Sat. Oct 1st, 2022
Screenshot of TV series set during WWI in Europe.
enlarge Rowan Atkinson is Capt. Edmund Blackadder and Hugh Laurie is the stupid Lt. George in Black adder continuesthe fourth season set during the First World War.

The BBC’s quirky yet classic 80s comedy series, blackadder, could finally get a long-awaited fifth season, according to British tabloids. However, such rumors have been circulating before and there has been no official announcement confirming the news yet.

I have long loved this eccentric series and have rewatched the episodes regularly over the years via DVD. (It doesn’t take long; there are only six episodes for each of the four seasons, plus a handful of specials.) The show follows its protagonist, one Edmund Blackadder (played to perfection by Rowan Atkinson), through various historical eras in England : the Middle Ages, the Elizabethan era, the Regency era and the First World War.

Blackadder starts out as a bumbling prince (King Richard IV’s youngest son) and gets both smarter and lower as the seasons go on: a nobleman in the court of Queen Elizabeth I in season two, a butler to Hugh Laurie’s dim-witted Prince Regent in season two. season three, and a captain on the western front in season four. He is a knight in The Cavalier Years special and a shopkeeper in Blackadder’s Christmas carola Dickens parody set in Victorian England.

blackadder has always bridged the fine line between cunningly foolish and wickedly clever, drawing abundantly from British cultural history for his often broad wit. Who can forget Edmund’s brief stint as corrupt Archbishop of Canterbury and that infamous black Russian codpiece? How about when he was kidnapped by a Spanish torturer who speaks no English and engaged in an elaborate game of charades to communicate? He once accidentally burned Samuel Johnson’s dictionary, pretended to be the Scarlet Pimpernel, and stood trial as the Flemish Pigeon Killer. The final episode of season four (“Goodbyeee”) proved unusually moving.

His pot is blacker than his kettle

There has been no verse blackadder episodes since the one-off 2000, Black adder back and forth, and fans have been longing for a fifth season ever since, with their hopes continually dashed. But now it looks like it’s really going to happen. Atkinson, Tony Robinson (who played the dog body Baldrick), Stephen Fry (Melchett), and Laurie have reportedly been discussing reprising their roles and are eager to do so. There are supposedly new episodes being written.

So what might a fifth season of this offbeat comedy series look like? Co-writer Richard Curtis (who wrote the new Danny Boyle movie) Yesterday) has said that the original series was “a young man’s show, who criticized older people and said how stupid those in authority were.” So this time, according to reports, Blackadder will be much older: an aging university teacher, eternally annoyed by his young students. Let’s hope the new season continues the tradition of adapting the theme song lyrics to each episode.

To quote Blackadder himself, “Am I jumping, Baldrick, or are the words ‘I have a cunning plan’ marching with undeserved confidence toward this conversation?” One should not post at a lot of faith in a few tabloids. Barring an official announcement, we can only wait and hope that this turns out to be a plan so cunning that you can give it a tail and call it a weasel.

By akfire1

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