Blackadder – 5 of the most romantic moments

The most romantic moments in Blackadder

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!

Blackadder falls in love with Bob

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…

Percy kissing Baldrick - One of the most romantic moments in Blackadder

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.

Is there anyone special in your 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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Standing at the Back Dressed Stupidly and Looking Stupid Party

Ivor 'Jest-ye-not-madam' Biggun - Blackadder election

In honour of the European Elections for May 2019, it would be criminal not to write about Dish and Dishonesty from Blackadder Series 3!

Ivor 'Jest-ye-not-madam' Biggun - Blackadder election

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

Standing at the Back Dressed Stupidly and Looking Stupid Party

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.

Blackadder Trivia and General Randomness – Did you know?

Blackadder trivia and little known facts

A fun collection of Blackadder trivia and general randomness. If you are a Blackadder fan, see how many of these you know!

Blackadder Series 4 - Blackadder Goes Forth Cast Photo

Blackadder Fun Facts

Blackadder might have ended in the 80s, but even the most ardent superfan learns something new once in a while!

We’ve pulled together some Blackadder trivia to share with you here. There might be a thing or two you never realised before now!

Some fun Blackadder trivia

Blackadder Trivia

TurnipsTurnips are mentioned frequently throughout Blackadder, and by series 3, Baldrick is obsessed by them.

The trivia here, is that Ben Elton actually confused them with parsnips (remember a turnip the exact same shape as a thingy?).

Since then it was a recurring joke throughout the saga.

a turnip

General Melchett has Haemorrhoids : General Melchett from the fourth series often makes bizarrely weird noises.

According to Stephen Fry who played the character, some of this is to do with his idea of Melchett having hemorrhoids – hence the grunting every time he sits in a chair!

See what we mean in the video of Melchett’s strange noises below.

Aardvark: The word aardvark was in fact left out of the first dictionary.

Perhaps this is because its citation was only first made the year after Dr. Johnson died.

The Scarlet Pimpernel

In the third series of Blackadder, Tim McInnerny plays the Scarlet Pimpernel.

The fun Blackadder trivia here, is that in the original 1905 novel of the same name, the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel is Lord Percy.

This, of course, is the character played by Tim McInnerny in the previous two series of Blackadder.

Horses willy

Lord Flashheart

Apparently, Rik Mayall only agreed to play the part of Lord Flashheart if every single one of his lines was funnier than main star Rowan Atkinson’s.

What do you think?

 

Flashheart certainly steals the show, but it’s more through force of sheer personality than anything else!

10 reasons we love Lord Flashheart

It’s Like Crufts in Here

When Flashheart is about to carry Bob off, there is rousing rendition of ‘Woof!’.

In the original script, Blackadder was supposed to respond “It’s like Batterseas Dog’s Home in here”.

The issue was, that due to Rowan’s stutter, he was unable to say the line.

After several failed takes, producer John Lloyd suggested substituting the word Crufts.

The rest, as they say, is history. Woof!

Blackadder Quotes Lord Flashheart is flirting

The Young Ones

The only main cast member of the Young Ones not to appear in Blackadder was Mike the cool guy played by Christopher Ryan.

Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer and Ade Edmondson all made appearances.

The Young Ones, as you may know, was also written by Ben Elton.

The Young Ones

Back and Forth

In the Blackadder special Back and Forth, a portrait of Blackadder from World War 1 can be seen on the wall in the first scene. #

The question is, how is this possible?

Blackadder had previously said he had no children, and died during that emotional final scene from Blackadder Goes Forth – or did he?

Blackadder last charge

A Fifth Series of Blackadder?

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.

Talk Like A Pirate Day with Captain Redbeard Rum

Talk like a pirate day with Captain Redbeard Rum from Blackadder

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 day

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.

Tom Baker play Captain Rum in Blackadder although is best known for Dr Who

Sailing with Redbeard Rum

Rum: A masterly plan, me young master. And one that leads me
to make an announcement meself.

Blackadder: What’s that, Rum?

Rum: Truth is, I don’t know the way to the Cape of Good Hope
anyway.

Blackadder: Well, what were you going to do?

Rum: Oh, what I usually do. Sail ’round and ’round the
Isle of Wight ’til everyone gets dizzy. Then head for home.

He also doesn’t believe in having a crew!

Pirate Talk With Rum

Rum: Aaaaaaahrrrrr Aaaaaaahrrrrr Aaaaaaaaaaahrrrrr. Me laddy.

Perhaps the best examples of how to talk like a pirate with Redbeard Rum come from the protracted ‘Arghhh Arghhs’.

Now, if you’re a Blackadder fan, you already know what this is all about.

We’ve got a special treat for you though. An entire two minutes of ‘Arghhh Arghhs’!!

Captain Redbeard Rum’s Tall Stories

In addition to being able to talk like a pirate, Captain Redbeard Rum also had a series of tall stories.

Blackadder took most of them with a pinch of salt, until Rum revealed he had lost his legs. The Captain was literally legless!

Rum: aah-ahhh! You have a woman’s hand, milord! I’ll wager these dainty pinkies never weighed anchor
in a storm.

Rum: Ha ha ha. -Aah! Your skin milord. I’ll wager it ne’er
felt the lash of a cat, been rubbed with salt, and then flayed off by a pirate chief to make fine stockings for his best cabin boy.

Rum: Ha. -Aah! You have a woman’s purse! I’ll wager that purse has never been used as a rowing-boat. I’ll wager it’s never had sixteen shipwrecked mariners tossing in it.

Rum: Oh! You have a woman’s mouth, milord! I’ll wager that
mouth never had to chew through the side of a ship to escape the dreadful spindly killer fish.

Rum: Ah! You have a woman’s legs, my lord! I’ll
wager those are legs that have never been sliced clean off
by a falling sail, and swept into the sea before your very eyes.

Captain Redbeard Rum from Blackadder

Pirate Talk from the other characters

Some of the other characters in the episode also give their attempts at speaking pirate including the Queen.

You can check out some great Queenie quotes here.

Queen: Ahoy there, me shivering matey, heave-ho!

Queeniw wearing eye patch in Blackadder - Talk like a pirate

Queen: Splice me timbers, Sir Walter, it’s bucko to see you,
old matey!

Melchett: Well indubitably no sea-dog, Ma’am. With a Yo-ho-ho
and perhaps, I might venture, a bottle of rum into the
bargain?

More Blackadder Series 2

Before you go, check out these other funny moments from Blackadder series 2.

The Blackadder Dictionary – What do pericombobulation and contrafibularities mean?

A look at the Blackadder dictionary

When Blackadder met Dr. Samuel Johnson in Ink and Incapability, some beautiful un-words were created. Here’s a look at the Blackadder dictionary.

What does the word contrafibularities mean

Blackadder Samuel Johnson

Dr. Samuel Johnson is played by Robbie Coltrane in the third series of Blackadder. The plot of the episode revolves around Samuel Johnson having written a dictionary, and it then being mislaid by Baldrick.

The Blackadder Dictionary

Have you ever wondered what contrafibularities means? What about interfrastically?

Of course, it is an un-word, a word created for the show. It is also a play-on-words, and is all the more brilliant because you can guess its meaning from how it sounds.

Ink and Incapability

In Ink and Incapability, a number of these words were created. let’s take a look at what they could mean.

Blackadder Dictionary Words and Definitions

Contrafibularities: ‘Contra’ can be taken to mean ‘against’. The ‘Fibula’ is a bone in the leg. Contrafibularities can be taken to mean ‘pulling ones leg’. It also has tones of the word ‘apology’, making it all the funnier. Note: Contrafibularity is the the singular.

Anaspeptic: ‘Ana’ can mean back or up, and the ‘peptic’ part can mean the stomach. This word can be taken to mean throwing up, or being sick

Frasmotic: The words ‘frazzled’ and ‘spasmodic’ seem to be combined here, implying a frenzied fit.

Compunctuous: The main part of this word would seem to be ‘compunction’. It also seems to be mixed with ‘contemptuous’. The meaning of the could be taken as ‘being drawn to do someone harm’. It does go a little against the meaning of the sentence it is used in though.

Pericombobulation: ‘Peri’ can mean ‘around’, and this seems to be combined with ‘discombobulation’. The meaning could be something like causing someone to go around in uncertain, needless circles.

Extramuralisation –  This word from the same scenes rarely gets mentioned. The meaning of ‘extra’ can be taken as ‘outside’, whilst the source of ‘mural’ might be wall. Thus, this means oustide the building.

Pericombobulations from Blackadder

Pendigestatory – The ‘Pen’ part of the word could be taken from the Latin meaning almost and the ‘digestory’ indicates digestions. So, the meaning is ‘a small snack’.

Interludicle – A short interlude, or break.

Interfrastically – The ‘Inter’ part of the word can be taken as meaning ‘among’ or ‘in the middle of’. The ‘phrastic’ part of the word is a clever combination of both ‘phase’ and ‘phrase’. The word then means in the middle of phases of talking.

What a wonderful word! This is from Blackadder series 3 episode 2 called Ink and Incapability. Read the full script for this Blackadder episode at Blackadder Quotes.

Add your definitions to the Blackadder Quotes dictionary

What do you think to these definitions of the un-words made up by Blackadder? Let us know below!

 

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Hugh Laurie | Blackadder characters and funniest moments (video)

Hugh Laurie in Blackadder

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’.

Hugh Laurie in Blackadder Series 2 Beer 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.

Prince Ludwig from Blackadder Series 2 Episode 6 Chains

Inconweeeenienced

Shorty, Greasy, Spot-Spot

The Prince Regent in Blackadder Series 3

Hugh Laurie joined the cast of Blackadder as a full-time member from series 3 onward.

As the dimwitted Prince Regent, he ranks only just slightly above Baldrick in terms of intelligence!

Hugh Laurie as Prince George in Blackadder series 3

Our favourite episode, is where he meets Doctor Johnson and talks about words in the dictionary!

But this is a great line as well..

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!

Lieutenant George in Blackadder Goes Forth

The entire fourth series of Blackadder is a work of genius, and Lieutenant George plays an integral part in it.

George in Blackadder goes forth

As the product of a public school and privileged university education, his naive approach to the War is both sad and amusing.

University education - You can't beat it

This is our favourite scene featuring Hugh Laurie in Blackadder Goes Forth.

I feel Fantastic

Hugh Laurie Blackadder Specials

Hugh Laurie also featured in the Blackadder specials, that included Blackadder’s Christmas Carol as Lord Pigmot, and Blackadder: Back & Forth as Major George and Consul Georgius.

Hugh Laurie in Blackadder Back and Forth

Do you have a favourite episode of Blackadder that features Hugh Laurie? We’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below.