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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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Dylan Moran, Tamsin Greig, Simon Pegg, Lucy Davis & Nick Frost appeared in "Shaun Of The Dead". See more »

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Bernard visits the cinema. He buys popcorn and receives many (cupro-nickel?) coins in change (we hear them). Later he (unnecessarilly) asks a street beggar for 10p so that he may make a 'phone call. See more »

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Bernard: You know what you are? You're a beard with an idiot hanging off it.
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References Armageddon (1998) See more »

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The single best half hour of TV comedy - well, possibly, ever?
12 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

OK, well that's quite a claim and it probably doesn't stand up to a huge amount of scrutiny give all the other great British and American comedy there have been over the last - oh - 50 years or so. BUT as TV episodes go this is the one I return to most often for repeat viewings. The first series of Black Books is the best by some way (due, largely to Graham Linehan's genius), and this is the best episode. Pretty much note-perfect from Nick Frost's mullet-haired security engineer with a lisp and a Subbuteo player in his hair to a wonderful - career creating some might say - performance from Tamsin Greig ("I'm sorry, Howell, I got my fffoot stuck in the fffridge"). Only the Bill Bailey absinthe induced survivalist sub plot (those are not words used in the same sentence often) weakens the episode very slightly, but that's just being picky. Even the made up fast food brand names are genius.


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