Top Ten Blackadder Moments #5

Blackadder III

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.

Dr Johnson’s Dictionary

In episode two of Blackadder The Third entitled Ink and Incapability the Prince Regent (a brilliant Hugh Laurie) wants to improve his mind and invites Dr Samuel Johnson (a marvellous Robbie Coltrane) to the palace. Dr Johnson is looking for a patron of his new book, The Dictionary, which the Prince hears is a masterpiece but Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) thinks is a waste of time. In fact Blackadder has a vendetta against Dr Johnson after sending him a novel of his, Edmund: A Butler’s Tale, by Gertrude Perkins which Dr Johnson has never responded to.

When Dr Johnson arrives at the palace and presents his dictionary he professes it contains every word in the English language. Eager to undermine Dr Johnson Blackadder announces he would like to offer his “most enthusiastic contrafribularities.” Dr Johnson immediately looks concerned and begins writing down the new word after Blackadder assures him it is a common one. However, Blackadder quickly follows up with “Oh, I’m sorry, sir. I’m anispeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulation.” Dr Johnson is left frantically writing down every word before Blackadder hints he has been joking. That doesn’t stop him from taking his leave of the Prince and Dr Johnson by saying, “I shall return interfrastically.” This is another wonderful scene.

Top Ten so far:-

5) Dr Johnson’s Dictionary

6) Bagged Up

7) Lord Flashheart’s Unforgettable Entrance

8) Blackadder on Trial

9) Captain Rum

10) Suicide Pills

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Dave Brown

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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