Black Adder the Third: Season 1, Episode 1

Dish and Dishonesty (17 Sep. 1987)

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Blackadder enters politics in an attempt to avoid Pitt the Younger from striking the Prince off the Civil List.


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Episode credited cast:
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)
Helen Atkinson-Wood ...
Mrs. Miggins, a coffee shoppekeeper (as Miss Helen Atkinson-Wood)
Vincent Hanna ...
Mr. Vincent Hanna, his own great great great grandfather (as Mr. Vincent Hanna)
Denis Lill ...
Simon Osborne ...
Pitt the Younger, the Prime Minister (as Mr. Simon Osborne)
Geoffrey McGivern ...
Ivor Biggun, a candidate (as Mr.Geoff McGivern)
Dominic Martelli ...
Pitt the even Younger, a tiny whig (as Master Dominic Martelli)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Puttock ...


Pitt the Younger is young and precocious, and has just been elected Prime Minister. Determined to keep his campaign promises, he announces his intention to strike Prince George from the Civil List. More to save his own skin than the Prince's, Edmund Blackadder announces Baldrick's candidacy for a vacant MP post in order to stop him. Written by Murray Chapman

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Did You Know?


In the first episode of this series Baldrick is ennobled. At the time it was impossible to strip someone of their noble title, so throughout the rest of the series Baldrick is technically 'Lord Baldrick', and would have the right to sit and vote in the House of Lords. See more »


Lord Liverpool was Prime Minister during the Regency period, not Pitt the Younger who was dead by them having left office several years earlier. See more »


Blackadder: [bashing Baldrick's head against the table] Give me the bloody money Baldrick, or you're dead.
Baldrick: Give me the bloody money Baldrick, or you're dead my Lord.
Blackadder: [Whacks Baldrick's head against the table again] Just do it Baldrick, or I shall further enoble you by knighting you very clumsily with this meat cleaver.
Baldrick: I haven't got it.
Blackadder: What?
Baldrick: I spent it.
Blackadder: You spent it? What could you possibly spend £400 000 on?
[Blackadder notices the massive turnip on the table]
Blackadder: Oh, no... oh God, don't tell me.
Baldrick: My dream ...
See more »


Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #47.8 (2014) See more »

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I agree...a good start to the series.
4 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the first show of the third Black Adder series and fortunately is one of the better shows. This incarnation of Edmund Blackadder works as a gentleman's gentleman for the biggest thickie in Britain--the Princee Regent (the future George IV).

This episode begins with the Prime Minster, Pitt the Younger, leading an effort to cut off the finances of George as he is a total idiot and leads a dissolute life. The vote in the House of Commons will be close and to insure that votes goes in favor of George, Edmund decides to fix an election in a 'rotten borough'--a voting district where there are almost no voters. Such boroughs were common at the time, though none had only one voter like this one. That's because women and non-land owners could not vote--and the plan is to put an idiot in the office. Why they chose Baldrick, I don't know, as he's too stupid for such a role. And, not surprisingly, he screws it up royally.

Overall, a very good episode--particularly if you are up on history and understand the references (such as the extreme youth of Pitt, the way elections and boroughs were drawn, etc.). Still, even without this, the show is funny--in a rather droll manner.

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