Black Books
Black Books



First Aired

Sep 29, 2000


Black Books


Network: Channel 4

Status: Ended


Black Books is a second-hand bookshop in London run by an Irishman named Bernard Black. He is probably the planet's worst-suited person to run such an establishment: he makes no effort to sell, closes at strange hours on a whim, is in a perpetual alcoholic stupor, abhors his customers (sometimes physically abusing them) and is often comatose at his desk. Help comes in the lumpy shape of Manny Bianco, a hairy, bumbling individual who (almost by osmosis) becomes Bernard's assistant. Manny is not exactly great at the job either but he is a million times better than Bernard. Next door is Fran, an anxious, frustrated woman who runs a sort of new-age shop selling the most unlikely bits of arty junk. Fran is friends with Bernard and, through him, with Manny; together the trio become embroiled in escapades that are sometimes extreme or violent or fantastically ludicrous, and always bizarre.


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Cooking the Books

Episode 1

Bernard’s dodgy accountant has to go on the run, leaving... Read more

Manny's First Day

Episode 2

After Manny’s help with the tax return Bernard is persuaded... Read more

Grapes of Wrath

Episode 3

Bernard and Manny accept a house-sitting job to get away... Read more

The Blackout

Episode 4

A hyper, coffee fueled Manny is mistaken for a policeman. Read more

The Big Lock-Out

Episode 5

The shop gets a new security system that no-one can... Read more

He's Leaving Home

Episode 6

Manny runs away from the bookshop into the arms of... Read more

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