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 2, Episode 6 - A Nice Change

A change is as good as a rest when Bernard, Manny and Fran decide to escape the madness and go on holiday.

Further details

As if it was at all possible, the bookshop is made even less appealing by the noisy 24-hour reconstruction going on next door. The trio decide to escape the commotion and jet off on holiday for the complete re-fit's two week duration.

The unbelievably cheap flights come with a few conditions attached - and this doesn't just affect the quality of in-flight meals (as if it could). There is also an unpleasant discovery to be made upon their return - aside from Bernard's inability to remove Fran's thongs from his person.

Broadcast details

Friday 5th April 2002
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Sunday 7th February 2010 11:45pm More4
Wednesday 28th April 2010 9:40pm Dave
Wednesday 28th April 2010 11:35pm Dave
Sunday 2nd May 2010 11:45pm More4
Sunday 5th September 2010 11:35pm More4
Monday 17th January 2011 12:20am More4
Tuesday 29th March 2011 10:40pm Gold
Sunday 14th August 2011 11:50pm More4
Friday 21st October 2011 12:35am Gold
Friday 2nd December 2011 12:55am Gold
Friday 16th December 2011 12:25am Gold
Friday 16th December 2011 2:30am Gold
Friday 8th August 2014 9:00pm London Live
Thursday 14th August 2014 10:00pm London Live
Friday 15th August 2014 1:00am London Live
Sunday 23rd November 2014 12:30am London Live
Sunday 23rd November 2014 11:30pm London Live
Friday 12th December 2014 10:30pm London Live
Monday 15th December 2014 12:30am London Live
Thursday 19th February 2015 1:30am London Live
Friday 20th February 2015 1:15am London Live
Saturday 30th May 2015 1:30am London Live
Thursday 5th November 2015 9:30pm London Live
Friday 6th November 2015 2:30am London Live
Monday 9th November 2015 9:30pm London Live
Thursday 7th January 2016 9:30pm London Live
Sunday 7th August 2016 12:50am London Live
Wednesday 11th January 2017 3:30am London Live
Saturday 14th January 2017 4:30am London Live
Sunday 12th February 2017 3:45am London Live
Thursday 16th February 2017 3:30am London Live
Thursday 23rd February 2017 2:30am London Live
Saturday 27th May 2017 11:35pm Gold
Sunday 30th July 2017 1:30am Gold
Monday 26th February 2018 12:55am Gold
Wednesday 8th May 2019 1:00am Gold
Wednesday 8th May 2019 2:25am Gold
Saturday 14th September 2019 1:50am Gold
Monday 2nd March 2020 2:15am Gold
Tuesday 3rd March 2020 1:25am Gold
Sunday 29th March 2020 2:10am Gold

Cast & crew

Dylan Moran Bernard Black
Bill Bailey Manny Bianco
Tamsin Greig Fran Katzenjammer
Guest cast
Howard Coggins Actor
Miltos Yerolemou Actor
Writing team
Dylan Moran Writer
Production team
Martin Dennis Director
Nira Park Producer
William Burdett-Coutts Executive Producer
Karen Beever Line Producer
Paul Machliss Editor
Dennis De Groot Production Designer
Jane Davies Casting Director
John Connor Casting Director
Annie Hardinge Costume Designer
Andy Hollis Director of Photography
Sheena Gunn Costume Designer
Jane Walker Make-up Designer
Jayne Buxton (as Jane Buxton) Make-up Designer
Eve Wignall Make-up Designer
Christopher Clayton Lighting Designer
Jonathan Whitehead Composer
Judith Barkas Make-up Designer
Jim Imber 1st Assistant Director

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