Contestants on the BBC quiz show Mastermind will no longer be allowed to pick Fawlty Towers, Blackadder or Roald Dahl as their specialist subjects as the producers have run out of questions. Mark Helsby, Mastermind's producer, has revealed that some subjects are so popular that they have been "exhausted" for new questions. Father Ted and the Chronicles of Narnia have also been removed.Graham Ruddick, The Guardian, 30th January 2018
With an ensemble cast that no other sitcom can ever hope to match, the show gave us plenty of memorable episodes, but we've tried to narrow them down to just a select few.Rob Keeling, Cult Box, 25th October 2017
So Dominic Watt's research team at York University claim to have discovered 30 lost English words, amongs which is "slug-a-bed" (Opinion, 15 September)? Would this be the same "lost" word used in Blackadder II, wherein the titular character played by Rowan Atkinson rouses the Bishop of Bath and Wells from his drugged slumber with "Wakey, wakey, Bish. You clerics really are slug-a-beds"?Mark Boyle, The Guardian, 9th September 2017
"At last we can return to sanity. The mad hysteria is at an end. After the chaos of a general election, we can return to normal." So says Edmund Blackadder at the start of 'Dish and Dishonesty' - the very first episode of Blackadder The Third.Mark Butler, i Newspaper, 5th June 2017
A treatment was once written for the much-loved BBC comedy Blackadder set in the Russian Revolution entitled "Redadder", Rowan Atkinson revealed at the opening session of the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival.Ben Dowell, Radio Times, 7th April 2017
A survey of comedians has revealed that Fawlty Towers is their favourite sitcom, and Alan Partridge meeting his superfan is their favourite scene. "Don't tell him Pike" was picked as the favourite one-liner.British Comedy Guide, 4th January 2017
Theresa May has been offered assistance from Baldrick after her Brexit plan was likened to the schemes devised by Blackadder's hapless sidekick.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn mocked the Prime Minister by insisting Baldrick is the only "great philosopher" he could think of when assessing the Government's EU exit strategy.Michael Wilkinson, The Telegraph, 26th October 2016