Found online this week: Black Books
As a total literature geek, I am kind of ashamed to admit that I have only just properly discovered Black Books. For those of you who don’t know, Black Books was a brilliant TV series that ran on UK TV a few years ago — it only lasted three series but every single episode was total gold. Black Books is the name of a very untidy secondhand bookshop run by Bernard Black (Dylan Moran), who is basically a total swine — drunk, abusive, apathetic and generally pretty nasty. His friend Fran (Tamsin Greig) owns the shop next door (at first — she then gives it up for a string of other amusing jobs) and basically comes over every so often to check that Bernard hasn’t slipped into a terrible votex of misery, or killed anyone. Bernard also employs a shop assistant called Manny (Bill Bailey) who he routinely attacks, belittles, tricks and generally abuses.
My sister has been nagging me for ages to ‘get into’ this show - I’ve been vaguely aware of it since it was on TV, but never done anything about it. However, the aforementioned sister was staying with me over New Year and basically forced me to sit down and watch every single episode. I am now a total convert and can’t believe I lived without Black Books for this long. It’s a must-watch for any bookworm, literature geek or alcoholic poet.
Annoyingly, Channel 4 — apparently fascists when it comes to Youtube — have disabled embedding on the following videos, but please do click… you’ll love it, I promise!
& finally… Holiday reading: