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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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Comedy | War

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2 November 1989 (UK)  »

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The title is based on the popular First World War song "Good-bye-ee!", written and composed by R.P. Weston and Bert Lee. The duo got the idea for the song while watching a group of factory girls calling out goodbyes to soldiers going to London Victorian station, and to war. The girls were using the word in an exaggerated way, which had been popularized as a catchphrase by the comedian of the time Harry Tate. 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 »


Captain Blackadder: [upon realizing there is no way he can avoid going over the top] I think the phrase rhymes with "clucking bell".
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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 »

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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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