Black Books

Channel 4 (ended 2004)


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  • Party

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    S 3 : Ep 6 - 4/15/04

    Fed up with being stuck in the dusty old bookshop on a Friday night, and with the hopes of meeting a delectable young lady at a party, Manny and Fran persuaded Bernard to attend a party. After a night of heavy drinking, a very sloshed Bernard has a nasty surprise waiting for him.moreless
  • The Travel Writer

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    S 3 : Ep 5 - 4/8/04

    Manny organises a travel-writing festival and invites a charming explorer to talk about his adventures. Fran soon falls for his twinkling eyes and lavish hair, leaving Manny ragingly jealous. Meanwhile, Bernard hires an assassin to solve a financial problem with his neighbour.
    Featuring Julian Rhind Tutt.moreless
  • A Little Flutter

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 4/1/04

    Manny places a bet on the Grand National for Bernard who immediately becomes addicted to the thrill of gambling having previously expressed no interest. But his losses mount, and he starts borrowing gambling funds from increasingly scary people.moreless
  • Moo-ma and Moo-pa

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 3/25/04

    Manny is panicking about the impending visit of his parents - Fran blackmails Bernard into letting them stay by threatening to tell Manny Bernard has been screening his calls to keep him from going anywhere. When Manny's parents arrive however, the duo are forced to corroborate some slightly embellished details from Manny's letters home.moreless
  • Elephants and Hens

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 3/18/04

    It is International Children's Book Week, and Bernard and Manny decide to write their own kids' classic and retire on the proceeds. Fran is off on a hen weekend, but still finds a way to fall out with Bernard and Manny.moreless
  • Manny Come Home

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 3/11/04

    Fran returns from a vacation in Cornwall to discover Manny has resigned and Bernard is living amongst piles of his own filth and dead badgers. Manny has taken up work at the new bookstore next to Black Books, where he must contend with a new, and possibly even more demanding manager, played by special guest star Simon Pegg.moreless
  • A Nice Change

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 4/5/02

    Bernard and Manny can't hear themselves argue because the shop next door is undergoing some round-the-clock construction. The noise drives Bernard, Manny and Fran up the wall. So Fran suggests a holiday. Bernard and Manny find baggage in her luggage. There's nothing in the crisp packet and Manny's pants aren't that easy to fold. Will the customer crack the system? What happens on the riverboat? Just how many monkeys are missing in Canada?moreless
  • Hello Sun

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 3/29/02

    Fran starts spending time with a new-age friend to try and wind down while Bernard and Manny are having another fight. Bernard believes Manny is a psychopath and sends him to a therapist, where he unlocks a confidence he never knew he had.moreless
  • Blood

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 3/22/02

    When Manny is drawn into a competing bookstore by its customer-friendly atmosphere, he convinces Bernard the shop needs an overhaul. Fran makes use of the shop's improved facilities to track down her relatives, but is not entirely happy with what she finds.moreless
  • The Fixer

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 3/15/02

    Bernard and Manny need to teach a psychotic ex-con to read in three days after agreeing to host his reading and book-signing in the shop. Fran gets a new job and all seems to be going well until some miscommunication when Manny calls in a favour...moreless
  • Fever

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 3/8/02

    As the temperature creeps slowly towards 88 degrees, Manny desperately seeks out new ways to stay cool, lest he trigger his "Dave syndrome". Meanwhile an unsympathetic Bernard falls hopelessly in love with Fran's new neighbour, who is unknowingly taking over Fran's apartment.moreless
  • The Entertainer

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 3/1/02

    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.moreless
  • He's Leaving Home

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 11/3/00

    When Bernard's bossiness gets too much for him, Manny runs away from the bookshop into the arms of a beard-loving photographer. Fran tries to bring them back together.
  • The Big Lock-Out

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 10/27/00

    The shop is robbed after Manny leaves it unlocked, and he arranges for a new security system to be installed that he immediately forgets how to operate, causing him to be locked in with no food while Bernard is locked out with no money. Fran runs into an old flame whose voice stirs up confusing feelings.moreless
  • The Blackout

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 10/20/00

    Manny overdoses on coffee and cop shows after getting an espresso machine for his birthday and is mistaken for a policeman after attempting to thwart a purse-snatching. Fran and Bernard gradually exchange embarrassing stories about injuries they sustained the previous day.moreless
  • The Grapes of Wrath

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 10/13/00

    Bernard and Manny are asked to house-sit for a friend, and decide to do so when a professional cleaner comes in to re-new Black Books. With a cellar full of wine, 10 bottles of which are priceless, Bernard and Manny have the most expensive drinking binge you'll ever see. Meanwhile, Fran is out on a disastrous date.moreless
  • Manny's First Day

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 10/6/00

    It's Manny's first day working at Black Books, Bernard's shop. Bernard is giving him a trial day, to see how he copes under the pressure, in the hope that he'll leave. Bernard teaches Manny the exact opposite of everything he needs to know, and leaves him with the shop. Tragically, he manages to sell most of the books in the shop - much to Bernard's disgust; seriously threatening his job at Black Books. Fran steps in once again to help.moreless
  • Cooking the Books

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 9/29/00

    In this first episode we are introduced to Bernard, the alcoholic Irish book shop owner. But, Bernard has a problem. His taxes need doing, he's mathematically illiterate, and there's no avoiding it. His accountant turns out to be a wanted felon, and has gone on the run, and no one seems to be willing to help him. His salvation could be an exemption clause which gives him an out if he's injured. Fran is busy trying to discover what a particular item in her shop actually is whilst Manny, working as an accountant has an 'incident' with 'The Little Book of Calm'. Their coming together could be the start of a beautiful relationship.moreless
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