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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

Doctor Who star Matt Smith says Blackadder, Inspector Clouseau and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em inspired his version of the Time Lord.

The Daily Telegraph, 11th December 2012

The first new Blackadder material in a decade was performed last night at the Royal Albert Hall in front of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, with Sir Edmund Blackadder now chief executive of a bailed-out bank.

Written by Michael Deacon. The Daily Telegraph, 29th November 2012

Read an extract from J.F. Roberts's new book, The True History of the Black Adder, which explores the final series of the BBC comedy set during the Great War.

Written by J. F. Roberts. The Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2012

A draft script for a Christmas episode of Blackadder has come to light during research for a new book about the BBC's classic comedy series.

Written by Tim Masters. BBC News, 7th October 2012

Just when you thought Twitter was a good thing, along comes the harsh 21st century reality of a seemingly innocent tweet that is taken as gospel and spread through the land without any effort to verify the source first.

Tellyspotting, 6th August 2012

Blackadder has been voted the best British television series ever by audiences.

The Mail on Sunday, 3rd June 2012

As G.O.L.D. treats us to a weekend of historical hilarity, we recall some of Blackadder's finest lines.

Written by Laura Pledger. The Radio Times, 18th February 2012

When Rowan Atkinson put Teddy to bed for the last time recently, he did offer up, in exchange, that he'd be up for the possibility more Blackadder brilliance someday in the not-too-distant future. That's the good news.

Written by Bill Young. Tellyspotting, 18th October 2011

After Rowan Atkinson hinted that he'd like to make more Blackadder, we suggest some new scenarios...

The Radio Times, 11th October 2011

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