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Plot[ edit ] Blackadder the Third is set in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a period known as the Regency. During this period, he was known as "the Prince Regent ". In the series, E. On the other hand, given the ease with which he is able to manipulate the Prince, he is generally financially comfortable. According to Edmund he has been serving the Prince Regent all of his life, ever since the Prince was breastfed when he had to show the Prince which part of his mother was "serving the drinks".
Baldrick Tony Robinson remains similar to his Blackadder II predecessor , and although his "cunning plans" cease to be even remotely intelligent except in the last episode , he is the most aware of political, religious and social events. In this series, Baldrick often displays a more belligerent attitude towards his master, even referring to him once as a "lazy, big-nosed, rubber-faced bastard".
Blackadder often affectionately calls him "Balders" and Baldrick sometimes calls Blackadder "Mr. The plots feature rotten boroughs , Dr. Samuel Johnson played by Robbie Coltrane , the French Revolution featuring Chris Barrie and the Scarlet Pimpernel , over-the-top theatrical actors , squirrel-hating female highwaymen , the practice of settling quarrels with a duel and the discussion of tactics with Duke of Wellington played by Stephen Fry. This leads to a dialogue in which Atkinson is acting both parts.
After this episode, Blackadder finds fortune and ends up permanently posing as the Prince Regent after the real prince, disguised as Blackadder, is shot by the Duke of Wellington. The titles of the episodes are always a noun paired with another, derived from an adjective beginning with the same letters , based on the Jane Austen novel Sense and Sensibility.
On the first broadcast, fifth episode Amy and Amiability was billed in the Radio Times under its working title of Cape and Capability.
Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty, 1485-1917
Common characteristics[ edit ] Each Blackadder is positioned in a different place in British society over each series, with the character mostly falling in social rank through history. Throughout each series, Blackadder is a self-serving, cynical opportunist concerned solely with increasing his own influence, status and wealth. With the exception of the first Blackadder incarnation, Prince Edmund, each is generally cynical , charismatic and intelligent. While he is haunted by bad luck, he is usually very capable of manipulating his way out of a crisis and in securing for himself some degree of prestige and fortune. Blackadder is also usually one of the few intelligent people present at any given time and is usually surrounded by incompetent, slow-witted servants, equals and superiors. As a result, he possesses an acerbic wit and is usually prepared with numerous quick put-downs, which are often wasted on those at whom they are directed. He is frequently present at some of the defining moments of British history, but usually views his contemporaries with unbridled contempt, regardless of their historical importance or interest.
Blackadder : The Whole Damn Dynasty by John Lloyd, Ben Elton, Richard Curtis (Hardback, 1998)