Ex Strictly Come Dancing star Laila Rouass talks about her new role on The TV Book Club.

Are you a bookworm?
“Yes! It’s so nice to read a book from your bedside table just before you go to bed. It’s what I usually do to unwind, so I jumped at the chance to be involved in the programme.”

Are you looking forward to lots of heated debate with the other judges?
“Yes! We all read the same book and come in and talk about it. It’s going to be interesting because we’re all from different walks of life and I think that’s going to add a bit of spice to the show. It can help to propel a book so we have a responsibility to be honest about what we’ve read.”

What about keeping up your dancing?
“Not really. I’m directing my first film in the summer so I’m going to be concentrating on that for the next few months and it’s going to be great fun.”

And the reading of course?
“Yes. There’s so many different books that I love. I’m a big fan of Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet. It’s like a life handbook that you can read over and over again. And I love biographies”

Would you ever write your own book?
“I’d love to be able to have that talent, but I don’t know where I would even begin. I think I’ll just stick to reading for now!”

The TV Book Club is on More 4 on Sundays at 7.30pm and on Channel 4 on Mondays at 12.05pm.