Blackadder 5 Seasons 1989

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Season 4
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1. Blackadder Goes Forth - E01 - Captain Cook AGES_15_AND_OVER

Edmund is sent into no man's land to sketch the German positions.

Starring:
Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson
Runtime:
29 minutes

Blackadder Goes Forth - E01 - Captain Cook

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Richard Boden
Starring Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson
Supporting actors Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Tim Mcinnerney
Season year 1989
Network BBC Worldwide
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Craig Henderson on 5 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
Blackadder Goes Forth is absolutely brilliant and a comedy series you must add to your collection. Rowan Atkinson is back as Blackadder but this time as a Captain in the British army during the Great War. The year is 1917 and Blackadder has been on the frontline for three years and is determined to survive and get home. Hugh Laurie is brilliant in this series as young naive Lieutenant George, Tony Robinson is great as Private Baldrick and Tim McInnery is fantastic in his role as Captain Kevin Darling. Stephen Fry steals the show as General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmany Melchett-a mad optimistic General convinced that a one final big push will win the war. This series is great and pokes fun at the insanity of the Great War. Blackadder is determined to get out of the trenches and Melchett and Darling are determined to keep him there. Like the third series there are some very funny cameos by Rik Mayall, Ade Edmondson, Gabriel Glaister and many other fine comic actors.
This series is very very funny and of course the last episode is great but deeply poignant and moving.
A comedy series to love and cherish.
Baaaa!!!
5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Meadows on 21 Mar 2011
Format: DVD
This final series of Blackadder brings together the best elements of series 2 and 3 to create one of the best series of any comedy ever. Set in the trenches of World War 1, we have Stephen Fry returning as Melchett (this time a general) and Tim McInnerny is brought back full time, though not as the dappy Percy of series 1 and 2, but as whole new character, Kevin Darling, who is very similar to Blackadder himself, only he has got the lucky break of an office job several safe miles behind the front line.

Whilst still a bit of an idiot, Baldrick does take on an extra dimension in this series as the 'honest Tommy' representing the everyday man who was caught up in the Great War. There are returns for Flashheart & Bob from series 2, as well as a new role for Miranda Richardson. The whole series hangs together very well, with familiar themes running through each episode, such as Blackadder's schemes to try and get himself as far from the frontline as possible. Suffused with a collection of the finest insults ever broadcast on tv, this is comedy of the highest order. Yet this series has one element to it that puts it head and shoulders above the other 3 series and above most other comedies. That element is the pathos of the final episode. Though it is riddled with gags (the cappuccino line still has me in stitches) the reality of the war is never made fun of. It is the absurdity of the war that is the subject of derision, in as fine a way that is the match of the War Poets, and there is a distinct Sassoonian air to the eventual demise of the characters, which is done in an utterly moving way. You would be hard pressed not to cry at the finale, which is the crowning glory of this great comedy epoch.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Paul Johnson on 29 Aug 2004
Format: DVD
For me, this is the best of all the Blackadder series. The tone of this series seems to be different to all the others and your opinions of the characters is different accordingly.
Blackadder is for the most part a snide and somewhat cruel and unpleasant character, but rather than dislike him for the way he treats his couterparts, in Goes Forth, you just feel for him, placed in this desperate situation and trying anything he can think of to get out of it. Who would not, given the circumstances.
Making a comedy out of the tragic events of WW1 shows great skill and the writers manage it tremendously. They are helped by an incredibly good cast - there really are no weak links. For me, Stephen Fry playing the dimwitted General Meltchett is the standout, though an excellent cameo in one episode by Rik Mayall as flying ace Lord Flashart runs him close.
What is truely brilliant is the end. After all his attempts to escape, Blackadder is sent over the top, we presume to his doom, though we are never shown for definate, as the screen fades to show the battlefield in modern times. This could have been handled so badly, but it was in fact, perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jun 2008
Format: DVD
Blackadder has always been one of the funniest and best written British Sitcoms around and this forth and last series is one of the best from the shows run. The six episodes of the series all show-off the great script and the brilliant performances by both the main cast and the guest stars. All the cast seem to be thoroughly enjoying themselves throughout the series but alongside Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson, my favourite has to be Stephen Fry for his brilliant portrayal of General Melchett.

Each episode never ceases to be funny and the last episode of the series is still surprisingly touching despite the number of times that I have watched it. The one slight problem with the series is the laughter track that can be somewhat intrusive at times but this is a flaw that most comedies of this era suffer from and doesn't distract too much from the overall enjoyment. Blackadder Goes Forth use to be my favourite Blackadder series and although Blackadder Three has now superseded it for my favour, it is still a very close second.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Is there any time or place that writers Richard Curtis and Ben Elton cannot place thoroughly believable characters? In this instance, its the Western Front, 1917. An utter joy (the series, that is). The supporting cast, particularly Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie and Stephen Genius Fry, are impeccable. Rich with brilliant dialogue combined with incredibly creative incident- hot mud, dandruff and saliva, among other things- there is a real poignancy about this series. The absurdity of the events portrayed here work in a perfect blend of humour and cynicism that really reflect the madness of the war and those caught up in it. For me, the best of the four Blackadder outings.
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