Black Books. Image shows from L to R: Bernard Black (Dylan Moran), Manny Bianco (Bill Bailey), Fran Katzenjammer (Tamsin Greig). Copyright: Assembly Film And Television
Black Books

Black Books

  • TV sitcom
  • Channel 4
  • 2000 - 2004
  • 18 episodes (3 series)

Sitcom focusing on a foul tempered bookshop owner, his trusty assistant and the girl next door. Stars Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig.

Episode menu

Series 1, Episode 1 - Cooking The Books

Bookshop owner Bernard dreads the end of the financial year as his accounts beckon, Fran is an unlikely birth partner and accountant Manny swallows The Little Book of Calm.

Further details

In the opening episode, festering bookshop owner Bernard struggles to make sense of his accounts. When his dodgy accountant does an afternoon flit, a frustrated and clueless Bernard creates all manner of diversions from doing his tax returns.

Meanwhile Fran is distracted from her role as drunken birth partner by the arrival of mysterious spherical-shaped objects she must sell in her gift shop.

And stressed-out accountant Manny becomes submerged in chill-out zone - and unemployed - after he accidentally swallows the Little Book of Calm.

Broadcast details

Friday 29th September 2000
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 31st December 2009 9:35pm More4
Wednesday 10th February 2010 9:40pm Dave
Sunday 14th February 2010 11:45pm More4
Monday 21st June 2010 12:10am More4
Sunday 24th October 2010 11:40pm More4
Monday 21st February 2011 10:40pm Gold
Saturday 2nd April 2011 11:00pm Gold
Monday 9th May 2011 9:20pm Gold
Monday 30th May 2011 12:10am More4
Saturday 3rd September 2011 1:50am Dave
Tuesday 4th October 2011 12:40am Gold
Tuesday 4th October 2011 2:25am Gold
Wednesday 5th October 2011 11:40pm Dave
Monday 31st October 2011 12:45am More4
Friday 23rd May 2014 8:30pm London Live
Sunday 25th May 2014 12:00am London Live
Thursday 29th May 2014 8:00pm London Live
Friday 17th October 2014 9:30pm London Live
Saturday 18th October 2014 12:00am London Live
Tuesday 21st October 2014 12:00am London Live
Saturday 3rd January 2015 11:00pm London Live
Sunday 4th January 2015 2:00am London Live
Tuesday 10th February 2015 1:00am London Live
Tuesday 10th February 2015 11:45pm London Live
Sunday 15th February 2015 1:00am London Live
Sunday 12th April 2015 2:05am London Live
Sunday 12th April 2015 11:30pm London Live
Tuesday 14th April 2015 1:00am London Live
Friday 15th May 2015 1:00am London Live
Saturday 16th May 2015 1:00am London Live
Tuesday 19th May 2015 1:00am London Live
Wednesday 1st July 2015 2:15am London Live
Thursday 2nd July 2015 9:00pm London Live
Tuesday 7th July 2015 2:00am London Live
Friday 1st January 2016 9:00pm London Live
Wednesday 3rd February 2016 9:00pm London Live
Sunday 7th February 2016 12:00am London Live
Tuesday 9th February 2016 1:30am London Live
Wednesday 13th July 2016 8:00pm London Live
Friday 15th July 2016 9:30pm London Live
Monday 18th July 2016 12:20am London Live
Wednesday 5th October 2016 2:50am London Live
Sunday 9th October 2016 2:10am London Live
Friday 18th November 2016 8:00pm London Live
Wednesday 4th January 2017 12:50am London Live
Saturday 7th January 2017 12:20am London Live
Sunday 5th February 2017 1:50am London Live
Saturday 22nd April 2017 11:00pm Gold
Sunday 25th June 2017 1:30am Gold
Sunday 14th January 2018 11:40pm Gold
Monday 15th January 2018 2:35am Gold
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 12:30am Gold
Wednesday 3rd April 2019 11:40pm Gold
Tuesday 27th August 2019 2:15am Gold
Monday 10th February 2020 12:00am Gold
Sunday 16th February 2020 12:40am Gold
Sunday 22nd March 2020 12:05am Gold
Sunday 22nd March 2020 2:50am Gold
Friday 15th May 2020 11:05pm C4

Cast & crew

Dylan Moran Bernard Black
Bill Bailey Manny Bianco
Tamsin Greig Fran Katzenjammer
Guest cast
Martin Freeman Doctor
Rupert Vansittart Rich Guy
Tony Bluto Nick Voleur (Accountant)
Daisy Campbell Julie Williams
Michael Parkhouse Mr. Blackbelly
Stephen Boswell Actor
Dominic Carter Actor
Jeillo Edwards Actor
John Macneill Actor
Eamonn O'Neill Actor
James O'Neill Actor
Muriel Pavlow Actor
Jack Pierce Actor
Writing team
Dylan Moran Writer
Graham Linehan Writer
Production team
Nick Wood Director
Graham Linehan Director
Julian Meers Producer
Nira Park Producer
William Burdett-Coutts Executive Producer
Karen Beever Line Producer
Nick Ames Editor
Dennis De Groot Production Designer
Jane Davies Casting Director
John Connor Casting Director
Annie Hardinge Costume Designer
Claire Wilson Costume Designer
John Rosenberg Director of Photography
Jane Walker Make-up Designer
Jayne Buxton (as Jane Buxton) Make-up Designer
Rob Kitzmann Lighting Designer
Jonathan Whitehead Composer

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