Black Books

Manny: I want the weekend off. I want a life.
Bernard: This is life! We suffer and slave and expire. That’s it!

Bernard Black is a bookseller, Bernard spends his day in his bookshop sanctuary reading good books, swilling screwcap wine and driving away anyone who even smells like a customer. Manny is his clerk. Manny is a good bookseller. Manny is utterly mad. Fran is Bernard’s best friend. Fran dates losers, chain smokes and drinks like a fish. Black Books was a BBC-TV series that ran for 3 seasons. It’s available as a complete 3 disc set in Region 2(UK) and only now season 1 is available on R1(US) BTW Multi-region players are ridiculously cheap now.

Rich Guy: Those books. How much?
Bernard: Hmmm?
Rich Guy: Those books. The leather-bound ones.
Bernard: Yes, Dickens, the Collected Works of Charles Dickens.
Rich Guy: Are they real leather?
Bernard: They’re real Dickens.
Rich Guy: I have to know if they’re real leather because they have to go with the sofa.
[Bernard looks confused]
Rich Guy: Everything else in my house is real. I’ll give you two hundred for them.
Bernard: Two hundred what?
Rich Guy: Two hundred pounds.
Bernard: Are they leather-bound pounds?
Rich Guy: No.
Bernard: Sorry. I need leather bound pounds to go with my wallet. Next.


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