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Private Plane 

Blackadder and his friends join the Air Corps, wrongly believing it will be less dangerous than being in the trenches.

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
Rik Mayall ... Squadron Commander Lord Flasheart
Adrian Edmondson ... Baron von Richthoven
Hugo Blick Hugo Blick ... Lieutenant von Gerhardt (as Hugo E Blick)
Gabrielle Glaister ... Driver Parkhurst
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Storyline

Captain Blackadder, Lieutenant George, and Private Baldrick see joining the Air Corps as a great way of sitting in a classroom instead of fighting on the front lines. Unfortunately for them, the course is taught by Squadron Commander Flasheart, who lives for danger- much like his nemesis, the infamous Red Baron. Written by Murray Chapman

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Genres:

Comedy | War

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 1989 (UK) See more »

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Color:

Color (sepia colour: in closing credits)
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Trivia

For the flying sequences, footage from Aces High (1976) was re-edited and dubbed over with the actors' voices. See more »

Goofs

Blackadder asks for a message to be sent to the Head of the Royal Flying Corps, Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Massingbird-Massingbird VC DFC and Bar. Air Chief Marshal is a rank of the Royal Air Force, and was not instituted until 1919, two years after the episode is set. See more »

Quotes

Lord Flasheart: Mind if I use your phone? If word gets out I'm missing, five hundred girls will kill themselves. And I wouldn't want them on my conscience, not when they ought to be on my *face*! Hello? Cancel the state funeral, tell the king to stop blubbing, Flash is not dead! I simply ran out of juice! And before five hundred girls all go 'oh, what's the point in living any more?' I'm talking about petrol! Woof! Send someone along to pick me up. General Melchett's driver will do, she hangs round with a big ...
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Connections

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

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Dramatic Impact 1
(uncredited)
Music by Ivor Slaney
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Aside from some sloppy use of stock footage, a funny episode...thanks to Lord Flasheart!
7 June 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Like the last episode, this one features a nice cameo from a star from the first episode ("Bells") from "Blackadder II". Early on, Squadron Commander Flasheart is forced to crash his plane and lands at the British front lines. He is EXACTLY like he was in the previous show--all swagger and sex drive! And, just like the last episode, Bob shows up for a bit of a tongue-lashing from Flasheart.

As a result of the visit, the usual three idiots (Blackadder, George and Baldrick) all get air corps fever--all thinking it will be glorious AND safer than staying in the trenches. Plus, Blackadder thinks the duty will be soft--with lots of girls and booze. Unfortunately, when they arrive at flight training, it's taught by the idiot Flasheart--who mostly makes sexual innuendos and does practically no teaching at all! And, in the only REAL teaching he does is explain that the life expectancy of a pilot is about 20 minutes!

Fortunately, the two are shot down but survive--and are taken to a German prison. Unfortunately, the idiot George wants to go behind enemy lines to rescue him! With help like that, Edmund might as well just shoot himself.

By the way, I know they took clips from another TV series, but they didn't even bother finding clips involving a two-person airplane--just a single-seat model. Which, is a bit of a cock-up, as Baldrick AND Edmund are supposed to be in the plane TOGETHER.


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