RAVE: Back a Dozen Years – Black Books Review

Television isn’t as good as it used to be. (Actually, that’s a lie – recent TV has actually been pretty good, but I needed an opening line, so…). TV back in the 90’s and early 2000’s are fantastic, and it’s stuff that I always go back to.

One of the television shows I always go back to is an English TV show called “Black Books.”


Bernard Black (Dylan Moran) owns a bookshop called Black Books in London, and he always angry, often drunk and hates his customers. Manny Bianco (Bill Bailey) gets a job with him, and the pair are joined by Fran Katzenjammer (Tasmin Greig) as they get up to their crazy antics.

(I wrote that all by myself. That’s how much I like this show.)


The show was created by comedian Dylan Moran and writer and director Graham Lineham. It was broadcasted by on British TV network Channel 4 from 2000 to 2004. Three seasons, each with eight episodes were broadcasted, as well as a pilot that was never aired.



Moran is a brilliant comedian anyway, but him being on this show makes him twice as good. Bailey is also a brilliant comedian, and his addition to the show is also great. Greig is a great actress as well, so all this creates a pretty good cast.

Moran portrays his character amazingly well. He plays the drunken angry type very well, and you can see that from his comedy as well, as that is the type of character he plays on stage.

The writing is on point, with good plot ideas each episode and jokes that make you choke with laughter.

They play a kind of father-son relationship between Moran’s character and Bailey’s character, and it makes for some very funny situations between the pair.

pizap.com14358145422951Overall, this show is brilliant. There is not a single episode I haven’t watched ten times over, and you should do it too. Go watch it. NOW!



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