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.
The Conversation with the Young Crone
The first episode of Blackadder II entitled Bells sees Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) facing a sexuality crisis when he takes on a servant called Bob (Gabrielle Glaister) and finds himself drawn to the boy, who he later discovers is a woman. After visiting a Doctor who prescribes leeches to cure every ailment, Blackadder reluctantly takes the advice of Baldrick (Tony Robinson) who suggests he should visit the Wise Woman (Barbara Miller.) On arrival Blackadder is met by a laughing Young Crone (Sadie Shimmin) and what follows is comic gold.
Engaging the Young Crone in conversation Blackadder tries to confirm he’s in the right location and receives a response of “That it be!” Blackadder immediately corrects the Young Crone’s use of words and insists she can speak properly as he isn’t a tourist. This scene is so high in this list because it contains my favourite ever Blackadder line. Asking for information about the Wise Woman, the Young Crone confirms there are two things Blackadder must know about her, the two things being she’s a woman and she’s wise. When Blackadder guesses what the second of the two things are the Young Crone asks, “You do know her then?” to which Blackadder replies brilliantly, “No, just a wild stab in the dark which is, incidentally, what you’ll be getting if you don’t start being a bit more helpful.” I never tire of the scene and that line for me sums up the quick but brutal wit of Edmund Blackadder.
Top Ten so far:-
2) The Conversation with the Young Crone
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