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5.0 out of 5 stars Giving this the mental equivalent of a standing ovation!, 25 July 2001
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This review is from: Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty (Paperback)
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. Any Blackadder fan would be as happy as a Frenchman with a pair of self-removing trousers with this brilliant book which is as cunning as a fox who has just been made Professor of Cunning at Oxford University. All the proceeds go to the charity Comic Relief, and if it weren't enough by itself, there is an independent section featuring all of Blackadder's finest insults. After "The Black Adder", "Blackadder II", "Blackadder the Third" and "Blackadder Goes Forth", go and seek out the "Blackadder Back And Forth" video to complete your collection. And try and avoid fierce winds; faces with mile-wide smirks set in concrete look amusingly silly.
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