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Duel and Duality 

Blackadder's militant cousin McAdder arrives in London as the Prince Regent seduces some relatives of the fiery Duke of Wellington.


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Episode cast overview:
Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince / McAdder (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)
Gertan Klauber ...
King George III, a mad Monarch (as Mr. Gertan Klauber)


Edmund Blackadder is amused to learn that his Scottish cousin McAdder has arrived in London, once again determined to wreak havoc and break hearts. Meanwhile, the Prince Regent has seduced some relatives of the Duke of Wellington, who is back from his military campaign in Europe and keen to defend the honor of his young female relatives. Written by Murray Chapman

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22 October 1987 (UK)  »

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Though the writers were generally respectful of the fourth wall, and extremely careful to avoid modern anachronisms, this episode contains a rare overt meta-reference: Blackadder says that hundreds of years later, he wants "episodes of [his] life to be played out weekly at half past nine by some great heroic actor of the age." See more »


The Prince refers to the story 'The Prince and the Pauper' which was written by Mark Twain in the 1880s, 60 years after the end of the Regency. See more »


Prince George: Ah, Blackadder! Notice anything unusual?
Blackadder: Yes sir. It's 11:30 in the morning and you're moving about. Is the bed on fire?
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Featured in Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga (2008) See more »

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A good close to a good series - "Duel and Duality" delivers.
31 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another series of Blackadder comes to a close at last. It has had its generally great moments, hilarious lines, and great new characters, but the best one-episode-only character in Series 3 must have been Stephen Fry's Duke of Wellington in this - he was absolutely hilarious and hugely vicious - the most memorable one-off character of Blackadder so far. Blackadder at last gets a taste of glory, whereas the Prince feels how it is like to be down in the dumps - another great scenario. The duel at the end is pretty scrawny, and should have been far more epic and meaningful, but like I have said about 50 times - this is light-hearted comedy. McAdder's Scottish accent was pretty convincing - not as good and cheesy as Mel Gibson's in Braveheart, but good enough. His quick appearance in the film was pretty good. The plot is once again predictable, but they all are, and as long as the episode itself is good, that is all that matters. This episode is a worthy close to the series - not quite a ten-star job because it spent so much time repeating the same scenarios, but good enough for me to say that this series has stayed strong throughout, and is worthy of the name "Blackadder". A great and hilarious episode. 9/10

But Blackadder will reach its best with Series 4 - that was easily the best series of them all. I hope to have my Series 4 comments ready soon

  • and they will be very much better than these. Blackadder Goes Forth
is the best - I always watch it, and shall enjoy watching it over and over again. Watch your screens for more!

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