Angst on a Shoestring

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


"You know what you are? You're a beard with an idiot hanging off it."


Recently, BBCAmerica ran the series Black Books starring Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey, and Tamsin Greig. Moran is Bernard Black and he owns a bookshop, though he is someone that should never deal with the public. He's frequently in his cups, disheleved, opens and shuts on his schedule. He refers to himself as " a loveable little scamp."

Bill Bailey is Manny Bianco, formerly an accountant that stumbled into Black's shop frantically looking for the "Little Book of Calm." He leaves his job to work for Black as a gopher, whipping boy and drinking partner.

Tasmin Greig is Fran, friend to both and the owner of a shop next store that sells arty..things. It's a bizarre triangle.

The chemistry between them, makes the show. Moran goes into these little rages that are extremely funny and poor Manny tries to appease him. I had a hard time catching jokes because I couldn't stop laughing. Go here for a taste:Black Books


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