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Season: 1 | 2 | 3
Year: 2000 | 2002 | 2004


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Cooking the Books

29 September 2000
Bernard is struggling to cope with getting down to menial but essential tasks for his book shop, such as the accounts when a chance meeting with a customer, Manny, helps him out. Meanwhile, the owner of the shop next door, enlists the help of Bernard and his customers to find out exactly what an object from her shop is and in doing so misses an important appointment.

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran
Tony Bluto ... Nick Voleur
Stephen Boswell ... Priest
Daisy Campbell ... Julie

Dominic Carter ... First hooligan
Jeillo Edwards ... Midwife

Martin Freeman ... Doctor
John Macneill ... Policeman (as John MacNeill)
Eamonn O'Neill ... Jehovah's Witness
James O'Neill ... Jehovah's Witness
Michael Parkhouse ... Mr. Blackbelly
Muriel Pavlow ... Old Woman

Jack Pierce ... Hooligan

Rupert Vansittart ... Rich Guy

Rosie Day ... Rachel (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 2: Manny's First Day

6 October 2000
Bernard wakes up to discover that he has a new employee for his book shop, who infuriatingly has great skill at selling books. While Bernard is reluctant to keep him on, Fran makes her feelings clear on the matter.

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran
John Arthur ... First Customer
David Cann ... Eddie
Ben Homewood ... Fourth Customer

Rhys Thomas ... Student
Stewart Wright ... Second Customer

Rosie Day ... Rachel (uncredited)
David Decio ... Student (uncredited)
Graham Linehan ... Book Lover (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 3: Grapes of Wrath

13 October 2000
After Manni calls a cleaner to the shop, he and Bernard must vacate it. Luckily they are asked to house sit for a friend. Meanwhile Fran goes on an ill-fated date.

Season 1, Episode 4: The Blackout

20 October 2000
Manny stays up watching 'The Sweeney' and is mistaken for a policeman after chasing a handbag snatcher. Fran and Bernard exchange stories about their previous day, Bernard recalling a disastrous dinner party with old friends who blanked him and Fran telling him about blanking her boyfriend after catching him with another woman.

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran

Terry Bird ... Noggsy
Angela Curran ... The Policewoman
Evie Garratt ... Old Woman
Liam Hess ... Jimbo
Louise Hickson ... Peter's Sister

Colin McFarlane ... Inspector Norris
Adam Morris ... Peter (as Wayne Morris)
Elizabeth Marmur ... Sarah
Hugh Parker ... Gerald

Tony Way ... Boy (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 5: The Big Lock-Out

27 October 2000
Following a burglary Bernard buys a sophisticated alarm system which results in Manny getting locked inside the shop and Bernard stuck outside in the rain. Fran is no help as she took her phone off the hook to listen to the sexy man reading the shipping forecast.

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran
Paul Beech ... Customer
Steve Bowditch ... Clerk

Nick Frost ... Security System Man

Peter Serafinowicz ... Howell Granger

Tony Way ... Youth
Graham Linehan ... Man in Takeaway (uncredited)
Dick Lunn ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Brett Reylander ... Man in Takeaway (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 6: He's Leaving Home

3 November 2000
Manni finally gets fed up with Bernards constant abuse and demands on him so he leaves for a better life. However, he doesn't get far when he meets a man at Kings Cross station who wants to make him a star. Meanwhile back at the shop Fran and Bernard are arguing more and more about Manni's departure.

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: The Entertainer

1 March 2002
Fran decides to take up piano lessons with a very prominent teacher, however all doesn't go to plan and she ends up having to ask Manni for a favour. Meanwhile Bernard asks a girl out and once again Manni is called upon for a favour.

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran

Nina Conti ... Kate
David McKail ... Josef Slvanski
Jean Ainslie ... Charity Collector

Luing Andrews ... Mr. Williams
Edward Burnham ... Piotr, Josef's Father

Kay D'Arcy ... Customer
John Marquez ... Waiter
George Miller ... Anton, Josef's Grandfather

Season 2, Episode 2: Fever

8 March 2002
On a scorching hot day, Manni tries to maintain his body temperature so it doesn't go over 88 degrees; Fran has problems with a new neighbour, and Bernard tries to find an appropriate "summer girl".

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran

Rose Keegan ... Room 2B Occupant

Johnny Vegas ... Landlord
Adam Astill ... Construction Worker
Jim Barclay ... Trash Customer

Selina Giles ... Trash Customer
Peter Heppelthwaite ... Book Return Man
Jasper Holmes ... Tempoclopsic Customer
Nizwar Karanj ... Ice Cream Vendor

Ella Kenion ... Cool Book Girl
Lidija Zovkic ... Woman With Sunglasses

Season 2, Episode 3: The Fixer

15 March 2002
Bernard and Manni have to deal with a gangster turned writer who plans to hold a reading of his autobiography at the book shop, however he can't read. Meanwhile Fran gets an office job where she isn't quite sure what she is meant to be doing.

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran
Michael Walter ... Gus (as Big Mick)

Rob Brydon ... B. Nugent

Ricky Grover ... Danny Spudge
Brian Shelley ... Ralph
Lonnie James ... Fatty
Rory MacGregor ... Spotty

Garry Roost ... Creepy Man

Season 2, Episode 4: Blood

22 March 2002
Manni and Bernard try to keep up with modern book shops and in doing so Manni helps Fran get over her boredom by encouraging her to look up her family tree.

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran
Andrew Collins ... Customer #1

Mark Donovan ... Gregor
Nigel Harrison ... Customer #2
Diana Hull ... Grandma
Vincenzo Nicoli ... Frederick
Louise Winstone ... Martina

Season 2, Episode 5: Hello Sun

29 March 2002
Fran tries to cleanse her lifestyle by taking up yoga and going on a radical diet, while Bernard and Manni receive some books on Freud and their lives descend into his famous theories.

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran

Jessica Hynes ... Eva (as Jessica Stevenson)
Richard Katz ... First Customer
Paul Kemp ... Waiter
Simon Schatzberger ... Man Selling Books
Tanya Wade ... Shrink (as Tania Wade)

Season 2, Episode 6: A Nice Change

5 April 2002
When construction starts next door to the shop, Manni, Bernard and Fran try to decide what to do while it continues.

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran
Howard Coggins ... Heathrow Bartender

Miltos Yerolemou ... Schubert Customer

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: Manny Come Home

11 March 2004
When Manny defects to Goliath Books after an "incident" with Bernard, his ex-employer's life spirals out of control. Meanwhile Fran returns from holiday only to be greeted by the squalor of Bernard's shop.

Season 3, Episode 2: Elephants and Hens

18 March 2004
When Bernard holds a children's themed book day in the shop, Fran bets Manni and Bernard they couldn't write a children's book over a weekend, while Bernard bets Fran back that she will have an awful time at her friend's hen party.

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran

Lucy Davis ... Becky
Pandora Colin ... Claire

Olivia Colman ... Tanya
Tony Bignell ... 50 Pound Book Kid
Oliver Golding ... Young Customer
Camilla Heaney ... Timmy's Mother
Charlie Hicks ... Timmy

Season 3, Episode 3: Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa

25 March 2004
Manny's parents visit the shop for the weekend, and the lies he's told them throw Fran and Bernard's lives into chaos.

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran

Annette Crosbie ... Moo-Ma

Sam Kelly ... Moo-Pa

Nick Frost ... Paul (voice) (uncredited)

Ralph Ineson ... Richard (voice) (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 4: A Little Flutter

1 April 2004
Bernard becomes addicted to gambling and forces Manny and Fran to compete for one job at the shop in order to finance his bets.

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran

Keith Allen ... Dave 'Mouse Ear' Smith
Craig Parkinson ... Martin the Tout
Jiggy Bhore ... Light Holiday Customer
Justin Edwards ... Poker Customer
Su Elliot ... Betting Clerk (as Sue Elliott)
Jane Janovic ... American Customer's Wife
Steve Lately ... Poker Player
Huggy Leaver ... Poker Player
Mac McDonald ... American War Enthusiast
Paul Putner ... Tramp
Pat Starr ... Poker Player

Season 3, Episode 5: Travel Writer

8 April 2004
Fran & Manny become enamored with a dashing travel writer giving a talk at the shop, while Bernard contends with a most unorthodox new landlord.

Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black

Bill Bailey ... Manny

Tamsin Greig ... Fran

Julian Rhind-Tutt ... Jason Hamilton
Ryan Luhning ... Roland the Exterminator (as Paul Hunter)

Alice Lowe ... Solicitor
Catherine Shepherd ... Bridget
Patricia Franklin ... Keen Customer

Season 3, Episode 6: Party

15 April 2004
Manny and Fran drag Bernard along with them to a party, but the drunken aftermath dredges up secrets and bitterness.

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