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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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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This series of Blackadder marked a change in the traditional line-up of characters. The two previous series, The Black Adder (1983) and Black-Adder II (1986) included different historical incarnations of Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson), Baldrick (Tony Robinson) and Lord Percy (Tim McInnerny). This time round the character of Lord Percy wasn't in at all, his role as the foppish fool of the group being replaced by the character of George, Prince Of Wales/The Prince Regent. McInnerny was actually offered the part of George but turned it down as he feared that he would become typecast. He did appear in one episode, playing Lord Topper, The Comte d'Frufru in Nob And Nobility. Hugh Laurie eventually got the part of George, having played two characters in the previous series Blackadder II (Simon Partridge in "Beer" and Prince Ludwig in "Chains"). 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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Edmund Blackadder, A Butler's Tale
31 March 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I think 'Blackadder the Third' is the best one of the series.

Actuelly all the episodes are funny, personally i really like the episode with the 'French invasion', but the one with the superstitious actors, in 'MACBETH' is also really funny, the way Rowan keeps playing on with them is really (English) Humor at the highest level.

Actors: 'Never say that again, always call it the Scottish Play; Blackadder: Oh, So you want me to say the Scottish Play? Actors: YES Blackadder: Rather than MACBETH...!

I am a big fan of Rowan and i have the majority of his work, but i think he did the series of Blackadder especially good.

I Hope Rowan is going to continue his great style, but i think we can count on him, because he is already working on a Bean 2 Movie, that will be out this year, i can't wait...

I Give this 3rd Blackadder a 9 out of 10 Rating.


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