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.
A few nights ago the final show launched, which meant Number 1 in the Great American Read was announced. It will come as no surprise to many to hear that the number one book was selected as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, but there were a few surprises throughout the list.
This week Deadline reports that H. G Wells’ The Time Machine is to be adapted by Sky television for the small screen, although they do say the project is very early in the development stage, so it may be a while away yet, it is coming!
As a Doctor Who fan and a fantastic writer, Malorie had already been asked 5 years ago to write a short story based on the Seventh Doctor series with Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred (hear an extract).
Speaking in 2013, about her original short story, Blackman wrote:
“I have always loved Doctor Who. From the time I was a child and the Daleks used to make me run and hide behind the sofa, to Saturday morning pictures when I first saw the Doctor Who films featuring Peter Cushing, right up to the current Doctor with Matt Smith.”
The bosses at Doctor Who couldn’t have made a more perfect choice!
The latest series of Doctor Who will hit our screens this Autumn with many of the writers hidden from the public until now. Malorie Blackman is joined by writers Pete McTighe (Wentworth), Ed Hime (Skins), playwright Vinay Patel, and Joy Wilkinson (The Life And Adventures Of Nick Nickleby).