Black Books

Season 2 Episode 1

The Entertainer

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 01, 2002 on Channel 4
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Episode Summary

Fran buys a piano and starts taking lessons, discovering she has no talent whatsoever - meanwhile Bernard falls in love and tries desperately to impress her. Between them, they con Manny into throwing away a hard-earned break to help them out.

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George Miller (XXXVIII)

George Miller (XXXVIII)

Anton (Josef's Grandfather)

Guest Star

Jean Ainslie

Jean Ainslie

Charity Collector

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Luing Andrews

Luing Andrews

Mr Williams

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The hangover cure Manny makes for Bernard consists of black coffee, white chocolate ice cream, a hamburger, chips and a flake.

    • Music used in the episode (all played by Bill Bailey), includes Grieg's 'Piano Concerto in A Minor', Beethoven's 'Rage Over a Lost Penny' and one of Bach's 'Preludes'.

    • The music heard on the radio is actually a recording of Bill Bailey playing the piano.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Manny: I want the weekend off. I want a life.
      Bernard: This is life! We suffer and slave and expire. That's it!

    • (on Manny learning a piano piece)
      Bernard: Don't worry. Manny'll pick it up.
      Manny: No he won't. He's on holiday, remember? He'll be watching the test match in bed, eating tiramisu with a long spoon.

    • Fran: Josef is coming, he'll squeeze my face again, my brains will come out of my nose and I'll die.

    • Manny: We have needs! Fran's got her piano; I want some time off; you want to go out with a girl.
      Bernard: Don't make me laugh...bitterly. Fran will fail. You'll toil your life away and I'll die alone, upside down on the floor of a pub toilet.

    • Bernard: You! What did you say to Kate? She thinks I'm the Renaissance! She'll think I've lied. I have to go along with all this 'reclusive genius' stuff. She's going to be very upset when she finds out I'm a reclusive wanker!

    • Fran: It's so unfair. I must be musical. I've got hundreds of CDs.

    • Manny: I have been working now for 73 straight hours.

  • NOTES (0)


    • The Entertainer

      A popular ragtime piece of piano music, made famous as the theme to the film "The Sting".

    • Bernard: She thinks I'm the Renaissance!

      A period of European culture which saw a rapid expansion of the arts and sciences. The embodiment of the period is not, in fact, Bernard but Leonardo da Vinci.

    • Episode Title: The Entertainer.

      "The Entertainer" is a play by John Osborne about a man "largely spent, but still sufficiently self-aware to suffer from the knowledge that he is, as he puts it, "dead behind the eyes".". Rather like Bernard's view on their future...

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