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Graham Norton, Will Young and Laura Whitmore sign up for Between the Covers

BBC Arts announces the full line-up of Between The Covers, a brand new seven-part series on BBC Two designed to bring the nation together through sharing the pleasure of reading.

All the books featured in the series will be labelled with Between The Covers stickers in stores, libraries and online, so that audiences can read them too and tweet along with each episode, creating a book club for the nation #BetweentheCovers

The series is hosted by Sara Cox. Each programme features a panel of four different famous faces who will each bring with them their favourite book of all time to discuss with their fellow guests.

There are also two review sections, in each show the panel discusses the fiction book of the week, brought to life by a film of the author, the second selected book of the week has been written by one of Sara’s celebrity guests. Here are the book picks and panel line up for each programme in order:

  • Sara Pascoe talks about her book Sex Power Money alongside panellists Tom Allen, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Phil Wang. Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library is Book Of The Week.
  • Richard Osman talks about his book Thursday Murder Club with fellow panellists Lolly Adefope, Ricky Wilson and Ellie Taylor. Ingrid Persaud’s Love After Love is Book Of The Week.
  • Sophie Ward talks about her novel Love And Other Thought Experiments alongside panellists Rebecca Front, Ade Adepitan and Bill Bailey. Steve Cavanagh’s Fifty Fifty is Book Of The Week.
  • Will Young talks about his autobiographical account of To Be A Gay Man with Jo Brand, Ade Edmonson and Andi Oshu. Louise Hare’s This Lovely City is Book Of The Week.
  • Alan Davies talks about this autobiography Just Ignore Him alongside panellists Laura Whitmore, Anita Rani and Russell Kane. Clare Chambers’ Small Pleasures is Book Of The Week.
  • Babita Sharma talks about her book, The Corner Shop with Meera Syal, Guvna B and Dave Gorman. Bolu Babalola’s Love In Colour is Book Of The Week.
  • Graham Norton talks about his novel Home Stretch alongside panellists Grace Dent, Ben Miller and Desiree Burch. Stuart Turton’s The Devil And The Dark Water is Book Of The Week.

Sara Cox, Presenter of Between The Covers, says: “I can’t wait to delve between the covers of some fantastic books with some of my most favourite people. This show will be welcoming and warm – we want to celebrate books, recommend some absolute crackers and have a good giggle while we do it.”

Emma Cahusac, Commissioner for BBC Arts, says: “Between The Covers continues BBC Arts’ commitment to books programmes by bringing a weekly book group into the homes of everyone in the UK. The books the team have chosen are all contemporary, bringing a broad range of exciting and engaging stories across a variety of literary genres. I am thrilled the series has a primetime slot on BBC Two, and look forward to joining in the conversation on Twitter on Friday evenings.”

Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two, says: “Between the Covers promises to be a brilliantly engaging and entertaining show, sharing the very best writing with passion and humour. I’m delighted to see it join the BBC Two evening schedule.”

Amanda Ross, Cofounder and CEO of Cactus TV, says: “Our wonderfully talented line up of celebrities really draw the viewers in to be part of the ultimate fantasy book group discussing our weekly picks. Their entertaining banter, passionate and vivid descriptions make us all want to try books we perhaps wouldn’t otherwise have picked up. The panellists all really enjoyed making the series, so I’m sure our viewers will enjoy joining in with their chat.”

Between the Covers will stream via BBC iPlayer.