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Blackadder sees an opportunity to escape the trenches by organizing a variety show as entertainment for the troops.

Director:

Richard Boden (as Dir. 232418 Boden, R)

Writers:

Richard Curtis (by), Ben Elton (by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Rowan Atkinson ... Captain Edmund Blackadder
Tony Robinson ... Private S Baldrick
Stephen Fry ... General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett
Hugh Laurie ... Lieutenant The Honourable George Colthurst St. Barleigh
Tim McInnerny ... Captain Kevin Darling
Gabrielle Glaister ... Driver Parkhurst
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Storyline

In order to improve morale, General Melchett asks Captain Blackadder to organize a variety show in the traditional British music-hall style. Seeing another opportunity to leave the trenches, Blackadder agrees - despite detesting variety shows and being horrified at the lack of talent available to him. Written by Murray Chapman

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Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Gabrielle Glaister appears in this episode as a woman who disguises herself as a man and calls herself "Bob." This is similar to the character she played in Blackadder II: Bells (1986). See more »

Goofs

Melchett later mistakes Baldrick's Charles Chaplin impression for an impression of Buster Keaton and remarks "The Slug Balancer seems now to be doing some feeble impression of Buster Keaton..". However Keaton would not have been widely known in 1917, as he only had small parts in Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle shorts at the time. Keaton's first solo short was One Week. See more »

Quotes

Captain Blackadder: [to Bob Parkhurst] Your disguise is as convincing as a giraffe wearing dark sunglasses trying to get into a polar bear's only golf club.
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Connections

Featured in Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments (2008) See more »

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Another very strong episode from the classic forth series
9 February 2021 | by snoozejoncSee all my reviews

Blackadder is appointed director of the soldiers variety show.

This is another episode showcasing fantastic comedy dialogue and great performances.

The plot is a slight retread of the gender shenanigans seen in the series two episode 'Bells', but with enough distinction of its own and relevance to the setting that it doesn't feel like recycled formula.

Importantly we get more incredibly funny dialogue, with an abundance of Blackadder's trademark comedy metaphors and similes that create the most hilarious images whenever I think of them.

All performances are brilliant with Rowan Atkinson leading the cast superbly. All support stars are perfect, particularly Stephen Fry as the certifiably mad General Melchett.

I rate this as 9.5/10 but like to round upwards.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1989 (UK) See more »

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