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Blackadder develops feelings for a woman posing as his male servant.


Mandie Fletcher


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
Gabrielle Glaister ... Kate / Bob
Rik Mayall ... Flashheart
John Grillo ... Dr. Leech
Edward Jewesbury ... Kate's Father
Barbara Miller Barbara Miller ... Wisewoman
Sadie Shimmin Sadie Shimmin ... Young Crone


Rather than become a prostitute as her father desires, Kate decides to seek her fortune in London disguised as a male. She gains employment in the house of Edmund Blackadder, who finds himself strangely attracted to this new "manservant" and unsure what to do about it. Written by Murray Chapman

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9 January 1986 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


This was actually intended as the second episode of the series. However, the BBC executives decided that Rik Mayall's performance as Lord Flashheart was so funny that this episode deserved to be first instead. See more »


Half way through the scene with the doctor, a microphone can be seen dropping in the top of the screen for a second. See more »


Doctor Leech: It isn't every day a man wakes up to discover he's a screaming bender with no more right to live on God's clean Earth than a weasel. Ashamed of yourself?
Blackadder: Not really, no.
Doctor Leech: Bloody Hell. I would be. Still, why should I complain. Just leaves more rampant totty for us real men, eh?
Blackadder: Look, am I paying for this abuse or is it extra?
Doctor Leech: No, no, it's all part of the service.
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Referenced in Doctor Who: Ghost Light: Part Two (1989) See more »

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I didn't like it at first, but "Bells" is a very good first episode.
1 September 2006 | by general-melchettSee all my reviews

"I like you, Bob, you've got balls!"

Let me open my comment by saying this - Blackadder II does not have the atmosphere of its predecessor. However, this is not all bad - the lack of real emotion actually makes it funnier, and lets us feel that we are watching proper comedy - not dark historical dramas. And this is how Blackadder shall be like from here on - not delivering the thrills and the shocks, but delivering the laughs, like it is meant to.

"Bells" starts off funny, and only gets funnier, and proves how stupid Blackadder, Baldrick and Percy really are. Also joining the Blackadder comedy cast are Stephen Fry (Lord Melchett), Miranda Richardson (Queen Elizabeth I), and a new character called Nursie, who is the Queen's old carer. The presence of these three makes the episode and series even more funny, and betters the comic appearances of Prince Harry, the Queen and Richard IV in Blackadder 1. Ben Elton's new role as the second writer of Blackadder has made the show more funny, and likely to be enjoyed by all. The first series tries to be taken seriously, but this series was a bigger success in not being serious and being lighter and more openly funny.

"Bells" contains some clever humour, some great new characters and a whole new era - a good opening to the second historic series! I give it an 8 out of 10.

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