The True History of the Blackadder: The Unadulterated Tale of the Creation of a Comedy Legend Paperback – 11 Oct 2012
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"a rather elegant overview of Eighties British TV comedyâ ¦ If you have any interest in comedy, you will love this book â ¦ [Roberts'] research has been assiduous, his judgments are sound and his puppyish enthusiasm encouraged his interviewees to give their best. Unlike Baldrick's cunning plans, this one seems to have worked"
To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the first pilot episode of The Black Adder this is the complete history of the series with the co-operation of writers Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, producer John Lloyd, cast and crew. Including hitherto unseen material including extracts from a previously unseen and unproduced Christmas special. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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I LOVED this book. It did absolutely everything it promised on the cover. It *was* a full history, not only giving the biographies of the actors and creative team but also a firm grounding of the comic and social culture which gave rise to Blackadder. It then went on to drill down into each series, how they were created from the writing through to how the performances evolved. There's lots of new interviews and plenty of facts - like another reviewer, I am sure this a book I shall go back to again and again.
Probably what I liked best was the author's tone - clearly Roberts is a fan too and approached the work with joy, passion and humour which really shine through.
Just buy it, you'll be glad you did. And if you're fan too, you'll find it makes you watch again with a whole next level of appreciation and enjoyment.
My friend was spot on the money. It is obvious that the author has spent years studying the Blackadder series and cast and the result is a well-rounded and yet surprisingly easy read that can be picked up and put down to suit your current pace of life. Which, as my friend rightly pointed out, is exactly what you need for a holiday book. If you have plenty of time to wallow in new historical Blackadder fact then you can get lost in the book for hours. Or if you have a 30 minute bus journey then you can certainly absorb a handful of pages for a quick fix.
I learnt an awful lot from this and I reckon in a couple of years I will enjoy reading it again, when I have no doubt forgotten it all.
An easy to recommend book that will shed new light on the lovely Blackadder people, along with the shows journey of development, all the while tickling you with nostalgia. Pick it up today, it wont disappoint.
There is information on why this particular period was chosen for spoofing, which characters were originally intended for different actors e.g. Tony Robinson was always intended to play Baldrick but when the pilot shoot was delayed and he was unavailable Philip Fox took the role (for the pilot only). Also there were what you might call "double acts" such as Miriam Margolyes and Jim Broadbent (Queen of Spain and her translator series 1), Mark Arden and Stephen Frost (guards series 1), considered succesful in series 1 had roles more or less written for them which had to be recast when one was not available. E.G. Arden returned to play another guard in series 2 but Frost was unavailable. Lord and Lady Whiteadder were intended for both Miriam & Jim but in the event only Miriam was available. When it came to Christmas Carol, the chance to reunite them as Victoria and Albert was taken.
There are in addition to well known tales such as how series 2 had to scale down budget and how Rik Mayall wanted to have better lines than Atkinson for Flashheart, lesser known stories and information. Examples are how the latest Bishop of Bath and Wells was the subject of baby eating jokes, people still stopping Miriam Margolyes in the street requesting she slaps them crying "wicked child" how Wilfrid Brambell walked off the set in series 1 and who Brian Blessed wanted to play in series 2.Read more ›
Mr Roberts writes in a style that could easily be part of one of the scripts. It is easy to engage with and flows nicely.
A must for all General Haig's Wife's tennis partners and some chap I bumped into in the mess called Bernard.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it! Totally reliving the Bladder days and loads of excellent details.Published 21 months ago by Matthew Alford
Enjoyed the read. Worth getting hold of if you are a fan of Black adder to get a good insightPublished on 15 April 2013 by A S Hancock
Black Adder is brillian and incredibly funny I suggest i you not sure about reading this book watch the series on disc and then you will defintly thin the book will be grate and... Read morePublished on 12 April 2013 by James Perry
This fantastic book documents a period of comedy that I grew up on and maintain an unhealthy fascination with, and I still found myself learning many new things. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2013 by Sighdone
Bought this for my grandad for christmas as he is a big fan of blackadder and he was very happy with it when he opened it :)Published on 22 Jan. 2013 by Hannah
A very revealing account of one of THE greatest comedies of all time, there is plenty of tasty titbits for the fan to get their teeth into, for instance, did you know that the... Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2012 by Wayne 100 hundreds
Well good best read in a while would recommend def to any one that likes black adder thy bye byePublished on 17 Dec. 2012 by mark warren