Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)

TV Series  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, War

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Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war.



  • Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie in Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
  • Tim McInnerny in Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
  • Miranda Richardson and Hugh Laurie in Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
  • Hugh Laurie and Tony Robinson in Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
  • Rowan Atkinson in Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)
  • Rowan Atkinson in Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)

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Did You Know?


Tim McInnerny's character was originally named Captain Cartwright. Stephen Fry had the idea to change it to Darling (named after a boy at his school) and created a running gag which is frequently used throughout the series.


Lieutenant George: But this is brave, splendid and noble...
Lieutenant George: ...Sir
Captain Blackadder: Yes, Lieutenant.
Lieutenant George: I'm scared, sir
Private Baldrick: I'm scared too, sir
Lieutenant George: I'm the last of the tiddly-winking leapfroggers from the golden summer of 1914. I don't want to die... I'm really not over keen on dying at all, sir...


Throughout the series, Blackadder and George, both front-line officers in the trenches, are show with their rank insignia displayed on their cuffs, whereas Melchett and Darling, staff officers, are shown with their rank insignia on their shoulders. In reality, this would have been reversed: Cuff insignia was the standard, but front-line officers were allowed to wear theirs on their shoulders to make them less conspicuous to snipers. Shoulder insignia eventually became an army-wide personal option in 1917, and made permanent in 1920 when the cuff insignia was abolished completely.

Crazy Credits

The production crew credits at the end are formatted to look like military personnel rolls. Each crew member is listed with a cryptic abbreviation of their job title (as if it were a military rank), a serial number, last name and first initial. For example, production designer Chris Hull is listed as "Dgr. 404371 Hull, C" and makeup designer Caroline Noble is credited as "M/U Dgr. 862641 Noble, C".


Plot Summary


Comedy | War

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