Watch Black Books 2000–2004 123movies, Full TV Series Online – 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..
Plot: Black Books centres around the foul tempered and wildly eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black. Bernard’s devotion to the twin pleasures of drunkenness and wilful antagonism deepens and enriches both his life and that of Manny, his assistant. Bearded, sweet and good, Manny is everything that Bernard isn’t and is punished by Bernard relentlessly just for the crime of existing. They depend on each other for meaning as Fran, their oldest friend, depends on them for distraction.
Black Books is a haven of books, wine and conversation, the only threat to the group’s peace and prosperity is their own limitless stupidity.
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Clever, funny and imaginative – eat your heart out Friends!
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.
This series (soon to return for a second series!) was poorly promoted by channel 4 (usually so good at getting great little comedies recognised – Spaced, Father Ted etc), and didn’t get seen by anywhere near the audience it deserved. The storylines are always pretty wild – Manny absorbing the Little Book of Calm into his system in the first show – and never set in reality, ever. However they are never stupid because they are so wildly funny! The surreal adventures of Bernard and Manny are excellent – full of movie references, full of great dialogue and surreal action. As a sitcom it just sparkles with ideas, energy and imagination – for the first showing Ch 4 had it following Friends and it totally showed Friends up to be mass-produced, thoughtless entertainment. Sure, BB doesn’t have the gloss of Friends and can feel a bit rough round the edges but you can’t beat the fact that it feels fresh and new compared to all that gloss.
The chemistry between Bernard and Manny is great – even if their dialogue is mad at times. Bill Bailey is very funny doing stand-up and here he is really suited to Manny. Moran as Bernard is also great as the abusive drunk Irishman and is just so manically funny – not manic like Phoebe in Friends but manic like Jack in Father Ted. Tamsin Greig is also good as Fran, despite being a smaller character.
Overall this is a flagship for all that is good about channel 4 comedies – British, clever, imaginative, daring and very funny. Well done channel 4!
The Wonderful Genius of Dylan Moran.
Dylan Moran plays one of the greatest sitcom characters Bernard Black – an unkempt irritable chain-smoking-and-drinking bibliophile who owns Black Books, a bookstore. He takes the same approach to the value of books and despise for superficial customer desires as Jasper Fforde does in his novels about literary detectives. Bernard’s constant companionship is, on the one hand, flat mate and coworker Manny (Bill Bailey). Lovable and slightly oafish, he is Bernard’s polar opposite. And among them both, is neutral Fran (Tasmin Greig). It’s a rather ordinary setting with not so glamorous characters who all seem to share some kind of amusing social awkwardness.
Consumers of American television should break from the confines of poorly written sitcoms to indulge the refreshingly situational Brit-coms. Among the best of them are ‘The Mighty Boosh,’ ‘Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace’ and this — ‘Black Books.’ Running only three seasons, it had the unique quality of hitting it’s prime at the start of the first episode before somewhat running out of situational humor by the final six episodes. The dialog is its shining quality, and perhaps the best of it were those episodes co-written by Dylan Moran and Graham Lineham.
Original Language en
Runtime 25 min
Writer Dylan Moran
Actors Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, Tamsin Greig
Country United Kingdom
Awards Won 2 BAFTA 3 wins & 3 nominations total
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Sound Mix Stereo, Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
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