History Series / BlackBooks

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!
17th Aug '16 2:05:19 PM DougSMachina
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* AirportFantasy: Bernard sells ''Tempocalypse'', a thriller about a single woman looking for love who has 12 hours to stop nuclear armageddon. His sales pitch lampshades its trashy appeal to both sexes.

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* AirportFantasy: Bernard sells ''Tempocalypse'', a thriller about a single woman looking for love who has 12 hours to stop nuclear armageddon. His sales pitch lampshades promotes its trashy appeal to both sexes.
3rd Aug '16 1:17:43 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** TruthInTelevision, a lot of gimicky gift shops like Fran's sprung up in the UK around that time. A lot of them subsequently went out of business and closed a few years later.
24th Jul '16 2:32:27 PM nombretomado
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It was broadcast on {{Channel 4}} between 2000 and 2004, starring Moran as Bernard Black, a foul-tempered Irish misanthrope who ostensibly runs a cluttered little London bookstore but rarely sells anything. (Because when people buy books, he sells books, and then he'd have to order books, and sell them again, and all that's just ''miserable''.) Instead, he spends his time chain smoking, drinking cheap wine and verbally abusing everyone who crosses his path, especially his relentlessly excitable, somewhat naive assistant Manny Bianco (BillBailey). Bernard's friend and (rueful) one-time lover Fran Katzenjammer (Tamsin Greig) has limited success in making him occasionally stop being a total prat, but as she herself is a neurotic pessimistic drunk she can only do so much.

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It was broadcast on {{Channel Creator/{{Channel 4}} between 2000 and 2004, starring Moran as Bernard Black, a foul-tempered Irish misanthrope who ostensibly runs a cluttered little London bookstore but rarely sells anything. (Because when people buy books, he sells books, and then he'd have to order books, and sell them again, and all that's just ''miserable''.) Instead, he spends his time chain smoking, drinking cheap wine and verbally abusing everyone who crosses his path, especially his relentlessly excitable, somewhat naive assistant Manny Bianco (BillBailey).(Music/BillBailey). Bernard's friend and (rueful) one-time lover Fran Katzenjammer (Tamsin Greig) has limited success in making him occasionally stop being a total prat, but as she herself is a neurotic pessimistic drunk she can only do so much.



* TheCastShowOff: 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 BillBailey playing as well.

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* TheCastShowOff: BillBailey's 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 BillBailey Bill Bailey playing as well.



** The first episode had him in a white (hospital) robe, with long flowing hair (well, it's BillBailey) 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 BillBailey) 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}}.
16th Jul '16 12:53:51 AM BlackOwl
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* BottleEpisode: "Party" is close enough.
23rd Mar '16 8:10:59 AM Klamath
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** Also, the identity of the strange products in Fran's shop in the {{Pilot}} can be figured out if you read the [[JapaneseLanguage katakana]] on the boxes.

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** Also, the identity of the strange products in Fran's shop in the {{Pilot}} can be figured out if you read the [[JapaneseLanguage katakana]] on the boxes. The Japanese fetish magazine Manny finds himself on the front of at the end of season 1 accurately reads 'Big and Beardy'.
17th Mar '16 9:00:23 AM ObsidianFire
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* RelativeError: Committed by Fran. She thinks her boyfriend's cheating on her; he's actually taking his sister out to lunch because she lost her job. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Bernard, [[GenreSavvy who manages to guess she's made this mistake.]]

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* RelativeError: Committed by Fran. She thinks her boyfriend's cheating on her; he's actually taking his sister out to lunch because she lost her job. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Bernard, [[GenreSavvy who manages to guess she's made this mistake.]]
3rd Mar '16 6:33:48 AM MRAustin
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* OnlySaneMan: Manny and Bernard take turns at this role

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* OnlySaneMan: Manny and Bernard All three take turns at this rolerole, but none of them can ever make it stick - they end up as the sane one [[DamnedByFaintPraise solely by process of elimination]].
3rd Mar '16 6:16:27 AM MRAustin
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* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Manny's parents, who call each other Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa.

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* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Manny's parents, who call each other Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa. Moo-Pa invariably starts singing "The Chatanooga Choo-Choo" whenever he's bored, or embarassed, or just loses focus on what's going on around him, which is pretty much all the time.



'''[[GetOut RIGHT, THE SHOP IS CLOSED; EVERYBODY GET OUT. TIME TO GO HOME, COME ON.]]'''

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'''[[GetOut RIGHT, THE SHOP IS CLOSED; EVERYBODY GET OUT. TIME TO GO HOME, COME ON.]]'''
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9th Feb '16 6:31:01 AM DoctorNemesis
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* BigShutUp: In "Elephants and Hens", after Fran's broke the news that the two other bridesmaids had a threesome with the groom-to-be behind the bride's back, the bride's broken-hearted response prompts one of said bridesmaids to ill-advisedly try and reclaim some of the moral high ground.

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* BigShutUp: In "Elephants and Hens", after Fran's broke the news that the two other bridesmaids had a threesome with the groom-to-be behind the bride's back, the bride's broken-hearted response prompts one of said bridesmaids to ill-advisedly try and reclaim some of the moral high ground.ground:
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