Comedy Performer: Tim McInnerney

Chains

Blackadder II comes to an end with episode 6, Chains. Both Blackadder and Melchett are kidnapped (in the palace – and by the simple trick of one foreign agent saying, ‘Excuse me, Meister…’ before his accomplice biffs the unwary (i.e. stupid) victim over the head with a wooden mallet… Continue reading

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Beer

Blackadder II, episode 5, Beer once again sees our hero juggling too many balls than is humanly possible. But with luck, he seems to manage to get away with things… Continue reading

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Money

I’m quite liking these puns I’m making on the titles of Blackadder II, so let’s go for it again… As usual, we are not short changed with the fourth episode, Money. It starts with a bang, a crash, a smile and a stab and ends with some wondrous portrait work… Continue reading

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Potato

Excuse the pun, but Blackadder II really seemed to have found its sea legs with the third episode, Potato. The Queen has a new friend in court, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Edmund Blackadder is not a happy chappy. Cue some undignified banter between the two and an epic voyage… Continue reading

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Head

The second episode of Blackadder II, Head, contains a great piece of dialogue that has passed into common usage. You know the one, about long winter evenings just flying by… Continue reading

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Bells

Blackadder II is perhaps the best of the four series. Why this should be, I’m a little unsure. It’s more than likely the maniacal energy brought to the role of Queen Elizabeth I by Miranda Richardson. Anyway, in the first episode, Bells, Blackadder is due to marry his former manservant ‘Bob’, but as we are to discover, things don’t go smoothly. Not at all… Continue reading

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The Black Seal

In the sixth and final episode of The Black Adder, The Black Seal, Edmund Duke of Edinburgh (aka the Black Adder) has finally had enough. His father (King Richard IV) has finally gone too far with his insults… Continue reading

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Witchsmeller Pursuivant

The fifth episode of The Black Adder (Witchsmeller Pursuivant) sees the Black Death visit the town. It is an indiscriminate visitor, for as well as the townsfolk, King Richard IV is also afflicted… Continue reading

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The Queen of Spain’s Beard

Episode 4 of The Black Adder, The Queen of Spain’s Beard is a tale of high politics, which results in marriage for Black Adder, but not to the woman he expects… Continue reading

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The Archbishop

The third episode of The Black Adder (The Archbishop) begins with a deathbed scene. The dying man is the Duke of Winchester and his two attendees – Godfrey, Archbishop of Canterbury and King Richard IV. It’s a classic case of Church versus Crown, but who will win? Continue reading

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