June 19th, 2008

Jason sepia

i ate all your bees!

Earlier in the week, this arrived:

and Janet and I've been laughing ourselves silly ever since.

Black Books is one of the funniest shows I think I've ever seen. The writing is superb. The dynamic between Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig is honest and natural. Moran's "foul-mouthed, eccentric, misanthropic, alcoholic" Bernard Black manages to be offensive and endearing all at once. And it takes place in an independent bookshop. Equals WIN!

Sadly, even though the box set contains all three series of the show, they are BBC series, which means they're only six episodes long. We've gotten through S1 and half of S2, and are trying to slow down and savor them, instead of guzzling them all like cheap wine, but man oh man is it hard to do that.

I ordered the DVD set from Amazon.co.uk as part of their recent sale (picked it up for £8.49 + £3.58 s/h, an incredible deal, seeing as the list price is £29.99), but you can still find it deeply discounted. Each disc comes with cast commentary, outtakes, and other hilarious extras (including this one).

As said in the Guardian blurb on the back of the box, it's "piss-your-kidneys-out funny."