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Black Books 

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.

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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
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK]

Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

9 December 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Böcker See more »

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Trivia

There is an alternative therapy system called "Primal Scream", introduced by Dr Arthur Janov, which seems to complement Bernard's "History of Screaming". See more »

Quotes

Bernard: [grabs a book at random] This one's good, you'll laugh, you'll cry, it'll change your life!
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Connections

Featured in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #11.12 (2006) See more »

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Pessimistic, Sarcastic, Ironic & witty!
19 August 2004 | by kerry-coupeSee all my reviews

I totally disagree with the other review. Black Books couldn't be funnier. It's one of a kind that takes on board other people's sense of humour, instead of sticking to the same dull and predictable jokes of programmes like Friends and Will & Grace. To say that it tries too hard to be funny, is unfeasible! Some of its most clever jokes almost go unnoticed, and without the aid of canned laughter! Whilst I am a fan of both, when I saw Black Books, I loved it! It's easy to empathise with the pessimistic Bernard, particularly if you're a similar type of person and to sympathies with the gradually stupider Manny. Everyone knows a Bernard or a Manny in their lives, which makes Black Books hilarious! Watch it!


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