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Blackadder and Melchett are kidnapped by a neurotic German spy just after the Queen announces she is sick of paying ransom to kidnappers.



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Episode cast overview:
Patsy Byrne ...
Max Harvey ...
Mark Arden ...
1st Guard
Lee Cornes ...
2nd Guard


Following a spate of kidnappings, Queen Elizabeth declares that she will no longer pay the perpetrators their ransom demands. Almost immediately, Edmund Blackadder and Lord Melchett are kidnapped by the demented German spy Ludwig, who may have more on his mind than just money. Knowing that the Queen will not pay for their release, Blackadder and Melchett must outwit their half-wit captors in order to escape. Written by Murray Chapman

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20 February 1986 (UK)  »

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In the Spanish dubbed version, Ludwig's guards are also German. See more »


Blackadder communicates with the Spanish torturer by playing charades, and the torturer says "sí, sí, sí!" (Spanish for "yes, yes, yes") when Blackadder guesses correctly. If he doesn't speak English, as depicted, he shouldn't react to Blackadder guessing the translation correctly, because he doesn't know the translation. See more »


[At the Queen's costume party, Baldrick is crouched with two pencils up his nose]
Queen Elizabeth: What are you meant to be?
Baldrick: A pencil case.
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Funeral for a Friend
Written and performed by Elton John
The opening plays over the scene after the credits as the camera pans over the murdered bodies of the characters.
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Chains is a good close to a great series!
30 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

On the whole, Series 2 was better than Series 1, and elevated Blackadder's status from slightly dull to a must-see. Thank God for Ben Elton is all we can say. Series 2 may have ended, but Blackadder is far from over. It has reached a peak, and will stay at that peak forever, and become one of Britain's best comedies, and a highlight of the 80s. Anyway, let's start the review of the episode.

Chains spends no time lingering on details - Blackadder is kidnapped about 3 minutes into it, with Melchett. Blackadder's true colours are revealed in this episode - he is nasty to everyone, even if he is stuck with them, and never loses his cool. Hugh Laurie is great as Prince Ludwig - from here onwards, he will appear in every Blackadder episode. The episode once again reaches hilarious heights - Melchett's shameful past is revealed too subtly, though. We once again switch between Blackadder's situation and Queenie's situations, but while Blackadder's scenes have brains, Queenie's situations aren't brilliantly written and should have been left out. The episode is clearly resolved in the end - as it is with all Blackadder episodes - but there is a surprise ending - do not press stop on the credits sequence.

On the whole, Chains is a very funny episode, and a worthy close to what has now become a great comedy. Spiffing close to a spiffing series, which is soon to become even greater. 9/10

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