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 Bernard Black (18 episodes, 2000-2004)
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 Manny (18 episodes, 2000-2004)
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 Fran (18 episodes, 2000-2004)

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Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn't much like people who buy books and hates having customers. Next door to Bernard's shop is the Nifty Gifty gift shop run by Fran, probably Bernard's only friend in the world. When Bernard's accountant goes on the run Bernard employs stress victim, Manny to help in his shop. This leads to a series of surreal adventures around the shop. Written by PH Moo

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The mushroom in Bernard's hair resembles a Ringless Honey Mushroom, Armillaria Tabescens. Just because you find a mushroom in your hair, though, doesn't mean that it's necessarily going to be edible. See more »

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Fran: Shh, Manny! It's the beetroot talking!
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Referenced in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #11.12 (2006) See more »

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"I ate all your bees!"

That's just one of the many classically surreal lines from the brilliant "Black Books". In fact, there are so many more that practically every other line is another bizarre comment that'll have you giggling into your dry white wine (as long as it's not Chardonnay). From the first episode of the first series (Bernard mincing up to a bunch of thuggish looking Millwall supporters and asking "Which one of you bitches wants to dance?") to the last episode of the second series (a restaurant where they have no vegetables and all the meat dishes are served up complete with little tombstones), "Black Books" deals in the sort of off-kilter humour that frequently defies any kind of logic and always manages to be unfailingly hilarious.

If you can, get hold of the DVD of the first series. Apart from the wonderful out-takes, there's also a running commentary from all three of the excellent actors involved. Their insights into the series will make you appreciate this unique show all the more.


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