American Clare Pettengill, newly arrived in Glasgow, starts up a book group in order to make some new friends. The group consists of three unhappy European football wives, a pretentious ...
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The footballers' ladies are clearly dissatisfied with their menfolk whilst, on the phone, Clare lies to her mother about her non-existent social whirl. In a book-shop she tries to converse with Rab ...
Clare is now living with Lachlan in a loft apartment and studying 'Don Quixote' for the group though she keeps visualizing herself as the don with Kenny as Sancho Panza. Kenny himself gets his book ...
Fried follows the staff in the struggling Croydon branch of a low rent fast food chain, "Seriously Fried Chicken". We follow the group as they navigate the greasy world of nugget vending ... See full summary »
At age 10, Fanny Price is sent by her destitute mother to live with her aunt and uncle, Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram. As a child she was often made to feel that she was the poor relation but... See full summary »
American Clare Pettengill, newly arrived in Glasgow, starts up a book group in order to make some new friends. The group consists of three unhappy European football wives, a pretentious drug-addict student, a closet-homosexual football enthusiast, and a kind and gentle struggling author in a wheelchair. Each week they meet to read and discuss a new book, which always affects or influences each of the group's lives in some way. Written by
In one scene, Kenny remarks that he never sees Janice eating. In fact, the only female that is shown actually eating is Dirka; the other girls are shown with plates of food or touching food but never eating it. See more »
The first season's opening credits show the characters' houses in the order they appear during the book group sessions: Clare, Dirka, Barney, Rab, and Janice; though he had picked the book, Kenny decided to have the group meet at Clare's instead and Fist hadn't picked one during the first season. See more »
The premise is so simple that it would seem likely to be a snowballing success.
The fact that the first episode was such a well structured, delicately written and well acted piece, meant that it appeared there was every possibility it could be a well thought through character study over a six week, or however long, period.
Perhaps I am missing something as I have not read all the books that have so far been discussed by the group, but in any case the first episode was the only one that even touched upon the book at any level.
Since then the programme has descended into the characters outside of the group. More about how they react in other environments and the experience that the book group may have had on them. The episodes appear to have been cut very harshly. There are great wapping gaps, with no explanation.
The stuff about Kenny and Claire and the kiss has been forgotten. Barney and Claire and their immediate chemistry. The female obsession of Kenny's hands.
It has to be said that the acting is very accomplished and it is a pleasure to see new actors proving their worth. Perhaps at the end of the run all of the loose ends will be tied up and it will make sense as a whole?
Even so though it needs to be judged on each episodes merits, and doing that is so hard as each episode is so vastly different in genre and style.
It feels like it should have been a two part series, just like Men Only which is one of the best things Channel 4 has ever shown.
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