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on 30 December 2012
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 original pilot (written as far back as 1980, when Atkinson was still in Not the nine o'clock news) had a different actor playing Baldrick? Or that the BBc were going to axe the show after one series? There are plenty more tales of working on the show from cast and crew and of course the writers,Ben Elton in particular. A truly great edition to anyone's comedy library, but an absolute MUST if you are a fan of Edmund and co.
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on 5 November 2016
Marvellous
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on 27 April 2017
Love Blackadder,but this is 2/3rds padding.
Blackadder tv series is dealt with in great,and fascinating depth,then rambles in a very tenuous way to ANYTHING that deals with Blackadder.
Tv scripts commissioned or not,interviews,photographs,it's all used to fill out the book.
Got bored very quickly.
Not recommended.
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on 13 November 2012
The highest praise I can give any book about British TV comedy is a favourable comparison with the works of Roger Wilmut. And that is exactly the kind of praise I am currently in the process of giving to The True History of the Blackadder. If you haven't read any of the works of Roger Wilmut, just assume that they are good and you'll get on just fine with this review.

To Wilmut's attention to detail, the author adds quite a playful style, but never lets it overpower the storytelling. Which is what this really is: a very good telling of a very good story. In the early stages the various players follow their independent paths, and then gradually their paths cross. This gets across precisely what Blackadder is: a kind of comedy supergroup (only not rubbish), drawing on the style and personalities of the twin worlds of "Oxbridge-revue" and "alternative", resulting in a high watermark for British comedy.

From Mr Roberts, Blackadder gets the book it richly deserves.
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on 22 January 2013
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 :)
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on 15 April 2013
Enjoyed the read. Worth getting hold of if you are a fan of Black adder to get a good insight
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on 9 May 2015
Bought for a present. Son well pleased.
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on 20 November 2012
Couldn't go wrong ~ If you liked the TV series then this is a MUST. (Recommend the accompanying volume of "Blackadder ~ The Whole Damn Dynasty" scripts.) Written somewhat tongue-in-cheek it makes great bedtime reading. A must-have for any fans!
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on 30 November 2013
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on 17 December 2012
Well good best read in a while would recommend def to any one that likes black adder thy bye bye
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