Though there was only 24 episodes and the show finished in 1989, Blackadder has never been forgotten and continues to be one of Britain’s most loved sitcoms. As well as its unique take on four different periods within British history, it also featured one of comedy’s most famous anti-heroes, the acerbic Edmund Blackadder. The eight quotes below give a strong insight into his turn of phrase, and you’ll find a bonus example of his scathing wit here.
Edmund Blackadder: Now, all we have to do is wait. Baldrick, fix us some coffee, will you? And try to make it taste slightly less like mud this time. Baldrick: Not easy, I’m afraid, Captain. Edmund Blackadder: Why is this? Baldrick: ‘Cause it is mud. We ran out of coffee thirteen months ago.
Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson from the legendary British sitcom ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’ (1989). The first of the four series began in 1983.
Edmund Blackadder: All right. Fire away, Baldrick. Baldrick: Hear the words I sing / War’s a horrid thing / So i sing sing sing / Ding a Ling a Ling. George: (clapping) Oh, bravo, yes Edmund Blackadder Well it started off badly, it tailed off a little in the middle, and the less said about the end, the better. But, apart from that, excellent!
Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Hugh Laurie in Blackadder (1983 – 1989)