Blackadder II (1986)
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Chains 

Blackadder and Melchett are kidnapped by a neurotic German spy just after the Queen announces she is sick of paying ransom to kidnappers.

Director:

Mandie Fletcher

Writers:

Richard Curtis (by), Ben Elton (by)
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Cast

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
Hugh Laurie ... Prince Ludwig
Max Harvey Max Harvey ... Torturer
Mark Arden Mark Arden ... 1st Guard
Lee Cornes Lee Cornes ... 2nd Guard
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Storyline

Following a spate of kidnappings, Queen Elizabeth declares that she will no longer pay the perpetrators their ransom demands. Almost immediately, Edmund Blackadder and Lord Melchett are kidnapped by the demented German spy Ludwig, who may have more on his mind than just money. Knowing that the Queen will not pay for their release, Blackadder and Melchett must outwit their half-wit captors in order to escape. Written by Murray Chapman

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Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1986 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

In the Spanish dubbed version, Ludwig's guards are also German. See more »

Goofs

"Head over heels in love" is an English expression with no idiom equivalent in Spanish. See more »

Quotes

Blackadder: Awh, God, God, God. What on earth was I drinking last night? My head feels like there's a Frenchman living in it. Where am I?
Lord Melchett: [groans] Ooohhhh...
Blackadder: Who's that?
Lord Melchett: It is I, Melchett.
Blackadder: Melchett! You really ought to get this house of yours cleaned up, you know. It's a real mess!
Lord Melchett: This is no time for jokes, Blackadder! We've been kidnapped!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Funeral for a Friend
Written and performed by Elton John
The opening plays over the scene after the credits as the camera pans over the murdered bodies of the characters.
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we intend to escape..
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.

Chains

Laurie's supporting character soars above all, with his characteristics of blending in without any notice, is the best gag to come along and as far as Atkinson is concerned, he is busy enacting in charades with his kidnapper.


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