❉ Gold has a cunning plan to celebrate Blackadder’s 35th birthday.
Over one weekend, Gold celebrates the 35th birthday of one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed British sitcoms of all time.
Starring Rowan Atkinson as the duplicitous, scheming and ruthless Edmund Blackadder, the four series also showcased the cream of alternative British comic talent of the early 1980s, who all went on to become household names – writers Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Miranda Richardson, Tim McInnerny and Rik Mayall among them.
Throughout the weekend, Gold plays some its favourite specials and episodes from series two to four and a couple of specials as well.
On Saturday, Edmund is in trouble when he is visited by a bishop armed with a red-hot poker in Money (Saturday, 7.30pm). Next, Duel and Duality (Saturday, 8.10pm) sees the prince challenged to a duel by the fearsome Duke Of Wellington. Edmund is sent into no man’s land to sketch the German positions in Plan A: Captain Cook (Saturday, 8.50pm). Blackadder’s Most Cunning Moments (Saturday, 9.30pm) counts down the 40 funniest moments from the iconic sitcom, with cast members, crew and celebrity fans choosing their favourite clips. It also features contributions from co-writer Ben Elton and Stephen Fry, who appeared in many of the best-loved episodes.
On Sunday, in Beer (Sunday, 7.30pm) problems arise after an embarrassing incident with a turnip, a feather and a fat aunt. Blackadder faces court-martial for eating a carrier pigeon in Plan B: Corporal Punishment (Sunday, 8.10pm). Then in Chains (Sunday, 8.50pm) the evil Prince Ludwig kidnaps both Blackadder and Lord Melchett. Finally, Blackadder: The Whole Rotten Saga (Sunday, 9.30pm) looks back at the making of Blackadder and features fascinating interviews and behind-the-scene insights from the renowned cast and writers including the first ever interview with Rowan Atkinson, on his personal experience of playing Edmund Blackadder.
❉ Blackadder’s 35th Birthday – Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 June, from 7.30pm, Gold: Sky 110/810 (HD), Virgin 124, BT & TalkTalk 310.
❉ News source: UKTV Press Office.
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