Blackadder

(1983)
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Blackadder is the name that encompassed four series of a BBC 1 period British sitcom, along with several one-off instalments. All television episodes starred Rowan Atkinson as anti-hero Edmund Blackadder and Tony Robinson as Blackadder's dogsbody, Baldrick. Each series was set in a different historical period with the two protagonists accompanied by different characters, though several reappear in one series or another, for example Melchett and Lord Flashheart.

The first series titled The Black Adder was written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, while subsequent episodes were written by Curtis and Ben Elton. The shows were produced by John Lloyd. In 2000 the fourth series, Blackadder Goes Forth, ranked at 16 in the "100 Greatest British Television Programmes", a list created by the British Film Institute. Also in the 2004 TV poll to find "Britain's Best Sitcom", Blackadder was voted the second-best British sitcom of all time, topped by Only Fools and Horses. It was also ranked as the 20th-best TV show of all time by Empire magazine.

  1. Richard Curtis

    Creator

  2. Rowan Atkinson

    Creator

  3. Ben Elton

    Creator

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  1. Rowan Atkinson

    Rowan Atkinson

    Captain Edmund Blackadder

  2. Tony Robinson

    Tony Robinson

    Private S. Baldrick

  3. Stephen Fry

    Stephen Fry

    General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett

  4. Hugh Laurie

    Hugh Laurie

    Lieutenant The Honourable George Colthurst St. Barleigh

  5. Tim McInnerny

    Tim McInnerny

    Captain Kevin Darling

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Blackadder Goes Forth

1989 | 6 Episodes

Blackadder Goes Forth is the fourth and final series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, which aired from 28 September to 2 November 1989 on BBC One. The series placed the recurring characters of Blackadder, Baldrick and George in a trench in Flanders during World War I, and followed their various doomed attempts to escape from the trenches to avoid certain death under the misguided command of General Melchett. The series is particularly noted for its criticism of the British Army leadership during the campaign, and also refers to a number of famous figures of the age. In addition, the series is remembered for the poignant ending of the final episode. Despite initial concerns that the comedy series might trivialise the events of 1914–1918, the series won widespread acclaim on its release, and won the British Academy Television Award for Best Comedy Series in 1989. It has since become regarded as a classic television sitcom, and in 2000 was placed 16th by industry professionals in a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes compiled by the British Film Institute. However, it has been criticised by historians for presenting an oversimplified view of the war, reinforcing the popular notion of "lions led by donkeys".

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  • PG

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    PG stands for Parental Guidance. This means a film is suitable for general viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older.

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Original Language English

Runtime 32m

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