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 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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 19th May 2010 9:40pm Dave
Sunday 23rd May 2010 11:45pm More4
Monday 27th September 2010 12:15am More4
Saturday 15th January 2011 10:10pm Dave
Monday 11th April 2011 11:05pm Gold
Monday 3rd October 2011 12:50am More4
Thursday 27th October 2011 12:45am Gold
Thursday 27th October 2011 2:30am Gold
Tuesday 6th December 2011 1:15am Gold
Thursday 28th August 2014 10:00pm London Live
Friday 29th August 2014 9:00pm London Live
Thursday 4th September 2014 10:00pm London Live
Wednesday 17th December 2014 12:00am London Live
Friday 19th December 2014 10:00pm London Live
Monday 22nd December 2014 1:00am London Live
Tuesday 20th January 2015 1:00am London Live
Saturday 28th February 2015 1:00am London Live
Friday 11th September 2015 2:20am London Live
Friday 11th September 2015 10:00pm London Live
Monday 14th September 2015 2:00am London Live
Tuesday 15th September 2015 1:30am London Live
Wednesday 11th November 2015 9:00pm London Live
Thursday 12th November 2015 1:15am London Live
Thursday 18th August 2016 10:00pm London Live
Sunday 21st August 2016 2:30am London Live
Sunday 25th December 2016 12:50am London Live
Wednesday 18th January 2017 1:45am London Live
Saturday 21st January 2017 3:00am London Live
Sunday 19th February 2017 3:15am London Live
Thursday 23rd February 2017 4:00am London Live
Thursday 2nd March 2017 2:30am London Live
Saturday 10th June 2017 11:00pm Gold
Sunday 11th June 2017 3:20am Gold
Sunday 13th August 2017 12:20am Gold
Monday 12th March 2018 12:20am Gold
Saturday 21st September 2019 1:25am Gold
Sunday 26th January 2020 1:55am Gold
Sunday 2nd February 2020 1:50am Gold
Sunday 8th March 2020 1:30am Gold

Cast & crew

Dylan Moran Bernard Black
Bill Bailey Manny Bianco
Tamsin Greig Fran Katzenjammer
Guest cast
Annette Crosbie Moo-Ma (Manny's Mum)
Sam Kelly Moo-Pa (Manny's Dad)
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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