Black Books (2000–2004)
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Cooking the Books 

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,... See full summary »

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Tony Bluto ...
Nick Voleur
Stephen Boswell ...
Priest
Daisy Campbell ...
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First hooligan
Jeillo Edwards ...
Midwife
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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
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Hooligan
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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. Written by Robyn Cowen

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The Gag about tax receipts turned in to a jacket was actually used in a "tax time" commercial, with full suit of receipts. See more »

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Fran: Finished with your accounts?
Bernard: Yes. I've turned them into a rather smart casual jacket.
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Good start to the show.
21 November 2015 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Black Books is a small high street Book shop run by Bernard Black, not the most efficient of individuals, nor particularly charismatic, he hates people. Working next door is Fran, who runs a gift shop. His accountant goes on the run for fraudulent activity so he's forced to do his own business accounts. Stressed customer Manny Bianco ends up in hospital after buying a book on stress and swallowing it. When he comes around in hospital he is the personification of calm. When Bernard contemplates self harming to avoid his accounts, Manny turns up just in the nick of time to offer to help out.

I'd say it's good start to the series as opposed to a hilarious episode, it sets the scene and has a few chuckles, but it certainly gets better as it goes on.

A fun small performance from Martin Freeman as the hospital Doctor, he looks so young.

I love how Bernard will do anything to put off doing his accounts, for anyone that has attempted to do their accounts you can sympathise with him. Fran is good fun, and Bill Bailey's brilliant.

8/10


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