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Manny's First Day 

Bernard wakes up to discover that he has a new employee for his book shop, who infuriatingly has great skill at selling books. While Bernard is reluctant to keep him on, Fran makes her feelings clear on the matter.

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Dylan Moran (by), Graham Linehan (by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Dylan Moran ... Bernard Black
Bill Bailey ... Manny
Tamsin Greig ... Fran
John Arthur ... First Customer
David Cann David Cann ... Eddie
Ben Homewood ... Fourth Customer
Rhys Thomas ... Student
Stewart Wright ... Second Customer
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Bernard wakes up to discover that he has a new employee for his book shop, who infuriatingly has great skill at selling books. While Bernard is reluctant to keep him on, Fran makes her feelings clear on the matter.

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Comedy

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2000 (UK) See more »

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Color
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Trivia

Manny has headaches whenever his Mobile rings. There were concerns about Mobile Phones, and journalists pointed out that despite the denials, companies were applying for patents on components that reduced microwave radiation. See more »

Quotes

Bernard: Where are all the books?
Manny: Pardon?
Bernard: Where are all the books?
Manny: Oh. They've all been sold.
Bernard: Oh Jesus! That means I have to ring the ordering place and you have no idea how incredibly boring and complicated that is.
[calls the ordering place]
Bernard: Hello? Is this the place you order books from if you want to sell them from your bookshop? I don't know. I don't know. Can you just send me some books? Argh.
Manny: [takes phone] Hello, who am I speaking to? Katy, Hi! Uh, we'll have the full Austen, complete Trollope - not...
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Who Will Buy My Books Today?
(uncredited)
Performed by Bill Bailey
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I Love Manny's Sincerity
16 April 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is such a quirky series. We are never to ask why a man who hates books and customers and all the stuff that goes with running a bookstore would own one. In this one, Manny is asked to come work for Bernard who can't remember asking him. After he starts the job there are a series of hilarious events, including the job interview. Also, whenever customers arrive, they are abused and shouted at. Manny has a more conventional view of business. Fran, of course, is also in her own world. This hilarious little comedy is delightful and original.


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