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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