The times, they say, are a-changing but sarcasm and a killer wit are eternal. From a simpering prince to a First World War captain by way of an Elizabethan courtier and butler to the Prince Regent, Edmund Blackadder was a comedy icon for the ages. Remoulded as a devious misanthrope after the misfiring first series saw him portrayed as a privileged simpleton, Rowan Atkinson's finest role was well named - a dark heart and a sharp tongue combined to give us one of TV's best and funniest anti-heroes.
Goodbyeee (Blackadder Goes Forth, episode 6). Over the course of the final series, Captain Edmund Blackadder tried and failed to escape the madness of the Trenches and he was forced to lead his men in the charge over the top. Expertly combining classic comedy with a tear-jerking coda, this was a fitting last hurrah for a TV icon.
Did You Know?
The show's format was mercifully changed after the first series at the behest of the BBC who wanted it to become a more standard (and less expensive) studio sitcom.
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