Start the New Year off right with Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot on BBC One

The UK Christmas Day to New Year’s Day tradition of great telly just gets better and better with every passing year. Besides the usual obligatory specials from Eastenders, Coronation Street and Doctor Who to look forward to, in recent years those lucky ones to receive the BBC and ITV signal have been treated to specials from Call the Midwife, […]

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Capt Blackadder and Private Baldrick were real! Who knew?

With the 100th anniversary of World War I just around the corner on 28 July, news comes out of the UK that there actually was a real-life Captain Blackadder and Private Baldrick. According to military genealogy company, Forces War Records, not only that but just by doing a bit of Sherlockian research they quickly discovered a […]

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R.I.P. – Rik Mayall

More sad news from the world of comedy. Rik Mayall (pictured at left below), the co-creator/writer and star of The Young Ones has passed away at the age of 56.   Not long after I was introduced to the likes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers on public television, along came this somewhat […]

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'Blackadder' at the center of The Great War 2.0 debate

It seems as though the British comedy Blackadder is at the center of a lingering controversy some 25 years after the last episode premiered on BBC One in 1989. The debate is heating up as the 4th August of this year will be the 100th anniversary of when Great Britain entered World War I in […]

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Baldrick's latest 'cunning plan' involves Prince William

That’s “Sir Baldrick” to you… Tony Robinson, the star of the hit BBC comedy, Blackadder, was knighted for public and political service by the Duke of Cambridge at an investiture ceremony held at Buckingham Palace this past week. As William stepped in to represent the Queen who is suffering from ankle discomfort following a busy […]

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What? Blackadder at German prisoner-of-war camp, Colditz Castle?

Unfortunately, we’ve all heard the endless rumors before. The last one was the idea of setting Blackadder in the swingin’ 60’s as a Dave Clark Five-type band with a drummer by the name of Bald Rick. The newest addition to the rumor mill making its way around the Internets has Blackadder in the German prisoner-of-war […]

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As Blackadder turns 30, Richard Curtis talks about the final scene

With a huge tip of the hat to The Telegraph for getting the conversation going, we celebrate the brilliance that started out as simply…The Black Adder some 30 years ago. Premiering on 14 June 1983, the Richard Curtis/Rowan Atkinson creation turned 30 this past Friday at 9:25pm GMT. Curtis and Atkinson co-wrote series one, with […]

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That's Sir Baldrick to you…

For almost 500 years, from 1485 to 1917, he was the faithful manservant whose endless supply of cunning plans never quite elevated him beyond the level of Edmund Blackadder’s rather unhygienic servant. But, last Friday, the same night that Blackadder, the second most popular British sitcom of all-time (according to the 2004 Britain’s Best Sitcom […]

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