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Black Books 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (2000–2004)
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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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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Stereo | Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

To be in someone's "black books" is to have fallen out of favor with them. See more »

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T-shirt: Flipper Dolphin Steaks.
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Featured in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #11.12 (2006) See more »

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Very Funny
30 May 2006 | by rava-1See all my reviews

I just rented the Black Books series on DVD, knowing nothing at all about it. By the third episode, I had to rewind because I was laughing so hard I actually missed the rest of the scene. Tonight, I will tie my room mate to a chair and force her to become a fan as well. I would say the show is more for people who enjoyed Absolutely Fabulous and The Young Ones than fans of shows like Are You Being Served? It has a great deal of energy and runs off in many directions at once.

Black Books is a bizarre mix of comedic styles, but the whole thing somehow manages to work together. All three main characters have great chemistry and that is probably the real secret. From the commentary and outtakes on the DVDs, they seem to really have fun being silly together.

Black Books is a great deal of fun and well-worth renting. Here's hoping that this comedic team keeps on creating work of this caliber.


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