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
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The ending was filmed on a polystyrene landscape with no rehearsal, and as a result the cast bounced visibly as they fell down dead, ruining the poignancy of the scene. This was rectified by slowing the film down and fading into a post-battle shot of No Man's Land littered with corpses, followed by the final fade into a shot of a poppy field. Tim McInnerny
has said that he hadn't known about this change prior to airing, and so he found it particularly emotional. See more
Baldrick mentions Neville the Hamster as one of his friends. Hamsters were not bred until 1930 and only after then did they start to become domestic pets. Wild hamsters are unknown in Europe. See more
[Phone rings Edmund answers it
Hello; the Somme Public Baths - no running, shouting, or piddling in the shallow end. Ah, Captain Darling.
Tomorrow at dawn. Oh, excellent. See you later, then. Bye.
[Hangs up. To George and Baldrick
Gentlemen, our long wait is nearly at an end. Tomorrow morning, General Insanity Melchett invites you to a mass slaughter. We're going over the top.
This episode has no closing credits, save for the title "Blackadder" (not "Blackadder Goes Forth" and the copyright date, over a field of poppies. See more