Fed up with being stuck in the dusty old bookshop on a Friday night, Manny and Fran persuade Bernard to attend a party. After a night of heavy drinking, Bernard has a nasty surprise waiting for him.
Manny organises a travel-writing festival and invites a charming explorer to talk about his adventures. Meanwhile, Bernard hires an assassin to solve a financial problem with his neighbour.
Bernard finds himself interested in the gee-gees and goes to the bookies. Fran teaches Bernard how to play poker and cheat, yet he still finds himself out of his depth and in debt.
Manny's parents come to stay, but Bernard cannot wait for them to leave and Fran is unhappy about pretending to be Manny's girlfriend to corroborate his letters home.
It's International Children's Book Week, and Bernard and Manny decide to write their own kids' classic and retire on the proceeds. Meanwhile, Fran is off on a hens' weekend.
Bernard Black is back, and he hasn't cheered up. Fran returns from holiday to find that Manny has resigned and Bernard is living amid a pile of rubbish, rotting food and dead badgers.
Bernard and Manny can't hear themselves argue because of the builders next door and Fran suggests a holiday.
Fran tries to discover her inner karma. Bernard finds positive proof that Manny is mad, and Manny discovers new-found confidence.
Fran discovers that she has European relatives living just around the corner. Fran finds them, becomes one of them, and then immediately wants to get rid of them.
Bernard and Manny must teach a psychopath to read.
It's getting hotter. Manny is terrified that the temperature will reach 88 degrees Fahrenheit, Bernard wants a summer girlfriend and Fran feels that the walls of her flat are closing in - literally.
Follows the antics of foul-tempered and wildly eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black, his long-haired equally long-suffering assistant Manny and his best and possibly only friend - Fran.
Manny becomes sick and tired of Bernard bossing him around and decides to walk out.
A new security system proves rather problematic for the characters at Black Books, and results in Bernard being locked out for the evening, while Manny is locked in.
Manny pursues a bag snatcher after a night watching the entire box set of The Sweeney. Meanwhile, Bernard realises that he must have behaved abominably at a dinner party the previous evening.
Manny is fed up with Bernard's filth and calls in a professional cleaner, forcing them to move out for a couple of days.
Having offered Manny a job while drunk, Bernard does his best to get rid of his new charge, who has a tendency to break the rules.
Follows the antics of foul tempered and wildly eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black, his long-haired and equally long-suffering assistant, Manny, and his best and only friend, Fran.
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