Blackadder is a Sitcom programme.

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Black Adder Goes Forth takes place in 1917 during the First World War. Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) is now a Captain and an inconvenience to his garrison. Stuck uncomfortably close to the Front Line, his prime concern is to dissaude General Melchett (Stephen Fry) from sending him and his men "over the top" of the trenches to a certain death. Baldrick (Tony Robinson) is a Private, loitering in the trenches and acting as Blackadder's batman, while Lt. George Barleigh (Hugh Laurie) is a mad, empty-headed, have-a-go hero, keen to appease Blackadder.

Although there was plenty of fine comedy here, the overall tone of this final Black-Adder series was much darker, more satirical, questioning the madness of war. The final episode - where Blackadder and his men are forced to go over the top - concludes with a frozen frame that dissolves into a field of poppies. It is one of British comedy's most poignant moments.

Genre: Sitcom

Running Time: 40 minutes (approx)

When is Blackadder next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC Two England December 22nd, 6:15pm and on BBC Two Northern Ireland December 22nd, 6:15pm. See more...

Main Cast

Image for Rowan AtkinsonRowan Atkinson
Image for Tony RobinsonTony Robinson
Image for Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
Image for Stephen FryStephen Fry
Image for Tim McInnernyTim McInnerny
Image for Ben EltonBen Elton
Image for Richard CurtisRichard Curtis