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Written by Jonathan Holmes. The Radio Times, 29th November 2014

The ceasefire is over: Ben Elton is fighting back. "Michael Gove made a complete arse of himself over Blackadder," says the writer, responding at last to the blistering attack on his First World War trenches comedy earlier in the year. "He is not a bad man but it was a monumentally stupid observation to say that we are not gung-ho enough about the war."

Written by Cole Moreton. The Daily Telegraph, 11th November 2014

Earlier this year there was debate sparked between historians, politicians, journalists and entertainers about the historical accuracy of Blackadder Goes Forth. Critics of the series believe that the sitcom was too critical of its portrayal of World War One. This has led to one form of critical attack dubbed: "The Blackadder view of history".

Written by Ian Wolf. On The Box, 11th November 2014

Writer and comedian Ben Elton has said his most recent novel, about someone travelling back in time to prevent the First World War from starting, was partially inspired by Michael Gove. Former education secretary Mr Gove said Elton's TV sitcom Blackadder Goes Forth, which he co-wrote with Richard Curtis "perpetuated left wing myths about World War 1".

Written by Kirsty Lang. BBC News, 5th November 2014

Has there ever been another comedy both as side-splittingly funny and thought-provoking as Blackadder Goes Forth?

Written by Chris Hallam. Metro, 2nd November 2014

Blackadder and House star Hugh Laurie has revealed he loathes how he looks and sounds on screen.

Written by Mark Jefferies. The Daily Mirror, 15th July 2014

TV characters Blackadder, Darling, Baldrick and George existed in real-life.

Written by Paul Harris. The Daily Mail, 25th June 2014

"She had unerring skill to make the daftest, silliest thing sound absolutely real and absolutely plausible," said the Baldrick star.

BBC News, 22nd June 2014

After the news of Rik Mayall's death, one of the most fondly recalled moments has been his cameo as Lord Flashheart in Blackadder.

BBC News, 10th June 2014

The BBC should broadcast Blackadder Goes Forth as part of its First World War commemoration, historian Kate Williams argues.

Written by Hannah Furness. The Daily Telegraph, 14th January 2014

Michael Gove wants to redefine what we think about the first world war, and it's going to be less like Blackadder. Well, I have a cunning plan for him...

Written by David Mitchell. The Observer, 12th January 2014

The attack by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, on Blackadder is something of an own goal.

Written by Joan Bakewell. The Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2014

I wonder if Michael Gove has watched many sitcoms over the years. Does he have a sense of humour? Maybe if he had watched The Office he would condemn it for denigrating people who work in Slough. God knows what he would make of Mrs Brown's Boys or Miranda.

Written by Bruce Dessau. Beyond the Joke, 7th January 2014

Blackadder is a perfectly good teaching tool.

Written by Alice Thomson. The Times, 7th January 2014

Michael Gove has hit out at TV shows and historians who depict the first world war as a "misbegotten shambles". But does satirising or criticising the great war really denigrate ordinary British soldiers, as the education secretary claims?

Written by Stuart Jeffries. The Guardian, 6th January 2014

Sir Tony Robinson has criticised the education secretary for saying programmes such as Blackadder are used by "left-wing academics" to peddle myths about World War One.

BBC News, 5th January 2014

Left-wing myths about the First World War peddled by Blackadder belittle Britain and clear Germany of blame, Michael Gove says today.

The Daily Mail, 3rd January 2014

Sir Tony Robinson is adamant the Blackadder cast will not be following the stars of Monty Python by staging a reunion because they "don't need the money".

Hollywood.com, 19th December 2013

Sir Tony Robinson says Prince William has agreed to a cameo role in Blackadder if there is ever another series of the hit BBC TV programme. The 67-year-old comedian and actor said the casting took place as he was being knighted by the Duke of Cambridge.

BBC News, 12th November 2013

Satirical television programmes such as Blackadder have left Britons without a proper understanding of the First World War, a defence minister has said.

Written by Peter Dominiczak. The Telegraph, 7th November 2013

Jeremy Paxman, the journalist and broadcaster, said showing children episodes of Blackadder Goes Forth in order to teach them about the trenches is a "remarkable state of affairs".

Written by Hannah Furness. The Telegraph, 7th October 2013

A cunning plan is always required in times of disaster. But even Baldrick cannot find a solution, however unfeasible, to the financial crisis in a new episode of Blackadder.

Written by Jane Clinton. The Sunday Express, 8th September 2013

As fans of Blackadder celebrate the 30th anniversary of the comedy's first broadcast, its stars Tony Robinson and Rowan Atkinson are recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Its fast-and-loose attitude to real events and characters is part of the appeal, but how close is any of it to real history?

Written by Finlo Rohrer. BBC News Magazine, 15th June 2013

As Edmund Blackadder turns 30, we celebrate his 30 best insults, putdowns and witticisms.

The Telegraph, 14th June 2013

The Black Adder began on June 15, 30 years ago. Despite a chaotic start, it became a hit. The rest, says Dominic Cavendish, is history.

Written by Dominic Cavendish. The Daily Telegraph, 14th June 2013

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