Wednesday, April 25, 2007

ANZAC Day Book Group

I've extended The Book Group DVD twice already. Finally found the time to watch it. Today's ANZAC Day, so no work.

The British TV comedy/drama series centers on Clair Pettengill and members of her book group. Clare is a writer from Cincinnati, Ohio who moved to Glasgow. In an attempt to make new friends, she starts a book group. The group consists of three European footballers wives (Fist, Janice, and Dirka) , a druggie post-grad student (Barney), a homosexual football fan (Rab), and a nice guy in a wheelchair (Kenny). Throughout the episodes, the book group had gone through Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Gabriel Garcia Marquez' One Hundred Years of Solitude, Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist (a.k.a. The Man Who Could Turn Base Metals into Gold), The Little Engine that Could, and Martin Logan's Dark Alley.

By the end of the six-part series, Kenny became personal trainer to Dirka and Fist, and had them lusting after him. Janice had an affair with thriller writer Martin Logan. Her husband Jackie doesn't really mind because he's busy giving all his attention to Rab, who became his personal assistant (not secretary). Claire made a pass at Barney right after the first book group meeting, but he didn't bite. Seven months and six episodes later, she got lucky. Barney passed away due to drug overdose and his struggling artist-brother Lachlan came over to sort out his stuff. First time Clair met him, she snagged him and made him her boyfriend.

Nice concept, funny one-liners from Kenny, a little eye candy from the footballers' wives, need more content and maybe a few new faces to keep the book group fresh.

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