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.
Red Beard Rum
In the third episode of Blackadder II entitled Potato Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) is unimpressed with Sir Walter Raleigh (Simon Jones) who comes to Queen Elizabeth I’s (Miranda Richardson) court with tales of his adventures. Eager to regain favour with the queen, Blackadder reveals he has planned an expedition of his own to the Cape of Good Hope and via some far from subtle questioning of Sir Walter he finds there is only one captain mad enough to attempt the journey where no sailor has ever come back alive!
Blackadder heads for The Old Seadog and meets with Captain Redbeard Rum (an unforgettable Tom Baker) who is “long on beard, short on legs.” Trying to negotiate the charter of Rum’s ship Blackadder finds the captain is frequently distracted into comparisons of Blackadder’s many features with those of a woman. For each comparison Rum wagers that that part of Blackadder hasn’t experienced an example of the weird and fantastic adventures to be had out in the open sea. Red Beard Rum is delightful in this episode and proves too much for Blackadder who is ready to walk away but eventually does a deal with the captain. It’s only when the ship is chartered that Rum reveals he has no legs but Blackadder has already committed to a voyage of discovery and what a voyage it turns out to be!
Top Ten so far:-
9) Captain Rum
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