Brian Blessed, born 9th of October 1936, portrayed King Richard IV of England in the first Blackadder series. Let’s take a look at his best moments.
Blackadder Series 1
This first series of Blackadder was set in the Middle Ages, and is conceived around a hidden history. This hidden history says that King Richard III won the Battle of Bosworth Field, but was then accidentally assassinated, where he was succeeded by King Richard IV. Brian Blessed plays King Richard.
Brian Blessed Fresh Horses
Let’s be honest – the first series of Blackadder is not even close to the quality of the rest of the saga. It does have its moments though, and some of those involve Brian Blessed.read more
Hugh Laurie made his first Blackadder appearance in the series 2 episode ‘Beer’, and went on to feature in every episode after that. Here’s a look at his characters and funniest moments.
Hugh Laurie in Blackadder Series 2
Even the most ardent super-fan sometimes forgets that Hugh Laurie actually had two appearances in Blackadder Series 2. The first one was in ‘Beer‘, where he played Simon Partridge, otherwise known as ‘Farters Parters’.
The second character he played, was in the series finale ‘Chains‘. As Ludwig the Indestructible, he imprisoned Blackadder in a commode, and revealed himself to be a master of disguise.read more
Private Baldrick may have been the worst cook in the entire world, but he had some great lines in Blackadder Goes Forth. Here’s a look at some of them.
Baldrick and his cunning plans
Private Baldrick is the fourth incarnation of Baldrick in the Blackadder series. Like his ancestors before him, he likes coming up with cunning plans to help Blackadder out of sticky situations. None of which work particularly well.
“Permission to write home immediately sir! This is the first brilliant plan a Baldrick’s ever had. For centuries we’ve tried, and they’ve always turned out total pigswill! My mum will be pleased as Punch.”read more
General Melchett combines his university experience, knowledge of rugby and even flower arranging to display some unique leadership skills in Blackadder.
About General Melchett
One of the best characters in Blackadder Goes Forth was General Melchett. Reflecting a time when it wasn’t what you knew, it was where you went to school, he epitomises our image of World War 1 Generals. Namely, they didn’t have a clue what they were doing!
Let’s take a look at some of his genius moments in leadership when it comes to sending Blackadder and the boys into battle!read more
The closing minstrel singing the Blackadder theme tune was in effect a sub-plot, in which the minstrel gradually antagonised Blackadder to the point that he ended up chasing him. Finally, at the end of the last episode, Blackadder does get a hold of him and dunks him in the fountain!read more
Blackadder: The Cavalier Years is a one off Blackadder Special set during the English Civil War. Filmed for Comic Relief, it was first broadcast in 1988.
Blackadder: The Cavalier Years Plot
It’s 1648, and civil war rages across England. King Charles I (Stephen Fry) hides in Sir Blackadder’s house, being attended to by his servant Baldrick. Edmund goes to the toilet, telling Baldrick that ‘if Oliver Cromwell and his Roundheads should turn up in the next ten seconds then the king is not here’.
Oliver Cromwell does of course turn up and asks Baldrick if the king is here. Not the smartest guy alive, Baldrick struggles to answer the question but eventually says no. He then gives the game away by telling Cromwell not to touch the purple cup because ‘ it’s the king’s’.read more
Talk like a pirate day happens September 19th every year, and what better example of pirate talk can you think of than Captain Redbeard Rum from Blackadder?
Talk Like A Pirate
Captain Redbeard Rum was played with utter brilliance by Tom Baker in ‘Potato‘ from the second series of Blackadder. Described as the worst mariner in the world, Blackadder and the boys used his services to sail into the unknown.
Sailing with Redbeard Rum
Rum: A masterly plan, me young master. And one that leads me
to make an announcement meself.read more
Here are some of the best Nursie moments and quotes from the second series of Blackadder. Which one is your favourite?
Nursie was a recurring character in the second series of Blackadder. Played brilliantly by Patsy Byrne (13 July 1933 – 17 June 2014), she came across as slightly naive, a little crazy, and almost cartoon like. Treating Queeny as though she was still a child, Nursie had some memorable quotes and moments from the show.
The Best Nursie Moments
Here’s some of the most outstanding moments featuring Nursie from the second series of Blackadder.read more
Here are some great Blackadder quotes from Blackadder Goes Forth. This series saw the main characters of Blackadder, Baldrick and George sitting in a trench in Flanders during World War I.
A cunning plan?
Despite several cunning plans, Blackadder’s schemes to get out of the trenches to avoid certain death by a crazy General Melchett end in failure. Along the way though, he and the rest of the cast come up with some immortal quotes.
Great Blackadder Quotes from Blackadder Goes Forth
Blackadder: ‘I know from long experience all my men have the artistic talent of a cluster of colour-blind hedgehogs in a bag.’read more
Queenie was an amazing character who often stole the show throughout series 2 of Blackadder. It’s not surprising then that some of the best Blackadder quotes can be attributed to her! Here are some of our favourite Queenie quotes –
Queenie Quotes from Blackadder
Queenie was a main character in the second Blackadder series. Brilliantly played by Miranda Richardson, she exuded a child-like exterior, whilst have the personality of a manic psychopath at times!