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Coming Soon (1999)

Coming Soon is the story of an existentialist-style experimental theatre troupe that travels from London to Scotland trying to organize the troupe for rehearsals to make it to opening night... See full summary »


Annie Griffin
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Credited cast:
Vicki Pepperdine Vicki Pepperdine ... Jen
Ben Miller ... Ben
Joanna Scanlan ... Claudia
Julia Davis ... Kim
Huw Chadbourn Huw Chadbourn ... Keith
Elaine C. Smith Elaine C. Smith ... Paisley Johnson
David Walliams ... Graeme Cunliffe
Mabel Aitken Mabel Aitken ... Fiona Morton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Boyd ... Ross
Omid Djalili ... Amir Hassan
Annie Griffin ... Julia Roth
Alex Howden Alex Howden ... Cabbie
Paul Kaye ... Gunther von Hojdonk
Gary Lewis ... Union rep
Rory McCann ... Fergus


Coming Soon is the story of an existentialist-style experimental theatre troupe that travels from London to Scotland trying to organize the troupe for rehearsals to make it to opening night. Insightfully observed and brilliantly written. Throughout there is a wonderfully real balance of comedy of errors and the pathos of each person's part in the experimental troupe. We can relate to each character brought out through the comedy of their day to day struggle for survival. Fiona, the dippy ex-dancer come Arts Council assistant (Mabel Aitken) and Omid Djalili as the taxi driver stand out in a very talented cast. It's a production which is lively and memorable. Written by Hohoka

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Comedy | Drama





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17 June 1999 (UK) See more »

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Pirate Productions See more »
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(3 episodes)

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2 Great TV series by Annie Griffin!
3 December 2006 | by dr_salterSee 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 both "Coming Soon" (1999) and 'The Book Group' have the same wonderful director (Annie Griffin) and also 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 & 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 bless IMDb's wonderful interconnectedness because 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.

"Coming Soon" brings us the great work of Omid Djalili as Amir Hassan (seen also in Black Books & as a slave trader in the Gladiator). Annie Griffin plays the befuddled character Julia Roth, and Rory McCann plays Fergus (also the wheelchair bound Kenny in 'Book Group'). Their life is wonderfully wacky and I recommend you all try to find them on DVD & see how great both series really are.

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