Black Adder the Third (1987)

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In the Regency era, Mr E. Blackadder serves as butler to the foppish numskull Prince George amidst the fads and crazes of the time.

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9 July 2005 | VictorianCushionCat
10
| Absolute Class
The 3rd and in my view the best of the Blackadder series.

The only downside is that there is no Lord Percy who was the funniest character from the previous series but Hugh Laurie's Prince Regent is suitably madcap laugh a line.

As a package it's quality through and through with convincing regency sets, superb cutting sarcasm and little bits of the wacky, the 'macbeth' actors standing out and Prince Georges 'lucky us' chicken impression, and the missing words from Dr Johnson's dictionary.

Few comedies have been quite as both clever as they are funny, okay the odd lame observation or line gets in but mostly it's a scream.

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Trivia

Though this series is notable for its historical inaccuracies, Hugh Laurie's portrayal of Prince George (later George IV) is fairly close to the mark. Prince George was made regent in the absence of his father (George III) and was immediately hated by his people. He reportedly lived only for pleasure and didn't care about the public who through taxes had to foot the bill. This also explains the otherwise incongruous references in this series to George (played by a noticeably slender actor) having a weight problem - in reality the prince regent's indulgent life style resulted in him being obese. However, he probably wasn't quite as hopelessly stupid as portrayed in the script.


Quotes

Baldrick: Morning, Mr. B.
Blackadder: Leave me alone, Baldrick. If I wanted to talk to a vegetable, I would have bought one at the market.


Goofs

Although purportedly set during the British Regency (1811-1820), there are appearances by, and contemporary references to, historical figures who were dead before that time, such as Samuel Johnson and Admiral Nelson. Characters use expressions not developed until later, such as "prince and the pauper" or "roller coaster."


Crazy Credits

Among the books that Blackadder peruses during the opening credits are:

  • (Morte D'Edmund?)
  • The Blackadder's Progress
  • Rise and Fall
  • Bath on 5p a Day
  • Encyclopaedia Blackaddica Vol XIX FUN to HUG
  • Chelsea Arts Club (...)
  • Blackadder Unbound
  • Landscape Gardening by Capability Brownadder
  • From Black Death to Blackadder
  • Blackadder's Bedside Cockfighting Companion
  • The Blackadder of Calcutta
  • (...)
  • Blackadder Book of Martyrs
  • The Blackobite Rebellion
  • Old Blackamore's Almanac Second Edition
  • Sir Francis Blackadder (Letters?)

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