History Series / BlackAdder

17th Dec '17 1:25:16 AM Divra
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* MajoredInWesternHypocrisy: The Great Khan of Mongolia and the Duke of Wellington were at Eton together (much to the chagrin of the Prince Regent, who had intended to attempt to escape the Duke's wrath there.)
13th Dec '17 10:52:31 AM Divra
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* DownerEnding: Series four finale; even more remarkable is that the [[KillEmAll same basic ending]] was played for laughs in series one and two. RealitySubtext is to blame for the MoodWhiplash. To put it into perspective, it aired 10 days before Remembrance Sunday with no complaints whatsoever. (Well, almost none -- one woman wrote to the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Times Radio Times]]'' to ask why a comedy would want to show people the terrible things that happened, reminding her of her own husband. Another woman wrote in to ''Points of View'' thanking them for such a beautiful tribute. Ben Elton's uncle, who was a refugee from Nazi Germany and deeply supportive of the British Armed Forces, also gave his nephew earful, but changed his mind and apologized after he saw the second half of the episode, something he hadn't done when it first aired). Though the original ending planned, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbR9-etyN6I here]], wasn't nearly as dramatic or moving -- general consensus is that it was a good thing they changed it.

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* DownerEnding: Series four finale; even more remarkable is that the [[KillEmAll same basic ending]] was played for laughs in series one and two. RealitySubtext is to blame for the MoodWhiplash. To put it into perspective, it aired 10 days before Remembrance Sunday with no complaints whatsoever. (Well, almost none -- one woman wrote to the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Times Radio Times]]'' to ask why a comedy would want to show people the terrible things that happened, reminding her of her own husband. Another woman wrote in to ''Points of View'' thanking them for such a beautiful tribute. Ben Elton's uncle, who was a refugee from Nazi Germany and deeply supportive of the British Armed Forces, also gave his nephew an earful, but changed his mind and apologized after he saw the second half of the episode, something he hadn't done when it first aired). Though the original ending planned, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbR9-etyN6I here]], wasn't nearly as dramatic or moving -- general consensus is that it was a good thing they changed it.
9th Dec '17 3:09:33 PM Divra
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* DistinctionWithoutADifference: "No, George, it's not a ''good old'' service revolver, it's a ''brand-new'' service revolver."

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* DistinctionWithoutADifference: "No, George, it's not a ''good old'' service revolver, it's a ''brand-new'' service revolver.revolver, which I did not order."



* DownerEnding: Series four finale; even more remarkable is that the [[KillEmAll same basic ending]] was played for laughs in series one and two. RealitySubtext is to blame for the MoodWhiplash. To put it into perspective, it aired 10 days before Remembrance Sunday with no complaints whatsoever. (Well, almost none -- one woman wrote to the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Times Radio Times]]'' to ask why a comedy would want to show people the terrible things that happened, reminding her of her own husband. Another woman wrote in to ''Points of View'' thanking them for such a beautiful tribute.) Though the original ending planned, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbR9-etyN6I here]], wasn't nearly as dramatic or moving -- general consensus is that it was a good thing they changed it.

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* DownerEnding: Series four finale; even more remarkable is that the [[KillEmAll same basic ending]] was played for laughs in series one and two. RealitySubtext is to blame for the MoodWhiplash. To put it into perspective, it aired 10 days before Remembrance Sunday with no complaints whatsoever. (Well, almost none -- one woman wrote to the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Times Radio Times]]'' to ask why a comedy would want to show people the terrible things that happened, reminding her of her own husband. Another woman wrote in to ''Points of View'' thanking them for such a beautiful tribute.) Ben Elton's uncle, who was a refugee from Nazi Germany and deeply supportive of the British Armed Forces, also gave his nephew earful, but changed his mind and apologized after he saw the second half of the episode, something he hadn't done when it first aired). Though the original ending planned, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbR9-etyN6I here]], wasn't nearly as dramatic or moving -- general consensus is that it was a good thing they changed it.
29th Nov '17 6:21:50 PM DrVonOppendown
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** The opening credits of "Goes Forth" at least shows Captain Blackadder at the head of a large platoon of soldiers as they're parading, and other soldiers in the trench are often referred to in conversation.

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** The opening credits of "Goes Forth" at least shows Captain Blackadder at the head of a large platoon of soldiers as they're parading, and other soldiers in the trench are often referred to in conversation. It's almost a dead cert that, by the time they go over the top, the daily attrition of trench warfare had reduced his command to those unlucky few.
22nd Nov '17 7:06:35 PM nombretomado
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'''Darling:''' Erm, not all that good, Blackadder. Rather hoped I'd get through [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the whole show]]; go back to work at [[StealthInsult Pratt]] & Sons; [[{{Cricket}} keep wicket]] for the Croydon gentlemen; [[MyGirlBackHome marry Doris...]]

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'''Darling:''' Erm, not all that good, Blackadder. Rather hoped I'd get through [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the whole show]]; go back to work at [[StealthInsult Pratt]] & Sons; [[{{Cricket}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}} keep wicket]] for the Croydon gentlemen; [[MyGirlBackHome marry Doris...]]
14th Nov '17 9:11:41 PM PaulA
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** General Melchett attended Cambridge with [[Creator/HughLaurie George's]] [[IdenticalGrandson Uncle]] [[JeevesAndWooster Bertie]].

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** General Melchett attended Cambridge with [[Creator/HughLaurie George's]] [[IdenticalGrandson Uncle]] [[JeevesAndWooster [[Series/JeevesAndWooster Bertie]].
14th Nov '17 12:27:41 AM TimeLordVictorious
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See also ''Series/FawltyTowers'', which was the show's main influence and the main reason why [[ToughActToFollow it wasn't set in contemporary times]].
13th Nov '17 11:46:38 AM PrimeEvil
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* AndThisIsFor: In ''Back and Forth'', one of Blackadder's kicks to Shakespeare is for the Kenneth Branagh version of ''Hamlet''.
13th Nov '17 12:50:44 AM DariusAngel
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* SpeechImpediment: Partial meta example -- Rowan Atkinson has a stutter, especially having trouble with words that begin with hard consonants such as "Bob". This gives us his wonderful plosive pronunciation of "Bob'''b'''", which Stephen Fry has on record described as "sexy".

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* SpeechImpediment: Partial meta example -- Rowan Atkinson has a stutter, especially having trouble with words that begin with hard consonants such as "Bob". This gives us his wonderful plosive pronunciation of "Bob'''b'''", which Stephen Fry has on record described as "sexy"."Bob'''b'''".
12th Nov '17 8:42:07 PM DariusAngel
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* BrickJoke: When trying to get out of his arranged marriage to the Infanta, Blackadder takes Baldrick's suggestion that he pretend to [[IncompatibleOrientation "prefer the company of men"]], as does the Earl of Doncaster. He does this by dressing up and acting CampGay. Later, his father sees him like this and greets him with "Morning, Doncaster!". Even the peasant whose wife he tries to marry tells his wife that Edmund isn't the Prince, he's the Duke of Doncaster.

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* BrickJoke: When trying to get out of his arranged marriage to the Infanta, Blackadder takes Baldrick's suggestion that he pretend to [[IncompatibleOrientation "prefer the company of men"]], as does the Earl of Doncaster. He does this by dressing up and acting CampGay. Later, his father sees him like this and greets him with "Morning, Doncaster!". Even the peasant whose wife he tries to marry tells his wife that Edmund isn't the Prince, he's the Duke Earl of Doncaster.
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