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
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
[Blackadder and Darling meeting in the trenches shortly before going over the top
How are you feeling, Darling?
Ahm... not all that good, Blackadder. Rather hoped I'd get through the whole show. Go back to work at Pratt and Sons, keep wicket for the Croydon Gentlemen, marry Doris... Made a note in my diary on the way here. Simply says: "Bugger."
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