Blackadder

1983, TV Show

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The highly acclaimed final series finds a world-weary Captain Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) stationed on the Western Front during World War I. Having joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive, he's not overjoyed to be in the trenches facing four million German machine guns. It would be slightly more bearable if General Melchett's battle plans were less suicidal and if Private Baldrick's cooking wasn't confined to rat.

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Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean, Johnny English) and Tony Robinson star in this classic comedy that re-writes the annals of history. The Blackadder saga begins with a medieval tale of disaster and drollery. Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh, is the slimy and much-despised younger son of King Richard IV. Haunted by his uncle Richard III whom he killed by mistake, he lurks in the castle corridors of power, scheming to get the better of his splendid elder brother, Harry.

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Season 3 of this classic comedy starring Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson sees the fortunes of the Blackadder family somewhat in decline with the advent of the Regency period. Edmund is now butler and confidante to George, the Prince Regent, a dandified dunderhead who can't even figure out how to put on his own pantaloons. But it's an ideal opportunity for Blackadder to make buckets of cash, and even become Prince Regent himself. Unfortunately, he veers from calamity to disaster with little in the way of constructive help from his imbecilic Lord and Master -- or Baldrick, of whom the least said the better.

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The highly acclaimed final series finds a world-weary Captain Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) stationed on the Western Front during World War I. Having joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive, he's not overjoyed to be in the trenches facing four million German machine guns. It would be slightly more bearable if General Melchett's battle plans were less suicidal and if Private Baldrick's cooking wasn't confined to rat.

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Patsy Byrne, Blackadder Actress, Dies at 80

Patsy Byrne, who played Nursie on Season 2 of the BBC series Blackadder, has died. She was 80.

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Premiered: June 15, 1983, on BBC One
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Biting satire of British history focuses on a weaselly liar named Edmund and his thick sidekick, Baldrick, as they stumble into one jam after another. The series combines sharp verbal barbs, farcical situations and brilliant send-ups of historical figures. Star Rowan Atkinson (`Mr. Bean') co-created the series with Richard Curtis, who later penned `Four Weddings and a Funeral,' `Notting Hill' and `Love Actually.'

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