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 Clare Pettengill (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
Bonnie Engstrom ...
 Dirka (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Janice McCann (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Lachlan Glendenning / ... (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Kenny McLeod (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Fist de Grooke (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Rab (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Jackie McCann (8 episodes, 2002-2003)
Gotti Sigurdarson ...
 Lars (7 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Miles Longmuir (6 episodes, 2003)
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 Wee Jackie (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
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 Jean Pettengill (5 episodes, 2003)
Lars Oostveen ...
 Bart van Dongen (5 episodes, 2002-2003)
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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 Vladimir (Laitue_Gonflable@hotmail.com)

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Jean Pettengill: Oh, that's my other news. I'm getting married.
Clare Pettengill: Oh, I didn't realize you were seeing anyone.
Jean Pettengill: I'm not. It's just a visa thing.
Clare Pettengill: What? Oh, just ignore those letters.
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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 »

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2 great TV series by Annie Griffin!
3 December 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Hey! I have been sitting watching the TV series "The Book Group" (2002) & thinking how much I love their sarcasm & wit.

And now I have found that Annie Griffin directed an earlier series "Coming Soon" (1999) and 'The Book Group' (2002-3). Both series have that same brew of almost reality, where life is acted out through the comedic antics of the winners & losers within the screenplay.

The tone of truly delightful, witty sarcasm and creamy cutting wit is the thing that I unwittingly connected with in both series, and it is the characters in 'Coming Soon' (1999) & The Book Group's characters' continuous unveiling of how they try to remain true to themselves, & FAIL GLORIOUSLY that brings out what I love about the two series.

Gradually, we begin to get an idea of what is behind the characters' closed doors and understand that there could be a tenuous connection to what most people consider 'normal' but within these people there are many shades and depth of how we all try to connect with reality, maybe miss the mark, then struggle, but move onwards & upwards.

You know I did not know till I checked IMDb! that "The Book Group' was connected to my old favourite series "Coming Soon". AND here it is! Sorry about all the exclamation marks !!! but I am SO elated to find Annie Griffin's gooey, blueberry coated finger in both wonderfully told tales of Scottish (Glasgow) extremist, eccentric behaviours.

"The Book Group" brings us the great work of Derek Riddell as Rab: taciturn tracksuit wearer, who reveals little about himself, has stubble, and literally loves footballers. The wonderful James Lance (from TV's 'Absolute Power') as Barney Glendenning- pretentious, opinionated post-graduate student with blonde highlights & drug problem. Karen Kilgariff as Jean Pettengill Claire's awful, overbearing older sister, who arrives in Glasgow wanting to share Claire's exciting lifestyle and Rory McCann as the wheelchair bound Kenny.

James Lance also plays Lachlan Glendenning- pretentious, bearded, bespectacled brother of Barney, who claims to be an installation artist. Their lives are wonderfully wacky and I recommend you all try to find them on DVD & see how great both series really are.


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