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British humor at its best
on 25 June 2014
I’m a german girl, but this is not preventing me from watching english movies and series, especially the british ones. ‘Cause I really love this british sense of humour.
So in November 2012, when I rummaged in the internet, I came across the british series “Black Books”. I occupied myself a little closer with it and concluded this is something for me. So I bought this series on DVD. Forwhy my English is not so bad and I own a good english-dictionary, and there is subtitle on the DVD, it’s quite easy for me to follow the plot.
Now the contents:
“Black Books” is the name of a book-shop, which owner is Bernard Black.
Bernard is that kind of person you don’t want to know anymore, if you just got to know him. He is eccentric, pigheaded, grumpy, lazy, he’s lying (especially if it’s to his personal advantage) and he has a low opinion of hygienic – with his shop and flat, and also with his own person. His “hobbies” are drinking (too much wine), smoking and scaring customers out of his shop. He is a person you want to steer clear of. Anyway, he has real good friend: Fran. She lives in the house next to Bernard’s and got a little downstairs decoration-shop. But she’s hanging around in Bernard’s shop almost the whole time, especially when she is unemployed and had to close her shop at beginning of series two. Fran loves drinking wine and smoking every bit as Bernard, but she is more lovely. Therefore she is a bit crazy and chaotic. The third one is Manny. He is an accountant, but got fired from his old job after a “work accident”. At Frans insistence, he started working in the book-shop. And, of course, Bernard had lots of doubts and contradictions but he hired Manny regardless. Manny is courteous, helpful, nice, compassionate and all the opposite of Bernard. And because Manny is also a bit naive, he just doesn’t do his work as an accountant. Bernard pushes everything he doesn’t want to do to Manny: to serve customers, clean up the shop and the flat, do the laundries, cooking, making breakfast and so on. “As thanks”, Bernard practise on Manny’s weaknesses, just to bother him. But Manny often don’t realize that.
With Fran, Manny shares his interests in the “world outside”. They like to go out, for example to cinema or to parties. If they ask Bernard to come along, maybe going out on Friday night, his standard answer is: “Why? ... Well, it was Friday night last week and it’ll be Friday night next week and every week until we’re dead and even then the whole rotten business will go on and on and on.” (Bernard’s quotation)
So, in every episode something absurd and weird happens – sometimes borderline situations, but mostly screamingly funny. Such as Bernard’s try to sweep out the customers off his shop, or his try to write a children’s book with Manny, or both want to integrate a restaurant-service into the book shop.
But aside from this really funny, well worth seeing plots, I’m really impressed by performing 80 to 90 % of this series at only one place – Bernard’s shop. And that majority of stories are performed by three persons. That’s filmic and acting peak performance. (I saw this just once in the movie called “Moon”, with Sam Rockwell.)
So my conclusion is: absolutely unmissable!