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Blackadder Goes Forth

Written by: Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Six BBC TV episodes starring Rowan Atkinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Tony Robinson.

With a ya boo sucks to you fritzy, hot tiddly tumble, it's off to Western Front 1917. Captain Blackadder, hero of Mboto Gorge, joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive.

Now he finds himself crammed into a sewer, twenty yards from a lot of heavily armed people who want to kill him. Worse still, he takes his orders from two homicidal maniacs, one called the Charge of the Light Brigade 'a victory for common sense', and the other is called Darling.

Ever ready with a cunning plan, Blackadder actively avoids duty by taking up art, shooting the General's favourite bird, probing the hospital nurse, and learning to fly.

But will his attempts to push off be enough to save him when the Big Push comes?

This collection includes the following episodes: "Captain Cook", "Corporal Punishment", "Major Star", "Private Plane", "General Hospital", and "Goodbyeee".

©2003 BBC Audiobooks Ltd (P)1995, 2003 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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  • Marc
  • Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 2005-03-02

Very good Audioproduction of a TV show

It took me a long time before I decided to buy this book on the assumption that "audioversions" of TV shows don't work very well. How wrong I was!

The main reason I think is that because of the high focus on textual interaction as opposed to cinametic humour, the jokes do not get lost on the listener. (E.g. with audiobook fawlty towers a "describer" is needed to describe the cinematic situation in order to get the joke through).

What makes the show fun is the interaction between the very steriotypical characters, "idiot/insensitive general, pencil pusher, gung ho officer and the ultimate cynic who's main objective is "do everything not to get killed"

This book is very very funny, but also very sarcastic at how it sneers at British history. The TV show was controversial as it obviously doesn't spare British/Allied ignorance to life. "After 17 failed attempts they would never expect us to try an 18th".

In that aspect the book does have a sad historical value. Rowan Atkinson himself stated that the distance in time to 1917 only made it possible to write a parody about "Flanders Fields".

The only thing i found a bit annoying was the "canned laughter" but I got used to it after a few minutes.

Even if you didn't see the original show, I still recommend the book!

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  • Penny Crozier
  • 2005-02-25

Dry, very dry!

Love it - made me laugh so much I was as out of breath as "an asthmatic ant carrying a very large bag of shopping." If you like dry English humour, you will enjoy Blackadder. Doesn't lose a thing just being audio rather than the original TV show.

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  • Ben Johnson
  • 2019-02-22

Classic

A series for generations. Enjoyable from the opening scene to the last. As an avid fan of the series this show translated well to audio cast.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-07

Classic! Funny and poignant.

Works great as an audio performance. Especially if you've watched the TV version previously. Great performances.

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  • Smicky devotee
  • USA RI
  • 2018-01-10

Blackadder

Extremely entertaining. Hilariously sharp wit. This is dry and biting English humor at its best.

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  • Margot Jam
  • Jamaica
  • 2017-04-02

excellent! superbly funny

This is British conedy at its best.: " since this war stsrted we have advanced as far as an asthmatic ant going home with the shopping". I listen to this book while on the treadmill. I look forward to the "reruns ". By far the best of the Black Adder series.

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  • Frances
  • 2015-07-29

Clever and funny and sad

This is my favourite series of Blackadder. It's particularly satirical and the most consistently clever of the series (in my opinion). Plus you get Hugh Laurie, Tim McInnery and Stephen Fry in every episode! Awesome :D