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'Blackadder Goes Forth? Sorry you're wrong': readers on the definitive series of the best TV shows

In response to our critics’s thoughts on the best TV seasons you have been telling us about the ones that should have made the cut

From vehemently disagreeing with our critics’s choice of Blackadder Goes Forth to debating whether series four of Buffy is really better than series six, readers have been vocal below the line. Here are some of your suggestions on the best series we overlooked, and other shows we missed out.

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The Sopranos to Blackadder – what are the definitive series of the best TV shows?

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Blackadder Goes Forth? Sorry you’re wrong’: readers on the definitive series of the best TV showsThis article contains opinions some may find offensive … and spoilers for every show mentioned

Long before it became fashionable for a TV show to change setting and storyline between seasons, Richard Curtis and Ben Elton’s historical sitcom visited the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Then, in the cunningly titled Blackadder Goes Forth, they settled in 1917 in the French trenches of the first world war. With Rowan Atkinson’s Captain Edmund Blackadder awaiting orders from Stephen Fry’s insane General Melchett to run towards German gunfire with Private Baldrick (Tony Robinson) and the stupidly patriotic Lieutenant George (Hugh Laurie), the series is the best of the Blackadder quartet.
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20 fantastic film and TV idents

Jenny Morrill Jan 27, 2017

From BBC Video to Thx, Jenny offers her personal countdown of her favourite idents...

I've never really understood how TV works. All I know is that someone does something a bit entertaining somewhere, and then people use magic to somehow make it come on your TV. Aliens might be involved.

Thanks to idents, though, I'm reminded that production companies and channels are responsible for making TV and film happen, rather than magic and aliens. These little snippets of credit are sadly overlooked by a lot of people, yet they make fascinating viewing, if you're me.

Here, in no particular order, are 20 of my favourite TV and film idents. Some are creepy, some are nostalgic, and some are hilarious, but they're all memorable in their own way.

1. Channel 4

Apart from the Intel Inside jingle, I can't think of another four notes that have become so deeply ingrained in the collective consciousness.
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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 20 - 1

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It's the final entry in Wesley's top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time list, numbers 20 to 1. Merry Christmas to all!

Read entries 100 - 81 here, entries 80 - 61 here, entries 60 - 41 here, and entries 40 - 21 here.

Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series, and it’s long been a festive ritual of mine to wheel out old
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Peep Show series 9 episode 6 review: Are We Going To Be Alright?

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Peep Show stays true to nine series of brilliant comedic form in its finale. So are Mark and Jez going to be alright? Well...

A renowned novelist (well, an actor pretending to be a renowned novelist in Showtime’s The Affair) once said “if you’ve laid all your cards out in the proper order, the ending should flow. It should feel inevitable. At some point, fate takes over a story and even the author himself loses control.” If last week’s doom-tinged episode of Peep Show was the harbinger of a dark fate, this week saw the apocalypse itself unfold in all its lovely destructive glory. The End Times finally came to Peep Show and inevitably enough, with all the cards finally on the table we learnt that in the sad, self-absorbed lives of Mark and Jez, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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Blackadder: 8 brilliant moments that prove we need it back on TV

Talk of a possible Blackadder comeback has got us all excited, even if this isn't the first time we've been told a revival for Rowan Atkinson's devious anti-hero is on the cards. Or the second. Or the third.

But there's something about the prospect of meeting Edmund Blackadder again that thrills us every single time. 26 years since 'Goodbyeee' and there's been no one quite like him since.

These are the magical moments that made Atkinson's collaboration with Richard Curtis and Ben Elton so memorable - the sort of comedic gems we'd love to see replicated in 2015.

1. I'm not a tourist

Perhaps the ultimate example of Blackadder's ability to poke fun at the conventions of its period setting(s) in a wonderfully modern manner.

On the hunt for "deranged druid" the Wise Woman, Edmund encounters a young crone: "Is this Putney?" he asks. "That it be," she rasps. "Yes it is,
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A cunning plan: if Blackadder returns, where and when should it be set?

Tony Robinson has suggested that Blackadder might go forth for a fifth series, but which historical era should Edmund and Baldrick visit next? From Roman England to present-day Washington, here are a few suggestions

In 1989, Blackadder Goes Forth culminated with a chorus of shrill whistles and an ashen-faced platoon of soldiers going over the top. As finales for comedies go, it was memorable, deeply moving and will likely never be bettered. But that hasn’t stopped Tony Robinson from dropping some heavy hints that Rowan Atkinson’s other Mr B might return to our screens. While promoting his new show Time Crashers – where celebs tackle dirty work worthy of Baldrick – Robinson implied promising discussions had taken place among the key Blackadder talent. If Edmund’s family tree did sprout again, here are five settings where the fifth Blackadder might thrive.

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21 Doctor Who stories better than their reputation suggests

From the Macra to The Mysterious Planet, Andrew finds the gold in oft-unloved Doctor Who episodes from across the decades...

For the show's fiftieth anniversary, Doctor Who Magazine ran a new poll ranking the 241 stories up to and including The Time Of The Doctor. The Twin Dilemma came last again, having done so in 2009 survey, and though it does have many faults, it isn't completely bad. Colin Baker blazes his way haughtily through it, and the story noticeably lacks energy when he's off screen. Perhaps it might have been marginally better just to have had the Sixth Doctor and Peri go to a Little Chef so he could complain about the service.

In the lower half of the poll (compiled by people rating all the stories out of ten) are some pretty good stories, or at least ones that arguably don't deserve to be there. We've therefore compiled a list
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Ben Elton: Michael Gove made a complete arse of himself over Blackadder

Ben Elton has fought back against Michael Gove's criticism of Blackadder Goes Forth earlier this year.

The then-Education Secretary was trying to set the tone for the nation marking the centenary of World War One's outbreak, and used Blackadder as an example in his argument that the war was being framed as a "series of catastrophic mistakes".

Speaking to The Telegraph, Elton said: "Michael Gove made a complete arse of himself over Blackadder. He is not a bad man but it was a monumentally stupid observation to say that we are not gung-ho enough about the war.

"Gove's comment was ill-thought-out and very silly. He said we had got the idea the war was 'an unmitigated human disaster, a series of appalling catastrophes and appallingly led'. Well, yes. What is there in those words that is wrong?

"We're not saying anybody did it deliberately or that there was a
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Tony Robinson on new Wwi series: 'I have increased respect for Blackadder'

Sir Tony Robinson has spoken of his "journey of discovery" while filming his latest Discovery Channel series.

Tony Robinson's World War I will see the Blackadder and Time Team star documenting the war using the recent discovery of thousands of 3D stereoscopic images taken at the time.

Action sequences and interviews with historians will tell the story of the Great War, with each episode focusing on a different year of the conflict.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Robinson said that he was amazed so many 3D photographs had been found.

"I didn't know anything about it, I don't think many people did know that all these 3D images existed," he said. "I was approached at the beginning of the year and I thought they would be talking about five photos or something.

"But there's hundreds of thousands of these bloody things out there, but no-one has ever catalogued them or
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5 Reasons Fry And Laurie Should Reunite

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We Brits are known for our sense of class, or to be precise, upper class. Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry embody this stereotype beautifully, whether it’s stealing the spotlight from Rowan Atkinson in the various Blackadders, playing to their perceived personas in Jeeves and Wooster, or indulging in the middle class alternative to Bottom with their sketch show A Bit of Fry and Laurie.

It’s been two years since it was reported that the duo would be getting back together for a one-off adaptation of the Oscar Wilde novel The Canterville Ghost, but not a peep has been heard since then. But what I’m asking for here isn’t just a one off, I, and I’m sure many others included, wouldn’t mind something a bit more permanent.

Obviously, and sadly, the pair are in no position to warrant a substantial reunion. They’re both
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Blackadder characters found to have real-life military namesakes | Media Monkey

Obviously we all know that Blackadder Goes Forth was set during a real-life event, but now it transpires that the characters in the BBC series also had namesakes that fought in the first world war. The Daily Telegraph reports that Forces War Records, a military genealogy website, has trawled through 6m military records and found there was actually a Captain Blackadder, Private Baldrick, Captain Darling and Lieutenant George. Dominic Hayhoe, from Forces War Records, said: As fans of the television show, we wondered if we could find the military records of the characters namesakes, and we did. The only person we havent been able to track down so far from the first world war is a General Melchett. But according to the military records we have, he makes an appearance in the second world war.

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Rik Mayall's 5 best roles: From Young One Rick to Drop Dead Fred

I feel sorry for you, you zeros, you nobodies. What's going to live on after you die? Nothing, that's what!

This house will become a shrine! And punks and skins and Rastas will all gather round and all hold their hands in sorrow for their fallen leader! And all the grown-ups will say, 'But why are the kids crying?' And the kids will say, 'Haven't you heard? Rick is dead! The People's Poet is dead!'

And then one particularly sensitive and articulate teenager will say, 'Why kids, do you understand nothing? How can Rick be dead when we still have his poems?'.

Rik Mayall as Rick in The Young Ones

Rik Mayall has died at the age of 56.

As tributes pour in from the world of entertainment, Digital Spy pays homage to Rik in a way we hope that a man with an autobiography called Bigger than
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Fresh Prince, South Park and more: 5 TV comedies that made us cry

Warning: This feature contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.

The storm surrounding How I Met Your Mother's controversial finale may have mostly subsided, but Neil Patrick Harris (Barney) was still being grilled about the sitcom's unhappy ending when he appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night.

In defence of the divisive 'Last Forever', the actor said: "I value that it's a sitcom and a lot of people watched it to have laughs and to not have it become so dramatic and so emotional [but] I'm very proud of our show that it went beyond this sitcom conceit and told a bitter, better story."

Regardless of how you felt about its finale episode, one of Himym's strengths was its capacity to have you laughing one moment and crying the next - oh, Marshall's dad…

But while the heartfelt How I Met Your Mother - like Friends,
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Tony Robinson hits out at Michael Gove's 'left-wing' Blackadder remark

Sir Tony Robinson has hit out at Michael Gove MP over recent comments about Blackadder.

The actor and activist - who played Baldrick in the classic BBC comedy - responded to the education secretary's claims that the show used "left-wing academics" to "feed myths" about World War I.

Robinson stated that Gove was practically "slagging off teachers" with his remarks.

In response, the Conservative politician said that Robinson was "wrong" and that he was only attacking "myths", not teachers.

Gove told the Daily Mail that Blackadder had influenced people's understanding of the war by displaying "an unhappy compulsion on the part of some to denigrate virtues such as patriotism, honour and courage".

He wrote: "The war was, of course, an unspeakable tragedy, which robbed this nation of our bravest and best.

"But even as we recall that loss and commemorate the bravery of those who fought, it's important that we
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Open All Hours: is reviving a classic sitcom ever a good idea?

David Jason will be back in a one-off edition of the corner-shop comedy at Christmas. But as Blackadder, Absolutely Fabulous and others have taught us, comedy revivals are tricky things

As Doctor Who, Die Hard and dying soap characters begin to gather in preparation for Christmas TV, this year also sees the curious return of Open All Hours, nearly 30 years after the sitcom originally closed up shop. The special one-off will catch up with David Jason's Granville Arkwright, with Jason saying, "I am sure there is an audience out there who would like to see what Granville has been getting up to." As Jason begins his expedition to find this hitherto unknown audience, here are some more ghosts of TV past that found themselves resuscitated and took the jump back over their very deceased shark.

1. Blackadder

You would think that the ever-evolving Blackadder, one of the strongest British sitcoms of all time,
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Roseanne Barr goes on the rampage over 'joke theft'

The Us comedian slams Two and a Half Men's Chuck Lorre for nabbing her gags, Jennifer Saunders slags off the BBC and Johnny Vegas interviews himself

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It's a powderkeg issue in the world of comedy – and Roseanne Barr has gone off like a rocket this week, accusing Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre of thieving jokes. On Friday, Barr used Twitter (what else?) to berate Lorre and the show's star, Ashton Kutcher, who cracked a gag on the show similar to one Barr performed in 2006. The joke is about old age and the menopause: "I'd imagine that you're wet in the places you used to be dry," said Kutcher's character, "and dry in the places you used to be wet." This prompted a volley of online abuse from Barr. "Comics," began one: "Begin Watching Chuck Lorre'S Shows 2 See If He Steals Your
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Roseanne Barr goes on the rampage over 'joke theft'

The Us comedian slams Two and a Half Men's Chuck Lorre for nabbing her gags, Jennifer Saunders slags off the BBC and Johnny Vegas interviews himself

This week's comedy news

It's a powderkeg issue in the world of comedy – and Roseanne Barr has gone off like a rocket this week, accusing Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre of thieving jokes. On Friday, Barr used Twitter (what else?) to berate Lorre and the show's star, Ashton Kutcher, who cracked a gag on the show similar to one Barr performed in 2006. The joke is about old age and the menopause: "I'd imagine that you're wet in the places you used to be dry," said Kutcher's character, "and dry in the places you used to be wet." This prompted a volley of online abuse from Barr. "Comics," began one: "Begin Watching Chuck Lorre'S Shows 2 See If He Steals Your
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Greatest Series Finales: Blackadder’s “Goodbyeee” a masterpiece of blackly comic satire

Blackadder Goes Forth, Episode 6, “Goodbyeee”

Written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton

Directed by Richard Boden

Aired November 2nd, 1989 on BBC One

Blackadder ran for four series in the ‘80s, following the exploits of various members of the Blackadder line throughout history, first a prince during the War of the Roses, then a courtier during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, then the butler for the Prince Regent during the Regency period, and finally a Captain during World War I. Each series features Rowan Atkinson as that season’s Blackadder and Tony Robinson as his servant Baldrick, surrounded by a differing guest cast each season. As the series progresses forward in time, Blackadder becomes increasingly intelligent as he loses power and agency, with an exploration of Britain’s class structure a key element to the series. Though an anniversary special and several one-off skits were produced after the final installment of the fourth series,
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Chickens episodes 1 and 2 review

Review Jake Laverde 23 Aug 2013 - 07:00

Jake checks out the first two episodes of Sky One's Chickens, a promising new sitcom from the stars of The Inbetweeners...

Sky's Chickens is the first self-written project for The Inbetweeners stars Simon Bird and Joe Thomas along rising talent Johnny Sweet. Originally piloted on Channel 4, Chickens is the tale of three young men roundly despised by their local village of womenfolk for not joining in the first World War.

At first glance, it's tempting to make comparisons with Blackadder Goes Forth being as it's set in the same era. But Chickens avoids this by focusing on small town pettiness back home rather than the hardship of the trenches. The first episode establishes the setting and tone well, you first see our heroes cottage daubed in cheerfully abusive graffiti. Then you're introduced to Cecil (Bird) the wannabe soldier, George (Thomas) the conscientious
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