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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.


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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

Dylan Moran Bernard Black
Bill Bailey Manny Bianco
Tamsin Greig Fran Katzenjammer
Guest cast
David Cann Eddie
Graham Linehan Book Lover
John Arthur Actor
Ben Homewood Actor
Rhys Thomas Actor
Stewart Wright 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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