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It's Film 2010 With Claudia Winkleman
She's hosting BBC's flagship film show

29 March 2010  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: BBC

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After months of speculation about who would take over from Jonathan Ross as host of the BBC’s flagship film review show, Film [Insert Year Here], Auntie Beeb has confirmed that Claudia Winkleman has bagged the gig.

Mark Kermode, long presumed to be the frontrunner for the chair vacated by Ross when he left the programme recently, ruled himself out of contention on Friday, but we imagine that the Winkleman deal had been clinched long before that.

At first glance, it’s something of a leftfield appointment and early reaction to the news that the glamorous TV presenter has got the job has not been favourable. However, it should be noted that she’s presented film shows on TV before – she presided over Sky’s Oscar coverage a couple of years back – and presents Claudia Winkleman’s Arts Show on Radio 2 presently. She’s also married to Kick-Ass producer, Kris Thykier, so has a unique insight into the business. (Curiously, it also continues the show’s association with Matthew Vaughn’s film; Ross is married to its co-writer, Jane Goldman.)

"I am completely over the moon about being given this enormous honour,” she told the BBC.

The programme’s format is being restructured to fit Winkleman, who will now discuss and debate the week’s news and reviews with a panel of pundits, journalists and expert judges. “Just so people don't panic, it's not just me, because that would be horrifying,” she said. “So it will be brilliant critics and all kinds of people sharing their knowledge, because I'm rubbish on horror.”

Despite initial shock at the appointment, we’re more than willing to give Winkleman – and the format revamp – a chance; something positively encouraged by Ross in a recent tweet. “Hope everyone will give the lovely Winkleman a chance to settle into Film 2010 chair,” he said. “She is smart and funny and knows her stuff.”

The man knows, the man knows…
 


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FILM 2010? long live spill.com!
In an era where blogs, twitterati and everythin else internetty is taking over the critic / review business you'd think the BBC would nail their sails to that mast which separates themselves from all comers: quality (or the potential at least to deliver it). Ross wasnt the best but he had some gravitas as a film eficianado. The appointment of Claudia ("ooh, great shoes!") Winkleman however seems like a desperate attempt at bumping up ratings by pulling in a populist presenter and r More

Posted by darkg at 12:41 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

Film 2010 with Pingu/A Bucket of Beans/Jessica Alba please.
Anything would be better than that vacuous inanity winkleman. More

Posted by direwolf7 at 10:26 on 31 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: What A Flop
Does anybody still watch this show?  Seriously?  With that idiot Ross in charge for the past ten years? Winkleman is a poor choice but it's hardly a downward spiral. More

Posted by The Todge at 23:28 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

What A Flop
Biggest flop of 2010 More

Posted by nybras at 21:47 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RIP Film 2010
Coming soon to BBC1, Fearne Cottons 18 part symposium on post colonial African history. Also coming this summer, don't miss the exciting new docu-drama with intrepid Barbara Windsor going through the rigorous ordeal of the SAS selection /training process! More

Posted by spamandham at 19:14 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RIP Film 2010
You have got to be taking the piss, this decision is just a fucking joke. A bad one. Early April fools maybe... More

Posted by spamandham at 18:55 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

RIP Film 2010
Ross was too controversial of late, so they've gone with safest, blandest choice of Claudia Winkleman. She of the floppy, dog-like fringe over her eyes (what's she got to hide, eh?). Saw her Oscar show, can't remember one thing she said, it was that bad. Pointless waffle. Poor choice. More

Posted by BenTramer at 16:14 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

Hasn't even opened the studio door yet.
I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of knee-jerk reactionists eating some humble pie once she gets going. It's been a long time coming for Claudia getting a higher profile show to head up. Those who have already nailed up her coffin please feel free to not watch a single episode. We don't need to know you'd be doing that by the way. "I don't watch it anyway but I thought I'd comment..." Tossers. I'm so glad Kermode isn't. I'd rather watch the entire series of What Katie Did Next More

Posted by REALLYMAD at 15:45 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: It's Film 2010 With Claudia Winkleman
Should have been Jeremy Clarkson! "This has to be the worst film..................................................w oorld More

Posted by lukeyboy at 14:36 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: a good choice!!
L: benjamin_p_98 I think she is a perfect choice. I watched her presenting the sky coverage of the baftas and the oscars. She knows her films!!! I thought jonathon ross was a bad choice when he took over from barry norman but i think he has done a sterling job, i will miss ross i thought he was an excellent, impartial reviewer and i found myself agreeing with his reviews a lot. That said..... ersonally I thought she was awful presenting the Sky Oscar show the other week. Vapid and gu More

Posted by hughjass at 12:59 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

VIDS!
I don't watch it anymore anyway, but I have no problem with the pick or the format change.   But if it was ME making the choice I'd have found the guys from Vids and stuck them on.  That show was worth watching.   I'm guessing her lack of horror knowledge means that Kim will be gracing our screens fairly often though. More

Posted by TheRealMacgyver at 11:15 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

Brooker is a hero
Despite my previous rant I would just like to clarify that I have nothing against potato-faced cynics per se - I worship at the feet of Brooker, and all of the otthers mentioned are also excellent at what they do - but they're still bad fits for the Film job More

Posted by Dr Science at 11:04 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

is it me or is it getting a bit troll in here?
what a bunch of moaning dickwits - Andrew Collins? Richard Jobson? Alex Cox? Mark Kermode? Charlie Brooker? Why do you all seem to think that potato-faced cynics are the only credible choices? I've been a dedicated fan of the show since way back in the Barry Norman days and I am absolutely delighted to see Winkleman get the job - she's foxy, funny and a lot less ditzy than she pretends to be on the panel shows. I think it's an excellent choice and I think it's definitely the right time to try a More

Posted by Dr Science at 11:01 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

That's the best they could do?
Appreciate the comments about her having industry links but her "Oscar coverage" is the bloody red carpet arrivals! Seriously, in all fairness lets see how she gets on but surely someone like Andrew Collins from the Radio Times would have been a better choice? More

Posted by Marwood at 10:35 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

Who Cares?
I like to watch the film first before seeing half of it on Film <insert year>!! More

Posted by Hillsman at 10:33 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

Double-turds!
There's no emoticon for how I feel! More

Posted by Mr Grizzly at 09:12 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
This stinks of the bbc wanting the film show to tank so they can have an excuse to cancel it! More

Posted by Frank Castle at 09:01 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

Come back Barry Norman. Your filmgoing public need you...again. More

Posted by RK6318 at 01:50 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

Hmmmmm.
I'm quite shocked. But we'll see. More

Posted by Wozza80 at 01:36 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

richard jobson, alex cox (remember moviedrome)? but winkleman?????come on....anyway rossy did'nt review half the stuff in case it clashed with an interview...charlie brooker perhaps...? what winkleman knows 'bout flix i could probable write on a matchbox... More

Posted by iamevilhomer! at 01:14 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

Good Grief.
Maybe they'll get the critics to rate the movies like the judges on Strictly - 'Chris Hewitt?' 'SEVEN!!' More

Posted by sagart at 00:41 on 30 March 2010 | Report This Post

Not interested, i mean, she's shit on all those panel shows...
Reaaaaaaaaalllllyyyy??? Winkleman?? Nah, not interested. More

Posted by tysmuse at 23:41 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
I hate to be a film snob...but what a fuck up! I wasn't a huge fan of Ross, but at least he knew his shit. And her covering the Oscars doesn't make her an afficianado! Jesus Christ, I would have taking James King over this fucking disaster!    More

Posted by elzupasmonkey at 23:12 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
She's no Christine Bleakley. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 23:09 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

Good choice!
I'm liking this! Instead of trying to replace Ross, this revamp of the format and new (female!) presenter is just what the show needed... despite liking Ross, it was starting to become quite stale. Bring her in I say... and instead of condemning her before she's even appeared why not try keeping an open mind folks!! More

Posted by losthighway at 23:08 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

richard jobson, alex cox (remember moviedrome)? but winkleman?????come on....anyway rossy did'nt review half the stuff in case it clashed with an interview...charlie brooker perhaps...? what winkleman knows 'bout flix i could probable write on a matchbox... More

Posted by iamevilhomer! at 23:04 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

Bored of the anti-Ross snobs
But I'd rather they'd just axed it. They may as well have got Davina. More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 23:01 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

Don't forget....
.... Jonathan Ross once claimed that Batman Forever was 'the greatest film ever...' Frankly, if they gave the job to anyone but Ross, things are looking up... More

Posted by andyswright at 21:46 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

Crap
So that'll be credibility gone then. I thought Wossy was a bad enough choice (and I'm a fan of his). They'll probably get Alesha Dixon next. More

Posted by The_Hat at 21:37 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

an absolute shite decision
come back bazza all is forgiven More

Posted by skewiff at 21:34 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

Mark Kermode was plugging his book on Irish radio and the host pat kenny asked about fillm 2010. It was job he didnt want and went out of his way to endorse jonathan ross by saying that ross had a superb knowledge of asian films and manga comics. Kermodes choices are all cult, and indie films. He is and will be the successor to philip french at the observer. More

Posted by mpcdaly at 21:28 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

Whhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttttttttttttttt tttttt!?!??!!!?! More

Posted by nigeyboy at 21:22 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

Good Grief.
Maybe they'll get the critics to rate the movies like the judges on Strictly - 'Chris Hewitt?' 'SEVEN!!' More

Posted by sagart at 21:16 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

She can't be worse than Wossy...
...but I do wonder whether Empire's true reasons for putting a positive slant on this news is to make sure they don't get blacklisted from appearing on the panel... ;o) More

Posted by Evil_Monkey25 at 21:01 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

Awful news!
What are the BBC thinking?? Film (insert year) has lost all credibility now in my opinion..... More

Posted by Hands Randall at 20:55 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

WTF!
How the fuck did Mark Kermode get overlooked?!! More

Posted by steveg66 at 20:45 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

Haven't watched Film [year] since Barry Norman left...
but I think Claudia will do fine. I hope the new presenter means that the BBC will reschedule the show - I mean isn't it on at 12.30am on a tuesday or something? Hardly a ringing endorsement. More

Posted by Hoylus at 19:51 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

Looking forward to it
A good choice. I like Mark Kermode but his views can be a little off-beat. Winkleman will give it a populist slant, but good! Now perhaps more people will watch, have a more informed view of cinema and they'll put it on earlier. Good work. More

Posted by philshepp at 19:46 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

bizarre, but i haven't watched it since barry left. But this just seems wrong on all accounts, I was really hoping Mark would get it..... More

Posted by icelandicwolf at 19:36 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

just sounds awful. Its like the BBC are dumbing down every show they have, turning everything into a strictly come on ice rehash. More

Posted by clarkkent at 19:33 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

a good choice!!
I think she is a perfect choice. I watched her presenting the sky coverage of the baftas and the oscars. She knows her films!!! I thought jonathon ross was a bad choice when he took over from barry norman but i think he has done a sterling job, i will miss ross i thought he was an excellent, impartial reviewer and i found myself agreeing with his reviews a lot. That said..... More

Posted by benjamin_p_98 at 19:33 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: WHAT?!
L: Snake-Eyes This person has as much charisma as a piece of wet lettuce! And she probably knows screw all about films. n all seriousness, she obviously knows more than the average movie buff, given she's experienced in art appreciation and criticism, and is married to a pretty major film producer. More

Posted by zasin at 19:28 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: It's Film 2010 With Claudia Winkleman
Good god, give the woman a chance!! To assume she is just going to like chick flicks is plain sexist. She is quick witted and clearly has some knowledge of the business so should make for an interesting host. Stop having a go at her because she isn't Mark Kermode. Ok my rant is now over! More

Posted by Trixiepanthead at 19:21 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

I like her, there, I've said it.
I think she's engaging and entertaining. Plus, given Ross' track record on film reviews, I can't imagine her opinion will be any less valid. I approve of the decision to bring in other critics for a dialogue, as opposed to just one presenter giving their opinion on movies which they may (or may not, in several instances) have seen. More

Posted by khac6876 at 19:19 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

Worst choice!
Worst choice ever! Come on! Really have you her seen presenting skills! Plus her film knowledge isn’t that, unless it on the autoqueue. So this means the end of another great BBC show! More

Posted by thunderclap at 19:06 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

WHAT?!
This person has as much charisma as a piece of wet lettuce! And she probably knows screw all about films. More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 19:05 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

jeez louise move over thelma
Got to say WTF Who is she What does she write for OH some come dancing show great J.Ross was crap too and if you never noticed Kermodes script in there then you are all deaf dumb and blind yes rossy knew all about the crap movies its his taste but c.mon some of the words he used well they were just not in his intellectual league I know Kermode does not want the gig but christ winkleman jesus. oh i seem to be getting religious it's that bad anyway i stopped watching years ago so it More

Posted by OMNI at 18:48 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

RE: james king is a knob
Stupid choice. Oh well, I don't watch it anyway. More

Posted by hatebox at 18:45 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

james king is a knob
I think she will do allright thank god its not james king he does not review anything he just tells you the whole plot so theres no point in seeing the film for your self he is a spolier. kermode would have been first choice but even he tends to lean toward the darker side of cinema. Sexy claudia will do just fine thank you very much. Bye bye wossy you floppy haired git. More

Posted by gavinmrt at 18:41 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

Fair doo's
As long as shes not just a pretty face(which she has..very much so),i would like her opinion on film and not just her reading an autocue.She is fit,in fact i think i has the hots. More

Posted by danbo1138 at 18:27 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

WTF?
So BBC3's go-to-presenter gets a big role. She might have presented a couple of film related programmes but does she KNOW anything about film. James King would have been a much better choice given Kermode ruled himself out. What next then? Holly Willoughby for Mastermind or Tess Daly for Newsnight? Film 2010 - RIP More

Posted by danclay77 at 18:27 on 29 March 2010 | Report This Post

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