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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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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

Language:

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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Bernard is inspired by a real bookshop owner in Dublin, who Dylan Moran described as "He looks like he's swallowed a cup of sour milk and peed himself at the same time. He has this green bilious expression, years of displeasure have shaped his face." See more »

Goofs

Fran says she needs to get her contact lenses when she's not wearing glasses. She then reads the Builder's Notice. See more »

Quotes

Bernard: [selling a book] Enjoy. It's dreadful, but it's quite short.
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"Whores will have their trinkets"
7 March 2003 | by nichkeiySee all my reviews

How could the owner of a book shop who says "Enjoy. It's dreadful but it's quite short" not be anything short of hilarious. This is so funny, every line is funny. No boring minutes, no fake action, just plain comedy in a style i find very appealing. Crazily funny lines like "Is space hot?" "Of course it is, where else do you think we get pineapples from?" are acted so perfectly making it spectacularly entertaining. A must see. My favorite show for sure.


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