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.
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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
Almost certainly done to set up the gags, the sequence of referenced historical events is wrong. At the beginning, Baldrick is delighted to announce that "the Russian Revolution has started", that Tsar Nicholas II
is dead, and the masses "have shot all their nobs". In the final scene, General Melchett cancels the concert party because the Americans have joined the war. In actual fact, the Americans declared war on Germany in April 1917, and although this was preceded by a proto-revolution in February 1917, the Bolshevik Revolution (to which Baldrick clearly refers) was in November that year (called the October Revolution in the confused Julian Calendar), with the Tsar being murdered in August 1918. See more
[Reacting to the crowd's ovation to the variety show
They love him, sir. We're a hit!
Yes, in one short evening I've become the most successful impresario since the manager of the Roman Coliseum thought of putting the Christians and the Lions on the same bill.
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