History Series / Blackadder

29th Mar '17 6:00:58 PM Ebrbfureh
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Series one, written by Creator/RowanAtkinson and Richard Curtis, featured Blackadder as a hapless loser, Baldrick as his more cunning servant, and a series of Shakespearean in-jokes. Much of the humour was reliant on the sort of rubber-faced comic buffoonery Atkinson would later use in ''Series/MrBean''. The show had lots of expensive location footage but was not a ratings success. Nonetheless it was recommissioned for a second series, (albeit with a drastically reduced budget), which, after a change of direction, and writers, GrewTheBeard (literally in the lead character's case) and became extremely well-loved. The show was a smash hit from its second season onwards. Seasons two to four saw Creator/BenElton replacing Atkinson on the writing team, the Blackadder character [[{{Retool}} repurposed]] as the DeadpanSnarker, and a greater emphasis on clever dialogue, running gags, and historical subversion. The retooled show became a comedy institution, although it has resisted several attempts at revival.

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Series one, written by Creator/RowanAtkinson and Richard Curtis, featured Blackadder as a hapless loser, Baldrick as his more cunning servant, and a series of Shakespearean in-jokes. Much of the humour was reliant on the sort of rubber-faced comic buffoonery Atkinson would later use in ''Series/MrBean''. The show had lots of expensive location footage but was not a ratings success. Nonetheless it was recommissioned for a second series, series (albeit with a drastically reduced budget), which, after a change of direction, and writers, GrewTheBeard (literally in the lead character's case) and became extremely well-loved. The show was a smash hit from its second season onwards. Seasons two to four saw Creator/BenElton replacing Atkinson on the writing team, the Blackadder character [[{{Retool}} repurposed]] as the DeadpanSnarker, and a greater emphasis on clever dialogue, running gags, and historical subversion. The retooled show became a comedy institution, although it has resisted several attempts at revival.
29th Mar '17 6:00:37 PM Ebrbfureh
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*** [[ZigzaggedTrope Zig-zagged]], as the actual reason he was arrested was because shooting carrier pigeons was declared a court marshal offence due to "communications problems" (actually Blackadder simply ignoring orders) - however it becomes immediately clear at the trial that all Melchett cares about is the pigeon.

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*** [[ZigzaggedTrope Zig-zagged]], as the actual reason he was arrested was because shooting carrier pigeons was declared a court marshal martial offence due to "communications problems" (actually Blackadder simply ignoring orders) - however -- however, it becomes immediately clear at the trial that all Melchett cares about is the pigeon.



* TheFightingNarcissist - Lord Flashheart.

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* TheFightingNarcissist - -- Lord Flashheart.



* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Titles of series 2 episodes are one word long and pertain to the subject of the episode in question ("Bells" as in wedding bells, "Chains" referring to imprisonment); series 3 uses TheNounAndTheNoun (to reference ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' and ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', which are set in the same era) -- for example "Dish and Dishonesty"; series 4 gives all bar one its titles military ranks with double meanings - "Private Plane," "Major Star," "General Hospital," etc- the exception being "Goodbyeee...", the last one, named after a popular UsefulNotes/WorldWarI song and referencing the episode's famous DownerEnding.

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* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Titles of series 2 episodes are one word long and pertain to the subject of the episode in question ("Bells" as in wedding bells, "Chains" referring to imprisonment); series 3 uses TheNounAndTheNoun (to reference ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' and ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', which are set in the same era) -- for example "Dish and Dishonesty"; series 4 gives all bar one its titles military ranks with double meanings - -- "Private Plane," "Major Star," "General Hospital," etc- the exception being "Goodbyeee...", the last one, named after a popular UsefulNotes/WorldWarI song and referencing the episode's famous DownerEnding.



* ManipulativeBastard - Blackadder himself.

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* ManipulativeBastard - -- Blackadder himself.



** It is implied that the Witchsmeller Pursuivant was really a witch himself, as when he is killed the king recovers from his illness and everything goes back to normal (for them) - or possibly Edmund's mother, who likely ended the spell to keep Edmund from being thought guilty still.

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** It is implied that the Witchsmeller Pursuivant was really a witch himself, as when he is killed the king recovers from his illness and everything goes back to normal (for them) - -- or possibly Edmund's mother, who likely ended the spell to keep Edmund from being thought guilty still.



-->Lord Melchett, Lord Melchett - intelligent and deep.\\
Lord Melchett, Lord Melchett - a shame about the sheep!
* BoldExplorer: In "Potato", the bold explorer Sir Walter Raleigh returns in triumph to England, which makes Blackadder jealous, so when Sir Walter says that even he wouldn't attempt to sail around the Cape of Good Hope, Blackadder tells the court that he's going to do just that. Of course, Blackadder isn't actually bold; his plan is to sail to France and hide out, then return and ''claim'' to have sailed around the Cape. Unfortunately, the ship captain he picked for his expedition isn't capable of making it even as far as France - [[spoiler: they wind up in ''[[LandDownunder Australia]]'', returning with a boomerang for the Queen]].

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-->Lord Melchett, Lord Melchett - -- intelligent and deep.\\
Lord Melchett, Lord Melchett - -- a shame about the sheep!
* BoldExplorer: In "Potato", the bold explorer Sir Walter Raleigh returns in triumph to England, which makes Blackadder jealous, so when Sir Walter says that even he wouldn't attempt to sail around the Cape of Good Hope, Blackadder tells the court that he's going to do just that. Of course, Blackadder isn't actually bold; his plan is to sail to France and hide out, then return and ''claim'' to have sailed around the Cape. Unfortunately, the ship captain he picked for his expedition isn't capable of making it even as far as France - -- [[spoiler: they wind up in ''[[LandDownunder Australia]]'', returning with a boomerang for the Queen]].



* AnachronismStew: The series is set in the Regency era (1811-1820) yet features UsefulNotes/WilliamPittTheYounger who died in 1806 (and was actually 24 when he was elected); Creator/SamuelJohnson finishing his dictionary, which happened in 1755; the French Revolution (1790s); planning the Battle of Trafalgar, which was in 1805; and ending slavery as a radical idea even though it was done in England itself (but not the rest of the empire) in 1772.

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* AnachronismStew: The series is set in the Regency era (1811-1820) (1811Ė1820) yet features UsefulNotes/WilliamPittTheYounger who died in 1806 (and was actually 24 when he was elected); Creator/SamuelJohnson finishing his dictionary, which happened in 1755; the French Revolution (1790s); planning the Battle of Trafalgar, which was in 1805; and ending slavery as a radical idea even though it was done in England itself (but not the rest of the empire) in 1772.



* FictionalPoliticalParty: Going hand-in-hand with the ElectionNight trope (above), the episode "Dish and Dishonesty" uses these, too, in its parody of British election conventions. After the constituent of rotten borough Dunny-on-the-Wold (consisting of nothing more than a tiny plot of land, many farm animals and only one voter) suddenly died, Prince Regent and Blackadder decide to run Baldrick as their own candidate and tip Parliament in their favor. Baldrick runs on behalf of the "Adder Party", a name which becomes much more appropriate when it turns out that Blackadder was both the borough's Returning Officer and lone voter after both died in freak "accidents". Other fictitious parties on the ballot included "Keep Royalty White, Rat Catching and Safe Sewage Residents' Party" and the "Standing at the Back Dressed Stupidly and Looking Stupid Party" (whose party line stands for "the compulsory serving of asparagus at breakfast, free corsets for the under-fives and [[TheTriple the abolition of slavery]]" - though the last one was just put in as a joke).
** The last two are a ShoutOut to two real minor perennial candidates at British elections at the time the show was broadcast -- Bill Boaks, who usually stood as something like "Democratic Monarchist Road Safety White Resident", and Screaming Lord Sutch of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party (which, in their heyday of the 70s and 80s, proposed ludicrous policies. By the 2010s, a couple of them had actually been proposed and enacted by the government - [[HilariousInHindsight much like the reference to the abolition of slavery was implied to be]]).

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* FictionalPoliticalParty: Going hand-in-hand with the ElectionNight trope (above), the episode "Dish and Dishonesty" uses these, too, in its parody of British election conventions. After the constituent of rotten borough Dunny-on-the-Wold (consisting of nothing more than a tiny plot of land, many farm animals and only one voter) suddenly died, Prince Regent and Blackadder decide to run Baldrick as their own candidate and tip Parliament in their favor. Baldrick runs on behalf of the "Adder Party", a name which becomes much more appropriate when it turns out that Blackadder was both the borough's Returning Officer and lone voter after both died in freak "accidents". Other fictitious parties on the ballot included "Keep Royalty White, Rat Catching and Safe Sewage Residents' Party" and the "Standing at the Back Dressed Stupidly and Looking Stupid Party" (whose party line stands for "the compulsory serving of asparagus at breakfast, free corsets for the under-fives and [[TheTriple the abolition of slavery]]" - -- though the last one was just put in as a joke).
** The last two are a ShoutOut to two real minor perennial candidates at British elections at the time the show was broadcast -- Bill Boaks, who usually stood as something like "Democratic Monarchist Road Safety White Resident", and Screaming Lord Sutch of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party (which, in their heyday of the 70s and 80s, proposed ludicrous policies. By the 2010s, a couple of them had actually been proposed and enacted by the government - -- [[HilariousInHindsight much like the reference to the abolition of slavery was implied to be]]).



* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: One plot in 'Dish and Dishonesty' revolves around Edmund getting the Member of Parliament with the worst attendance record -- Sir Talbot Buxomley, MP for Dunny-on-the-Wold -- to turn up to work and vote in the Prince Regentís (Read: Edmundís) favour. Edmund recalls that the one time Sir Talbot did manage to attend the House of Commons ďHe passed water in The Great Hall and passed out in the Speakerís chair.Ē [[note]]It would have been better if he'd done it the other way round. Sleeping in Parliament, even in debates, was not uncommon right up until it was televised in the 1980s (and for a short time afterwards. The Speaker's chair, meanwhile is equipped with a chamber pot and curtains to accommodate exactly the need in which Sir Talbot found himself. Admittedly it's intended for the use of the Speaker, without whose presence Parliament can't sit but still.[[/note]]

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* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: One plot in 'Dish and Dishonesty' revolves around Edmund getting the Member of Parliament with the worst attendance record -- Sir Talbot Buxomley, MP for Dunny-on-the-Wold -- to turn up to work and vote in the Prince Regentís (Read: Edmundís) Regent's (read: Edmund's) favour. Edmund recalls that the one time Sir Talbot did manage to attend the House of Commons ďHe "He passed water in The Great Hall and passed out in the Speakerís Speaker's chair.Ē " [[note]]It would have been better if he'd done it the other way round. Sleeping in Parliament, even in debates, was not uncommon right up until it was televised in the 1980s (and for a short time afterwards. The Speaker's chair, meanwhile is equipped with a chamber pot and curtains to accommodate exactly the need in which Sir Talbot found himself. Admittedly it's intended for the use of the Speaker, without whose presence Parliament can't sit but still.[[/note]]



* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Lord Topper and Lord Smedley[[spoiler: - The Scarlet Pimpernel]].

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* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Lord Topper and Lord Smedley[[spoiler: - -- The Scarlet Pimpernel]].



* 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.) 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.



* HeadDesk: Blackadder's reaction to Baldrick's, quite literally, [[ImplausibleDeniability denying everything]] - including [[TheDitz that his name was Baldrick]].

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* HeadDesk: Blackadder's reaction to Baldrick's, quite literally, [[ImplausibleDeniability denying everything]] - -- including [[TheDitz that his name was Baldrick]].



** In a way, [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] due to the directness and magnitude of the various "butterflies" - usually Blackadder accidentally killing a famous historical figure, leading to no one knowing who that person was in the present, and undoing any of their accomplishments (albeit it absurdly over-the-top fashion).

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** In a way, [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] due to the directness and magnitude of the various "butterflies" - -- usually Blackadder accidentally killing a famous historical figure, leading to no one knowing who that person was in the present, and undoing any of their accomplishments (albeit it absurdly over-the-top fashion).
28th Mar '17 6:26:33 PM Thorion
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* AllThereInTheManual: The dvd "Blackadder Remastered: The Ultimate Edition" comes with Baldrick's family tree. There is an insane amount simply called "Baldrick" that begs the question if the various Baldrick's are all related to each other via father to son.
10th Mar '17 5:14:53 AM Winter
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'''Blackadder:''' So, your father's German, you're half-German and you married a German?[[note]]In fact, although Queen Victoria was indeed half-German, it was her mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld who was German. Her father Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, while a fourth-generation German immigrant, was English by birth, upbringing and culture, though his father was German noble from the Welfen Dynasty, who was also King of Hannover, while his mother was a German princess from Mecklenburg. [[/note]]

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'''Blackadder:''' So, your father's German, you're half-German and you married a German?[[note]]In fact, although Queen Victoria was indeed half-German, it was her mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld who was German. Her father Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, while a fourth-generation German immigrant, was English by birth, upbringing and culture, though his father was German noble from the Welfen Dynasty, who was also King of Hannover, Hanover, while his mother was a German princess from Mecklenburg. [[/note]]
9th Mar '17 10:49:19 AM SmoCro
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'''Blackadder:''' So, your father's German, you're half-German and you married a German?[[note]]In fact, although Queen Victoria was indeed half-German, it was her mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld who was German. Her father Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, while a fourth-generation German immigrant, was English by birth, upbringing and culture, though his father was German noble from the Welfen Dynasty while his mother was a German princess from Mecklenburg. [[/note]]

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'''Blackadder:''' So, your father's German, you're half-German and you married a German?[[note]]In fact, although Queen Victoria was indeed half-German, it was her mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld who was German. Her father Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, while a fourth-generation German immigrant, was English by birth, upbringing and culture, though his father was German noble from the Welfen Dynasty Dynasty, who was also King of Hannover, while his mother was a German princess from Mecklenburg. [[/note]]
9th Mar '17 10:48:00 AM SmoCro
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'''Blackadder:''' So, your father's German, you're half-German and you married a German?[[note]]In fact, although Queen Victoria was indeed half-German, it was her mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld who was German. Her father Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, while a fourth-generation German immigrant, was English by birth, upbringing and culture.[[/note]]

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'''Blackadder:''' So, your father's German, you're half-German and you married a German?[[note]]In fact, although Queen Victoria was indeed half-German, it was her mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld who was German. Her father Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, while a fourth-generation German immigrant, was English by birth, upbringing and culture.culture, though his father was German noble from the Welfen Dynasty while his mother was a German princess from Mecklenburg. [[/note]]
25th Feb '17 9:25:57 AM WildeOscar
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** Also, HoYay: George doesn't seem to mind much that Melchett fell in love with him.
15th Feb '17 10:42:55 PM Chabal2
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* NotAnAct: Blackadder has had a man executed prematurely without anyone knowing, but the man's wife begs the queen for one last meeting. Blackadder is forced to impersonate him lest ''he'' get the chop, and does so with a bag over his head, insisting on Baldrick only allowing them two minutes. Blackadder manages to impersonate the husband to the point where she starts to go down on him, which of course is the moment an unusually-competent Baldrick comes in to declare that their time's up. Blackadder's "No it isn't" is entirely heartfelt.
27th Jan '17 3:13:17 PM nighttrainfm
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* HotConsort: Marian in ''Blackadder Back & Forth'', to [[spoiler: King Edmund III]].

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Marian in ''Blackadder Back & Forth'', to [[spoiler: King Edmund III]].


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* SwitchToEnglish: Inverted in Back and Forth. The Roman-era characters all speak in English...until Melchett compliments them for practising the language, and switches to Latin.
2nd Jan '17 2:05:02 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FreudWasRight: In-universe; she doesn't realise it, but Queenie's description of her dreams suggest that the Virgin Queen badly wants to get laid:
-->I have some pretty wild dreams you know. The other day I dreamt [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar there was this big tree, and I was sitting right on top of it... and then I dreamt I was a sausage roll]]...
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