Category: Blackadder

  • Missing Blackadder: The Cavalier Years Studio Tapes
    Missing Blackadder: The Cavalier Years Studio Tapes

    Thanks to a tip off from @SquidyUK, here’s something wonderful. Kaleidoscope has been donated the studio tapes from the recording of the Comic Relief special of Blackadder, The Cavalier Years. As you can see, they’re not in the best of condition, but there’s some lovely stuff to be seen. They keep adding to this collection,…

  • Stupid Sitcom Characters
    Stupid Sitcom Characters

    The best stupid sitcom characters aren’t actually stupid at all. They have an intelligence with a flawless internal logic. Take Baldrick for example. In his two most memorable scenes, he’s not wrong, and his logic is impeccable. Especially in this. Something else that makes a ‘stupid’ character more intresting is to have them being inexplicably…

  • Angry Sitcom Characters
    Angry Sitcom Characters

    Let’s start with Rik again, this time playing Rick in The Young Ones. Here’s a character consumed by the impotent rage of youth, wanting to change the world, thwarted by his spots. Basil Fawlty is angry at everything, taking it out on everyone, but this anger is fueled by the reality of his failing business.…

  • Blackadder At The 2000 Royal Variety Performance
    Blackadder At The 2000 Royal Variety Performance

    In a monologue written and introduced by Ben Elton, here’s Blackadder’s appearance at the Royal Variety Performance in 2000. There’s an obvious edit at the start of this. Wonder what was excised. I can’t seem to find my True History Of Blackadder by JF Roberts either to check. Where did I put it? Anyone know?

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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