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Black Books 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (2000–2004)
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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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Dylan Moran
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Cast

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]

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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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Color
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Trivia

Thought to be a sister show to the series Spaced there is evidence throughout the show stating that this is true. See more »

Goofs

Manny goes to the Oven for another copy of "Tempocalypse", but he doesn't need to. There's a whole shelf of them still on the Sales Display. See more »

Quotes

Fran: It'll be great seeing them all again, it'll be like being back at school!
Bernard: You hated being at school, you had a terrible time.
Fran: I never told you about that.
Bernard: You didn't have to, I just look at your life now and work backwards!
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Referenced in Beowulf (2007) See more »

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Superb, where's the next series?
13 October 2003 | by Haruman-2See all my reviews

The funniest thing on British TV since Father Ted. The dialogue is wonderfully clever, the bohemian irascibility of Dylan Moran is judged to perfection, and the addition of musical comedian and bearded surrealist Bill Bailey is a touch of genius. Give us more!


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