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.
In the fifth episode of Blackadder II entitled Beer Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) is hosting a meal for his puritanical aunt (Miriam Margoyles) and uncle (Daniel Thorndike) who wish to discuss his inheritance. Due to a typical display of bravado before Queen Elizabeth I (Miranda Richardson), Blackadder also agrees to a drinking contest with his court rival Lord Melchett (Stephen Fry) but inadvertently arranges it for the same night as his relatives’ visit. Unable to rearrange the drinking contest Blackadder tries to keep both occasions in the same house separate!
A few minor incidents such as drunken roars, a thingy shaped turnip and Blackadder forgetting to remove a pair of fake breasts donned by each of his drunken guests (“Oh my God my ear muffs have fallen down!”) are not enough to ruin the evening. However, Blackadder is put to the test when the meal with his aunt and uncle is interrupted by a drunken monk (William Hootkins) who bursts in, staggers over to the fireplace, and proceeds to vomit. Once finished he heads out of the room but not before shouting “Great booze up, Edmund!” Blackadder is left with a fiercely pious aunt to answer to. When she demands an explanation of what the monk meant by “Great booze up,” Blackadder has to think his way quickly out of a very tight spot. He takes his time mulling over an excuse before delivering arguably the greatest recovery you will ever see. This is pure genius.
Top Ten so far:-
4) Great Boo
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