Talk:The Black Adder

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Good article The Black Adder has been listed as one of the Media and drama good articles under the good article criteria. If you can improve it further, please do so. If it no longer meets these criteria, you can reassess it.
May 31, 2008 Good article nominee Listed

Repeats (or lack thereof)[edit]

The article makes mention of John Sergeant's disparaging remarks about the overall quality of the first series. I would like to expand on this somewhat by adding a sentence to the effect that the BBC only saw fit to repeat it (at most) once - possibly as a prelude to the launch of Blackadder II - rather as if it was a product they were not particularly proud of, in spite of the expense described in this article. However, I am none too sure of my facts (not even which year it was repeated, if at all) and would like to hear from anyone with better recollection than mine, or sources to cite.

Furthermore, whilst UK TV Gold screens seemingly endless repeats of series two, three and four, they have similarly shunned series one - until now, that is. On Sunday 27th April 2008 they screened the series opener. On Monday 28th they screened The Queen of Spain's Beard and on Tuesday 29th they have scheduled the final episode - with repeats of Blackadder II resuming once more, the following day.

If I have an 'angle' at all here, it is that the first series has never had the honour of being 'back by popular demand' and that it is widely regarded (?) as being 'less funny' than the other three series. That's a matter for debate and, of course, personal POV does not belong in the article itself. EatYerGreens (talk) 04:06, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

I agree that it could do with a 'reception' section, although I couldn't really find any contemporary reviews. It's definitely not as popular as the later series, is it? I know Michael Grade didn't want it recommissioned due to the cost, as mentioned in the second series article, so I suppose that could be mentioned. I haven't been able to find any specific quotes where one of the cast/crew/BBC staff have said it wasn't very good, except one where Ben Elton said that it was a "curate's egg". Bob talk 13:41, 17 May 2008 (UTC)

Good Article review[edit]

Passed, see review page --Rodhullandemu 21:33, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

David Steel reference[edit]

I've removed this as it's unable to be sourced at the moment:

"The title of Laird of Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles may have been inspired by the then leader of the Liberal Party, David Steel, who was MP for that constituency when the series was written."

Bob talk 20:42, 31 May 2008 (UTC)

Episode Order[edit]

According to the Blackadder Remastered box set, The Queen of Spain's Beard is episode 2, not episode 4. Should we go with the box set? Hmatthews92 (talk) 20:18, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

And "Born to be King" is titled as episode 4. These were probably aired out of order. ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 12:20, 31 October 2011 (UTC)