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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2018 8:29 p.m. PST

"BBC's Blackadder is one of the funniest historical T.V comedies ever. The four series, which ran from 1983 to 1989, follow the conniving, cowardly Edmund Blackadder and his sidekick Baldrick through various epochs.

The final series, Blackadder Goes Forth, is set in 1917. It features Captain Blackadder, a British Army officer on the Western Front, who did his sneaky best to stay alive while everyone else seemed madly determined to get killed.

But guess what? There really was a Captain Blackadder who fought in World War I. And a Private Baldrick, a Captain Darling and a Lieutenant George—the latter supporting characters in the BBC show…."
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mollinary08 Jun 2018 2:42 a.m. PST

Thanks Armand, very interesting. Sadly, there is no Lt. George in Blackadder goes Forth. George is Hugh Laurie's character's Christian name. His full name is George Colthurst St. Barleigh. I would be surprised if they could find a match for that!

Andrew Preziosi08 Jun 2018 5:04 a.m. PST

At least Baldrick's poem will go down as an Official World War One piece of literature…no matter how repetitive!

mollinary08 Jun 2018 5:26 a.m. PST

Boom! Boom! Or is that Basil Brush?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2018 10:26 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2018 12:48 p.m. PST

My wife is an English teacher and while studying poetry she gave a class 'Boom, Boom, Boom' to analyse. Being too young to have seen the TV programme, the kids took it seriously….

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