The Book Group was a situation comedy, aired on Channel 4 between 2002 and 2003, and ran for two series. It was written and directed by the American-born Glasgow resident Annie Griffin, who also wrote and directed Festival. It was the winner of two Bafta Scotland awards.
In January 2006, it was announced that screenwriter Andrew Davies would make a feature film adaptation of The Book Group for Film 4, but the project was never started.
The Book Group
revolved around the life of Clare Pettengill (Anne Dudek
), who, at the start of the series, had recently arrived in Glasgow
. She starts up a book club to try to find friends with similar interests. Those whom she encounters are not what she expected: her new group consists of a drug-addled, egotistical postgraduate student (and subsequently his neurotic and ever worrying brother), an easy-going disabled man who aims to be a writer, three discontented footballers' wives, and a straggler who hides his bisexuality with an obsession for football. All of the members are brought together not so much by the books that they read (if they read the book at all), but by their all having ambitions to better their lives and their general contempt for so many others around them.
- "On The Road"
- "The Alchemist"
- "Magical Realism"
- "Bedtime Stories"
- "Dark Alley"
- "A Little More Living"
- "You Must Change Your Life"
- "A'salaam Insha'lah"