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Blackadder pretends that he's insane to avoid certain death carrying out the General's order for the "big push".

Director:

Richard Boden (uncredited)

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview:
Rowan Atkinson ... Captain Edmund Blackadder
Tony Robinson ... Private S Baldrick
Stephen Fry ... General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett
Hugh Laurie ... Lieutenant The Honourable George Colthurst St. Barleigh
Tim McInnerny ... Captain Kevin Darling
Geoffrey Palmer ... Field Marshal Haig
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Storyline

After years of futile trench warfare, General Melchett gives the order for the "big push": a suicidal charge across the battlefield towards hundreds of German machine guns. Desperate to avoid participating, Captain Blackadder hatches a plan to convince his superiors that he has gone insane and therefore cannot go into combat. Written by Murray Chapman

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Comedy | War

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1989 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

Hugh Laurie said that filming was sad because "even for comic effect, we were representing the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people". See more »

Goofs

Baldrick mentions Neville the Hamster as one of his friends. Hamsters were not bred until 1930 and only after then did they start to become domestic pets. Wild hamsters are unknown in Europe. See more »

Quotes

Captain Blackadder: This is a crisis. A large crisis. In fact, if you got a moment, it's a twelve-storey crisis with a magnificent entrance hall, carpeting throughout, 24-hour portage, and an enormous sign on the roof, saying 'This Is a Large Crisis'. A large crisis requires a large plan. Get me two pencils and a pair of underpants.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits for the final episode are abrupt. After we see Blackadder and co. go over the top to their deaths, the music goes to a slow, mournful rendition of the main theme, and the scene shifts slowly to a shot of a real-life WWI trench, as it appears today -- a poppy-decked hill with the trench only barely visible. There is no ending credit roll, and instead, the Blackadder Goes Fourth logo and the BBC logo and copyright date appear unobtrusively in a corner. See more »

Connections

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

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Watching during Remembrance period
15 November 2014 | by bgajunkieSee all my reviews

I stood silently for the 2 minute silence during Armistice Day 2014, as I have always done ever year when and wherever possible. I have observed on Facebook how much this episode has on its viewers with respect to remembering those lost during WWI, and by extension during any of the conflicts that followed, right up to today. This episode most resonates with a viewer during the annual Remembrance period.

I felt that doing WW1 in Blackadder Goes Forth was the best series of all Blackadders. I loved the ending especially as it was silent, which made it more poignant and respectful.

This is where the writers and actors showed their own respect and humility in regards to the sacrifices of all those who gave their lives for their countries; but in the right context - made light of the casual brutality, senseless wastage and callous disregard for life by the generals & politicians of the age in the conduct of war. An amazing feat in a comedy, after all. One of the best "entertainment" programmes made by the BBC ever.


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