shelley’s relentless innovation, coupled with her desire to live on her own unconventional terms despite immense societal and cultural obstacles.” Read More