History Series / BlackBooks

17th Feb '17 9:05:20 AM Aggron9988
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* OnlyALighter: The first episode has a subplot where Fran is going slowly mad trying to figure out what a bizarre object she's been given as a gift is. At the end of the episode, Manny wanders into her shop and immediately identifies it as a novelty cigarette lighter.
25th Dec '16 12:59:39 PM tigerstar
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* NotAGame: see the trope's page quote.

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* NotAGame: see Evan, the trope's page quote.slightly-unhinged manager of Goliath Books:
-->'''Evan:''' Selling books is like a game; it has rules, and you have to learn them and get serious about them ''[[{{Metaphorgotten}} because it's not a game!]]''
13th Dec '16 2:40:42 PM Xtifr
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Black Books is a merrily cynical television comedy by Creator/DylanMoran and Graham Linehan.

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Black Books ''Black Books'' is a merrily cynical television comedy by Creator/DylanMoran and Graham Linehan.
4th Dec '16 8:28:13 PM DoctorNemesis
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** Manny and Bernard trying to replace a priceless bottle of wine with freely available home-and-garden taste substitutes is treated akin to [[Film/{{Frankenstein}} Dr. Frankenstein and Igor creating the Monster]].
5th Nov '16 2:26:58 AM bombadil211
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* ExtremeOmnivore: Bernard eats just about anything due to his sense of taste being destroyed by years of chain-smoking. Once, when extremely aggravated, he even ate most of a porcelain tea cup!
11th Oct '16 12:45:01 PM tigerstar
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* AGlassInTheHand: Bernard looks as though he's about to do this with a teacup as he rapidly loses patience with Manny's parents' annoying habits; instead he ''takes a bite out of the cup'', chews and swallows it.
30th Sep '16 3:11:55 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* TheCastShowOff: Music/BillBailey's piano skills are a cornerstone of his stand-up act. Manny discovers to his shock that he can play any piece of music on hearing it once.
** And hilariously, the pieces of music that Manny hears on the radio and copies are actually recordings of Bill Bailey playing as well.

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* TheCastShowOff: Music/BillBailey's piano skills are a cornerstone of his stand-up act. Manny discovers to his shock that he can play any piece of music on hearing it once.
** And hilariously, the
once. The pieces of music that Manny hears on the radio and copies exactly are actually recordings of Bill Bailey playing as well.



* ChekhovsArmory: In contrast to previous episodes in the series having an abundance of throwaway visual gags and one-liners, EVERY SINGLE item, discussion or person introduced in the first five minutes of The Big Lockout has some significance later on in the episode.

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* ChekhovsArmory: In contrast to previous episodes in the series having an abundance of throwaway visual gags and one-liners, EVERY SINGLE every single item, discussion or person introduced in the first five minutes of The "The Big Lockout Lockout" has some significance later on in the episode.



** The first episode had him in a white (hospital) robe, with long flowing hair (well, it's Bill Bailey) and an expression of serenity from swallowing ''The Little Book of Calm'', giving him such an aura of calm that he can soothe dogs and car alarms with a wave of his hand. Both a punch-drunk Bernard, and a pair of nervous Christians, mistake him for {{Jesus}}.

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** The first episode had him in a white (hospital) robe, with long flowing hair (well, it's Bill Bailey) and an expression of serenity from swallowing ''The Little Book of Calm'', giving him such an aura of calm that he can soothe dogs and car alarms with a wave of his hand. Both a punch-drunk Bernard, Bernard and a pair of nervous Christians, Christians mistake him for {{Jesus}}.



* CreatorCameo: Co-writer and co-director Graham Linehan is the man who suddenly appears to buy a book at 10:30 [[GilliganCut right after Bernard declares such a thing ridiculous.]] Linehan appears again, beardless, in episode 5, [[ItMakesSenseInContext ordering fast food from Bernard.]]

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* CreatorCameo: Co-writer and co-director Graham Linehan is the man who suddenly appears to buy a book at 10:30 [[GilliganCut right after Bernard declares such a thing ridiculous.]] Linehan appears again, beardless, in episode 5, [[ItMakesSenseInContext ordering fast food from Bernard.]]



* EpunymousTitle

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* EpunymousTitleEpunymousTitle: It's Bernard Black's bookshop, and it puns the idea of a "black book."
29th Sep '16 2:42:53 AM tigerstar
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* MistakenForProfound: Fran, having been given an office job she knows absolutely nothing about, bluffs her way through a presentation by filling it with business-speak clichés. Her boss is so impressed she gets promoted.
6th Sep '16 2:40:12 AM tigerstar
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* GaleForceSound: Manny is on the receiving end of an irate customer's rant, delivered with such force that it blows his hair back.
17th Aug '16 2:13:39 PM DougSMachina
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** On Manny's turn as a MadScientist's [[TheIgor Igor]]:
--> ''Creator/BillBailey:'' Look at this shameless mugging. Ham it up, mug boy!
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