Black Books

I love British comedy, and of all the shows I enjoy, Black Books is one of my favourites. It’s dark, witty, and subversive, full of snark and dudgeon. There is also a very deliberate layer of incisive social commentary that pervades the plot, which serves to provoke thought but also highlights the comedic genius of the writers and actors.

On a personal level, I admire this blogger’s bravery. That drinking challenge is one I would never dare to undertake.

Petrina Binney

I once challenged myself to a drinking game. I think it’s fair to say, I lost. The game went like this: every time they took a drink on Black Books, I also took a drink.

I got through almost a whole bottle of wine inside one episode. I’m surprised I didn’t wind up in hospital.

From the theme music, which sounds like something from Tom Waits, to the glorious setting in a shabby little bookshop, run by an annoyed heavy-drinker and his equally messed up friends, I love everything about Black Books.

When Tamsin Greig’s character, Fran, gives up all her bad habits in one go and becomes an advocate for healthy living, she asks Dylan Moran’s Bernard if he wouldn’t rather be healthy.

Fran: So what’s it like, then, fags and booze?
Bernard: Well. To be honest. After years of smoking and drinking, you do sometimes look…

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