Saturday 16 December 2017

Critic to join Claudia on Film 2010

Claudia Winkleman will be joined by Danny Leigh on Film 2010
Claudia Winkleman will be joined by Danny Leigh 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.

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