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Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty [Paperback]

John Lloyd , Richard Curtis , Ben Elton , Rowan Atkinson
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4 Nov 1999

The complete Blackadder scripts by Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, Rowan Atkinson and John Lloyd.

Twenty-six years ago, Edmund Blackadder made his first appearance on our screens. Comedy has never been the same since (nor indeed has history).

Gathered here - in this twenty-sixth anniversary commemorative edition - are the complete scripts of Blackadder's adventures and, mostly, misadventures. Blackadder, Blackadder II, Blackadder the Third and Blackadder Goes Forth. Every word, every lie, every cunning plan and cock-up.

From medieval nastiness, through Elizabethan and Regency glory, to the mud and sautéed rats of the First World War, Blackadder and his oafish underling Baldrick can be most definitely blamed for ruining England's reputation as a country with a great history.

This historical record has been set down by Mr Richard Curtis, Mr Ben Elton, Mr Rowan Atkinson and Mr John Lloyd.

Richard Curtis is the writer/director behind Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and The Boat That Rocked) and Ben Elton is the bestselling author and writer of The Young Ones, The Man From Auntie and The Thin Blue Line. The character of Blackadder was played by Rowan Atkinson, who is the star of the Mr Bean TV series and films, and Johnny English. The four Blackadder series, produced by John Lloyd, won numerous BAFTAs and also an EMMY.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (4 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140280359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140280357
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For many people under 35, their most vivid glimpses of Britain's illustrious history have been through the Blackadder chronicles which brightened television screens from 1983 to 1989. Their constantly reborn protagonist, Edmund Blackadder, flounced through a bloody Middle Ages, a campy Elizabethan court, even camper Regency revels, and the rat-infested trenches of the Great War, armed with only his repulsive servant Baldrick, and a fine line in complex insults ("you would bore the leggings off a village idiot"; "he's got a brain the size of a weasel's wedding tackle").

Now you can brush up your Blackadder with a fine collection of the complete scripts, interspersed with useful titbits on medieval torture instruments, the menu in Mrs Miggins' coffee house, and the Prince Regent's laundry list. Bereft of their familiar faces and voices, television comedy scripts often fall flat--and Blackadder without the rubber-faced consonant-spitting of its hero Rowan Atkinson is surely unthinkable. But here the Blackadder oeuvre, penned by Richard Curtis and various collaborators, stands up wonderfully.

Curtis's bizarre, surreal take on English history takes up where 1066 and All That left off, wickedly skewering venerable historical personages, and hilariously literalising the classic clichés of textbook history (marvel again at the Puritan Whiteadders sitting on spikes so they won't enjoy their dinner). Classily produced, and with royalties going to the entertainment charity fund, Comic Relief, this is one TV tie-in well worth getting. --Alan Stewart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Blackadder series - Blackadder, Blackadder II, Blackadder the Third and Blackadder Goes Forth - were written by Richard Curtis (writer/director of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and The Boat That Rocked) and Ben Elton (the bestelling author and writer of The Young Ones, The Man From Auntie and The Thin Blue Line), and starred Rowan Atkinson (star of the Mr Bean TV series and films, amongst others). The four Blackadder series, produced by John Lloyd, won numerous BAFTAs and also an EMMY.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
This is a script-based book of all the four Blackadder series', not including the newest Millennium edition. The presentation, layout, illustrations and 'the other bits' are very good, and also very funny. The book also links the four historical periods and tells us what happened to the main characters after each series ended. It has almost been turned into a historically interesting novel, with the scripts woven in. There is also a cast list and synopsis for each series/play.
The appendix's, which can be found throughout the book, includes very funny accounts of instruments of torture, medieval medicines, the Mrs Miggins' Coffee House Tariff, Duties of... Clothes bills, Passage from Dr. Johnson's Dictionary, Baldrick's family tree, Baldrick's school, Index of Blackadder's finest insult etc...
For a Blackadder fan this surly is a must. It should be in every library and in every drama club! It's a lot of fun acting and there's so many to choose from - you'll never get bored! It's a jolly good read too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's what I called "Comedy" ! :) 26 April 2010
I've been watching the episodes through Internet and then started to look for the ways to buy the DVD's / CD's (i didnt know whether there are any exists) and the first thing i saw was this "dynasty" book and it took me just a few hours to read the whole scripts! :)

It was a great experience to read, feel and laugh the whole episodes and of course the lines of Edmund, Baldrick and Price Regent .

Just think... "To you, Baldrick, Renaissance was just something that happened to other people, wasn't it?"...

Gosh..what a funny line!! :)

I dont think that comedy world will meet anything/anyone like that...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Throughout the annals of history one dynasty--a singular lineage of crossbred loons--has been at the fore of the British revival. This family bears the name of Blackadder, and they are doomed by heriditary curse to suffer being a git for all of eternity. We all know Edmund Blackadder and his loyalist village idiot Baldrick, as they clamber through the menacingly black Dark Ages, the silly fickleness of the Elizabethan times, surviving the insanity of being Regency peasantry, and finding themselves stuck in a squalid dug-out on the last platoon against an encroaching WWI German army, with nothing to protect themselves with but some unclean spoons and a dead homing pigeon. Some of Blackadder, as we all know, is so utterly hilarious that if it'd be any funnier, we might as well have our ribs removed. Chroniclers Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, Rowan Atkinson and John Lloyd have put together this plump alternative history to the days of yore: "Blackadder (1485-1917): The Whole Damn Dynasty." In it we see all 24 scripts in a superbly well-presented way, plus casting lists, scores of intricate illustrations and photographs, extensive introductions and prefaces, and heaps of extra bits, thingummies and wossnames. In it, you'll find what happened after "1066 and All That" in a satirically funny way, lampooning such works as Will Cuppy's "The Complete Fall and Decline of Practically Everybody". We see how medicinal condiments helped to heal medieval sicknesses (apply leeches, burn 'em off, saw the sore part off, etc.), and we even get a glance of one of the misappropriated pages of Dr Johnson's rare dictionary. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Cunning Book You Could Buy 16 July 2000
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His wit is sharper than a gothic spire, he's destined to spend the rest of his life surrounded by people with the intellects of particularly stupid mashed potato, and he's more cunning than an army of super-intelligent foxes with pHd's in cunning. He's Edmund Blackadder, and here, you can read the exploits of every Blackadder there ever was, for this is the Whole Damn Dynasty. O.k, so what do you need a collection of scripts for, when you can just rent/buy the video's? What about those bits of dialogue you could never understand because they were drowned out by laughter? This is especially annoying when it's a punchline. Now you can catch exactly what was said. Alternatively, you could do what my friend and I do - act out the scripts for fun, just for the sake of putting on those silly voices (Baaaah!). Well, it keeps us amused. Although the most recent episode Back And Forth is not contained here (the book came out first), it does contain other episodes you're less likely to find, like the hidden gem, The Cavalier Years. The final reason I can think of is that if you are inclined to collect Blackadder scripts, up until now, all that was available were fan's transcripts off the net - often full of mistakes, and omissions (they don't know what was being said under all that laughter either). So go forth and purchase the collected works of the Slimy Bastard Formerly Known As...The Black Vegetable. It's the most anticipated book since How To Know When You Need Glasses was published in extra-large print.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book - Laugh every time 6 April 2003
No matter which episode I read, or when I read it, I always find myself laughing out loud. People on the train give me strange looks when ever I start laughing to myself, until they see the front cover, then they smile.
It is, quite simply, the scripts. There isn't anything more to say about them other than it is a very good read. If you loved the programme you will not be disapointed if you bought this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok.
Not really what I expected. It's just scripts from some episodes throughout all four series. I thought there would be at least some narrative & words from the cast in there... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
The book containing all scripts to Blackadder series? Couldn't imagine better present for my other half. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Patricia Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
I bought this for my wife whos an addict to the whole black adder series. She loves the book and highly recommends it.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars genius!
a breath of fresh air to clear the cobwebs of history! or at least history as this dynasty made it. which is pretty strange. Read more
Published 13 months ago by musicalsfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes
Very very funny, love it that I can now sit and read a bit of Blackadder when I feel like it, and imagine their voices and mannerisms as I do.
Published 16 months ago by JoDoll&Syd
5.0 out of 5 stars Woof woof.
Flash by name flash by nature.

Black adder is simply brilliant. But I don't know if the younger generation would appreciate this... Woof.
Published 18 months ago by Rich M
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas 2011
Son is going to be 'stoked' with this tome. Rowan Atkinson is a particular hero of his and a local boy who'done good'.
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by Mrs M Istery
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is fantastic for the avid "Blackadder" fan. It is great to visualise the characters from the screen whilst reading all the scripts. Read more
Published on 10 Sep 2009 by Kevin Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless work
One of the best TV shows ever, with lines as funny as watching Celine Dion being tarred and feathered by music lovers. Read more
Published on 28 May 2008 by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars The Whole Damn Dynasty
This book is a must have for any Blackadder fan. The Individuality of this classic sitcom, immortalised in this one fantastic book, including All the Episodes, and other... Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2004
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