Black Adder the Third (1987)

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In the 19th century Regency era, Mr E. Blackadder serves as butler to the foppish numskull Prince George amidst the fads and crazes of the time.

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 Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince / ... (6 episodes, 1987)
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 The Prince Regent, their master (6 episodes, 1987)
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During the Regency period, the insane King George III's stark raving mad son, George, is the Prince Regent of Wales. Vulgar and staggeringly slow-and-dim-witted, George exhausts the country's money and would surely be dead by know were it not for his dry, angry, bitter, arrogant and cynical butler, Edmund Blackadder, Esq. Blackadder is an ex-aristocrat who has lost his family fortune and been reduced to servant-hood, and full of loathing knowing he should have a better position then serving a lunatic. Sod-Off Baldrick is his dirty, smelly peasant servant, and Mrs. Miggins is an annoying cheerful coffee-shoppe owner who is too stupid to understand most of Mr. Blackadder's insults. Written by Bloggers!

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Though this is fictitious, Hugh Laurie's portrayal of Prince George (later George IV) is reportedly accurate. Prince George was made regent in the absence of his father (George III) and was immediately hated by his people. He reportedly lived only for pleasure and didn't care about the public who through taxes had to foot the bill. This also explains the otherwise incongruous references in this series to George (played by the noticeably slender Hugh Laurie) having a weight problem - in reality the prince regent's indulgent life style resulted in him being obese. See more »

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Blackadder: I have come up with a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel.
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Among the books that Blackadder peruses during the opening credits are:
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  • The Blackadder's Progress


  • Rise and Fall


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  • Encyclopaedia Blackaddica Vol XIX FUN to HUG


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  • Blackadder Unbound


  • Landscape Gardening by Capability Brownadder


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  • Blackadder's Bedside Cockfighting Companion


  • The Blackadder of Calcutta


  • (...)


  • Blackadder Book of Martyrs


  • The Blackobite Rebellion


  • Old Blackamore's Almanac Second Edition


  • Sir Francis Blackadder (Letters?)


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The opposite of Baldrick's trousers!
14 October 2006 | by (LA) – See all my reviews

Holy crap this is so hysterical! Why aren't American comedies written like this? For anybody who thinks comedy has to be dumb-- there is more wit and intelligence in the six episodes of this series than in a shelf of novels! Hugh Laurie is a complete hoot. I couldn't believe it was the same guy as House! There are so many great lines and gags in this series you could watch each show dozens of times and still pick up on new things each time. Rowan Atkinson is hilarious as the verbose and put upon butler Edmund. This is my favorite of all the Blackadder series. And Tony Robinson is wonderful as ever as the somewhat obtuse heart of the series, "the oppressed mass" Baldrick. Some of my favorite lines: "When someone messes with a Wellington he really puts his foot in it" and Baldrick explaining how he got his name and cousin Macadder "the top kipper salesman" and homicidal swordsman from Scotland.


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