Black Books

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Channel 4 (ended 2004)

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Black Books is a second-hand bookshop in London run by an Irishman named Bernard Black. He is probably the planet's least-suited person to run such an establishment: he makes no effort to sell, closes at strange hours on a whim, is in a perpetual alcoholic stupor, abhors his customers (sometimes physically abusing them) and is often comatose at his desk. Help comes in the lumpy shape of Manny Bianco, a hairy, bumbling individual who becomes Bernard's assistant. Manny is not exactly great at the job either but he is a million times better than Bernard. Next door is Fran, an anxious, frustrated woman who runs a sort of new-age shop selling the most unlikely bits of arty junk. Fran is friends with Bernard and, through him, with Manny; together the trio become embroiled in escapades that are sometimes extreme, fantastically ludicrous, and always bizarre. The show has won two BAFTA awards and one Bronze Rose award.
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  • Dylan Moran

    Dylan Moran

    Bernard Ludwig Black

    Tamsin Greig

    Tamsin Greig

    Fran Katzenjammer

    Bill Bailey

    Bill Bailey

    Manny Bianco

    Rob Brydon

    Rob Brydon

    B. Nugent

    Keith Allen

    Keith Allen

    Dave 'Mouse Ear' Smith

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    Comedy

    Themes

    odd couple, Sitcoms, Dark Comedy, unlikely friendships, horrible people