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 2, Episode 3 - The Fixer

Fran is in need of a job and Manny's friend Gus has a nephew who needs to promote his book. Time to do business.

Further details

Gus, an old friend of Manny's (and Mafioso type) calls on him to allow his nephew, Danny, to promote his autobiography. In return, Gus finds employment for jobless Fran.

Unfortunately, Danny is not only a hardened criminal and a bully but also illiterate and in desperate need of reading lessons. In pursuit of keeping their thumbs, Bernard and Manny need help from Gus. This hinders some and helps none when the parties get their wires crossed. At least there are no horses' heads involved. Yet.

Broadcast details

Friday 15th March 2002
Channel 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Dylan Moran Bernard Black
Bill Bailey Manny Bianco
Tamsin Greig Fran Katzenjammer
Guest cast
Big Mick Gus
Ricky Grover Danny Spudge
Rob Brydon B. Nugent
Lonnie James Actor
Rory MacGregor Actor
Garry Roost Actor
Brian Shelley Actor
Writing team
Dylan Moran Writer
Arthur Mathews Writer
Production team
Martin Dennis Director
Nira Park Producer
William Burdett-Coutts Executive Producer

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