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.

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.