Wednesday 21 March 2018

Jonathan Ross returning to the BBC

Jonathan Ross will host the BBC Four World Cinema Awards
Jonathan Ross will host the BBC Four World Cinema Awards

Jonathan Ross is to return to the BBC less than three months after his high-profile departure, to host a movie awards show.

The star, whose contract with the corporation ended in July, spelling the end for his BBC One chat show and Radio 2 series, will host the BBC Four World Cinema Awards in October.

He had talked of taking a year's sabbatical before hosting a chat show for ITV1 from late next year.

Ross has previously hosted the event, which celebrates international filmmaking and is now in its seventh year.

The shortlist for the awards has also been announced and includes the animated memoir about the 1982 Lebanon War, Waltz With Bashir. Other nominees are Let The Right One In, I Am Love, A Prophet and The White Ribbon.

Nominees are drawn up by UK film writers.

Richard Klein, controller of BBC Four, said: "As the home of arts and culture, BBC Four is committed to world cinema. It's really important to encourage the viewing of such important stories from the world around us - this year's shortlist is further proof of an exceptional year for international film."

The awards take place at the BFI Southbank in London on October 7 and will be screened on October 9.

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