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Campbell and Sawalha to front replacement for BBC's Kilroy

Now You’re Talking!: Sawalha and Campbell will take turns to present

The BBC has replaced Robert Kilroy-Silk’s weekday early morning talkshow – scrapped last month after his controversial anti-Arab article in the Sunday Express – with a new programme to be fronted by Radio Five Live Breakfast presenter Nicky Campbell and actress Nadia Sawalha, writes Wale Azeez.

Called Now You’re Talking!, the half-hour BBC One discussion programme will begin its run next month and will still be produced by the Kilroy Television Company.

This means that the BBC Breakfast programme will hold on to the extra half-hour it gained when Kilroy was first suspended pending the internal BBC inquiry that eventually saw the show cancelled.

Campbell and Sawalha will take turns to present the show, which will be recorded with a studio audience. The programme is also considering guest presenters for some of the shows later in the spring. Campbell will continue to present Five Live’s Breakfast and BBC One’s consumer issues programme Watchdog as well as the new programme.

The show’s executive editor is Paul Woolwich, BBC One’s senior executive producer of current affairs. Woolwich is also responsible for Kenyon Confronts and collaborative programmes between current affairs and drama such as the one-off edition of Kenyon on the NHS last October. He has also been responsible for a number of single-issue programmes, including last July’s Asylum.

Last year Woolwich worked with BBC daytime controller Alison Sharman to develop the current affairs series Britain’s Secret Shame and Britain’s Streets of Crime.