Top Ten Blackadder Moments #7

Blackadder II

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.

Lord Flashheart’s Unforgettable Entrance

In the first episode of Blackadder II entitled Bells Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) finds himself about to get married to a girl called Kate (Gabrielle Glaister) who he previously believed to be a man servant called Bob. It’s a long story! As his best man Blackadder chooses Lord Flashheart (the amazing Rik Mayall) who among many things is the “best kisser in the kingdom.” Though Blackadder is the undoubted highlight of every series, in this particular scene it is Lord Flashheart that dominates proceedings.

Arriving late at the wedding Lord Flashheart enters the court amidst cheers and begins to work his way around the room. First he hands a dagger to Baldrick (Tony Robinson) who is dressed as a bridesmaid before throwing Lord Percy (Tim McInnerny) out of the room. Lord Flashheart’s dialogue is a string of sexual innuendos, “Thanks bridesmaid, like the beard, it gives me something to hang onto” or “Woof! Nursie, I like it firm and fruity.” Lord Flashheart acknowledges each of the guests in turn, leaving everyone in awe of him before he moves onto Blackadder’s bride Kate. Despite being best man at the wedding the relentless Lord Flashheart has no reservations in kissing the bride before whisking her away leaving Blackadder alone with the prospect of marrying the bridesmaid. Lord Flashheart made a more prominent return in Blackadder Goes Forth but it was his turn in Blackadder II that is still the best.

Top Ten so far:-

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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