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Blackadder the Third 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1987)
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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Rowan Atkinson ...  Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince / ... 6 episodes, 1987
Tony Robinson ...  Baldrick, a dogsbody 6 episodes, 1987
Hugh Laurie ...  The Prince Regent, their master 6 episodes, 1987
Helen Atkinson Wood ...  Mrs. Miggins, a coffee shoppekeeper 6 episodes, 1987
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During the Regency period, the insane King George III's stark raving mad son, George, is the Prince Regent of Wales. Vulgar and staggeringly slow-and-dim-witted, George exhausts the country's money and would surely be dead by now were it not for his dry, angry, bitter, arrogant and cynical butler, Edmund Blackadder, Esq. Blackadder is an ex-aristocrat who has lost his family fortune and been reduced to servant-hood, and full of loathing knowing he should have a better position then serving a lunatic. Sod-Off Baldrick is his dirty, smelly peasant servant, and Mrs. Miggins is an annoying cheerful coffee-shoppe owner who is too stupid to understand most of Mr. Blackadder's insults. Written by Bloggers!

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

17 September 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackadder III See more »

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| (6 episodes)

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Mono

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Color
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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. See more »

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." See more »

Quotes

Blackadder: I have come up with a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel.
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Crazy Credits

The spines of the books detailing the three main cast actors in the opening credits reflect their character's social standing. Rowan Atkinson's book spine is a little faded but still neat and tidy; Tony Robinson's book spine is tattered and ripped; and Hugh Laurie's book spine is in pristine condition. See more »

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Referenced in Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988) See more »

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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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