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Blackadder

Scheduled Saturday night on BBC One

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Ash101
I can imagine it’s more to plug the fact they’re on iPlayer as complete boxsets?
GL
Gluben Anglia (East) Look East
Jonwo posted:
A Blackadder Casualty crossover though is the show I didn't know I needed.

TBH if it was the 4th series I'd probably watch it but don't remember the earlier ones being that great.

The Black Adder is the worst of the four series although it's not terrible. Blackadder II is where the template for the characters was established.

The original pilot is floating around the internet and it's more in the style of the later series than the first series,


To an extent it is. The 1982 pilot, a year before the first series, has a lot of oddities in that it has John Savident as a random king, Elspet Grey as a queen who looks eerily similar to Queenie in Blackadder II (which would work as it’s set 400 years ago), Philip Fox as Baldrick and, most importantly, Rowan Atkinson’s portrayal of Edmund.

Some say it’s a lot closer to his sarcastic portrayal from series 2 onwards. Actually watching it though, he seems to play it more like an extended sketch from Not the Nine O’Clock News (which ended a year previously). I don’t think there’s any real characterisation there, hence why they did what they did for The Black Adder in 1983. His costume and haircut is much better in the pilot at least.
JO
Jonwo
In a way, what happened with Blackadder II is very similar to what happened to Star Trek II as the first in the series were expensive projects that did okay business and nearly didn't get a renewal/greenlight and in both cases, making things cheaper and pared back means they were able to make the overall product a lot better plus the original creator/writer dropped out of the creative aspect and new writers brought in.
TE
tellyblues North Reporting Scotland
Royle Family has been on last couple of Fridays, except yesterday of course.
JO
Jonwo
Royle Family has been on last couple of Fridays, except yesterday of course.

That's another one where the boxset is available on iPlayer.
BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
I know it didn't rate great but a shame they didn't stick with the Gavin and Stacey reruns beyond one series and I can't see Blackadder rating better than a rerun of series two of G&S would have, but at least it isn't Mrs Browns Boys yet again.
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
JO
Jonwo
I know it didn't rate great but a shame they didn't stick with the Gavin and Stacey reruns beyond one series and I can't see Blackadder rating better than a rerun of series two of G&S would have, but at least it isn't Mrs Browns Boys yet again.

I wouldn't be surprised if Blackadder II is a one and done airing and the BBC can just point viewers to the series boxset on iPlayer. Likewise with the other shows they're repeating.
TV
iloveTV1 London London
Jonwo posted:
I know it didn't rate great but a shame they didn't stick with the Gavin and Stacey reruns beyond one series and I can't see Blackadder rating better than a rerun of series two of G&S would have, but at least it isn't Mrs Browns Boys yet again.

I wouldn't be surprised if Blackadder II is a one and done airing and the BBC can just point viewers to the series boxset on iPlayer. Likewise with the other shows they're repeating.


It’s airing next Saturday as well.
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MA
Meridian AM Meridian (South) South Today
Jonwo posted:
I know it didn't rate great but a shame they didn't stick with the Gavin and Stacey reruns beyond one series and I can't see Blackadder rating better than a rerun of series two of G&S would have, but at least it isn't Mrs Browns Boys yet again.

I wouldn't be surprised if Blackadder II is a one and done airing and the BBC can just point viewers to the series boxset on iPlayer. Likewise with the other shows they're repeating.


It’s airing next Saturday as well.


Surely they are showing the 6 episodes of Blackadder 2 just to fill a gap in the 6 weeks to Christmas?
TI
tightrope78 UTV Newsline
The Blackadder series is generally considered one of the top ten British sitcoms of all time (by various fan polls and industry mags) so I don’t see the shock in the BBC deciding to repeat it. The only mildly surprising thing was seeing a programme in 4:3 on BBC One primetime on a Saturday night.
JL
JamesLaverty1925 Central (East) East Midlands Today
The policy appears to be, show one series and plug the rest being on iPlayer. It’s not just comedy, they did it with showing he first Line of Duty as well
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VM
VMPhil Granada North West Today
Vicar of Dibley from Monday too, which I suspect will have broader appeal.

They did do a repeat run of Vicar of Dibley a few years ago on Friday nights.

I've noticed that when these shows get put on iPlayer and then they broadcast one or two episodes as a teaser of sorts, that the clean iPlayer version gets replaced with the off air recording, so you get a brief flash of the ident at the start, or sometimes annoyingly the continuity announcer over the credits (not on Blackadder though thankfully).

It also seems a bit strange that they put all these full shows on iPlayer rather than Britbox but hey I'm not complaining!

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