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Season 1

  • S01E01 Cooking the Books

    • September 29, 2000
    • Channel 4

    Bernard’s dodgy accountant has to go on the run, leaving him ill prepared to fill out his own tax return. In fact Bernard would rather do anything than fill it out.

  • S01E02 Manny's First Day

    • October 6, 2000
    • Channel 4

    After Manny’s help with the tax return Bernard is persuaded to hire him in the shop. Unfortunately he actually sells some books, much to Bernard’s annoyance.

  • S01E03 Grapes of Wrath

    • October 13, 2000
    • Channel 4

    Bernard and Manny accept a house-sitting job to get away from their new cleaner. They also drink some wine.

  • S01E04 The Blackout

    • October 20, 2000
    • Channel 4

    A hyper, coffee fueled Manny is mistaken for a policeman.

  • S01E05 The Big Lock-Out

    • October 27, 2000
    • Channel 4

    The shop gets a new security system that no-one can work.

  • S01E06 He's Leaving Home

    • November 3, 2000
    • Channel 4

    Manny runs away from the bookshop into the arms of a beard loving photographer.

Season 2

  • S02E01 The Entertainer

    • March 1, 2002
    • Channel 4

    Fran buys a piano and starts taking lessons, discovering she has no talent whatsoever - meanwhile Bernard falls in love and tries desperately to impress her. Between them, they con Manny into throwing away a hard-earned break to help them out.

  • S02E02 Fever

    • March 8, 2002
    • Channel 4

    As the temperature creeps slowly towards 88 degrees, Manny desperately seeks out new ways to stay cool, lest he trigger his "Dave syndrome." Meanwhile an unsympathetic Bernard falls hopelessly in love with Fran's new neighbour, who is unknowingly taking over Fran's apartment.

  • S02E03 The Fixer

    • March 15, 2002
    • Channel 4

    Bernard and Manny need to teach a psychotic ex-con to read in three days after agreeing to host his reading and book-signing in the shop. Fran gets a new job and all seems to be going well until some miscommunication when Manny calls in a favour...

  • S02E04 Blood

    • March 22, 2002
    • Channel 4

    When Manny is drawn into a competing bookstore by its customer-friendly atmosphere, he convinces Bernard the shop needs an overhaul. Fran makes use of the shop's improved facilities to track down her relatives, but is not entirely happy with what she finds.

  • S02E05 Hello Sun

    • March 29, 2002
    • Channel 4

    Fran starts spending time with a new-age friend to try and wind down while Bernard and Manny are having another fight. Bernard believes Manny is a psychopath and sends him to a therapist, where he unlocks a confidence he never knew he had.

  • S02E06 A Nice Change

    • April 5, 2002
    • Channel 4

    Bernard and Manny can't hear themselves argue because the shop next door is undergoing some round-the-clock construction. The noise drives Bernard, Manny and Fran up the wall. So Fran suggests a holiday. Bernard and Manny find baggage in her luggage. There's nothing in the crisp packet and Manny's pants aren't that easy to fold. Will the customer crack the system? What happens on the riverboat? Just how many monkeys are missing in Canada?

  • SPECIAL 0x7 Series Two Deleted Scenes

Season 3

  • S03E01 Manny Come Home

    • March 11, 2004
    • Channel 4

    Fran returns from a vacation in Cornwall to discover Manny has resigned and Bernard is living amongst piles of his own filth and dead badgers. Manny has taken up work at the new bookstore next to Black Books, where he must contend with a new, and possibly even more demanding manager, played by Simon Pegg.

  • S03E02 Elephants and Hens

    • March 18, 2004
    • Channel 4

    It is International Children's Book Week, and Bernard and Manny decide to write their own kids' classic and retire on the proceeds. Fran is off on a hen weekend, but still finds a way to fall out with Bernard and Manny.

  • S03E03 Moo-ma and Moo-pa

    • March 25, 2004
    • Channel 4

    Manny is panicking about the impending visit of his parents - Fran blackmails Bernard into letting them stay by threatening to tell Manny Bernard has been screening his calls to keep him from going anywhere. When Manny's parents arrive however, the duo are forced to corroborate some slightly embellished details from Manny's letters home.

  • S03E04 A Little Flutter

    • April 1, 2004
    • Channel 4

    Manny places a bet on the Grand National for Bernard who immediately becomes addicted to the thrill of gambling having previously expressed no interest. But his losses mount, and he starts borrowing gambling funds from increasingly scary people.

  • S03E05 Travel Writer

    • April 8, 2004
    • Channel 4

    Manny organises a travel-writing festival and invites a charming explorer to talk about his adventures. Fran soon falls for his twinkling eyes and lavish hair, leaving Manny ragingly jealous. Meanwhile, Bernard hires an assassin to solve a financial problem with his neighbour.

  • S03E06 Party

    • April 15, 2004
    • Channel 4

    Fed up with being stuck in the dusty old bookshop on a Friday night, and with the hopes of meeting a delectable young lady at a party, Manny and Fran persuaded Bernard to attend a party. After a night of heavy drinking, a very sloshed Bernard has a nasty surprise waiting for him.

Additional Specials

  • SPECIAL 0x1 Series One Outtakes

    • April 30, 2000
    • Channel 4

  • SPECIAL 0x2 Series Two Outtakes

    • September 1, 2001
    • Channel 4

  • SPECIAL 0x3 Series Three Outtakes

    • April 30, 2004
    • Channel 4

  • SPECIAL 0x4 Black Dolls

    • April 30, 2002
    • Channel 4

    A doll-version of Black Books in which Fran takes Manny into the real world where she feeds him drugs and grapes. Manny eventually decides that the real world is too tough for him, and after a 'talk' from Bernard he promises to stay in the shop.

  • SPECIAL 0x5 Bernard's Letter

    • April 30, 2004
    • Channel 4

    The reply that a typically furious Bernard writes to the editor of a publishing firm after they refuse to publish the novel that he had spent the entire weekend writing.

  • SPECIAL 0x6 Series Three Deleted Scenes

    • April 16, 2004
    • Channel 4

    Deleted Scenes from Series 3