Black Books

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Original run: 29 Sep 2000 – 15 Apr 2004

Country of origin: UK

Genre: Comedy

Network: Channel 4 UK

Watched by: 64 583 of 698 754 9.24%

Total running time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Episode duration: 25 minutes

IMDB rating: 8.5 of 10 54 546 rating: 8.233 of 10 36 078

MyShows rating: 4.4 of 5 32 062


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.

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