The final scene of Blackadder Goes Forth. How is it possible that an episode of a comedy show first broadcast in 1989 still gives us goosebumps?
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.
Let’s have a look at his best moments in the first series. We’ve also included a couple of clips of his best scenes.
Brian Blessed in Blackadder
Well, come on — let’s go and kill some more prisoners.
As the good Lord said: “Love thy neighbour as thyself, unless he’s Turkish, in which case, kill the bastard!”
I’ve always despised you.
One of the running jokes through the first series of Blackadder, is that the King can not remember his own son’s name correctly. Poor Edmund gets called Enid, Edna, and all manner of variations.
In the final episode of Blackadder series 1 though, the King finally gets his name right! As a bandaged Edmund lies on his deathbed with the entire court mourning over him, his father wakes him up by loudly shouting “EDMUND!”
Edmund, surprised that his father had, for the first time, got his name right, mutters “Father, you called me Edmund.” Richard answers “Sorry, Edgar” (even though everyone else present was calling him Edmund) .
To find out more about the last episode of Blackadder, check out this post here – Blackadder Series 1 The Black Seal.
What’s your favourite scene staring Brian Blessed in Blackadder? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
Every week, we are going to run a Blackadder face-off, where we put two characters head to head. Which one is your favourite from these two?
Evil Revolutionary vs Wellington
To kick off our Blackadder face-off series, we’ve put two characters from Blackadder the Third head-to-head. On the left, we have the Evil Revolutionary, played by comedy legend Chris Barrie. On the right, we have The Duke of Wellington played living genius Stephen Fry.
Evil Revolutionary from Blackadder
The evil revolutionary is a character that appears in the Blackadder the third episode Nob and Nobility. Played by Chris Barrie, (most famous for his role as Rimmer in Red Dwarf), he only appears in one episode, but what an episode! His best quote from this Blackadder episode is:
Evil Revolutionary Video
Duke of Wellington from Blackadder
The Duke of Wellington appears in the final episode of Blackadder the third, Dual and Duality. Loud, brash, and arrogant, he is clearly a partial template for General Melchett from Blackadder Goes Forth. Played by Stephen Fry, he has a number of memorable quotes in this episode:
Duke Of Wellington Blackadder Video
If you ever need a cup of tea again, you know how to order it properly! Stephen Fry also plays a slightly less bonkers version of the Duke of Wellington in Blackadder Back and Forth.
Which one is your favourite?
So, which one of these two Blackadder the Third characters is your favourite? You can go back to the Facebook page to vote, or leave a comment below!
We’ve put together a collection of the best General Melchett quotes and included a video of his greatest noises at the end. Behhhrr!!
General Melchett Quotes
Carrying over the family name of Melchett from series 2 in Blackadder, General Melchett is every soldiers worst nightmare.
He’s a public school, university educated buffoon at least two steps out of touch with reality – possibly three or four!
We’ve put together some of our favourite scenes and General Melchett quotes here.
If Nothing Else Works…
One of the great things about Blackadder, is that the quotes can be used in everyday situations.
Ever worked for a boss that wants to go ahead with a plan regardless of how crap it is? Any politicians come to mind?!
Paying a visit to the trenches
His motivational speeches were particularly excellent.
Melchett Talks Dirty
Melchett: Are we all ready to give those French a good licking?
Darling: It’s the Germans we’ll be licking, sir.
Melchett: Don’t be ridiculous, Darling. I wouldn’t lick a German if he were glazed in honey!
Melchett Getting Horny
We’re never sure if he actually likes Darling
“That’s the spirit, Blackadder, you’re a real man, not some desk-sucking, pen pushing blotter jotter like Darling here! ”
“I’ve come to regard you as a sort of son. not a favourite son, obviously; more an illegitimate backstairs kind of sprog, who nobody really likes’
Melchett has a word on security
On joining the 20 Minuters
Melchett: “If you’re willing to join the twenty minuters then you’re alright by me and welcome to marry my sister any day.”
Darling: “Are you sure about this sir?”
Melchett: “Certainly, you should hear the noise she makes when she eats a boiled egg, Ill be glad to get her out of the house.”
Never ignore a pooh pooh
One of our favourite General Melchett scenes is the never ignore a pooh-pooh segment!
The Best of General Melchett Noises
And finally, let’s take a look at the best of General Melchett noises, all put together in this one awesome video for you!
Looking for more great stuff from Blackadder? Check out these other two articles:
See the Little Goblin, see his little feet. And his little nosey-wose, isn’t the Goblin sweet? The finest drinking song in the world from Blackadder!
One of the reasons people love Blackadder so much, is that the lines can be applied to everyday life. We have all worked for a boss like this before, right?!
Have You Worked For A Boss Like This?
“…and the gubber had snitched a parcel sausage end and gone goose over stumps frog side.”
The gubber had snitched a parcel sausage end
Is this the best General Melchett Line ever? Old Walrus Face is one of the most popular characters from Blackadder, with some awesome lines all through the show.
The Best General Melchett Line… Ever?
I don’t care if he’s been rogering the Duke of York with a prize-winning leek. He shot my pigeon!
The Baby Eating Bishop Of Bath And Wells is a character from Blackadder, who has since entered modern culture. Will anyone ever be able to take a Bishop of bath and Wells seriously again?