Blackadder Goes Forth: Season 1, Episode 6

Goodbyeee (2 Nov. 1989)

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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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Trivia

The title is a reference to the popular World War I song "Good-bye-ee", composed in 1917 by R.P. Weston and Bert Lee. 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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Private Baldrick: No, the thing is: The way I see it, these days there's a war on, right? and, ages ago, there wasn't a war on, right? So, there must have been a moment when there not being a war on went away, right? and there being a war on came along. So, what I want to know is: How did we get from the one case of affairs to the other case of affairs?
Captain Blackadder: Do you mean "How did the war start?"
Lieutenant George: The war started because of the vile Hun and his villainous empire- building.
Captain Blackadder: George, the British Empire at present covers a ...
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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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The only time I have cried watching TV
12 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Seriously, the first time I saw the end scene when the battle fades to grey and to the poppies was the only time I have cried watching TV. Because of the show (and Wilfred Owen's) I now have a tattoo on my upper arm with two rows of barbed wire and poppies and the text "Dulce et Decorum est Pro Patria Mori".

The greatest 30 mins of TV I have ever seen. Nothing comes close. Seriously. This is a programme that takes on the horror of war - it doesn't give in to punchlines and caricatures and doesn't focus on bloody horror. This is the one episode that should be shown to anyone who thinks that British comedy is shallow and pointless.


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