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
Did You Know?
Prince Ludwig is German, yet his torturer is Spanish. This confusing combination may be explained by historical context. In the late 16th century, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire (which contained most of Germany) were ruled by cousins from the House of Hapsburg, and cooperated in numerous political and military conspiracies. See more
In his pantomimed conversation with the torturer in Prince Ludwig's dungeon, Blackadder interprets one of the torturer's gestures as meaning that he (Edmund) is "head over heels" in love with Satan. In fact, at that point the torturer had his heels over his head instead of the other way around. See more
[At the Queen's costume party, Baldrick is crouched with two pencils up his nose
What are you meant to be?
A pencil case.
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. See more