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

Channel 4 sitcom about a book shop owner. 18 episodes (3 series), 2000 - 2004. Stars Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig and Simon Pegg.

Series 1, Episode 2 - Manny's First Day

New arrival Manny is on a mission to impress as Bernard's assistant. But Bernard far from approves.

Further details

Bernard's drunken words come back to haunt him (not for the first time) as Manny enthusiastically reports for duty on his first day at Black Books. Manny proves a big hit not only with Fran and the steady stream of book-buyers, but also with Bernard's finances.

Bernard would rather stay in his musty comfort zone, urinating from his chair but unfortunately for him, the one day trial doesn't go in his favour. Unlike the assistance with wine-pouring Manny provides, which is always ungratefully received.

Broadcast details

Friday 6th October 2000
Channel 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Dylan Moran Bernard Black
Bill Bailey Manny Bianco
Tamsin Greig Fran Katzenjammer
Guest cast
David Cann Eddie
Graham Linehan Book Lover
Writing team
Dylan Moran Writer
Graham Linehan Writer
Production team
Nick Wood Director
Graham Linehan Director
Julian Meers Producer
Nira Park Producer
Karen Beever Producer
William Burdett-Coutts Executive Producer

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