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The concept is simple enough. Bernard (expertly played by Dylan Moran) runs a bookshop. The only problems are he can't stand people, hates customers, and would far prefer to be barking out cutting remarks and drinking wine. Still, it's after drinking much of the aforementioned wine that he offers Manny (Bill Bailey, again in terrific form) a job. Manny accepts, and finds his daily life involves taking abuse from Bernard, while remaining strangely and resolutely upbeat. Fran (Tamsin Greig) meanwhile also likes her wine, and finds herself stuck between the two of them, with a few odd encounters of her own thrown in too.
So far nothing particularly out of the ordinary, right? Well, mix in some of the creative force behind Father Ted, combine those aforementioned performances, and simmer to the point where episode after episode garners a cocktail of sniggers and belly laughs, and you have something really rather special. Like many of the best shows, the curtain has come down on Black Books after only three series. But the long-lasting legacy are episodes that are set to be enjoyed for a long, long time to come. --Simon Brew
Somewhere in London, there is a tiny indie bookstore run by the rudest and most misanthropic Irishman since Father Jack Hackett. Read morePublished 3 months ago by E. A Solinas
Such a funny series, watched this with my friend years ago, and wanted to relive the memories. Not many episodes, but if you love this, there are another 2 seasons!!Published 7 months ago by resigood
Black Books is a gem of the sitcom world. Why oh why do more4 persist with endless reruns of Father Ted. When they could show this. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2013 by mikebee
Undoubtably one of the funniest things to come out of Channel 4, or the whole of terrestrial TV for years!
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What can I say that hasn't been said already? This is a superb series that you just can't help but laugh at. I would highly recommend this.Published on 24 Feb. 2012 by London Girl
If you like comedy you love this Bill Bailey and Dylan Moran are hilarious. Black Books is a second-hand bookshop in London run by an Irishman named Bernard Black(Dylan Moran). Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2011 by DVD_VISION