About the Show
Bafta-winning sitcom about the antics of foul tempered and eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black, his long-haired and long-suffering assistant, Manny, and his best (in fact only) friend, Fran
Series 1 Summary
The BAFTA award-winning sitcom with Dylan Moran as a disenchanted bookseller and Bill Bailey as his assistant who has to cope with a weird boss and even weirder browsers.
Episode 1 - Cooking the Books
When his dodgy accountant goes on the run, Bernard has to fill in his own tax return, which isn't easy when you're mathematically illiterate. Perhaps some sort of crippling injury is the way out?
Episode 2 - Manny's First Day
Bernard, having offered Manny the job while he was drunk, does his best to get rid of his new charge by offering him a one-day trial. Is this suspiciously modern-looking assistant up to scratch?
Episode 3 - The Grapes of Wrath
The discomforting presence in the bookshop of an oddly sensual cleaner forces Bernard and Manny to accept a house-sitting job, where they drink an unbelievably expensive bottle of wine
Episode 4 - The Blackout
Manny gets hyper after a night of drinking too many espressos and watching an entire box-set of The Sweeney, and is mistaken for a policeman when he gives high-speed chase to a bagsnatcher
Episode 5 - The Big Lock-Out
When a new security system that neither Bernard nor Manny can operate is installed in the shop, Bernard ends up locked out for the evening, while Manny is locked in
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 when a photographer offers him a place to stay he's happy to take up the offer.