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
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:
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.
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!!
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!