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Black Books: Series 2 [DVD] [2000]


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  • Actors: Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig, Rosie Day, Paul Beech
  • Writers: Dylan Moran
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00018HTIC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,329 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Featuring all 6 episodes from Series 2:

  • The Entertainer
  • Fever
  • The Fixer
  • Blood
  • Hello Sun
  • A Nice Change

Bernard Black (Dylan Moran), proprietor of the grubby bookshop Black Books, prefers the company of his books to his customers. Devoted to the twin pleasures of excessive drinking and wilful antagonism, Bernard enriches his life and the lives of his only two friends, Manny (Bill Bailey) and Fran (Tamsin Grieg) in the process. In this second collection of episodes, Bernard finds proof positive that Manny is mad, Manny worries about the reliability of his magic hot water bottle and uses his underworld connections to help the recently unemployed Fran find a job, Fran struggles to find her inner karma in between trying to find her cigarettes and making excuses to have another drink. Under constant threat from the nasty, unfeeling outside world, the characters in Black Books attempt to maintain the haven of the bookshop even as their own talent for meaningless stupidity pitches them towards mayhem.

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The second series of Black Books somehow succeeded in being even further off the wall than the first. A larger team of writers no doubt helped, but Dylan Moran's greater input clearly shows. His Bernard Black doesn't get the best lines (that honour is always Bill Bailey's), but he definitely gets the best visual gags: a wine-bottle ice lolly, a dinner jacket made from tax receipts and a talent for the piano that defies logic. Aided by the hapless Fran (Tamsin Greig), the bookshop boys survive plenty of adventures, such as a touch of Dave's Syndrome, transforming into a restaurant, falling in love and even a few molluscs on the walls. Guest actors are all aware that they need to be at their funniest in order to register amid the madness: Johnny Vegas is the perfect slimy landlord, Jessica Stevenson revels in being the ultimate health-fad flake and Rob Brydon is terrific in his office-boss cameo. All this series lacks is any sense of closure for the characters, which, without the prospect of a third series, is a terrible tease. --Paul Tonks

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. M. Bayliss on 8 Oct 2004
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How do you follow up one of the most original sitcoms of the last 20 years? Well if your Dylan Moran, easy, you just keep to the same bizzarre plot lines and happenings, add a bit more stupidness, and Bobs you uncle, unless he's called something else. I love Black Books, it's stupid, it's clever but above all, it's genuinly funny. The laugh out loud moments are too numerous to mention but Manny playing the piano from the inside with spoons while Fran and Bernard fool their piano teacher and girlfriend respectivly is just one of them! In this series I feel there is more imputus on the plot, the first series was a lot looser but still equally funny, and there's a few swipes at big corporation book shops and criminals who feel the need to sell their stories which are touched on brilliantly. The only main difference is that in this series, Fran has lost her job and apart from one episode where she gets a job in an office where she has no idea what to do, ends up getting promoted after her presentation which involes drawing a circle and an arrow on a flip chart only to get sacked after a mix up with an underworld boss, she just tends to wander round getting drunk with Bernard. I feel I also have to disagree with the people who say Fran is unfunny. She's exactly the foil that Bernard and Manny need; she's just funnier in a more subtle way to the other twos more physical approch. The discussion she has with her landlord, played brilliantly seedy by Johnny Vegas, about her shrinking bedroom is fantastic and when you think that she's the sanest one of the three, it's quite scary!
Basically, buy this now! The extras are brilliant, the writings fantastic and it's the funniest thing you can own! One slight bug bear, why is it that when I buy series 1 and 2 seperatly, they then bring out a complete box set of all 3 series! There all around me like a nest of pigs!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Wright VINE VOICE on 2 Sep 2004
Format: DVD
A situation comedy about a man who owns a bookshop and his friends. Doesn't sound like the funniest sit-com ever does it? Wrong! This is without a doubt, the funniest sit-com that I have ever seen (and I am a big fan of sit-coms).
Dylan Moran as the fantastic, customer hating, Bernard Black is truly the ultimate comic creation. He owns the bookshop "Black Books", the only problem being that he hates selling books because then he has to order more. When he is paired with the odd Manny (Bill Bailey) and the quirky Fran (Tamsin Greig), you get a television show to beat all television shows.
With the 6 episodes:
The Entertainer,
Fever,
The Fixer,
Blood,
Hello Sun,
and A Nice Change.
These episodes coupled with out-takes, a photo gallery, audio commentary, series 3 trailer and special feature "Black Dolls", make this a DVD that no-one who even remotely enjoys comedy should miss.
Buy this DVD today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben on 24 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
Imagine a comedy that leaps to life in a whirl of laughter and gags. Endulge yourself in six chapters of pure comic genius and prepare to meet Bernard, Manny and Fran, theree friends stuck in a small secure, crazy world of books, wine and cigerettes. Written by and starring Dylan Moran (Shaun of the Dead), Black Books isn't your average sitcom. It has the character based surrealism of Father Ted and the tongue tying, flowery, metaphor laiden language of Blackadder. You'll be quoting this six wonderfully lively episodes for weeks to come. If you like comedy, you'll love Black Books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 3 May 2009
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Bill Bailey (Manny Bianco) is a musical and comic genius; Dylan Moran (Bernard Black) is absolutely his equal but their wildly contrasting personas in the show form the basis of one of the best comic partnerships of recent years. I thought that Series One couldn't be bettered, but this series is even funnier, and along with its sister show, the equally brilliant 'Spaced', forms the best comedy axis of the last twenty or so years. Along with Tamsin Greig's kooky slacker 'Fran', Manny and Bernard muddle their way through life; drinking, smoking, arguing and generally making a mess of their lives in every way possible. Great moments include Manny's hilarious spoon/piano playing and Fran attempting to teach a dim-witted gangster to read; but they are too numerous to mention here. Suffice to say that this black hearted and anarchic comedy is up there with 'The Young Ones', 'Fawlty Towers', 'Spaced' and 'Green Wing' as the cream of British comedy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "huanlongdhong" on 18 April 2004
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If you liked series 1, then you will LOVE series 2! Putting Bill Bailey and Dylan Moran together in a sitcom was the best idea anyone has ever had. They work superbly together.
Bernard black, an eccentric, foul tempered and drink-fuelled proprioter, owns the grubby bookshop, Black Books. His only two employees being Manny, a hairy, laid back and considerate assistant - Bernards punch bag. And Fran, Bernards only other friend, she craves a social life and a boyfriend. Her pathetic attempts to achieve this are very humiliating.
Black Books is a must see!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
Brilliant!
If you liked the 1st series, then you will just love this! The 2nd series returns with all the mad humour that was in the 1st series and much much more. There is something in Black Books that everyone will enjoy, it is no wonder that it has won several awards. Even if you didn't watch the 1st series then get this DVD of the 2nd series, because it will make you laugh so much, and even when you think about it you'll just have to smile. This is the one and ONLY comedy to watch, it is pure brilliance. I haven't met someone yet whom doesn't love it!
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