Bernard Black runs a book shop, though his customer service skills leave something to be desired. He hires Manny as an employee. Fran runs the shop next door. Between the three of them many adventures ensue.


Dylan Moran
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Series cast summary:
Dylan Moran ...  Bernard Black 18 episodes, 2000-2004
Bill Bailey ...  Manny 18 episodes, 2000-2004
Tamsin Greig ...  Fran 18 episodes, 2000-2004


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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Bernard: Natural Selection favours the loud and aggressive, no offense, but genetically you are a cul-de-sac.
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"Which one of you bitches wants to dance?"
7 June 2002 | by OrigamiDougSee all my reviews

I see I'm the first American to write a review of this show, so I'll try to do a good job at representing my country. Quite simply, Black Books is the funniest show I've seen in years, if not the funniest I've ever seen. When I heard Bernard spout the line above to a group of skinheads outside his bookshop, I laughed so hard that I missed the rest of the scene. Thanks to Comedy Central for airing the first series of this show (and the second coming up in August), for I would probably have never seen it if they had not. Most British sitcoms (Britcoms?) I've seen have been funny, but I usually forget about them rather quick (probably due to the cultural differences) but Black Books stuck with me so much that I was forced to buy a bootleg VHS of the first series. Luckily, the tapes included the outtakes and running commentary for each episode on a separate tape so I wouldn't have to buy a region-free DVD player to see them (which I probably would have done!). I fear that I'm rambling now, so I'll just conclude by saying that if you have not seen this great series, then see it!

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Release Date:

9 December 2001 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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