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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

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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

Series 3 Summary

Comedy series about an eccentric bookshop owner with Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig.

  • Episode 1 - Manny Come Home

    Manny defects to a swish new bookshop next door run by a super-efficient manager (Simon Pegg), and when Fran returns from holiday, she finds the shop a hovel and Bernard completely gone to seed

  • Episode 2 - Elephants and Hens

    It's International Children's Book Week. Bernard and Manny reckon they can do better than the trash children are offered these days, so they decide to write a kids' classic and retire, Rowling-rich.

  • Episode 3 - Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa

    Manny's parents come to stay. Bernard wants rid of them, preferably the day before yesterday. And Fran is rather grumpy about pretending to be Manny's girlfriend to corroborate Manny's letters home.

  • Episode 4 - A Little Flutter

    Manny puts a bet on the Grand National for Bernard, who says he's not interested in gambling but immediately becomes addicted, and has to exploit Fran and Manny so he can replenish his dwindling funds

  • Episode 5 - The Travel Writer

    Manny organises a travel writing festival but has a jealous rage when Fran is captivated by the twinkling eyes and lavish hair of famously charming explorer Jason Hamilton (Julian Rhind-Tutt)

  • Episode 6 - Party

    It's Friday night. Manny and Fran want to go out. Bernard wants to stay in, get drunk and ignore his friends. And if Manny dares to use 'party' as a verb, Bernard won't be responsible for his actions.

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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

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3 Series, 18 Episodes