Blackadder pretends that he's insane to avoid certain death carrying out the General's order for the "big push".

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After years of futile trench warfare, General Melchett gives the order for the "big push": a suicidal charge across the battlefield towards hundreds of German machine guns. Desperate to avoid participating, Captain Blackadder hatches a plan to convince his superiors that he has gone insane and therefore cannot go into combat. Written by Murray Chapman

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2 November 1989 (UK)  »

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Trivia

There are no closing credits. Instead, guest star Geoffrey Palmer, playing Field Marshal Earl Douglas Haig, is credited at the beginning. See more »

Goofs

When Darling gives his "bugger" line toward the end, he's still wearing an overcoat. After a two-second cut to Blackadder's response, we see Darling again, now without the overcoat. See more »

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Captain Blackadder: You see, Baldrick, in order to prevent war two great super-armies developed. Us, the Russians and the French on one side, Germany and Austro-Hungary on the other. The idea being that each army would act as the other's deterrent. That way, there could never be a war.
Private Baldrick: Except, this is sort of a war, isn't it?
Captain Blackadder: That's right. There was one tiny flaw in the plan.
Lieutenant George: O, what was that?
Captain Blackadder: It was bollocks.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits for the final episode are abrupt. After we see Blackadder and co. go over the top to their deaths, the music goes to a slow, mournful rendition of the main theme, and the scene shifts slowly to a shot of a real-life WWI trench, as it appears today -- a poppy-decked hill with the trench only barely visible. There is no ending credit roll, and instead, the Blackadder Goes Fourth logo and the BBC logo and copyright date appear unobtrusively in a corner. See more »

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Featured in Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga (2008) See more »

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Watching during Remembrance period
15 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

I stood silently for the 2 minute silence during Armistice Day 2014, as I have always done ever year when and wherever possible. I have observed on Facebook how much this episode has on its viewers with respect to remembering those lost during WWI, and by extension during any of the conflicts that followed, right up to today. This episode most resonates with a viewer during the annual Remembrance period.

I felt that doing WW1 in Blackadder Goes Forth was the best series of all Blackadders. I loved the ending especially as it was silent, which made it more poignant and respectful.

This is where the writers and actors showed their own respect and humility in regards to the sacrifices of all those who gave their lives for their countries; but in the right context - made light of the casual brutality, senseless wastage and callous disregard for life by the generals & politicians of the age in the conduct of war. An amazing feat in a comedy, after all. One of the best "entertainment" programmes made by the BBC ever.


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