Comedy Clicks – Black Books

Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a show that ran for 4 years on Channel 4 and was based all around a book shop- Black Books


Opening Titles / Theme Tune

About the Show

Summary of Plot 
Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn’t much like people who buy books and hates having customers. Next door to Bernard’s shop is the Nifty Gifty gift shop run by Fran, probably Bernard’s only friend in the world. When Bernard’s accountant goes on the run Bernard employs stress victim, Manny to help in his shop. This leads to a series of surreal adventures around the shop. – IMDb 

Number of Seasons / Episodes 
18 episodes

Dylan Moran – Bernard Black

Bill Bailey – Manny

Tamsin Gregg – Fran

+  Bernard is inspired by a real bookshop owner in Dublin whom Dylan Moran described as “he looks like he’s swallowed a cup of sour milk and peed himself at the same time. He has this green bilious expression, years of displeasure have shaped his face”

+ Manny’s last name, Bianco (Italian for ‘white’), is the obvious counterpart to Bernard Black.

+ Tamsin Greig was pregnant during the filming of series 1.

+ Fran pushes her new phone into Bernard’s face and says that it has Web Access and a Camera. This is actually a joke about how annoying Mobile Users were seen at the time, a time when such features were unheard of. These features are now the standard.

+ The theme music includes the Marimba and a Guiro.

+ Bernard’s Special Biscuit, which he keeps locked away in a safe and is stolen by Mr. Benson, is a pink and yellow Fox’s Party Ring.
Classic Clips 

This Is Fantastic 

Bernards Letter

Fran Typing


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