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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Black Books trivia

Manny's surname, "Bianco", is Italian for "white". His name is meant to reflect the fact that he is the opposite of Bernard Black.

Fran's surname, "Katzenjammer", is a German word meaning "drunk", which literary translates as, "the wailing/distress of cats".

The address of Black Books is:

Black Books
13 Little Bevan Street
Bloomsbury
London WC1

Source: Series 3, Episode 5: Travel Writer

Contrary to claims on other websites, Black Books was not a Big Talk production. All series were made by Assembly Film And Television, a division of Chrysalis, with the third and final series produced 'in association with' Big Talk. Big Talk Productions' founder, Nira Park, acted as a producer on all three series.

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