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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.

  • JustWatch Streaming rank this week: 818


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Series 3, Episode 2 - Elephants And Hens

Fran is invited on a hen weekend leaving Bernard and Manny to write a best-selling children's book.

Further details

Fran heads off on a hen weekend with some old school pals, armed with plenty of alcohol and tapes of Bananarama.

Meanwhile, after hosting International Children's Book Week, Bernard and Manny are convinced they can write a children's book to challenge all others. £50 each-way is at stake as the duo bet Fran they can write a book before she returns and that her hen party will inevitably be a total shambles. Not least because someone forgot to arrange the strippers.

Broadcast details

Thursday 18th March 2004
Channel 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Dylan Moran Bernard Black
Bill Bailey Manny Bianco
Tamsin Greig Fran Katzenjammer
Guest cast
Lucy Davis Becky
Olivia Colman Tanya
Pandora Colin Actor
Tony Bignell Actor
Oliver Golding Actor
Camilla Heaney Actor
Charlie Hicks Actor
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
Andy Hollis Director of Photography
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
Lesley Noble (as Leslie Noble) Make-up Designer
Susie Liggat 1st Assistant Director
Edward Evennett 1st Assistant Director

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