Top Ten Blackadder Moments #10

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I do love comedy especially when it comes to a sitcom. Over the years I’ve enjoyed some truly wonderful series such as Fawlty Towers, Father Ted, Spaced, Scrubs and Peep Show but if you were to ask me for my personal favourite I will always say Blackadder. Though the first series was good it didn’t mark Blackadder out as one of the great comedies it later became. Rowan Atkinson relinquished himself of writing duties for the second series while Richard Curtis joined with Ben Elton and together they fashioned the most brilliant comedy I have ever seen. Series 2 is my favourite but 3 and 4 are not far behind. The historical settings are also a plus but the genius of Blackadder is the script and the delivery by such comical geniuses as Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. It’s been a challenge but I have compiled my ten favourite moments from this comedy masterpiece. ‘I have a cunning plan’ dear readers, why don’t you share this gem with the rest of the world.

Suicide Pills

In the third episode of Blackadder The Third entitled Nob and Nobility the Prince Regent (Hugh Laurie) is enjoying drinks with two lords, Smedley (Nigel Planer) and Topper (Tim McInnerny) and the trio are in awe of the famous Scarlet Pimpernell who has rescued French aristocrats from the Revolution sweeping throughout France. Scornful of the Scarlet Pimpernell, Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) reluctantly agrees to a bet that he can rescue a French aristocrat from France and bring him back to England. Blackadder simply meets a Frenchman in London Le Comte de Frou Frou who agrees to pretend Blackadder has rescued him.

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Arriving at the French Embassy, Blackadder finds French revolutionaries have taken over with one (Chris Barrie) seemingly in charge. He imprisons Blackadder, Baldrick (Tony Robinson) and Frou Frou, the latter giving his cell mates suicide pills should they have to face torture or execution. When Frou Frou is taken away Baldrick eagerly awaits the arrival of the Scarlet Pimpernell leaving Blackadder to pour further scorn over the famous hero. The French Revolutionary later appears with a fearsome French woman in tow who is ready to torture and kill Blackadder and Baldrick only for Blackadder to give her a cup of wine with a suicide pill in. After drinking the wine the woman reveals she is in fact Lord Smedley who was in the Prince Regent’s palace at the start of the episode. He thanks his fortune that he arrived to rescue Blackadder and Baldrick before they took any suicide pills, leaving Blackadder to question what happens to someone if they do take them. Smedley gives a very detailed demonstration to hilarious effect!

Top Ten so far:-

10) Suicide Pills

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I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England and have always been a bookworm and enjoyed creative writing at school. In 1999 I created the Elencheran Chronicles and have been writing ever since. My first novel, Fezariu's Epiphany, was published in May 2011. When not writing I'm a lover of films, games, books and blogging. I live in Barnsley, with my wife, Donna, and our six cats - Kain, Razz, Buggles, Charlie, Bilbo and Frodo.
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  1. Fabulous! But it's Hugh Laurie's Prince who makes it for me. I always loved him, similarly Miranda Richardson's Queenie in the previous series. Brilliant characterisations, both of them. Still a big Laurie fan, Sky please bring House back soon!

    1. Keep an eye on the rest of the Top 10, the genius that is Hugh Laurie pops up on more than once occasion. Absolutely agree about his portrayal of the Prince Regent. It must have been tough joining the cast in the third series after two guest appearances in series two but he was just as good as Rowan Atkinson. Comedy gold for me and it always will be. Thank you for your very kind feedback. It's always nice to hear what others have to say. I hope you enjoy the rest of the Top 10 though I know you won't agree with all of my choices. Would be interesting to hear your Top 10 as well. Thanks again for reading :)

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