Black Books


Black Books
Black Books was a British sitcom starring Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig. The show won the BAFTA for Best Situation Comedy in 2000 and 2005, and won a Bronze Rose at the Festival Rose d'Or of Montreux in 2001. The series is set in the eponymous Black Books , a small, independent bookshop in the Bloomsbury area of central London. The show is based around the lives and often surreal antics of its foul-mouthed, eccentric, misanthropic, alcoholic Irish owner Bernard Black (played by Moran), his assistant Manny (Bailey) and their friend Fran (Greig).The series revolves around Bernard's loathing of the outside world and all the people who inhabit it, except his oldest friend, Fran Katzenjammer. Bernard displays little enthusiasm or interest in retail (or, indeed, anything outside drinking, smoking and reading) and refuses to interact with anyone outside his bookshop, or indeed inside, as Bernard has a personal hatred of customers. Many episodes are driven by Manny and Fran's attempts to force him into a more socially acceptable lifestyle. However, despite their attempts, and Manny's strong social skills, their efforts usually result in chaos, sucking them back into Bernard's nihilistic view of the world.

Genre: Comedy

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    • Episode 6

      season 1, episode 6

      aired: Fri, Nov 3, 2000

      Manny leaves the shop when Bernard's relentless bossiness gets too much for him. But life is tough on the street, so when a photographer offers him a place to stay he's happy to take him up on the offer - even though the photographer has an unhealthy fascination for beards. Back home, Bernard and Fran argue about Manny’s departure.

    • Episode 5

      season 1, episode 5

      aired: Fri, Oct 27, 2000

      Neither Bernard nor Manny can operate the newly installed security system for the shop, resulting in Bernard being locked out for the evening, while Manny is locked in. Meanwhile, Fran has a reunion with an old friend with an unbelievably sexy voice.

    • Episode 4

      season 1, episode 4

      aired: Fri, Oct 20, 2000

      Manny, hyper after a night of drinking too many espressos and watching an entire box-set of The Sweeney, is mistaken for a policeman after his high-speed pursuit of a purse thief. And Bernard is snubbed by the same people who invited him to a dinner party the previous evening, and he begins to realize he must have behaved inappropriately.

    • Episode 3

      season 1, episode 3

      aired: Fri, Oct 13, 2000

      Bernard and Manny are forced to accept a house-sitting job while the bookshop is being cleaned. Meanwhile, Fran's date with an available, attractive and charming man turns into disaster.

    • Episode 2

      season 1, episode 2

      aired: Fri, Oct 6, 2000

      Bernard offers up the accountant position while drunk and then does his best to get rid of his new employee by offering a one-day trial to see if the suspiciously modern-looking Manny is capable of the job. When the verdict goes against Manny, Fran steps in and expresses her opinion about the new hire.

    • Episode 1

      season 1, episode 1

      aired: Fri, Sep 29, 2000

      When his corrupt accountant goes on the run, Bernard finds himself having to fill in his own tax return - not the easiest thing when you're mathematically illiterate. Perhaps some sort of crippling injury is the way out? Meanwhile, Fran discovers a Thing.

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