Edmund attempts to impress the Queen by embarking on his own voyage of discovery to the New World.



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Following an audience with Sir Walter Raleigh, Queen Elizabeth announces the possibility of her marrying an adventurer. Edmund Blackadder immediately announces his own voyage of discovery, despite his lack of experience, a ship or crew, personal courage, or the intention of actually carrying it out. Written by Murray Chapman

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23 January 1986 (UK)  »

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Tom Baker, as Captain Redbeard Rum, can clearly be heard shouting the standard British actor's "crowd noise" of "Rhubarb, rhubarb" - even though the "crowd" in this case consists of only four people. See more »


During Blackadder's conversation with captain Redbeard Rum, the microphone can be seen several times in the upper right corner. See more »


Blackadder: By the day after tomorrow, we shall be in Calais! Captain, set sail for France!
Captain Rum: Aye Aye, sir!
[the day after the day after tomorrow]
Blackadder: So you don't know the way to France either?
Captain Rum: No, I must confess that too
[Blackadder nods. Takes in this important information]
Blackadder: Bugger
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Referenced in Little Britain: Hard-Boiled Egg Eating (2003) See more »

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Potato - another corker for Series 2!
30 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Potato is another great Series 2 episode - Tom Baker appears in this, and his role as Captain Redbeard Rum is absolutely hilarious. The humour is once again strong, Baldrick is once again on stupid form (he is much funnier this way), and there are more endlessly quotable lines to be found in this. From the start to the end - Potato is an absolutely cracking episode.

Yes, the budget is still remarkably cheap for this episode - there should have at least been some fancy visuals on Blackadder's boat. However, Tom Baker's legs were hidden quite well during this episode (he is meant to be a legless captain, after all) and the effects aren't to be snorted at. Blackadder 1 may have had a higher budget than this, but this is Blackadder at its very best - clever, cheap, and cheerful. Potato is the last 10/10 episode of this series - the others are good, but they just can't recapture its heights.

On the whole, Potato is a great Blackadder episode - not to be skipped! 10/10

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