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.

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The 100 best TV shows of the 21st century

The Thick Of It is the highest rated British comedy in fourth place. Also listed: The Office (6), Fleabag (8), Peep Show (9), Nighty Night (16), Black Mirror (23), Spaced (29), Catastrophe (34), Brass Eye (37), Detectorists (38), Nathan Barley (47), Black Books (53), Inside No. 9 (66), Shameless (70), The Inbetweeners (74), Gavin and Stacey (81), Fresh Meat (86), Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (92), The Trip (95) and The Mighty Boosh (98).

The Guardian, 16th September 2019

Definitive guide to British comedy since Fawlty Towers

The British are coming, and they want to invade your television. With ... laughter.

Devon Ivie, Vulture, 21st November 2018

Weirdest musical moments in British comedy

A selection of some of the strangest songs and musical moments in British comedy.

Anglonerd, 9th October 2017

10 people you almost didn't recognise in Black Books

But did you notice these people...?

Jamie Pond, Anglonerd, 29th January 2017

Mrs Brown's Boys named best sitcom since 2000

Mrs Brown's Boys has come top of the Radio Times poll to name the best British TV sitcom broadcast since the year 2000.

British Comedy Guide, 22nd August 2016

Radio Times launches a poll to name the best sitcom since 2000

Radio Times has launched a poll to name the best British TV sitcom broadcast since the year 2000. There are 40 shows in the shortlist.

British Comedy Guide, 19th July 2016

Black Books definitely won't be coming back

Anyone hoping there could be a Black Books reunion at some point better look away now. Dylan Moran has categorically put to rest any chances of the cult sitcom re-opening for business. However, the stand-up comic told Digital Spy that he is currently working on a brand new TV comedy project.

Tom Eames, Digital Spy, 30th November 2015

10 people you almost didn't recognise in Black Books

Nina Conti as Bernard's true love, Green Wing's Julian Rhind-Tutt as the adventurer/author Fran falls for, Peter Serafinowicz's deep voice, Johnny Vegas as the sleazy landlord, or Rob Brydon as Fran's new boss. Did you notice these...?

Anglonerd, 14th October 2015

Bill Bailey reflects on 15 years of Black Books

Not to make you feel old, but Black Books turns 15 today. That's right, every slob and pessimist's hero Bernard Black first emerged on our TV screens back on September 29, 2000 on Channel 4.

Tom Eames, Digital Spy, 29th September 2015

James Cary's Top 10 Sitcoms, #8: Black Books

I don't feel that Father Ted is one of 'my shows'. But I'm more possessive about a show in the same vein: Black Books. When I saw trailer for it, I thought 'Yup, I'm going to love that. Dylan Moran is funny. Bill Bailey is very funny. And that Tamsin lady looks like a find. Hoorah.'

I was not disappointed.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 16th July 2015