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 5 - The Big Lock-Out

A new security system ensures Manny is locked in and Bernard out. Fran is obsessed by the voice of an old friend.

Further details

After Black Books is burgled, Manny arranges the installation of a sophisticated security system. Distracted by a Subbuteo figure, he fails to memorise the code, condemning Bernard to a fun-packed night on the streets.

On the other side of the door, Manny must get by on the provisions inside and his well-honed survival tactics. Fran is no help to either as she becomes absorbed - and aroused - by old college pal Howell's voice. Shame she doesn't like the rest of him.

Broadcast details

Friday 27th October 2000
Channel 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Dylan Moran Bernard Black
Bill Bailey Manny Bianco
Tamsin Greig Fran Katzenjammer
Guest cast
Nick Frost Security System Man
Peter Serafinowicz Howell Granger
Graham Linehan Man in Takeaway
Tony Way Youth
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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