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Blackadder the Third 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1987)
In the Regency era, Mr E. Blackadder serves as butler to the foppish numskull Prince George amidst the fads and crazes of the time.
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1987  
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Complete series cast summary:
Rowan Atkinson ...  Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince / ... 6 episodes, 1987
Tony Robinson ...  Baldrick, a dogsbody 6 episodes, 1987
Hugh Laurie ...  The Prince Regent, their master 6 episodes, 1987
Helen Atkinson Wood ...  Mrs. Miggins, a coffee shoppekeeper 6 episodes, 1987
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During the Regency period, the insane King George III's stark raving mad son, George, is the Prince Regent of Wales. Vulgar and staggeringly slow-and-dim-witted, George exhausts the country's money and would surely be dead by now were it not for his dry, angry, bitter, arrogant and cynical butler, Edmund Blackadder, Esq. Blackadder is an ex-aristocrat who has lost his family fortune and been reduced to servant-hood, and full of loathing knowing he should have a better position then serving a lunatic. Sod-Off Baldrick is his dirty, smelly peasant servant, and Mrs. Miggins is an annoying cheerful coffee-shoppe owner who is too stupid to understand most of Mr. Blackadder's insults. Written by Bloggers!

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Comedy

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This was the only series of Blackadder where Rik Mayall doesn't appear. This was due to a falling out between Mayall and co-writer Ben Elton, after they had creative differences on Filthy Rich and Cat Flap. See more »

Goofs

Although purportedly set during the British Regency (1811-1820), there are appearances by, and contemporary references to, historical figures who were dead before that time, such as Samuel Johnson and Admiral Nelson. Characters use expressions not developed until later, such as "prince and the pauper" or "roller coaster." See more »

Quotes

Prince George: What can I do to a woman that I can't do to you?
Blackadder: I cannot conceive, sir.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are presented in the style of a theatre programme from a Regency-era play. The last scene of the episode forms a poster image, and below it run the following credits: For the BENEFIT of SEVERAL VIEWERS MR CURTIS & MR ELTON'S Much admir'd Comedy BLACKADDER The THIRD or (EPISODE NAME) was performed with appropriate Scenery Dresses etc. by EDMUND BLACKADDER, butler to the Prince, Mr. ROWAN ATKINSON Baldrick, a dogsbody, Mr. TONY ROBINSON The Prince Regent, their master, Mr. HUGH LAURIE Mrs. Miggins, a coffee shoppekeeper, Miss. HELEN ATKINSON-WOOD (Cast for that particular episode) MUSIC, (never performed before), Mr. HOWARD GOODALL (List of the Crew) the director, Mifs. MANDIE FLETCHER the producer, Mr. LLOYD To conclude with Rule Britannia in full chorus NO MONEY RETURN'D (C) BBC MCMLXXXVII See more »

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Referenced in Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga (2008) See more »

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Too Good for Television!
29 October 2006 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

We could still use Black Adder even today. Imagine Rowan Atkinson resuming the role of assistant to the prime minister played by the wonderful Hugh Laurie. Hugh is sensational as the dimwit Prince George and Edmund as his brilliant assistant. I love the episode which Kenneth Connor guest stars as a British thespian. Every time, Edmund says Macbeth. The two thespians do a silly little act to ward off evil spirits. It's the funniest things that you will see. Of course, none of this brilliance and comedic genius could be without Ben Elton and Richard Curtis who are also behind the films like Love Actually, The Thin Blue Line, Four Weddings and A Funeral. Black Adder is funny and almost too good for television. Humor can be smart, sexy, and funny all at one. I was hoping last night on Saturday Night Live that Hugh Laurie would pay homage to his background in British humor. If the gang at SNL did some research, they would know what a treasure it was to have Hugh Laurie grace their stage.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackadder III See more »

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Runtime:

| (6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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