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Film 2010 names Claudia Winkleman's co-host

Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh
Image caption Leigh (right) has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines and is also a novelist

Film journalist Danny Leigh will be Claudia Winkleman's co-host when Film 2010 returns to BBC One this autumn.

Leigh, who has written an online film column for The Guardian since 2007, said he was "really looking forward" to being part of the revamped programme.

Broadcast live, the flagship show will replace the familiar monologue format with "topical debate and discussion".

Regular contributors will include Chris Hewitt from Empire magazine and Antonia Quirke, a novelist and journalist.

Extended from 30 to 40 minutes, Film 2010 will launch its new series to coincide with the London Film Festival in October.

Winkleman, named as Jonathan Ross's successor in March, said Leigh would be "a fantastic companion discussing all things film".

'Dream job'

Speaking at a launch event for the programme, Winkleman said presenting Film 2010 was her "all-time favourite dream job".

She said: "My dad, Barry, wept. I feel I should mention him because he knows that I've always, always watched it."

Viewers would notice several changes to the show, Jay Hunt, the controller of BBC1, said.

There will be more interaction with the audience who would be able to use social networking sites, including Facebook, to follow the show.

She said: "We are moving away from the idea that the film programme is a monologue and one person's take on film, and really engaging with what film buffs and occasional viewers love best which is dialogue and debate about what really is exciting at the heart of films, so there's a huge opportunity there."

The BBC's Film programme began in 1971 with a variety of presenters, among them Joan Bakewell and Iain Johnstone.

But it is most associated with long-time presenter Barry Norman, who became permanent host in 1972 and remained in that role until 1998.

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