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 4 - The Blackout

Fran sees her boyfriend on a lunch date. Bernard is snubbed by friends but doesn't know why and Manny plays good cop, bad cop.

Further details

Fran is miffed to see her boyfriend Peter with a mysterious woman, although her plan to look the other way backfires. Bernard is ignored by friends Gerald and Sarah the day after the night before but his hung-over brain is suffering a bout of amnesia. While Manny is mistaken for a police officer after he overdoses on espresso and episodes of The Sweeney and attempts a citizen's arrest. Three attempts should teach him how not to sit, in any case.

Broadcast details

Friday 20th October 2000
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Friday 1st January 2010 11:10pm More4
Wednesday 3rd March 2010 9:40pm Dave
Sunday 7th March 2010 11:45pm More4
Sunday 11th July 2010 11:40pm More4
Sunday 14th November 2010 11:45pm More4
Tuesday 1st March 2011 10:40pm Gold
Sunday 10th April 2011 10:40pm Gold
Saturday 30th April 2011 11:00pm Dave
Sunday 19th June 2011 11:40pm More4
Saturday 8th October 2011 12:50am Gold
Thursday 27th October 2011 12:20am Dave
Monday 21st November 2011 12:50am More4
Friday 13th June 2014 9:00pm London Live
Saturday 14th June 2014 12:00am London Live
Thursday 19th June 2014 10:00pm London Live
Saturday 25th October 2014 12:30am London Live
Sunday 4th January 2015 12:30am London Live
Sunday 4th January 2015 9:30pm London Live
Wednesday 11th February 2015 1:15am London Live
Saturday 14th February 2015 1:30am London Live
Monday 13th April 2015 1:00am London Live
Wednesday 15th April 2015 11:30pm London Live
Saturday 18th April 2015 12:30am London Live
Friday 15th May 2015 2:30am London Live
Tuesday 19th May 2015 2:30am London Live
Thursday 9th July 2015 9:30pm London Live
Saturday 2nd January 2016 10:00pm London Live
Sunday 3rd January 2016 9:00pm London Live
Wednesday 10th February 2016 9:30pm London Live
Wednesday 20th July 2016 8:30pm London Live
Friday 22nd July 2016 9:00pm London Live
Wednesday 12th October 2016 1:40am London Live
Sunday 16th October 2016 3:20am London Live
Tuesday 18th October 2016 1:50am London Live
Friday 25th November 2016 8:30pm London Live
Saturday 26th November 2016 2:15am London Live
Friday 2nd December 2016 3:25am London Live
Thursday 8th December 2016 1:45am London Live
Wednesday 4th January 2017 2:30am London Live
Saturday 7th January 2017 2:00am London Live
Sunday 5th February 2017 3:30am London Live
Saturday 29th April 2017 11:35pm Gold
Sunday 2nd July 2017 1:05am Gold
Sunday 28th January 2018 11:55pm Gold
Wednesday 10th April 2019 1:10am Gold
Wednesday 10th April 2019 11:30pm Gold
Friday 30th August 2019 11:55pm Gold
Monday 17th February 2020 12:00am Gold
Monday 17th February 2020 3:30am Gold
Sunday 23rd February 2020 12:40am Gold
Sunday 29th March 2020 12:10am Gold
Saturday 16th May 2020 12:40am C4

Cast & crew

Dylan Moran Bernard Black
Bill Bailey Manny Bianco
Tamsin Greig Fran Katzenjammer
Guest cast
Colin McFarlane Inspector Barry Norris (Policeman)
Tony Way Youth
Terry Bird Nogsy (Criminal)
Adam Morris (as Wayne Morris) Peter
Elizabeth Marmur Sarah
Hugh Parker Gerald
Angela Curran Actor
Evie Garratt Actor
Liam Hess Actor
Louise Hickson 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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