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


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Episode cast overview:
Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince (as Mr. Rowan Atkinson)
Baldrick, a dogsbody (as Mr. Tony Robinson)
The Prince Regent, their master (as Mr. Hugh Laurie)
Mrs. Miggins, a coffee shoppekeeper (as Mifs. Helen Atkinson-Wood)
Amy Hardwood, the elusive Shadow (as Mifs. Miranda Richardson)
Mr. Hardwood, her father (as Mr. Warren Clarke)
Barbara Horne ...
Roger Avon ...
The Duke of Cheapside, her father (as Mr. Roger Avon)


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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15 October 1987 (UK)  »

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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 a horrible personality. In real life, George did in fact marry Caroline of Brunswick (his first cousin) but the marriage happened before George assumed the regency, and after George was already illegally married. George was reportedly drunk during the ceremony and wedding night, and the marriage was an unmitigated disaster: Caroline lived most of the marriage in exile, with George trying (unsuccessfully) to divorce her; after his ascension as king, he attempted to prevent her from becoming queen (he was unable to keep her from being named queen, but had her barred from attending her own coronation); and his supporters twice put her on trial for adultery using trumped-up evidence. Their only child, Princess Charlotte, died giving birth to a stillborn son; with no legitimate heir, George was succeeded by his brother William. See more »


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 »


Sally Cheapside: Highwayman, I also have a jewel. I fear however that I have placed it here, beneath my petticoats, for protection
Blackadder: Well in that case madam, I think I'll leave it. I'm not sure I fancy the idea of a jewel that's been in someone's pants. A single kiss of those soft lips is all I require.
The Duke of Cheapside: Never sir! A man's soft lips are his own private kingdom. I shall defend them with my life.
Blackadder: I'm not talking to you, Grandad.
Sally Cheapside: [kisses him long and hard] Oh, I'm overcome. Take me with you to live the life of the ...
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Spoofs The Wicked Lady (1945) See more »

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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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