The Book Group ran its original episodes back in 2002 on Channel 4 in the UK (Just 12 episode!). Yet, its found new life on Netflicks and Hulu, too.. for many of us Americans who love British TV.
Its a smart comedy. At first I wasn't sure I was going to like Clare. Yet, all she wants in a real friend. And then when she becomes a best friend..well, its not all she'd hoped for. Its a complicated comedy about people. Each character is unique and you really want to get to know them.
|Kenny pining for Clare.|
Rory McCann played wheel chair bound Kenny in this show who is now Sandor Clegane on Game of Thrones.
|Michelle Gomez as Janice. My favorite moments are when she's interviewing people in the mirror. In real life she's married to Jack Davenport who is on Smash.|
STORYLINE: 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.
Anne Dudek played Clare who you might have seen in Covert Affairs.
- Clare: [After reading The Little Engine That Could] Barney, did you think that little engine was going to make it up that mountain?
- Barney: Hmm, yes I did, Clare. After all, its an american book.