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Blackadder Goes Forth: Season 1: Episode 6 -- Edmund and Lt. Barley share a nice rat stroganoff in their tent when word arrives that tomorrow morning the troops are going "over the top." Could a feigned bout of insanity put Edmund on the road to Calais?


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28 September 1989 (UK) See more »
Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 6)

Series Directed by
Richard Boden (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Writing credits
Richard Curtis (6 episodes, 1989)
Ben Elton (6 episodes, 1989)

Series Produced by
John Lloyd .... producer (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Film Editing by
Chris Wadsworth (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Production Design by
Chris Hull (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Costume Design by
Annie Hardinge (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Makeup Department
Caroline Noble .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Production Management
Duncan Cooper .... production manager (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Art Department
Jayne Libotte .... props buyer (6 episodes, 1989)
Graham McCallum .... graphic designer (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Sound Department
Martin Deane .... sound supervisor (6 episodes, 1989)
Nick Way .... deputy sound supervisor (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Visual Effects by
Roger Turner .... visual effects (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Hoare .... camera supervisor (6 episodes, 1989)
Henry Barber .... lighting director (5 episodes, 1989)
Series Editorial Department
Carol Abbott .... vision mixer (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Music Department
The Band of the 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment {The Pompadours} .... title music played by (6 episodes, 1989)
Howard Goodall .... composer: title music / music arranger: title music (6 episodes, 1989)
Tim Parkinson .... bandmaster (6 episodes, 1989)
Series Other crew
J. Kennedy .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1989)
Vanessa Sharples .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1989)
Mike Chislett .... technical coordinator (5 episodes, 1989)

Mark Shelley .... weapons armorer (unknown episodes)

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175 min | 30 min (6 episodes)
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Writers Ben Elton and Richard Curtis wrote the episode scripts separately using word processors and then swapped their own scripts with each other to edit jokes/dialogue. Curtis recalls that they stuck to a policy whereby if one removed a line for not being funny, then it was never put back.See more »
Factual errors: Throughout the series, Blackadder and George, both front-line officers in the trenches, are show with their rank insignia displayed on their cuffs, whereas Melchett and Darling, staff officers, are shown with their rank insignia on their shoulders. In reality, this would have been reversed: Cuff insignia was the standard, but front-line officers were allowed to wear their's on their shoulders to make them less conspicuous to snipers. Shoulder insignia eventually became an army-wide personal option in 1917, and made permanent in 1920 when the cuff insignia was abolished completely.See more »
[repeated line]
Private Baldrick:I have a cunning plan.
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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Fine sitcom, 21 February 2001
Author: Tom May ( from United Kingdom

Probably the best of the four series, although the last three are all on a par really. The usual excellent one-liners, witticisms and comic characters are there, but with a very serious, tragic context. There is an added pathos, particularly in the last episode, "Goodbyeeee", which is one of the finest half-hours of comedy no less. The second episode, "Corporal Punishment" is surely one of the very best Blackadders, with Blackadder murdering Melchett's pigeon, Speckled Jim... A hilarious episode there. Yes, maybe the plots are more consistent and original in series 2, but this series makes the best use of the historical period, which is, of course, World War 1. Special mention must be made of Rowan Atkinson's consistently excellent portrayal of the cynical Blackadder, Stephen Fry gives one of the finest caricatured performances you'll ever see as the insane Gen. Melchett and the excellent Hugh Laurie impresses as the ever-optimistic yet idiotic Bertie Wooster-type, Young George. A must-see, even if you've seen it so many times before... If you haven't yet seen it, a veritable feast awaits. Rating:- ***** (out of *****)

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