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 3, Episode 3 - Moo-Ma And Moo-Pa

Manny's parents are coming to stay so Bernard and Fran are called upon to go along with the slight exaggerations he has made of his life.

Further details

Manny is freaked out by the arrival of his parents. Fran and Bernard are freaked out by their pet names for each other.

Apart from Moo-ma and Moo-pa's slightly annoying mannerisms, Manny has good reason to feel apprehensive about their stay. It transpires that he has exaggerated one or two fine details about his life at Black Books.

All parties are required to play along with his embellishments to impress the otherwise adorable parents. Not surprisingly, it all goes as smoothly as a Chattanooga choo-choo.

Broadcast details

Thursday 25th March 2004
Channel 4
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Dylan Moran Bernard Black
Bill Bailey Manny Bianco
Tamsin Greig Fran Katzenjammer
Guest cast
Annette Crosbie Moo-Ma
Sam Kelly Moo-Pa
Writing team
Dylan Moran Writer
Kevin Cecil Writer
Andy Riley 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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