Blackadder. Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

Blackadder

BBC One sitcom about a scheming coward. 26 episodes (4 series), 1983 - 2000. Stars Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Brian Blessed and others.

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Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: General Melchett (Stephen Fry), Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

1. Captain Cook

First broadcast: Thursday 28th September 1989

With a bit of trickery and abuse of George's sole talent, Blackadder has himself appointed Official War Artist and hopes to be sent to Paris accordingly; however, Field Marshal Haig's plans don't quite tally with the Captain's expectations...

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Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: Captain Kevin Darling (Tim McInnerny), Lieutenant George Barleigh (Hugh Laurie), Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

2. Corporal Punishment

First broadcast: Thursday 5th October 1989

After having trouble with the trenches' telephone system, Blackadder is facing a court-martial for disobeying orders; and far more seriously, shooting and eating Melchett's prized pet pigeon, Speckled Jim. Is there any hope for the Captain, or does a firing squad and certain death await?

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Blackadder. Lieutenant George Barleigh (Hugh Laurie). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

3. Major Star

First broadcast: Thursday 12th October 1989

Melchett instructs Blackadder to organise a concert party in order to raise the troops' morale, following the Russians' withdrawal from combat. However, the General takes a particular liking to George's drag act, which could put a halt to proceedings...

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Blackadder. Squadron Leader Lord Flasheart (Rik Mayall). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

4. Private Plane

First broadcast: Thursday 19th October 1989

Blackadder's latest plan to escape the terror of the trenches is to join the glamorous world of Lord Flasheart in the Royal Flying Corps.

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Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: Nurse Mary (Miranda Richardson), Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

5. General Hospital

First broadcast: Thursday 26th October 1989

With the Germans aware of every one of the British army's moves before they've even made them, General Melchett tracks the source to a spy in the nearby hospital. Blackadder is called upon to root out the Kraut snoop and bring him to justice.

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Blackadder. Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

6. Goodbyeee

First broadcast: Thursday 2nd November 1989

The time has finally come to go "over the top" and face the dreaded Hun on the battlefield. George is thrilled by the prospect, but Blackadder is still less than enthusiastic and resolves to call in an old trick and a long-standing favour owed to him by Field Marshal Haig...

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