Series 3 Episode 6
First Broadcast: 1AM Thu 15 April 2004

It's Friday night. Manny and Fran are determined to go out and do something for once. Bernard would rather stay at home, get drunk and ignore his friends. Manny insists they go to a party. But why? And anyway, who is the best dancer?

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    1. episode 6 - Black Books Series 1 Episode 6 He's Leaving Home

      Manny becomes a runaway when Bernard's relentless bossiness gets too much for him. But life is tough on the street, so…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Don't Wait Up This video is a clip Don't Wait Up Video duration: 2:05 minutes

        A mysterious ladyfriend is taking up Manny's time, and making Bernard grumpy
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Petty Bickering This video is a clip Petty Bickering Video duration: 1:39 minutes

        Bernard pesters Manny, whose taste in music is - to be fair - pants
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    2. episode 5 - Black Books Series 1 Episode 5 The Big Lock-Out

      The installation of a new security system for the shop that neither Bernard nor Manny can operate results in Bernard…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. In and Out This video is a clip In and Out Video duration: 2:15 minutes

        Bernard and Manny contemplate a door that they can't actually open
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Is It Safe? This video is a clip Is It Safe? Video duration: 1:33 minutes

        The front door is more than secure, but the secruity man's hairstyle is alarming
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    3. episode 4 - Black Books Series 1 Episode 4 The Blackout

      Manny, hyper after a night of drinking too many espressos and watching an entire box-set of The Sweeney, is mistaken…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. The Last Supper This video is a clip The Last Supper Video duration: 0:50 minutes

        It doesn't look as though Bernard will be invited back for dinner after this...
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Polite Pursuit This video is a clip Polite Pursuit Video duration: 1:12 minutes

        Fuelled by coffee and the 70s, Manny legs it after a villain
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    4. episode 3 - Black Books Series 1 Episode 3 The Grapes of Wrath

      The discomforting presence in the bookshop of an oddly sensual cleaner forces Bernard and Manny to accept a…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. The Papal Pencils This video is a clip The Papal Pencils Video duration: 0:56 minutes

        No point whining - Bernard and Manny's house-sitting has gone wrong
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Clean-Cut Young Man This video is a clip Clean-Cut Young Man Video duration: 1:02 minutes

        Fran thinks she's found a suitable date, but Bernard and Manny are not convinced
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      3. The Cleaner This video is a clip The Cleaner Video duration: 1:57 minutes

        If you had a problem with dirt, would you employ Kevin Eldon to clean it up?
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    5. episode 1 - Black Books Series 1 Episode 2 Manny's First Day

      Bernard, having offered him the job while drunk, does his best to get rid of his new charge by offering a one-day trial…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Gentle Persuasion This video is a clip Gentle Persuasion Video duration: 1:59 minutes

        Fran has a quick word with Bernard to ensure that he gives Manny a job
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Sales Student This video is a clip Sales Student Video duration: 1:49 minutes

        It would appear that Bernard's trainee has a lot to learn about selling books
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    6. episode 1 - Black Books Series 1 Episode 1 Cooking the Books

      When his dodgy accountant goes on the run, Bernard finds himself having to fill in his own tax return - not the easiest…

      • Adult humour and strong language
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Dream Come True This video is a clip Dream Come True Video duration: 1:38 minutes

        When he wakes up, Bernard is greeted by the vision of an angel (well, Manny in a sack)
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    1. series 2 episode 6 - Black Books Series 2 Episode 6 A Nice Change

      Bernard and Manny can't hear themselves argue because of the builders next door. Fran suggests a holiday. But how will…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Communication Breakdown This video is a clip Communication Breakdown Video duration: 1:49 minutes

        Manny and Bernard are finding it harder to get through to each other
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Round Trip This video is a clip Round Trip Video duration: 1:55 minutes

        Discount holidays can be less relaxing than a few days at work...
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    2. series 2 episode 5 - Black Books Series 2 Episode 5 Hello Sun

      Fran tries to discover her inner karma at the advice of her disapproving friend Eva. Meanwhile, Bernard finds positive…

      • Adult humour with some strong language
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Fresh Start This video is a clip Fresh Start Video duration: 1:40 minutes

        It's carrot juice and Yoga from this day forward...
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Dinnertime Blues This video is a clip Dinnertime Blues Video duration: 1:05 minutes

        Vegetables may be healthy but they can't stop people squabbling
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      3. Split Personality This video is a clip Split Personality Video duration: 1:05 minutes

        Fran's back on the booze and it doesn't take long for things to get back to normal
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    3. series 2 episode 4 - Black Books Series 2 Episode 4 Blood

      Unemployed and restless, Fran takes comfort in the discovery of her exotic new-found cousins. And in a misguided…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Cooking the Books This video is a clip Cooking the Books Video duration: 2:10 minutes

        Fran has unwelcome family problems and the boys are busy with a new business venture
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Rip-Off This video is a clip Rip-Off Video duration: 1:49 minutes

        The shop has a customer for a change but he's not happy with the prices
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    4. series 2 episode 2 - Black Boo3s Series 2 Episode 3 The Fixer

      Manny uses his underworld connections to find Fran mysterious employment. In return all that Bernard and Manny have to…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Crime Fiction This video is a clip Crime Fiction Video duration: 1:30 minutes

        In a bookshop, even the simplest of situations can turn into the plot of a cheap novel
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Yes Miss, Sorry Miss This video is a clip Yes Miss, Sorry Miss Video duration: 2:03 minutes

        Inside every thug there's a schoolboy waiting to get out
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    5. series 2 episode 2 - Black Books Series 2 Episode 2 Fever

      Fran can't sleep in the heat. Bernard needs a girlfriend to stop him staring. And Manny is worried about the…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Dirty Deal This video is a clip Dirty Deal Video duration: 1:13 minutes

        Fran and Bernard agree to lie for each other
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Heat Haze This video is a clip Heat Haze Video duration: 1:01 minutes

        The summer heat is making life a bit frightening for Manny
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      3. U-Turn This video is a clip U-Turn Video duration: 1:44 minutes

        Admire the ease with which Bernard can switch from hero to villain...
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    6. series 2 episode 1 - Black Books Series 2 Episode 1 The Entertainer

      Ever keen to distract herself, Fran takes up piano. Ever keen to delude himself, Bernard falls in love. All Manny wants…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Jazz Hands This video is a clip Jazz Hands Video duration: 1:15 minutes

        The spirit of the music flows straight through Manny and into the piano
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Love at First Fight This video is a clip Love at First Fight Video duration: 1:01 minutes

        When Bernard is struck by Cupid's arrow Manny is struck by something less pleasant
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      3. Grand Deception This video is a clip Grand Deception Video duration: 1:40 minutes

        Bernard's talent for the piano is unbelievable - so natural, so effortless
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    1. series 3 episode 6 - Black Books Series 3 Episode 6 Party

      It's Friday night. Manny and Fran are determined to go out and do something for once. Bernard would rather stay at…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Protective Headgear This video is a clip Protective Headgear Video duration: 2:00 minutes

        Manny is, by now, an expert at dealing with Bernard's rabid intolerance
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Party Girl This video is a clip Party Girl Video duration: 1:59 minutes

        Are Manny and Rowena an item? True to form, Bernard hopes they're not.
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    2. series 3 episode 5 - Black Books Series 3 Episode 5 The Travel Writer

      Manny is extremely proud of the travel writing festival that he has organised. He has invited the famously charming…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Charm Offensive This video is a clip Charm Offensive Video duration: 1:53 minutes

        Is this dashing traveller a charismatic adventurer? Or is he a smug git?
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Claws in the Contract This video is a clip Claws in the Contract Video duration: 1:50 minutes

        With Benson as his new landlord Bernard is unlikely to have a problem with mice
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    3. series 3 episode 4- Black Books Series 3 Episode 4 A Little Flutter

      Manny puts a bet on the Grand National for Bernard, who claims not to be interested in gambling but immediately becomes…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Circus of Death This video is a clip Circus of Death Video duration: 1:16 minutes

        Bernard gets a taste for gambling and violence
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Poker Farce This video is a clip Poker Farce Video duration: 1:54 minutes

        Once he tries his hand at cards, Bernard falls quickly into debt
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    4. series 3 episode 3 - Black Books Series 3 Episode 3 Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa

      Manny's parents come to stay. They are a perfectly nice middle-aged couple with one or two slightly annoying habits…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Home Hindrance This video is a clip Home Hindrance Video duration: 1:10 minutes

        Mr and Mrs Manny are helping out a bit more than anyone else would like
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Part-Time Lover This video is a clip Part-Time Lover Video duration: 1:49 minutes

        Manny has told his parents a little white lie about Franny
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      3. Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa This video is a clip Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa Video duration: 0:57 minutes

        Otherwise known as Manny's parents - and they're on a collision course with the shop
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    5. series 3 episode 2 - Black Books Series 3 Episode 2 Elephants and Hens

      It's International Children's Book week in Black Books. Bernard and Manny reckon they can do better than the trash that…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Story Time This video is a clip Story Time Video duration: 1:58 minutes

        Once upon a time there was a a witch, a bookworm and an infestation of children
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Second Childhood This video is a clip Second Childhood Video duration: 0:54 minutes

        Have Manny and Bernard written a book for children, or for themselves?
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      3. Moment of Weakness This video is a clip Moment of Weakness Video duration: 0:45 minutes

        Bernard is (nearly) moved by the heartfelt pleas of a schoolboy
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    6. series 3 episode 1 - Black Books Series 3 Episode 1 Manny Come Home

      Fran comes back from holiday to discover that Manny has resigned and is now working next door at Goliath Books. Left to…

      • Adult humour
      • This episode has subtitles available.
      clips
      1. Vice Deputy Sub Assistant This video is a clip Vice Deputy Sub Assistant Video duration: 2:01 minutes

        Manny gladly turns down a chance to better himself
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      2. Bully This video is a clip Bully Video duration: 1:54 minutes

        A new boss for Manny somehow manages to make Bernard look civilised
        • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
    1. Dream Come True This video is a clip Dream Come True Video duration: 1:38 minutes

      When he wakes up, Bernard is greeted by the vision of an angel (well, Manny in a sack)
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 1 Episode 1
    2. Gentle Persuasion This video is a clip Gentle Persuasion Video duration: 1:59 minutes

      Fran has a quick word with Bernard to ensure that he gives Manny a job
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 1 Episode 2
    3. Sales Student This video is a clip Sales Student Video duration: 1:49 minutes

      It would appear that Bernard's trainee has a lot to learn about selling books
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 1 Episode 2
    4. Clean-Cut Young Man This video is a clip Clean-Cut Young Man Video duration: 1:02 minutes

      Fran thinks she's found a suitable date, but Bernard and Manny are not convinced
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 1 Episode 3
    5. The Cleaner This video is a clip The Cleaner Video duration: 1:57 minutes

      If you had a problem with dirt, would you employ Kevin Eldon to clean it up?
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 1 Episode 3
    6. The Papal Pencils This video is a clip The Papal Pencils Video duration: 0:56 minutes

      No point whining - Bernard and Manny's house-sitting has gone wrong
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 1 Episode 3
    7. Polite Pursuit This video is a clip Polite Pursuit Video duration: 1:12 minutes

      Fuelled by coffee and the 70s, Manny legs it after a villain
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 1 Episode 4
    8. The Last Supper This video is a clip The Last Supper Video duration: 0:50 minutes

      It doesn't look as though Bernard will be invited back for dinner after this...
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 1 Episode 4
    9. In and Out This video is a clip In and Out Video duration: 2:15 minutes

      Bernard and Manny contemplate a door that they can't actually open
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 1 Episode 5
    10. Is It Safe? This video is a clip Is It Safe? Video duration: 1:33 minutes

      The front door is more than secure, but the secruity man's hairstyle is alarming
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 1 Episode 5
    11. Don't Wait Up This video is a clip Don't Wait Up Video duration: 2:05 minutes

      A mysterious ladyfriend is taking up Manny's time, and making Bernard grumpy
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 1 Episode 6
    12. Petty Bickering This video is a clip Petty Bickering Video duration: 1:39 minutes

      Bernard pesters Manny, whose taste in music is - to be fair - pants
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 1 Episode 6
    1. Grand Deception This video is a clip Grand Deception Video duration: 1:40 minutes

      Bernard's talent for the piano is unbelievable - so natural, so effortless
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 1
    2. Jazz Hands This video is a clip Jazz Hands Video duration: 1:15 minutes

      The spirit of the music flows straight through Manny and into the piano
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 1
    3. Love at First Fight This video is a clip Love at First Fight Video duration: 1:01 minutes

      When Bernard is struck by Cupid's arrow Manny is struck by something less pleasant
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 1
    4. Dirty Deal This video is a clip Dirty Deal Video duration: 1:13 minutes

      Fran and Bernard agree to lie for each other
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 2
    5. Heat Haze This video is a clip Heat Haze Video duration: 1:01 minutes

      The summer heat is making life a bit frightening for Manny
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 2
    6. U-Turn This video is a clip U-Turn Video duration: 1:44 minutes

      Admire the ease with which Bernard can switch from hero to villain...
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 2
    7. Crime Fiction This video is a clip Crime Fiction Video duration: 1:30 minutes

      In a bookshop, even the simplest of situations can turn into the plot of a cheap novel
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 3
    8. Yes Miss, Sorry Miss This video is a clip Yes Miss, Sorry Miss Video duration: 2:03 minutes

      Inside every thug there's a schoolboy waiting to get out
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 3
    9. Cooking the Books This video is a clip Cooking the Books Video duration: 2:10 minutes

      Fran has unwelcome family problems and the boys are busy with a new business venture
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 4
    10. Rip-Off This video is a clip Rip-Off Video duration: 1:49 minutes

      The shop has a customer for a change but he's not happy with the prices
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 4
    11. Dinnertime Blues This video is a clip Dinnertime Blues Video duration: 1:05 minutes

      Vegetables may be healthy but they can't stop people squabbling
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 5
    12. Fresh Start This video is a clip Fresh Start Video duration: 1:40 minutes

      It's carrot juice and Yoga from this day forward...
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 5
    13. Split Personality This video is a clip Split Personality Video duration: 1:05 minutes

      Fran's back on the booze and it doesn't take long for things to get back to normal
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 5
    14. Communication Breakdown This video is a clip Communication Breakdown Video duration: 1:49 minutes

      Manny and Bernard are finding it harder to get through to each other
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 6
    15. Round Trip This video is a clip Round Trip Video duration: 1:55 minutes

      Discount holidays can be less relaxing than a few days at work...
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 2 Episode 6
    1. Bully This video is a clip Bully Video duration: 1:54 minutes

      A new boss for Manny somehow manages to make Bernard look civilised
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 1
    2. Vice Deputy Sub Assistant This video is a clip Vice Deputy Sub Assistant Video duration: 2:01 minutes

      Manny gladly turns down a chance to better himself
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 1
    3. Moment of Weakness This video is a clip Moment of Weakness Video duration: 0:45 minutes

      Bernard is (nearly) moved by the heartfelt pleas of a schoolboy
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 2
    4. Second Childhood This video is a clip Second Childhood Video duration: 0:54 minutes

      Have Manny and Bernard written a book for children, or for themselves?
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 2
    5. Story Time This video is a clip Story Time Video duration: 1:58 minutes

      Once upon a time there was a a witch, a bookworm and an infestation of children
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 2
    6. Home Hindrance This video is a clip Home Hindrance Video duration: 1:10 minutes

      Mr and Mrs Manny are helping out a bit more than anyone else would like
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 3
    7. Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa This video is a clip Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa Video duration: 0:57 minutes

      Otherwise known as Manny's parents - and they're on a collision course with the shop
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 3
    8. Part-Time Lover This video is a clip Part-Time Lover Video duration: 1:49 minutes

      Manny has told his parents a little white lie about Franny
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 3
    9. Circus of Death This video is a clip Circus of Death Video duration: 1:16 minutes

      Bernard gets a taste for gambling and violence
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 4
    10. Poker Farce This video is a clip Poker Farce Video duration: 1:54 minutes

      Once he tries his hand at cards, Bernard falls quickly into debt
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 4
    11. Charm Offensive This video is a clip Charm Offensive Video duration: 1:53 minutes

      Is this dashing traveller a charismatic adventurer? Or is he a smug git?
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 5
    12. Claws in the Contract This video is a clip Claws in the Contract Video duration: 1:50 minutes

      With Benson as his new landlord Bernard is unlikely to have a problem with mice
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 5
    13. Party Girl This video is a clip Party Girl Video duration: 1:59 minutes

      Are Manny and Rowena an item? True to form, Bernard hopes they're not.
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 6
    14. Protective Headgear This video is a clip Protective Headgear Video duration: 2:00 minutes

      Manny is, by now, an expert at dealing with Bernard's rabid intolerance
      • The programme isn't suitable for younger viewers
      Watch Black Books Series 3 Episode 6

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Bafta-winning sitcom about the antics of foul tempered and wildly eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black, his long-haired and long-suffering assistant, Manny, and his best (in fact only) friend, Fran