Claudia Winkleman to present Channel 4 show

Claudia Winkleman at the 2010 UK Jewish Film Festival

Claudia Winkleman at the 2010 UK Jewish Film Festival

Claudia Winkleman is to present a new showbiz interview programme on Channel 4.

The Strictly Come Dancing presenter, who succeeded Jonathan Ross as host of the BBC's flagship film programme last year, will be joined by celebrity guests in six episodes this summer.

Producers said the half-hour episodes of King Of… would "take a witty, informative and passionate look at our favourite things".

Ms Winkleman, who is pregnant with her third child by her PR husband Kris Thykier, is the daughter of the former Express editor Eve Pollard.

She said she had been practising her interview technique with family and friends "forever".

"I am completely over the moon I'm now being allowed to do it on the telly."

Darren Smith, channel 4's commissioning editor for entertainment, said Ms Winkleman would offer viewers "a real treat". He added: "Everyone knows how charming and brainy she is, and now you can see how incredibly funny she can be. We're hugely excited."

Last updated: 11:26am, April 12 2011