There is a popular phrase – “A Blackadder Quote a Day keeps the cretins away”. OK, perhaps that is not an official saying, but it should be! Never a day goes by, when I don’t quote Blackadder at least once. And even if I don’t actually quote from the show, I give a ‘BAHHH’ General Melchett style!
If you are looking to find the best Blackadder quotes online, then check out this collection. Blackadder quotes are updated daily, and so you can pick a new one every day of the year!
As well as our Blackadder quotes, you can also find series and episode descriptions, as well as complete scripts for all the shows. It is like Blackadder heaven!
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.
Born on the 3rd of March 1958, Miranda Richardson was a main cast member in the second series of Blackadder. She also had recurring appearances in subsequent series and one off specials.
Miranda Richardson in Blackadder 2
We were first introduced to Miranda Richardson in the second series of Blackadder. Making the role of Queen Elizabeth the First (or Queenie) her own, her portrayal was at times both childish and cruel.
Appearing in all 6 episodes of the Blackadder second series, Miranda Richardson flirted with Blackadder, accompanied by her Nursie. It’s hard to say how much this performance helped her career, but it’s still one of our favourites!
Miranda Richardson in Blackadder 3
Many people were disappointed at the time that Miranda Richardson did not return as a main character for the third series of Blackadder. She did make one appearance though, as Amy Hardwood.
This character had a split personality which was perfect for Miranda Richardson to showcase her formidable acting talents. As a wet blanket Amy Hardwood was approached to marry Prince George. As a highway robber, she had a vendetta against squirrels!
Miranda Richardson in Blackadder 4
In the fourth series of Blackadder, Miranda returned once more for a one off appearance. This time, she played Nurse Mary Fletcher-Brown, complete with little fluffy bunny act for her patients.
Blackadder at first looks down on Nurse Mary, but then has an affair with her. Finally, he exposes her as a German spy, only to find out he made a mistake at the end of the episode!
Miranda Richardson in Blackadder’s Christmas Carol
Blackadder’s Christmas Carol was a one off special based on the classic Dickens tale, but of course with a Blackadder twist. First aired in 1988, Blackadder’s Christmas Carol has become something of a Christmas favourite.
Miranda Richardson played two characters in Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, which were Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Asphyxia XIX.
Miranda Richardson in Blackadder Back and Forth
Blackadder Back and Forth was the specially commissioned one off short film, first shown in near the Millennium Dome in celebration of the Millennium.
Miranda Richardson played two characters in Blackadder Back and Forth. The first was a reprisal of Queen Elizabeth I and the other Lady Elizabeth.
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.
British Comedy Legend Rik Mayall
Rik Mayall (7 March 1958 – 9 June 2014) was one of the most loved comedians and actors to rise up from the 80s alternative comedy scene.
Whether as Kevin Turvey, Rick from the Young Ones, or the New Statesman, his talent knew no bounds.
Riky Mayall made several appearances in Blackadder, and here we take a closer look at them.
Rik Mayall Blackadder Appearances
We’re going to list the Rik Mayall Blackadder appearances starting from the very first Blackadder series through to his last appearance in a Blackadder special.
We’ve included some great quotes as well as video clips of some of the best Rik Mayall Blackadder scenes.
Rik Mayall as Mad Gerald
Many people forget that Rik Mayall’s first appearance in Blackadder was as Mad Gerald.
Mad Gerald was held in the same cell as Blackadder in the ‘Black Seal‘, which was the last episode of the first series.
Mad Gerald had gone, well, mad over the years, and he only had two friends that had kept him semi-sane. Mr. Rat, and thankfully for Edmund, Mr. Key.
Rik Mayall as Lord Flashheart
Lord Flashheart in series 2 was arguably Rik Mayall’s best Blackadder performance.
He literally burst into every scene, dominating and owning it with his over the top, testosterone filled character.
Chosen by Blackadder to be the best man at his wedding, Lord Flashheart eventually steals the bride, although not before announcing he feels more comfy in a dress!
Amazing acting, and you can see that the main cast members of Blackadder are almost in speechless awe of him. Simply fantastic. Hooray!
Rik Mayall as Squadron Commander The Lord Flashheart
Rik makes yet another appearance in the Blackadder Goes Forth episode Private Plane.
Having crashed his kite, Squadron Commander The Lord Flashheart is worried that he might have stepped in a Bosch and won’t be able to get the whiff off his boots.
Not to worry though, he’s behind friendly lines, where he meets Blackadder!
Although Blackadder respects the Flying Corps as much as he does, well, Baldrick, he realises it might be a way out of the trenches.
Signing up for the 20 minuters, guess who’s giving the training?
Blackadder passes training, and with a navigator that doesn’t know his arse from his elbow, gets shot down behind German lines.
Who will rescue Slackbladder? Well, Lord Flashheart of course, who has taken a break from some crucial top-level shagging.
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:
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.
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.
The Blackadder saga saw many famous British Comedy faces make appearances over the years. One of those was Ade Edmondson as the Red Baron von Richthoven.
Blackadder Goes Forth has earned its well deserved place in the hall of great British Comedy. As with any comedy series, it is a sum of its parts. A great concept, intelligent writing, and of course the people who star in it. During its 4 series and 3 major Blackadder specials, a number of guest stars made cameo appearances. It was really only a matter of time until Ade ‘Vyvyan’ Edmondson turned up!
Red Baron von Richthoven
In Private Plane, Blackadder joins up with the 20 minuters to become a flying ace. During the training sessions, George jokingly makes the following remark:
Crikey! I’m looking forward to today. Up-diddly-up, down-diddly-down, whoops-poop, twiddly-dee, a decent scrap with the fiendish Red Baron, a bit of a jolly old crash landing behind enemy lines, capture, torture, escape and then back home in time for tea and medals.
Inevitably of course, this is exactly what happens!
Captured by the Red Baron
As it turns out, the Red Baron is played by none other than Ade Edmondson. He is the third of the four Young Ones cast to have appeared in Blackadder (the other two being Nigel Planer and of course the fabulous Rik Mayall).
Fortunately, his idea of punishing the English flying ace Blackadder, is for him to be taken to a convent school where he will teach the Young Nuns home economics. The theory being that the humiliation would be unbearable.
Blackadder prepares to settle in for his punishment (which doesn’t sound all that bad at all!). Then, however, Flashheart bursts in on the scene and rescues a rather reluctant Blackadder. Before he leaves, he shoots the Red Baron, and most likely than not says Woof a couple of times!
There’s always been talk of a fifth series of Blackadder, but it never materialised.
Although it’s very unlikely it would happen with the original cast now, there might always be the possibility of a reboot.
What do you think? Would Blackadder be the same with a brand new cast?
If the original cast did get back together, or Blackadder was rebooted, they might use some of the ideas they had previously kicked around for a fifth series of Blackadder. These include:
The Red Adder – Set in Russia during the Russian Revolution with Blackadder as a secret policeman.
Blackadder in the 60s. This idea sounded pretty awesome actually. Apparantly, Blackadder would have been the illegitmate son of Queen Elizabeth who played in a rock band known as the Black Adder 5. On the drums would have been Bald Rick. Get it? Baldrick? Never mind, we liked the sound of it.
Rowan Atkinson, or Edmund Blackadder as we better know him, was born on January 6th 1955. Let’s celebrate his birthday by looking at some of his best scenes in Blackadder!
Happy Birthday Edmund Blackadder!
It’s January 6th, which can only mean that it is Rowan Atkinson’s birthday! Born in 1955, it means he’s 63 today. Happy Birthday Edmund!
Whilst Rowan Atkinson may be known to many as Mr Bean or even Johnny English, to us he will always be Blackadder. Here’s some of his best moments in the classic British comedy series.
Best of Blackadder Series 1
Admittedly the first series of Blackadder is not the best, but it does still have some funny parts in it. Perhaps the best, is when he comes up with the surname Blackadder, giving birthday to the legendary saga.
The Best of Blackadder Series 2
It is in series 2 of Blackadder that we really see the sarcastic, conniving character of Blackadder that we’ve all come to know and love.
Anyone for Archery?
Blackmailing the Bishop
Inconweeeenienced – Imprisoned in a Comode
The Best of Blackadder Series 3
Edmund might only be a lowly butler in the third series of Blackadder, but he has constant aspirations to increase his station. The only thing is, he has to put up with the thicky twins George and Baldrick!
Stealing the Prince’s socks
C is for…
The Best of Blackadder Series 4
Many people consider the final series of Blackadder to be some of the best British comedy ever written and performed. There’s no argument from us!. It intelligently blends cutting sarcastic wit with the tragedy of life in the trenches. Here are some of our favourite scenes.