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 3, Episode 1 - Manny Come Home

Fran returns from another holiday to find that Manny and Bernard are leading (almost) separate lives.

Further details

An excited Fran returns from holiday to share her new Cornish word. Unfortunately, in her absence, Bernard and Manny have had an 'incident', resulting in Manny being the newest member at Goliath Books, the new bookshop next door.

Bernard has discovered television and spiralled into a germ and disease-ridden descent once more. Meanwhile Manny is surrounded by state-of-the-art equipment, muffins and team leader, Evan, who appears to have cult tendencies. And a digital eye-scanner.

Fran tries her best to reconcile the pair, albeit for her own purposes; to no avail. Will Bernard ever get his human plaything back?

Broadcast details

Thursday 11th March 2004
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 5th May 2010 9:40pm Dave
Sunday 9th May 2010 11:45pm More4
Monday 13th September 2010 12:10am More4
Saturday 15th January 2011 9:00pm Dave
Monday 4th April 2011 10:40pm Gold
Sunday 18th September 2011 11:45pm More4
Saturday 22nd October 2011 12:50am Gold
Saturday 22nd October 2011 2:30am Gold
Sunday 4th December 2011 1:10am Gold
Friday 15th August 2014 9:00pm London Live
Thursday 21st August 2014 10:00pm London Live
Friday 22nd August 2014 1:00am London Live
Friday 19th December 2014 9:00pm London Live
Monday 22nd December 2014 12:00am London Live
Tuesday 20th January 2015 12:00am London Live
Saturday 21st February 2015 1:00am London Live
Friday 27th February 2015 12:00am London Live
Thursday 10th September 2015 12:45am London Live
Friday 11th September 2015 9:00pm London Live
Monday 14th September 2015 1:00am London Live
Tuesday 10th November 2015 9:00pm London Live
Wednesday 11th November 2015 1:30am London Live
Thursday 18th August 2016 9:00pm London Live
Sunday 21st August 2016 1:30am London Live
Saturday 24th December 2016 11:50pm London Live
Wednesday 18th January 2017 12:45am London Live
Saturday 21st January 2017 2:00am London Live
Sunday 12th February 2017 4:15am London Live
Thursday 16th February 2017 4:00am London Live
Sunday 19th February 2017 2:15am London Live
Thursday 23rd February 2017 3:00am London Live
Thursday 2nd March 2017 1:30am London Live
Saturday 3rd June 2017 11:30pm Gold
Sunday 6th August 2017 12:20am Gold
Monday 5th March 2018 12:55am Gold
Friday 20th September 2019 2:25am Gold
Saturday 21st September 2019 12:15am Gold
Sunday 26th January 2020 12:50am Gold
Sunday 26th January 2020 3:25am Gold
Sunday 2nd February 2020 12:40am Gold
Sunday 8th March 2020 12:20am Gold
Saturday 10th December 2022 12:55am C4

Cast & crew

Dylan Moran Bernard Black
Bill Bailey Manny Bianco
Tamsin Greig Fran Katzenjammer
Guest cast
Simon Pegg Evan (Bookshop owner)
Judith Jacob (as Judith Jacobs) Customer
Writing team
Dylan Moran Writer
Kevin Cecil Writer
Andy Riley 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
Philip Lester (as Phil Lester) Costume Designer
Fiona Coutts Costume Designer
Lucy Cain Make-up Designer
Kate Roberts Make-up Designer
Martin Hawkins Lighting Designer
Jonathan Whitehead Composer

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