Blackadder-The whole rotten saga

#1
On now, Sky Gold 110 (Gold +1 at 2200hrs).

Pretty much the definative history of Blackadder with cast interviews. Don't think its been on before but a 'must' for all Blackadder fans (by default, everyone in the Armed Forces).
 
#3
Am watching it... As soon as they mentioned Flash my thoughts immediately turned to Arrse 8) I've been a fan for a while & was given the whole collection on DVD last Christmas :)

~D.C.
 
#4
Watching it......

Some classic scenes, and interesting to see & hear some of the 'behind the scenes' stuff.
 
#5
Any chance of Nursey giving us some crimper shots?
 
#8
Lord Flasheart: Mind if I use your phone? If word gets out I'm missing, five hundred girls will kill themselves. And I wouldn't want them on my conscience, not when they ought to be on my *face*! Hello? Cancel the state funeral, tell the king to stop blubbing, Flash is not dead! I simply ran out of juice! And before five hundred girls all go 'oh, what's the point in living any more?' I'm talking about petrol! Woof! Send someone along to pick me up. General Melchett's driver will do, she hangs round with a big nob so she'll be used to a fellow like me. Woof!

Captain Blackadder: Look, do you think you could make your obscene phone call somewhere else?

Lord Flasheart: No, not in half an hour you rubber desk-johnny! Send the bitch with the wheels right now or I'll fly back home and give your wife something to hang her towels on!

Lord Flasheart: [hangs up] Right! Let's dig out your best booze and talk about me till the car comes!


Classic!!
 
#10
Black adder goes fourth was fantastic, one of the best written and acted comedies ever.

I don't like Tony Robinson but even he was good. Melchett was spot on, Darling superbly acted. Ben Elton is much better with a pen than he is with his mouth.

The last episode no matter how many times you watch it always leaves you with a leakey orb and a croaky throat.

I hope they don't make another blackadder, I don't think they could ever top that.
 
#11
minister_doh_nut said:
Black adder goes fourth was fantastic, one of the best written and acted comedies ever.

I don't like Tony Robinson but even he was good. Melchett was spot on, Darling superbly acted. Ben Elton is much better with a pen than he is with his mouth.

The last episode no matter how many times you watch it always leaves you with a leakey orb and a croaky throat.

I hope they don't make another blackadder, I don't think they could ever top that.
MDN admitting to finer feelings?
Brings a lump to my throat too.
Loved B4, as all soldiers should do, but slightly preferred B2 simply because it had a bit more variation in scene. The one where he fell in love with his 'serving boy' was a classic.
Could do some more one offs though.
 
#12
Dwarf said:
minister_doh_nut said:
Black adder goes fourth was fantastic, one of the best written and acted comedies ever.

I don't like Tony Robinson but even he was good. Melchett was spot on, Darling superbly acted. Ben Elton is much better with a pen than he is with his mouth.

The last episode no matter how many times you watch it always leaves you with a leakey orb and a croaky throat.

I hope they don't make another blackadder, I don't think they could ever top that.
MDN admitting to finer feelings?
Brings a lump to my throat too.
Loved B4, as all soldiers should do, but slightly preferred B2 simply because it had a bit more variation in scene. The one where he fell in love with his 'serving boy' was a classic.
Could do some more one offs though.
Where they are waiting in the trench to go over and Baldrick says.. Ooh there's a nasty splinter on that ladder someone could hurt himself on that.
Always makes me laugh :D
 
#13
They are advertising a "Top 40 clips" show on Thursday at 21:00hrs UKTVGOLD.

Find myself agreeing with MDN, not sure how worried I should be about this. It's a slippery slope from Blackadder to pure deviance!

Whhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
 
#14
I remember that the last episode of Blackadder Goes Forth went out the week before Remembrance Sunday in 1989. I watched it in the NAAFI at our Depot and you could hear a pin drop in there just after the final scene - awesome stuff and it still affects me if I watch it now. It was interesting to find out that it only appeared in the format we all know (slow motion - fade to poppies) because the actors fcuked up the first take but refused to do it again because they felt it was too dangerous with all the pyro going off!

Berlin
 
#15
minister_doh_nut said:
I hope they don't make another blackadder, I don't think they could ever top that.
I read somewhere that they had planned to make a Blackadder 5 and that the latest descendant was going to be a Conservative minister in Thatchers cabinet. But then Rik Mayall beat them to it and came up with Alan B'Stard in The New Statesman. Apparently Ben Elton asked Rik Mayall to bin his project in favour of Blackadder but he refused and they all fell out for a while .... apparently.
 
#16
In all honesty they should leave it at BA4, they made a christmas carol spin off, and it was on par with the series, but then they went and ruined it by making, BA back and forth.

Anyone see that? it was like they couldnt think of anything funny to say, bag of bollix in my opinion and totally spoilt all the good work of the main series.
 
#17
On a similar level I thought Little Britain in the USA would be a massive mistake, and they should have left it after the last series, but last night I watched it and was that impressed with the 'talking dog' that I'm still chuckling at it now.

I honestly thought they'd milked everything they could out of the series
 
#18
minister_doh_nut said:
On a similar level I thought Little Britain in the USA would be a massive mistake, and they should have left it after the last series, but last night I watched it and was that impressed with the 'talking dog' that I'm still chuckling at it now.

I honestly thought they'd milked everything they could out of the series
Bubbles is supebly cringeworthy but the two blokes in the gym at the end of last nights episode left me with tears in my eyes and a little bit of vomit in the back of my throat ... outstandingly funny and vomit inducing at the same time ... particulary 'shaving the bikini line'!
 
#19
k13eod said:
minister_doh_nut said:
On a similar level I thought Little Britain in the USA would be a massive mistake, and they should have left it after the last series, but last night I watched it and was that impressed with the 'talking dog' that I'm still chuckling at it now.

I honestly thought they'd milked everything they could out of the series
Bubbles is supebly cringeworthy but the two blokes in the gym at the end of last nights episode left me with tears in my eyes and a little bit of vomit in the back of my throat ... outstandingly funny and vomit inducing at the same time ... particulary 'shaving the bikini line'!
I enjoyed the scene with the yank cop showing off his "small" collection of 2000 guns on the first episode.
 
#20
I'm old enough to remember the first series, and didn't think that much of it (Blackie). If my addled brain serves, it was aired on a Thursday or Friday night, round about closing time in the days when kicking out time was 2230-2300, ding ding.

The only line I can remember from that series is one of Brian Blessed's - "Love thy neighbour as thyself, unless he's a Turk - in which case kill the bastard". Prophetic, in a way.

It definately got better after Elton got involved.

In the intervening period between series 1 & 2, he was making a name for himself as an 'alternative' comedic geezer. Making on you were an authentic working class 'erb did wonders for a media career, at the time, - bit of talent, rub a bit of coal dust on the fingers, knock a few 'H's off the accent, and away you go. Right on, brother. Cambridge was hell at the time.
The early days were what the media call 'innovative', and what the rest of us called 'an average night on the piss'. Making use of what passed for 'daring new material' (I believe he was still dodging the Imperial Leather, somewhere), but which would have passed for polite conversation in the average NAAFI at the time. And a career was born.
He was a much better writer than performer. In his C4 performing days, he was the archetypal 'come and punch me ' student/ squaddie Fig 11 hate figure.

When he got involved with Blackadder, his talent came out, series 2 onwards. Still sort of Squaddie humour though (though he didn't know it, never having been one).

And I've known (and read, in the NAAFI, at it's best), stuff which is at least as 'shocking' and genuinely funny as anything Blackadder came up with, and much of it produced by people who I would consider more
worthy of producing it, rather than poseurs who've never taken a chance on their own personal safety.

Unless it's one of those media-inspired 'Aren't We Great' urban myths, the slo-mo scene in the last episode where the chaps 'go over' the top to clobber Harry Hun, is supposed to be the single scene in drama production history which provoked the greatest ever public reaction, regarding phonecalls etc.

I'd forgotten Peter Cook appeared in it. And Redbeard Rum - 'mad as a mongoose, with a beard you could lose a badger in'.
 
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