BAFTA award–winning comedy revolves around the lives of three main characters - Bernard Black, Manny Bianco and Fran Katzenjammer. Bernard Black is a foul tempered, drink fuelled and eccentric bookshop owner who loves his books but hates his customers. Manny, Bernard's long-suffering assistant, is a breath of fresh air in the musty confines of the bookshop. Fran, owner of Nifty Gifty, the gift shop next door to Black Books, is Bernard's friend and the only one who will challenge his poor decisions. Black Books explores Manny and Fran's efforts to ensure Bernard has some contact with the outside world and charts the comical consequences of their efforts.