Critic to join Claudia on Film 2010
Claudia Winkleman will be joined by movie critic and journalist Danny Leigh on the new series of Film 2010.
Claudia, 38, who has a weekly arts show on Radio 2, was unveiled in March as Jonathan Ross's successor on the flagship BBC One film programme, which returns in the autumn.
Her co-host Leigh has interviewed stars and directors including Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton and Dogville filmmaker Lars von Trier. He has been published in several newspapers and magazines and has written a weekly online film column for The Guardian since 2007.
He said: "When I was a kid in the dim and distant 1980s becoming ever more obsessed with movies, there were two places I could find out about them - my local fleapit cinema in Brighton, and the BBC's film programme with Barry Norman. Having been lucky enough to spend a chunk of the years since writing about film for a living, it entirely boggles my mind to have the chance to co-host the show now.
"I'm really looking forward to working with Claudia and we'll have something for everyone from the casual Wednesday night passer-by to the most well-informed and passionate film fanatic."
Claudia, who has covered the Baftas and presented the UK coverage of the Oscars and Golden Globes, said: "I'm completely over the moon about Danny joining the team. He's going to be a fantastic companion discussing all things film - from the latest Hollywood blockbuster to independent art-house cinema."
The BBC also said Film 2010 would be broadcast live for the first time in its 40-year history, and the weekly Wednesday night show will have a new format with "more discussion and debate" with a longer running time of 40 minutes.