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Fran Katzenjamer: Tamsin Greig
Manny Bianco: Bill Bailey
Producers: Nira Park, Julian Meers
Black Books. (14/2/10) Black Books is currently being re-run on UK channels Dave and More4. click hereThis sitcom is an original idea by Dylan Moran. It had its first tentative screening at the Channel 4 Sitcom Festival at the Riverside Studios in 1998.
story continues and by the end of the episode a drunk Bernard has offered
Manny a job in his bookshop and thus the start of their wonderful sado-masochistic
Series 2 was aired in March, 2002.
Black Books won the 2001 BAFTA sitcom award, and the Bronze Rose of Montreux, also for best sitcom.
Series 3 was 'aired' in March this year (2004), and is now out on DVD release.
*Tamsin Grieg was pregnant during the filming of series 1.
* Graham Linehan turns up in 2 episodes:
>>as a customer sporting a beard, glasses and a t-shirt proclaiming 'I Love Books' in Mannys First Day.
>>in The Big Lock Out as a customer in the Mamba Burger bar ( sporting this time Dylans coat!)
*Bill Bailey's character Manny was originally Jewish.
*The sign on the shops door says 'closed' on both sides.
* Bernards character is inspired by a real bookshop owner in Dublin whom Dylan 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."
* Filming of series 1 was plaqued with ill health. Bill Bailey had flu in 'Cooking The Books' and Dylan hurt his neck during 'Mannys First Day'!