Black Books (2000)


Plot: 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. Read More



Episode 6: Party
Episode 5: Travel Writer
Episode 4: A Little Flutter
Episode 3: Moo-ma and Moo-pa
Episode 2: Elephants and Hens
Episode 1: Manny Come Home
Episode 6: A Nice Change
Episode 5: Hello Sun
Episode 4: Blood
Episode 3: The Fixer
Episode 2: Fever
Episode 1: The Entertainer
Episode 6: He's Leaving Home
Episode 5: The Big Lock-Out
Episode 4: The Blackout
Episode 3: Grapes of Wrath
Episode 2: Manny's First Day
Episode 1: Cooking the Books