Top Ten Blackadder Moments #6

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.

“Bagged up”

In episode two of Blackadder II entitled Head Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) finds himself appointed as the new Lord High Executioner. Unhappy with the timetable set out for the executions, Blackadder decides to move Lord Farrow to Monday and leaves Baldrick (Tony Robinson) in charge of the executions. Complications arise when Lord Farrow’s wife is beseeching Queen Elizabeth I (Miranda Richardson) for mercy and manages to arrange a visit to see her husband that Blackadder has now had executed. Not wanting to reveal the mix-up Blackadder is forced into drastic action.

In a brief meeting in the prison cells Blackadder wants Baldrick to pose as Lord Farrow but wear a bag on his head to conceal his true identity. This causes confusion as Baldrick thinks he’s wearing the bag because Farrow used to like wearing one while the gaoler, Ploppy (Bill Wallis), explains Farrow wasn’t into wearing bags! After getting the message across about what he has in mind, Blackadder is informed at the last minute that Lord Farrow was tall so Baldrick is no good as a substitute. Blackadder takes on the disguise and the masquerade becomes even more complicated when it’s revealed Lord Farrow only had one arm! Somehow Blackadder gets through this exchange but it is the build up to his encounter with Lady Farrow that is the highlight for me here.

Top Ten so far:-

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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