Did you know that March 15th is International Blackadder Status Day? Post a great Blackadder quotes as your profile status on March 15th!
In honour of the European Elections for May 2019, it would be criminal not to write about Dish and Dishonesty from Blackadder Series 3!
Blackadder Election Episode
Any excuse to blow the dust off the Blackadder election episode is welcome. Especially as real life gets closer and closer to the Dish and Dishonesty episode!
In this episode, Blackadder ends up putting forward Baldrick as a candidate for Dunny-on-the-Wold.
The official population of Dunny-on-the-Wold consists of:
– Two rather mangy cows
– A dachshund named Collin
– A small Hen in its late 40s
– One actual human who is the sole voter in the borrough. He however dies when he, very sadly, accidentally, brutally cut his head off while combing his hair.
The Adder Party
Step forward Mr. S. Baldrick, the candidate for the Adder party. A rotten candidate for a rotten borough. Or a rubber button, depending on who you’re talking to.
Despite the small number of voters, there was a tremendous turnout as can be seen here:
Ivor ‘Jest-ye-not-madam’ Biggun
Perhaps our favourite candidate though, is Ivor ‘Jest-ye-not-madam’ Biggun of the Standing at the Back Dressed Stupidly and Looking Stupid Party.
Do those colours seem familiar to you?
Perhaps George summed it up best: Well, lucky-lucky us. Lucky-lucky-luck. Luck-luck-LAKK-LAKK-LAKK-LAKK-cluck-cluck-cluck-cluck-cluck-LAKK-LAKK-LAKK.
Miranda Richardson is well known for playing the Queen in Blackadder Series 2, but she also had other appearances. Here’s more about Miranda Richardson in Blackadder.
Although not one of the main cast, Rik Mayall made a number of appearances throughout the Blackadder saga. Here’s a look at all of the Rik Mayall Blackadder appearances, including a couple you might have forgotten about.
Blackadder has given us some of the very greatest moments in British Comedy, and so choosing the best Blackadder episodes is no easy task. This is what we have come up with.
The Best Blackadder Episodes
We’ve put together 10 of the very best Blackadder episodes, along with our favourite scenes from each.
These are in no particular order, although in our opinion, the final episode of Blackadder Goes Forth is the very pinnacle of both British Comedy and British drama.
1. Witchsmeller Pursuivant
Most people agree that the first series of Blackadder was certainly nowhere near the best!
It did have its moments though, and the fifth episode was probably the best.
Starring Frank Finlay as the Witchsmeller Pursuivant himself, Prince Edmund or the Great Grumbledook as he is accused, is put on trial.
Interesting note – This episode is one of the first times that Baldrick uses the words ‘I have a cunning plan‘.
The first episode of the second series of Blackadder stands out for two reasons.
The first, is that you can tell almost immediately that the writing has stepped up several notches in terms of quality.
Potato from the second series is another one that ranks highly among the best episodes of Blackadder.
This episode is notable for Tom Baker’s magnificent performance as Captain Redbeard Rum.
At the time, Tom Baker was dismayed at his performance, but we hope he’s changed his mind since then.
Beer is another great episode from the second series of Blackadder.
It again features some great cameo appearances, but in all honesty, it’s the comedy breasts that make this for us along with the turnip shaped like a thingy!
5. Dish and Dishonesty
The genius thing about the first episode of the third series of Blackadder, is that the quotes can still be used for every election that crops up!
In fact, in recent years, the electoral candidates in Blackadder seem slighter more realistic than the current batch of politicians we all seem lumbered with.
6. Ink and Incapability
Dr. Johnson, a dictionary, and a large orangey thing under the mantelpiece. What could possible go wrong?
In this choice of one of the best Blackadder episodes, we are introduced to some novel new words. We’ll be back interfrastically.
7. Duel and Duality
The final episode in the third series of Blackadder sees a guest appearance by Stephen Fry as the Duke of Wellington.
This was almost certainly a pre-runner to the famous General Melchett character in the fourth series.
Remember, there’s only one way to win a campaign – Shout, Shout, and Shout Again!!
8. Private Plane
Whilst we rather liked the sound of the Women’s Auxiliary Balloon Corp, Blackadder did sign up for the 20 minuters in Private Plane.
One of the best Blackadder episodes for many reasons, not least because Rik Mayall again came in to steal the show!
9. General Hospital
Miranda Richardson took on a cameo role in this episode, where Blackadder was given the mission to find a German spy.
There’s so many quotes here we don’t know where to begin, but the Pooh Pooh scene still has us in stitches to this day!
What can we say about the final episode of Blackadder that hasn’t been said before?
Funny, moving, emotional, sad, brilliant.
Even all these years later, it never fails to move anyone watching it. In our opinion, easily the best Blackadder episode ever made.
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d share some of the most romantic moments in Blackadder. As you might expect, there’s a few unusual ones in there!
The most romantic moments in Blackadder
It’s soon Valentine’s Day, and we’ve put together 5 of the most romantic Blackadder moments to put you in the mood for love! Let us know what you think!
1. Baldrick kisses Percy
In Bells, the first episode of the second series of Blackadder, Baldrick kindly plays the role of bridesmaid to Bob, who didn’t have any childhood girl chums, as her family was so poor. Percy strolls in, and of course gets immediately confused, demanding a kiss…
2. Sausage Time
In Amy and Amiability from the third series of Blackadder, Prince George has to woo the Mysterious Northern beauty, Miss Amy Hardwood in order to get his hands on some of her father’s wealth. His attempts at creating poetry are worthy of any Valentine’s Card!
“From His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales to Miss Amy Hardwood.
Tally-ho my fine saucy young trollop! Your luck’s in! Trip along here with all your cash, and some naughty night attire, and you’ll be staring at my bedroom ceiling from now till Christmas, you lucky tart!
Yours with the deepest respect etc, signed George.
PS Woof woof!”
3. Melchett Falls For Georgina
In Major Star from Blackadder Goes Forth, there’s more cross-dressing confusion. This time, General Melchett falls for his Darling Georgina (who is actually George in drag). Our favourite part? When Melchett is rehearsing what he will say to Georgina in front of the mirror, and say that he wants to cover her in pepper, and sneeze all over her! However, when Blackadder breaks news of Georgina’s death…
4. Blackadder hooks up with Nurse Mary
There’s a number of touching moments in General Hospital, when Blackadder hooks up with Nurse Mary. Some of the flirting for example is particularly funny.
Edmund: Yes, why not? When this madness is finished, perhaps we could go cycling together, take a trip down to the Old Swan at Henley and go for a walk in the woods.
Mary: Yes, or we could just do it right now on the desk.
Perhaps the funniest moment though, is when Nurse Mary asks if Blackadder has someone special in his life.
5. Blackadder explains what life was like without the Queen
Perhaps the most romantic line ever mentioned in Blackadder, comes in the episode Chains from the second series. Edmond has escaped being imprisoned in a commode, and returns to the royal court. The Queen asks if he had missed her:
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Captain Darling is a desk-sucking, pen pushing blotter jotter played by Tim McInnerny in Blackadder Goes Forth. Let’s take a look at some of his best moments here!
Captain Kevin Darling, MC (ca. 1884 – 1917)
After deciding not to take a leading role in the third series of Blackadder, Tim McInnerny returned as a full cast member in the 4th series.
Instead of playing an incarnation of Lord Percy Percy, this time, he played Captain Darling, a pencil-pushing aide to the crazy General Melchett.
Captain Darling Personal Background
As with many of the other characters in Blackadder Goes Forth, we find out a little more about Captain Darling’s background in each episode, with the final episode of Blackadder revealing the most amount of information.
For example, we discover that Captain Darling has a girlfriend called Doris, he aspired to keep wicket for the Croydon gentlemen, and he worked for a company called Pratt & Sons.
We also know that he tried and failed to join the Women’s Auxiliary Balloon Corp!
Captain Darling’s Personality
Captain Darling is a perfect example of a toadying underling to a person in a position of power.
In this case, it is General Melchett, who for the most part treats him with disdain.
At one point, he even describes Captain Darling like a son, but not a favourite, rather a “sort of spotty, illegitimate sprog that no-one really likes”.
Rivalry with Blackadder
For reasons that are never fully explained, he has a rivalry with Captain Blackadder.
It is perhaps to do with that fact that they are both of equal rank, but whereas Captain Darling has probably pulled strings to avoid frontline duty, Blackadder is in the trenches.
This has led to a jealous resentment that shows in each episode.
Who wins between Blackadder and Captain Darling?
This is an interesting question.
For the most part, Captain Darling seems to come out on top during their petty rivalries, but Blackadder always seems to get some sort of petty revenge.
The most famous being when he asks Baldrick to make Captain Darling a cup of coffee!
Our favourite Captain Darling scenes
Here’s a look at some of our favourite scenes featuring Captain Darling from Blackadder. We hope you like them too!
When Blackadder interrogates Captain Darling
When Lord Flashheart meets Captain Darling
Possibly his greatest line from Blackadder though is simply when he makes a note in his diary on the way to the frontlines.
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The second episode of Blackadder Series 2 is called “Head”. The plot of this episode revolves around Blackadder being appointed the Lord High Executioner and Minister for Religious Genocide. Once more, this funny Blackadder episode brings together contemporary historical themes that people even today can relate to, and some excellent, well formed characters. The full script of Blackadder series 2 episode 2 is below.
Here is the full script for Blackadder Series 2 Episode 1 – Bells. It is in series two, that Blackadder truly develops as a character. To many people, this is the ‘classic’ Blackadder series. ‘Bells’ also marks the first episode that Ben Elton takes a hand in writing, as well as introducing one of the most iconic characters – Lord Flash.
Nigel Planer (Born February 22, 1953) is one of the three main Young Ones actors to have appeared in Blackadder. As Lord Smedley, Nigel Planer’s Blackadder appearance was made in series 3, Nob and Nobility.
To many people of a certain generation, Nigel Planer will always be Neil from the Young Ones. Along with two other members of the main Young Ones cast though, he also appeared in Blackadder.
Although he didn’t have the most memorable cameo appearance in Blackadder, it was nice to see Nigel Planer join the Blackadder cast for an episode.
As Lord Smedley, Nigel Planer is an incredibly annoying friend of Prince George.
He is also, it is later revealed, one half of an undercover duo rescuing French aristocrats known as the Scarlet Pimpernel.
An unfortunate end
Sadly, Lord Smedley comes to rather an unfortunate end in the episode.
Entering the cell of Blackadder and Baldrick disguised as Madame Guillotine, his aim was to rescue the boys, but first he wanted to have some fun.
Unbeknown to him though, Blackadder had a cunning plan of his own to escape.
He gives Lord Smedley a suicide pill, who then dies a rather elaborate death.
Blackadder Kills The Scarlet Pimpernell
Here’s a look at the final dramatic moments, as Blackadder poisons the Scarlet Pimpernel.
British comedy fans will perhaps also recognise Chris Barrie as the Evil Revolutionary.
Chris Barrie is of course better known as Rimmer from Red Dwarf.
”Hooray its the scarlet Pimpernel!”
”And you killed him!”
Other Young Ones Actors in Blackadder
As mentioned, two other main actors from the Young Ones appeared in Blackadder.
It’s often overlooked that he was in the very first series of Blackadder as Mad Gerald though.
The other actor, Adrian Edmondson, appeared in Blackadder Goes Forth.