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Black Books (2000)

TV-PG Comedy


Black Books centres around the foul tempered and wildly eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black. Bernard’s devotion to the twin pleasures of drunkenness and wilful antagonism deepens and enriches both his life and that of Manny, his assistant. Bearded, sweet and good, Manny is everything that Bernard isn’t and is punished by Bernard relentlessly just for the crime of existing. They depend on each other for meaning as Fran, their oldest friend, depends on them for distraction.

Black Books is a haven of books, wine and conversation, the only threat to the group’s peace and prosperity is their own limitless stupidity.

  1. Dylan Moran


  2. Graham Linehan


Series Cast

  1. Dylan Moran as Bernard

    Dylan Moran


    18 Episodes

  2. Bill Bailey as Manny

    Bill Bailey


    18 Episodes

  3. Tamsin Greig as Fran

    Tamsin Greig


    18 Episodes

  4. Ben Homewood as Monk and Customer

    Ben Homewood

    Monk, Customer

    2 Episodes

  5. Daisy Campbell


    2 Episodes

  6. Paul Beech

    Customer, Abbott

    2 Episodes

  7. Graham Linehan as Man in Takeaway and Book Lover

    Graham Linehan

    Man in Takeaway, Book Lover

    2 Episodes

  8. Keith Allen as Dave 'Mouse Ear' Smith

    Keith Allen

    Dave 'Mouse Ear' Smith

    1 Episode

  9. Craig Parkinson as Martin the Tout

    Craig Parkinson

    Martin the Tout

    1 Episode

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Last Season

Season 3

2004 • 6 Episodes

Bernard Black is back for a third season of his multi-award winning and critically acclaimed comedy. Black Books continues to explore the musing and time-wasting techniques of raddled proprietor Bernard Black, his shy, multi-challenged assistant Manny Bianco and their underachieving friend Fran Katzenjammer.


(3x6, April 15, 2004) Season Finale

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