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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The Entertainer

Episode 1

Fran buys a piano and starts taking lessons, discovering she... Read more


Episode 2

As the temperature creeps slowly towards 88 degrees, Manny desperately... Read more

The Fixer

Episode 3

Bernard and Manny need to teach a psychotic ex-con to... Read more


Episode 4

When Manny is drawn into a competing bookstore by its... Read more

Hello Sun

Episode 5

Fran starts spending time with a new-age friend to try... Read more

A Nice Change

Episode 6

Bernard and Manny can't hear themselves argue because the shop... Read more

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