Tag: Black Books

Black Books, Series 2

Black Books, Series 2 (Channel 4, 2002) A step-down from the first series but still laugh-out-loud absurd. Bernard’s perpetually sloshed, almost nihilistic ill-temperedness is so extreme that it may have benefited from straighter support characters, rather than the equally ramped-up vagueness of Manny and the hardcore faddishness of Fran.

Black Books, Series 1

Black Books, Series 1 (Channel 4, 2000) Like Monty Python’s ‘Nudge Nudge’ sketch, the scripts for this sitcom would look bafflingly unremarkable. The episodes are defined not by plot but rather a freewheeling melange of comic business and off-the-wall character humour. Dylan Moran’s misanthropic bookshop owner oozes dark charisma.