BBCDVD 1069 Black adder goes fourth by Richard Curtis / Ben Elton


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Catalogue numberBBCDVD 1069
TitleBlack adder goes fourth
Artist(s)Richard Curtis / Ben Elton
Cover conditionNot listed
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label codeA
Item deleted?Yes
Released1990
Distributed / printed byBBC Worldwide Ltd
Country of originUK UK flag
Media typePrimary
Media genreComedies - Situation
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Run-off codes / Shop bar codesA0100379647-A911 48 A 1
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Side & trackTrack and ArtistLength
A1Captain Cook29.15
A2Corporal Punishment29.27
A3Major Star29.07
A4Private Plane28.59
A5General Hospital28.06
A6Goodbyeee29.25
Total length of media 2:54:19.

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Starring


Rowan Atkinson - Captain Edmund Blackadder
Tony Robinson - Private S. Baldrick
Hugh Laurie - Lieutenant George
Stephen Fry - General Melchett
Tim McInnerny - Captain Kevin Darling

Jeremy Hardy - Corporal Perkins (Episode 2)
Stephen Frost - Corporal Jones (Episode 2)
Lee Cornes - Private Fraser (Episode 2)
Paul Mark Elliott - Private Robinson (Episode 2)
Jeremy Gittins - Private Tipplewick (Episode 2)
Gabrielle Glaister - Driver Parkhurst (Episodes 3,4)
Rik Mayall - Squadron Commander Lord Flashheart (Episode 4)
Adrian Edmondson - Baron von Richthoven (Episode 4)
Hugo E Blick - Lieutenant von Gerhardt (Episode 4)
Miranda Richardson - Nurse Mary Fletcher-Brown (Episode 5)
Bill Wallis - Sir Bernard Proudfoot-Smith (Episode 5)
Geoffrey Palmer - Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig (Episode 6)

Music by


Howard Goodall

Written by


Richard Curtis
Ben Elton

Produced by


John Lloyd

Directed by


Richard Boden

Synopsis


Blackadder Goes Forth is the fourth and final series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder, written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, which aired from 28 September to 2 November 1989 on BBC One. The series placed the recurring characters of Blackadder, Baldrick and George in a trench in Flanders during World War I, and followed their various doomed attempts to escape from the trenches to avoid certain death under the misguided command of General Melchett. The series is particularly noted for its criticism of the British Army leadership during the campaign, and also refers to a number of famous figures of the age. In addition, the series is remembered for the poignant ending of the final episode.

Despite initial concerns that the comedy series might trivialise the events of the war, the series won widespread acclaim on its release, and won the British Academy Television Award for Best Comedy Series in 1989. It has since become regarded as a classic television sitcom, and in 2000 was placed 16th by industry professionals in a list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes compiled by the British Film Institute. However, some historians have criticized it for presenting an oversimplified view of the war, reinforcing the popular notion of "lions led by donkeys".
Episode 1
When Field Marshal Haig unveils his new strategy to "move his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin", Blackadder volunteers to be an Official War Artist, not realising that a commission to paint a cover for thoroughly absorbent propaganda magazine King and Country is just a ruse for a highly-dangerous secret mission. Can Baldrick's plan to become Melchett's chef save him, and how much custard can one cat produce?
Episode 2
Despite problems with communications, orders for another mission arrive by carrier pigeon and Blackadder breaches regulations by eating the messenger. With George as his lawyer in a court martial, and with only one night to live, can the Flanders pigeon murderer avoid death by firing squad using Baldrick's smuggled escape kit?
Episode 3
With everyone talking about the famous comedian Charlie Chaplin, Blackadder volunteers to organise a variety show in the hope that it will be shifted to the London Palladium. Unfortunately, Melchett has fallen in love with his leading lady, the fair Georgina (George dressed as a woman).
Episode 4
Despite Blackadder's loathing of the arrogant flying ace Lord Flashheart, Blackadder, Baldrick and George volunteer to join the Royal Flying Corps unaware that their nickname the "Twenty Minuters" refers to their average life expectancy. After Blackadder and Baldrick crash their plane behind enemy lines, they are captured by the Germans (including a rather camp Baron von Richthofen) and must prepare for a fate worse than death.
Episode 5
A game of "I Spy" goes terribly wrong when a bomb strikes Blackadder's bunker and injures George, leaving him in the care of the kindly Nurse Mary at the field hospital. After Melchett and Darling inform Blackadder that there is a German spy in the hospital giving away their battle plans, Blackadder and Darling are sent undercover.
Episode 6
Millions have died but the troops have advanced no further than "an asthmatic ant with some heavy shopping". Now, at last, the 'final' big push looms, and Blackadder is willing to try anything to avoid it. Will putting a pair of underpants on his head and shoving two pencils up his nose get Blackadder invalided back to Blighty?

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