In order to improve morale, General Melchett asks Captain Blackadder to organize a variety show in the traditional British music-hall style. Seeing another opportunity to leave the trenches, Blackadder agrees - despite detesting variety shows and being horrified at the lack of talent available to him. Written by
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Almost certainly done to set up the gags, the sequence of referenced historical events is wrong. At the beginning, Baldrick is delighted to announce that "the Russian Revolution has started", that Tsar Nicholas II
is dead, and the masses "have shot all their nobs". In the final scene, General Melchett cancels the concert party because the Americans have joined the war. In actual fact, the Americans declared war on Germany in April 1917, and although this was preceded by a proto-revolution in February 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution (to which Baldrick clearly refers) was in November that year (called the October Revolution in the confused Julian Calendar), with the Tsar being murdered in August 1918. See more
You a bit cheesed off sir?
George, the day the war began I was cheesed off. Within ten minutes of you turning up, I had finished the cheese and moved on to the coffee and cigars, and at this late stage I am in a cab with two lady companions on my way to the Pink Pussycat in Lower Regent Street.