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'The Book Group' coming in January

'The Book Group' coming in January

Another British hit television show is making its way across the Atlantic, and this one should interest our booklovers.

"The Book Group" first aired in 2002-2003, featuring an American transplant to Scotland who decides to start a book club. Instead of finding new friends, Claire finds plenty of wacky hijinks and an antagonist or two.

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As the Ovation TV site explains the series, "each episode focuses on a different book, which influences the characters lives in some way (if they bothered to read it at all!)."

I've watched a couple of clips of the show, and I'll be watching a whole lot more in the future. While there are elements of awkward comedy, ala "The Office," which normally make me cringe, I do enjoy the concept of a bunch of strange people gathering in one place to discuss "Don Quixote," "The Sexual Life of Catherine M." and a few fictional tomes, as well. Meanwhile, these characters get passionate about their books, as the abundant cursing in some scenes will attest.

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The show premieres Jan. 4th on Ovation TV, which is available for DirecTV customers in the Baltimore area, and will air Mondays at 8 p.m. You can check the availability of Ovation TV in your area here.

Who knows? If it becomes popular enough, maybe we'll get a new American version. If that's in my future, I demand guest appearances by authors such as Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie and Anne Tyler -- with Shakespearian ocassions of mistaken identity, unrequited love and physical comedy. Maybe even that cage fight between Stephenie Meyer and Stephan King that a few of our readers seem to be hoping for.

Oh, when readers rule the world...

(Photo courtesy of Ovation TV)

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