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.

Episode menu

Series 3, Episode 4 - A Little Flutter

Bernard becomes a hardcore gambler and Fran and Manny compete for a job at Black Books.

Further details

Bernard's addictive personality (or manic depression) rears its ugly head when he becomes a hardcore gambler. Going from detesting the idea of the Grand National to attending underground poker games, he is way out of his depth when he gets head-hunted by a loan shark - and the stakes are high.

Meanwhile Fran has an interview and tricks Bernard into giving her a temporary job to impress her potential employers. She and Manny are constantly at each other's throats as they compete for the only available position and hard-sell the customers to fund Bernard's new-found habit. Where will it all end?

Broadcast details

Thursday 1st April 2004
Channel 4
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Wednesday 26th May 2010 9:40pm Dave
Sunday 30th May 2010 11:45pm More4
Monday 4th October 2010 12:10am More4
Saturday 15th January 2011 10:40pm Dave
Tuesday 12th April 2011 11:05pm Gold
Monday 10th October 2011 12:50am More4
Friday 28th October 2011 12:10am Gold
Friday 28th October 2011 2:30am Gold
Wednesday 7th December 2011 1:40am Gold
Friday 5th September 2014 9:00pm London Live
Sunday 7th September 2014 11:00pm London Live
Monday 8th September 2014 2:00am London Live
Thursday 11th September 2014 10:00pm London Live
Wednesday 17th December 2014 12:30am London Live
Friday 19th December 2014 10:30pm London Live
Monday 22nd December 2014 1:30am London Live
Tuesday 20th January 2015 1:30am London Live
Saturday 28th February 2015 1:30am London Live
Friday 18th September 2015 9:00pm London Live
Thursday 24th September 2015 12:30am London Live
Wednesday 11th November 2015 9:30pm London Live
Thursday 12th November 2015 1:45am London Live
Thursday 25th August 2016 2:30am London Live
Thursday 25th August 2016 9:00pm London Live
Monday 26th December 2016 1:40am London Live
Wednesday 18th January 2017 2:15am London Live
Saturday 21st January 2017 3:30am London Live
Sunday 19th February 2017 3:45am London Live
Thursday 23rd February 2017 4:30am London Live
Thursday 2nd March 2017 3:00am London Live
Saturday 10th June 2017 11:40pm Gold
Sunday 13th August 2017 12:55am Gold
Monday 12th March 2018 12:55am Gold
Friday 27th September 2019 12:00am Gold
Monday 3rd February 2020 12:40am Gold
Monday 3rd February 2020 2:50am Gold
Sunday 15th March 2020 12:20am Gold
Friday 20th March 2020 11:50pm Gold

Cast & crew

Dylan Moran Bernard Black
Bill Bailey Manny Bianco
Tamsin Greig Fran Katzenjammer
Guest cast
Keith Allen Dave 'Mouse Ear' Smith
Justin Edwards Gambler
Craig Parkinson Martin (Loan Shark)
Jiggy Bhore Actor
Su Elliot (as Su Elliott) Actor
Jane Janovic Actor
Steve Lately Actor
Huggy Leaver Actor
Mac McDonald Actor
Paul Putner Actor
Pat Starr 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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