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Beer 

Blackadder finds himself hosting a drinking competition on the same night he is entertaining his puritanical relatives.

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... Edmund Blackadder
... Lord Percy
... Baldrick
... Queen Elizabeth I
... Lord Melchett
Patsy Byrne ... Nursie
... Lady Whiteadder
... Simon Partridge
Roger Blake ... Geoffrey Piddle
... Monk
Daniel Thorndike ... Lord Whiteadder
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Edmund Blackadder is thrilled when his wealthy but puritanical relatives announce their desire to meet and discuss his inheritance. While planning a ingratiatingly spartan and fundamentalist dinner for them, he is summoned to court where he accidentally agrees to host a riotous drinking competition at his house on the same night. Written by Murray Chapman

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13 February 1986 (UK)  »

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Trivia

Miriam Margolyes, who plays the strictly puritanical Lady Whiteadder, is both gay and Jewish. See more »

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Edmund threatens to call the 'police' on Percy but the entire concept of a police force wouldn't even exist until the eighteenth century. See more »

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[Edmund is trying to impress his puritan relatives]
Blackadder: This is a house of simple purity.
Monk: [Runs in and vomits in fireplace] Great booze-up, Edmund.
Lady Whiteadder: Do you know that man?
Blackadder: No.
Lady Whiteadder: He called you Edmund
Blackadder: Oh, know him? Yes, I do.
Lady Whiteadder: Then can you explain what he meant by "great booze-up"?
Blackadder: [very long pause] Yes, I can. My friend is a missionary and on his last visit abroad brought back with him the chief of a famous tribe. His name is Great Boo. He's been suffering from sleeping sickness and he's obviously just ...
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In the closing credits, the theme is sung as though the singer were drunk, with a swift decline in vocal quality, and at one point, a hiccup. See more »

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"Beer" is very good - one to be reckoned with!
30 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Beer is probably the most wild out of all the Blackadder Series 2 episodes - lots of shouting and disorder in it. The way Blackadder switches between parties during the main part of the episode is brilliant - he is a character that shall be remembered for his extreme intelligence and cunning. From the start, we knew that an episode that involved a drinking contest would be wild - and Beer definitely lives up to this title. It is probably the most hilarious and immoral of all the episodes - only missing out on a 10 because it just wasn't rowdy enough, and should have had more scenes outside Blackadder's house. But this is only one minor nag - the episode is very well-written, and Blackadder's constant cool and brains make it very fun to watch. On the whole, Beer is very good - funny, well-written and rowdy and fun to watch - Blackadder meets "The Young Ones". Spiffing, but not quite top-hole. One to be reckoned with! 9/10


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