Richard and Judy launch podcast following infamous book club success

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Richard and Judy have launched a brand new podcast.

Richard and Judy have unveiled a brand new podcast after the success of their infamous book club.

The legendary TV presenters, who used to host ITV’s This Morning, have been running their popular book club for 10 years now.

And to celebrate the anniversary of their literary success, the couple are launching a podcast alongside it.

In their Book Club podcast, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan will speak about their recent reads as well as open up discussion with a number of bestselling authors and celebrity guests.

In this six-part series, the couple will speak to authors of novels they enjoyed and celebrity guests to discuss all things books across the episodes.

Richard Madeley judy finnigan book club

They will delve into the origins, themes and inspirations of the novels, as well as the emotional impact they had.

The podcast, which is being launched in collaboration with high-street favourite WHSmith, will launch later this week on Thursday 22nd October, with one new podcast episode launching every subsequent Thursday.

All episodes will be available to stream on Apple, Spotify, Acast and all other podcast providers.

And while they haven’t yet revealed everyone who they will feature on their episodes, Richard and Judy have release some of their line up.

Richard and Judy Book Club podcast features interviews with:

Episode 1 Gabby Logan discusses Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) & The Husband's Secret (Liane Moriarty)

Episode 2 Robert Rinder Heather Morris – Author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz Terry Hayes – Author of I Am Pilgrim

Episode 3 Richard Osman Clare Mackintosh – Author of I Let You Go Alex Michaelides – Author of The Silent Patient

Episode 4 Delia Owens – Author of Where The Crawdads Sing Emma Donoghue – Author of Room

Episode 5 DJ Annie Macmanus David Nicholls – Author of Us Jessie Burton – Author of The Miniaturist

Episode 6 Lisa Jewell – Author of The Family Upstairs Sarah Vaughan – Author of Anatomy of a Scandal

We can’t wait to tune in!

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