Rowan Atkinson and the cast of legendary comedy series Blackadder are back for this one-off documentary special to mark 25 years since the original BBC transmission in 1983. Featuring ... See full summary »
During the Regency period, the insane King George III's stark raving mad son, George, is the Prince Regent of Wales. Vulgar and staggeringly slow-and-dim-witted, George exhausts the country's money and would surely be dead by know were it not for his dry, angry, bitter, arrogant and cynical butler, Edmund Blackadder, Esq. Blackadder is an ex-aristocrat who has lost his family fortune and been reduced to servant-hood, and full of loathing knowing he should have a better position then serving a lunatic. Sod-Off Baldrick is his dirty, smelly peasant servant, and Mrs. Miggins is an annoying cheerful coffee-shoppe owner who is too stupid to understand most of Mr. Blackadder's insults. Written by
Although the Regency occurred at 1811-1820, the historical events and persons depicted and referenced appear to date the series before this age - anywhere between 1755 (the publication of the first English Dictionary) and 1805 (just before the Battle of Trafalgar). On the other hand, a discussion of Mark Twain's novel "The Prince and the Pauper" (published in 1881) is a clear anachronism, as is a reference to a "roller coaster" (a term created in 1887). See more »
Although purportedly set during the British Regency (1811-1820), there are appearances by, and contemporary references to, historical figures who were dead before that time, such as Samuel Johnson and Admiral Nelson. Characters use expressions not developed until later, such as "prince and the pauper" or "roller coaster." See more »
Morning, Mr. B.
Leave me alone, Baldrick. If I wanted to talk to a vegetable, I would have bought one at the market.
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Among the books that Blackadder peruses during the opening credits are:
Not quite as good as the second and fourth series, but better than the first
Don't get me wrong I am one of those who loved the first series, but the three that proceeded it were better I feel as the humour is more sophisticated and the actors look more comfortable in their roles plus the characters are more likable than they were in the first series. This third series isn't quite as good as the second and fourth, which are as perfect as comedy can get, but it is still hugely enjoyable. Thanks to the superb period detail, goodness even Prince George's wig is immaculate. The opening credits once again are a delight, and the crude, cynical yet sophisticated and hilarious writing is still abundant. And once again the stories are well thought out. And the performances are superb. Rowan Atkisnon is once again superb as the intelligent yet cynical and conniving butler Edmund Black Adder, whose insults get better and better. As much as I love Black Adder though, I'll always have a soft spot for Baldrick, he is stupid and pathetic but he is utterly hilarious, Tony Robinson was perfect for that. Hugh Laurie is also wonderful as the equally stupid and somewhat naive Prince Regent(though he is much more naive in the fourth series), and the supporting cast of Stephen Fry, Ben Elton and Robbie Coltrane are just as brilliant. Overall, once again, a must see. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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