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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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 »


Pitt the younger states "as I said to Chancellor Messernich at the congress of Strasbourg...", this is an error by the actor. He means to say "Chancellor Metternich" (noted Austrain chancellor Klemens von Metternich). See more »


Pitt the Younger: Mr. Speaker, Members of the House, I shall be brief, as I have rather unfortunately become Prime Minister right in the middle of my exams.
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Referenced in Have I Got News for You: Episode #47.8 (2014) See more »

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Good start to the third series!
31 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Blackadder is back - and he's just as good as ever. The absence of Stephen Fry and Percy Percy may put a slight damper on things, but Hugh Laurie's role as the stupid Prince George makes up for this loss with hilarity and character. Baldrick is just as stupid as ever, and Blackadder's sharp, dry wit and sarcasm are just as hilarious as they ever were. The third series is off to a good start, and is probably the most historically accurate of them all.

This episode takes a slight while to get properly funny, but is strong on introducing character from the start - Mrs. Miggins is another new character - though she isn't hilarious or particularly significant, she does give the series some spark (we've heard her name a few times in the second series). Pitt the Younger is also funny, and there isn't a single weak scene in this episode. The plot is intelligent, and the sets are grander and better-designed than in Series 2 - it captures the Regency period very well. Of course, it isn't absolutely hilarious, but it is good, and is a good start to a great series. The script may not be absolute genius, but Blackadder's charm is in its constant hilarious lines and non-stop humour, and on that tone, it succeeds.

On the whole, this episode is good - Ben Elton has once again done wonders for Blackadder. Bravo! 9/10

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