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 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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 2nd January 2010 9:35pm More4
Wednesday 10th March 2010 9:40pm Dave
Sunday 14th March 2010 11:40pm More4
Sunday 18th July 2010 11:45pm More4
Sunday 21st November 2010 11:40pm More4
Monday 7th March 2011 10:40pm Gold
Saturday 16th April 2011 11:00pm Gold
Sunday 26th June 2011 11:40pm More4
Saturday 8th October 2011 2:30am Gold
Tuesday 11th October 2011 12:40am Gold
Thursday 3rd November 2011 1:15am Dave
Monday 28th November 2011 1:35am More4
Thursday 1st December 2011 1:25am Gold
Friday 20th June 2014 9:00pm London Live
Saturday 21st June 2014 12:00am London Live
Thursday 26th June 2014 10:00pm London Live
Saturday 1st November 2014 12:00am London Live
Sunday 4th January 2015 1:00am London Live
Monday 5th January 2015 2:00am London Live
Thursday 12th February 2015 1:00am London Live
Monday 13th April 2015 1:30am London Live
Thursday 16th April 2015 12:00am London Live
Saturday 18th April 2015 1:00am London Live
Thursday 21st May 2015 2:30am London Live
Wednesday 15th July 2015 2:15am London Live
Thursday 16th July 2015 9:00pm London Live
Saturday 18th July 2015 12:15am London Live
Monday 2nd November 2015 9:00pm London Live
Sunday 3rd January 2016 9:30pm London Live
Wednesday 17th February 2016 9:00pm London Live
Saturday 20th February 2016 1:50am London Live
Monday 22nd February 2016 3:00am London Live
Friday 22nd July 2016 9:30pm London Live
Saturday 23rd July 2016 11:30pm London Live
Wednesday 27th July 2016 8:00pm London Live
Sunday 31st July 2016 2:00am London Live
Wednesday 19th October 2016 2:30am London Live
Friday 21st October 2016 4:00am London Live
Sunday 23rd October 2016 2:20am London Live
Friday 2nd December 2016 8:00pm London Live
Friday 9th December 2016 2:40am London Live
Wednesday 4th January 2017 3:00am London Live
Saturday 7th January 2017 2:30am London Live
Sunday 5th February 2017 4:00am London Live
Thursday 9th February 2017 3:00am London Live
Saturday 6th May 2017 11:00pm Gold
Friday 14th July 2017 9:00pm Gold
Monday 5th February 2018 12:15am Gold
Monday 5th February 2018 3:20am Gold
Wednesday 17th April 2019 12:30am Gold
Wednesday 17th April 2019 11:00pm Gold
Saturday 31st August 2019 12:30am Gold
Saturday 31st August 2019 3:10am Gold
Monday 17th February 2020 12:35am Gold
Sunday 23rd February 2020 1:15am Gold
Sunday 29th March 2020 12:40am Gold
Saturday 16th May 2020 1:05am C4
Saturday 10th December 2022 12:25am C4

Cast & crew

Dylan Moran Bernard Black
Bill Bailey Manny Bianco
Tamsin Greig Fran Katzenjammer
Guest cast
Nick Frost Leslie Girder (Security System Man)
Peter Serafinowicz Howell Granger
Graham Linehan Man in Takeaway
Tony Way Youth
Paul Beech Actor
Steve Bowditch 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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