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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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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 (sepia colour: in closing credits)
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Trivia

When Flashheart first appeared in Blackadder II: Bells (1986), he ended up running away with Bob who was actually a girl in disguise. In this episode, his final scene ends with him and Bob (again, a girl in disguise) running off together. See more »

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Lord Flashheart's rank would not have been Squadron Commander, as that was a rank in the Royal Naval Air Service, and Flashheart was in the Royal Flying Corps. Depending on the length of service, the equivalent RFC rank would either be a Captain (fewer than eight years' seniority) or a Major (more than eight years' seniority. See more »

Quotes

Lord Flasheart: Ha! Eat knuckle, fritz!
[punches Blackadder]
Lord Flasheart: Ugh! How disgusting. A Boche on the sole of my boot. I shall have to find a patch of grass to wipe it on! Probably get shunned in the officers' Mess; sorry about the pong you fellas, trod in a Boche and couldn't get rid of the whiff!
Captain Blackadder: [getting up] Do you think we could dispense from the hilarious doggie doo metaphor for a moment. I'm not a Boche, this is a British trench.
Lord Flasheart: Is it? Well, that's a piece of luck. Thought I'd landed sausage side. Ha! Mind if ...
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Dramatic Impact 1
(uncredited)
Music by Ivor Slaney
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this is a british trench..
19 January 2019 | by merelyaninnuendoSee all my reviews

Blackadder

Curtis and Atkinson's passionate project of upsetting your expectation on both literature and history, is one of the rare art that inspires us even after decades. The writing still holds for both its maturity and pettiness, never has been before, a sketchy act so witty and truthful to its theme. It starts from the scratch on the infamous royal history of Britain and ends on a dramatic World War note, where both the humor and drama is given sincere respect on writing and performance. Despite of depicting various different stages of history with new characters, the themes often dwells on the chemistry of a master and a squire.

And with equations shuffling like cards, where either there is envy, honesty and vacuous-ness between their relationship, the close calls that is the ignition of the chaotic humor is something that stays with us throughout the series. It often tilts towards satirical where politics, democracy, monarchy and even humanity is put to trial and being laughed at. Atkinson, as the soul and the title of the series, challenges himself on all sorts of personas, from gullible to being cunning as a fox, his necessity on greed and humility is the fabrication of the history itself.

Robinson is the apt supporter of his, on every literal sense where every now and then brilliant actors like Laurie and Fry invests their talent in, to raise the bar. The world built by Curtis and Atkinson is a mirror to our own only with a slight change of post or title or references, the emotions and circumstances it goes through, still can easily be seen around us and it is that nakedness of the game that we are curious to dazzle with. Blackadder is much more than a mere series or a period sitcom, it has memories of ours and theirs childhood that makes it long last.

Private Plane

Mayall's euphoric energy amps up the charge and fuels the entire scene with it, and ironically the conflicts of the plot itself is the solution for the protagonist, which is like a surprising packet of delight that is both smart and overwhelming to encounter.


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