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
    Writing team
    Dylan Moran Writer
    Arthur Mathews Writer
    Production team
    Martin Dennis Director
    Nira Park Producer
    Karen Beever Producer
    William Burdett-Coutts Executive Producer
    Dennis De Groot Production Designer
    Jonathan Whitehead Composer

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