There is a small piece in the Independent today about the launch of a book programme on Sky that will interview authors and get discussions going around books. The piece in the Indy makes the point that none of the terrestrial networks seem to have been able to sustain a books programme.
I have always found that part of the reason why those programmes led to me switching off is that they always appeared to be like a club. The same old faces kept propping up to talk about literature and that sense of a being offered a fortunate glimpse of an insiders world actually made me turn away from it. Let’s hope the formula on the new show gets it right.