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
    Dennis De Groot Production Designer
    Jonathan Whitehead Composer

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