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Duel and Duality 

Blackadder's militant cousin McAdder arrives in London as the Prince Regent seduces some relatives of the fiery Duke of Wellington.

Director:

Mandie Fletcher (as Mifs. Mandie Fletcher)

Writers:

Richard Curtis (by), Ben Elton (by)
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Episode cast overview:
Rowan Atkinson ... Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince / McAdder (as Mr. Rowan Atkinson)
Tony Robinson ... Baldrick, a dogsbody (as Mr. Tony Robinson)
Hugh Laurie ... The Prince Regent, their master (as Mr. Hugh Laurie)
Helen Atkinson Wood ... Mrs. Miggins, a coffee shoppekeeper (as Mifs. Helen Atkinson-Wood)
Stephen Fry ... The Duke of Wellington, a famous soldier (as Mr. Stephen Fry)
Gertan Klauber Gertan Klauber ... King George III, a mad Monarch (as Mr. Gertan Klauber)
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Edmund Blackadder is amused to learn that his Scottish cousin McAdder has arrived in London, once again determined to wreak havoc and break hearts. Meanwhile, the Prince Regent has seduced some relatives of the Duke of Wellington, who is back from his military campaign in Europe and keen to defend the honor of his young female relatives. Written by Murray Chapman

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Comedy

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1987 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

When Prince George talks about a large eagle circling the room and Duncan's horses turning and eating each other, it is a reference to Macbeth. See more »

Goofs

Several times Blackadder refers to the Duke of Wellington as "the Iron Duke". At the time, he hadn't been given that nickname. See more »

Quotes

Prince George: Perhaps this disgusting fellow is some sort of blessing in disguise.
Blackadder: If he is, it's a very good disguise.
Prince George: After all, did the Lord not send Moses a lowly earthworm to comfort him in his torment?
Blackadder: Nope.
Prince George: Well, it's the sort of thing he might have done.
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Featured in Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga (2008) See more »

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this was no dream..
18 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.

Dual And Duality

A perfect nail biting climax to this hilarious, the physical comedy between Fry and Atkinson is amazing, addition to that, the special appearance of the cousin played by Atkinson himself, amps up the charge.


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