Blackadder II (1986)
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Blackadder finds himself hosting a drinking competition on the same night he is entertaining his puritanical relatives.

Director:

Mandie Fletcher

Writers:

Richard Curtis (by), Ben Elton (by)
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Episode cast overview:
Rowan Atkinson ... Edmund Blackadder
Tim McInnerny ... Lord Percy
Tony Robinson ... Baldrick
Miranda Richardson ... Queen Elizabeth I
Stephen Fry ... Lord Melchett
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Nursie
Miriam Margolyes ... Lady Whiteadder
Hugh Laurie ... Simon Partridge
Roger Blake Roger Blake ... Geoffrey Piddle
William Hootkins ... Monk
Daniel Thorndike Daniel Thorndike ... Lord Whiteadder
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1986 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

The role of Lord Nathaniel Whiteadder was originally offered to Jim Broadbent, who was unavailable. He had previously paired with Miriam Margolyes in Blackadder: The Queen of Spain's Beard (1983). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Lady Whiteadder: Cold is God's way of telling us to burn more Catholics.
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Crazy Credits

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

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every night is drinking night..
18 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee 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.

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A fine example of smart writing is when a "turnip" grows into a character itself, and with physical comedy and infamous guest characters, the season has matched the excellence that defines the genre and the standards of Black Adder.


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