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BLACKADDER (article first published : 2004-01-17)

Rowan Atkinson re-emerges as a direct descendant of the Elizabethan Blackadder for the third series of Blackadder on BBC Prime on DStv.

In Blackadder the Third on January 20 at 20h30, the scene shifts to Regency England where George III is no longer the power in the land: “Which is a bit of luck since at present he thinks he's a sausage and keeps throwing away the mustard so no-one will want him for dinner”. The Prime Minister, Pitt the Elder, rules.

Blackadder is found in much-reduced circumstances as butler and confidant to George, the Prince Regent (Hugh Laurie), and in the first programme, Rotton Boroughs, dabbles in politics. In a bid to outwit Pitt the Younger and his brother, Pitt the Even Younger, Blackadder enters his gruesome servant Baldrick (Tony Robinson) for Parliament with the minimum bribe of one turnip. His slogan is, “a rotten candidate for a rotten borough”.

Blackadder Goes Forth on February 3 at 20h30. Set in 1917, it marks the reappearance of Rowan Atkinson as Captain Edmund Blackadder.

Captain Blackadder has already served his King and Country warmly in Barbados, Tobago, Hong Kong, Malta and the Seychelles. Now, Blackadder finds himself posted up to his knees in mud in the middle of the most senseless war in history. His only thought is to get out of it, in any way he can – war artist, air ace, spymaster, certifiable lunatic, theatre director – no job is too low, no mission too safe, for him to volunteer for.

Also starring are Tony Robinson as Private Baldrick and Hugh Laurie as Second Lieutenant the Honourable George Colthurst St Barleigh. Stephen Fry is General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett with his unfortunate sidekick Captain Darling being played by Tim McInnerny.




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