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Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: Captain Kevin Darling (Tim McInnerny), Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson), General Melchett (Stephen Fry), Baldrick (Tony Robinson), Lieutenant George Barleigh (Hugh Laurie).

Blackadder

The Blackadder dynasty has run through English history since time immemorial, seemingly always hampered by a Baldrick, and often a Percy and Melchett

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Badhead

  • Monday 2nd August 2010, 7:19pm
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 231 posts

I find series 4 to be a bit too formulaic. The show really was running out of steam and some of the jokes fall flat.

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Tim Azure

  • Monday 2nd August 2010, 7:32pm
  • Kent, England
  • 2,037 posts
Quote: Badhead @ August 2 2010, 7:19 PM BST

I find series 4 to be a bit too formulaic. The show really was running out of steam and some of the jokes fall flat.


No, no, no, Badhead. You can't say it was running out of steam. There had only really been two series before that. Ok, General Hospital had nearly the same plot as Amy and Amiability, but what of it? How can say that of series which Baldrick doing an impression of Charlie Chaplin armed only with a dead slug?

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Badhead

  • Monday 2nd August 2010, 7:38pm
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 231 posts
Quote: Tim Azure @ August 2 2010, 7:32 PM BST

No, no, no, Badhead. You can't say it was running out of steam. There had only really been two series before that. Ok, General Hospital had nearly the same plot as Amy and Amiability, but what of it? How can say that of series which Baldrick doing an impression of Charlie Chaplin armed only with a dead slug?


The jokes became a bit repetitive. too much analogy type jokes. Sometimes they just milked it. Like they where trying too hard. "I would never do that even if I was"

I think series 3 built on series 2. But series 4 was a step back. I still like it though.

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roscoff

  • Monday 2nd August 2010, 8:16pm
  • Llandenny Usk, Wales
  • 7,978 posts

To me series four far outshone the others because it addressed real issues of injustice and accentuated the absolute futility of war. To do that and make the best last scene of any comedy series alone in my opinion makes it just not good, but great.

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Steve Sunshine

  • Sunday 13th February 2011, 1:10am
  • Dagenham, England
  • 14,540 posts

Just watching the documentary that was on earlier tonight.
I hope they have a lot more of Rowan Atkinson talking, as you don't get to hear much from him in interviews

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Clint75

  • Monday 14th February 2011, 11:13am
  • Notts, England
  • 78 posts

I'm pleased that Blackadder Goes Forth was the last series. I don't think it could have ended any better.

But I did like the suggestion on the documentary that, if there had been a 5th series, it could have been in a WWII P.O.W camp. It might have been too similar to the 4th series, but the idea of it amuses me nonetheless.

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Agnes Guano

  • Monday 14th February 2011, 11:26am [Edited]
  • Tediumcester, England
  • 541 posts

I always felt the fourth series was becoming a bit laboured and, as others have said, that the characters and dialogue were relying too much on previous series for their inspiration. One of the rare examples of a sitcom that stopped just in time. Doesn't stop me wishing that they had all managed a few more series though!

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T.W.

  • Monday 14th February 2011, 11:50am [Edited]
  • England
  • 15,786 posts

IMO Blackadder II was easily the best of the bunch, as near to perfection as sitcom can get. Although heavily criticised, I still find much in the 1st enjoyable, but it was a completely different show. The 3rd and 4th series were excellent, but to some extent suffer from being increasingly derivative, with the 4th series being the most reliant on employing the comedy "rules" of Blackadder (the "as something as a something" gags, the over-dependence on jokes about Baldrick's stupidty etc...).

Series 2 was both the most original and the funniest of the series, with every episode a minor masterclass.

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Nogget

  • Monday 14th February 2011, 12:35pm
  • England
  • 6,620 posts

The review here says : "Our Review: It's difficult to underestimate the influence of Blackadder;"

Difficult to underestimate? If it was easy to underestimate, that would mean Blackadder has been highly influential. So they're actually saying that it hasn't been.

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bigfella

  • Monday 14th February 2011, 1:03pm [Edited]
  • Elsewear, England
  • 7,972 posts

I saw the fourth series first (due to my age). And I still think it's the best one. But don't you think that which one you see first has a strong bearing on your choice?

.....I mean I still think Return of the Jedi is the best one.

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chipolata

  • Monday 14th February 2011, 1:34pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 29,906 posts
Quote: bigfella @ February 14 2011, 1:03 PM GMT

I saw the four series first (due to my age). And I still think it's the best one. But don't you think that, which one you see first has a strong bearing on your choice? .....I mean I still think Return of the Jedi is the best one.

Jedi does have a hot woman in a metal bikini on a leash.

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Aaron

  • Monday 14th February 2011, 2:11pm [Edited]
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,430 posts
Quote: Nogget @ February 14 2011, 12:35 PM GMT

The review here says : "Our Review: It's difficult to underestimate the influence of Blackadder;"

Difficult to underestimate? If it was easy to underestimate, that would mean Blackadder has been highly influential. So they're actually saying that it hasn't been.

:$ No prizes for guessing the kind of time of day night that was written at...

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Ian Wolf

  • Wednesday 24th July 2013, 8:33pm
  • Stockton-on-Tees, England
  • 2,837 posts

Does anyone know if Wills and Kate are fans of Blackadder? I was just wondering if it might have been on in the background when they were naming Prince George.

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Tim Azure

  • Thursday 25th July 2013, 9:20am
  • Kent, England
  • 2,037 posts

Nogget, go and create an underestimate of Blackadder.

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Nil Putters

  • Sunday 1st September 2013, 10:25pm [Edited]
  • A galaxy far, far away or, England
  • 28,688 posts

Just watching Black Adder The Third on BBC Two.

Does anyone know who voiced The Shadow? It sounded familiar.