Black Adder the Third: Season 1, Episode 5

Amy and Amiability (15 Oct. 1987)

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When Blackadder discovers that the Prince Regent is completely broke, he devises a plan to restore his fortunes through marriage.

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Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince (as Mr. Rowan Atkinson)
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Baldrick, a dogsbody (as Mr. Tony Robinson)
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The Prince Regent, their master (as Mr. Hugh Laurie)
Helen Atkinson-Wood ...
Mrs. Miggins, a coffee shoppekeeper (as Miss Helen Atkinson-Wood)
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Amy Hardwood, the elusive Shadow (as Miss Miranda Richardson)
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Mr. Hardwood, her father (as Mr. Warren Clarke)
Barbara Horne ...
Roger Avon ...
The Duke of Cheapside, her father (as Mr. Roger Avon)
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Blackadder discovers that the Prince Regent is completely broke, which puts a dent in his embezzlement ambitions. With parliament growing tired of continually giving the Prince handouts, Blackadder devises a cunning plan to restore their fortunes by marriage into a wealthy family. This plan is hampered by the fact that nobody in their right mind would want to marry the Prince. Written by Murray Chapman

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Trivia

As Blackadder is going through the list of possible wives for George he mentions Caroline of Brunswick as the only available princess but dismisses her as having horrible personality. In real life, George did in fact marry Caroline of Brunswick and the marriage was an unmitigated disaster. See more »

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As confirmed by the credits, the highway robber's victims are the Duke of Cheapside and Miss Cheapside, his daughter. The daughter of a Duke has the title 'Lady' followed by her forename and surname. See more »

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Prince George: Right, so what's the plan?
Blackadder: Well I thought I could take her a short note, expressing your honourable intentions.
Prince George: Yes, yes. I think so too. All right then, well take this down; From His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to Miss Amy Hardwood:
Prince George: Tally ho, my fine saucy young trollop! Trip along here with all your cash and some naughty night attire, and you'll be staring at my bedroom ceiling from now until Christmas, you lucky tart! Yours, with the deepest respect etc. Signed, George. P.S. Woof, ...
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Not the best of Series 3 - still good, though.
31 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Amy and Amiability proved to be a bit of a letdown. The main problem with the episode was Amy's immense wetness - it made this episode hard to watch, though her father was pretty funny. The squirrel effects in this episode were so hideously cheap and nasty - they were like squeezy toys being dropped from above. The episode was funny, and at least we actually got to see Blackadder as a highwayman, but once again, the ending was a letdown - it was so predictable and easy. The last scene in the bedroom was pretty funny, and did have one half-decent visual effect in which a dropped tray jumped into Blackadder's hands (not quite Matrix stuff, but OK). Overall, the episode was funny, witty, sarcastic and original in parts like the rest of them, but lacked something that made all the other episodes great (I don't quite know what), and wasn't the best. On the whole, I don't think this is an episode to be skipped, but I don't think it's the greatest ever. But it is enjoyable. 8/10


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