I can’t believe I forgot these two shows when I previously shared my favourite British comedies…
When I was living back in Cheltenham, “Black Books” was a shared love between myself and my flatmate, Amit.
The show is set in a book store, which obviously immediately made me love it. The shop is owned by Bernard Black, a drunken slob of an Irishman. Manny, played by the musical genius Bill Bailey, is Bernard’s shop assistant/lackey/human pet. The cast is completed by Fran, Bernard’s long-time friend/drinking buddy and owner of the store next door.
Over the course of the three seasons I would say that that the comedy style changes quite a bit and becomes increasingly farcical. I initially found this a little off putting. I don’t think it matters though; you really can’t help but love these three misfits.
The clip below comes from the second episode of the first season, where Manny arrives for his first day working at Black Books:
Read the rest of this entry »