Dienstag, 27. Oktober 2009

Black Adder - S01E06 - The Black Seal

When all of Edmund's titles are removed except Warden of the Royal Privies, Edmund is furious and decides to raise an army of six of the most ruthless bandits in all the lands to seize the throne and become king.

First appearance of Rik Mayall as Mad Gerald, though the character is credited as "himself".


Montag, 26. Oktober 2009

Black Adder - S01E05 - Witchsmeller Pursuivant

After a witch test gone wrong, Edmund is accused of being a witch, and the witchsmeller does everything to make everyone believe Edmund really is a witch.


Sonntag, 25. Oktober 2009

Black Adder - S01E04 - The Queen of Spain's Beard

Edmund realises that he is going to get married to a beautiful woman, but discovers that his future bride is an ugly queen. With the help of Baldrick and Percy, Edmund does whatever he can to stop the wedding.

First appearance of Miriam Margolyes.


Samstag, 24. Oktober 2009

Black Adder - S01E03 - The Archbishop

King Richard announces that he is going to make his son Archbishop of Cantebury. Edmund discovers that if his brother, Harry, becomes the archbishop, he will be killed and Edmund will become king. Unfortunately, when Edmund becomes the archbishop, two knights are out to kill Edmund.


Freitag, 23. Oktober 2009

Black Adder - S01E02 - Born to be King

Edmund plots revenge when Dougal McAngus, the King's Supreme Commander, arrives and steals Edmund's lands. Edmund decides to kill McAngus in a play, but discovers that he has secrets about Edmund's mother which could make him king.


Donnerstag, 22. Oktober 2009

Black Adder - S01E01 - The Foretelling

As the Wars of the Roses reaches its climax, Edmund arrives late for the war and accidentally kills the King and becomes a prince as Richard IV becomes king. With the ghost of Richard III haunting Edmund's every waking moment, he must do his best to keep it a secret, until the three wise women give Edmund some really fantastic news.


Mittwoch, 21. Oktober 2009

Black Adder - Description

Blackadder is the generic name that encompasses four series of a BBC One historical sitcom, along with several one-off installments.

All episodes star Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson as anti-hero Edmund Blackadder and his dogsbody, Baldrick. Each series is set in a different historical period with Blackadder and Baldrick as main characters. In each series they are accompanied by different characters, though several persons reappear in one series or another - for example, Melchett and Lord Flashheart.

The first series was written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, while subsequent episodes were written by Curtis and Ben Elton. The shows were produced by John Lloyd.

In 2000 the fourth series, Blackadder Goes Forth, ranked at 16 in the "100 Greatest British Television Programmes", a list created by the British Film Institute. Also in the 2004 TV poll to find "Britain's Best Sitcom", Blackadder was voted the second best British sitcom of all time, topped by Only Fools and Horses. It was also ranked as the 20th Best TV Show of All Time by Empire Magazine.


In addition to these, three specials were also made: Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (set in the reign of Charles I) appeared as a 15-minute insert during the 1988 Comic Relief telethon; Blackadder's Christmas Carol (mostly set during the reign of Queen Victoria with some scenes taking place in the locations of the second and third series, as well as another many centuries hence) was a 45-minute Christmas installment, broadcast the same year; and Blackadder: Back & Forth was a 30-minute film originally shown in a special cinema at the Millennium Dome throughout 2000, and later transmitted by Sky and the BBC. A pilot episode was recorded in 1982, but has never been shown on television in its entirety, although a brief clip was shown in the 2008 documentary Blackadder Rides Again. It is notable for Baldrick being played by Philip Fox. Its plot was re-used for the episode "Born to be King" in Series 1. Although DVD releases have never included the pilot, copies are known to circulate online.


Black Adder finally ready to go

Ok, we finally found all episodes we for season 1 and 2, so tomorrow evening we start publishing them. Sadly though some thumbnails and screenshots aren't published by the hosting service, so forgive some faulty ones.


Dienstag, 6. Oktober 2009

Black Books - S03E06 - Party

On a slow Friday night, Manny suggests that the gang go to a party which will be attended by Rowena, a girl he likes very much. Instantly jealous, Bernard overcomes his natural reluctance with curiosity to see what kind of "so-called person" could find Manny attractive, Manny arms himself with an array of items to strategically leave about the house to give him an excuse to call her, and Fran checks her perfect new hairstyle. They return much later armed with a bizarre selection of alcohol, messed up hair, and a desire to dance very badly. An excess of beetroot liqueur gives Manny the courage to confront Bernard regarding his disdain for Manny's affection for Rowena ? this brings forth a shocking revelation from Bernard, which is soon tarnished as Fran tells Manny the truth about Bernard.


Montag, 5. Oktober 2009

Black Books - S03E05 - Travel Writer

Manny organises a book launch party at the shop with charismatic-but-smug travel writer Jason, and everyone starts falling for him and his stories of far-away adventure. Bernard, however, has other problems ? following the death of his landlord, his building is now owned by a small cat to whom he must pay rent. Driven to destroy the cat's burgeoning real estate empire, he attempts to persuade an animal-loving pest exterminator to turn kitty hitman. His attempts fail and cause the exterminator to commit suicide. An attempt by Bernard to finish the job only results in Manny being injured. (Guest starring Julian Rhind-Tutt as Jason.)


Sonntag, 4. Oktober 2009

Black Books - S03E04 - A little Flutter

After a small win on the Grand National Bernard quickly gets addicted to gambling, leaving Fran and Manny in a bitter competition to sell as many books as possible. Soon horses aren't enough and Bernard finds himself taking part in an illegal poker game against a group of ruthless, often successful gamblers, including Dave 'Mouse Ear' Smith. Being utterly hopeless at cards, Bernard (now nicknamed The Gold Mine) loses everything, leaving Fran and Manny to hatch a plan to come up with the money before Bernard's debtors take his shop, £20,000, and / or legs. (Guest starring Keith Allen as 'Mouse Ear' Smith.)


Samstag, 3. Oktober 2009

Black Books - S03E03 - Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa

Manny's extremely irritating parents, 'Moo-Ma' and 'Moo-Pa', unexpectedly drop by to stay after Bernard deletes Manny's answerphone messages. Bernard is immediately infuriated by their mere existence, not to mention their very annoying quirks and songs, but his patience ? and Fran's nerves ? are about to be tested when it's revealed that Manny's letters home have greatly embellished his actual accomplishments in life. (Guest starring Annette Crosbie as Moo-Ma, Sam Kelly as Moo-Pa and Nick Frost as a voice on the answerphone.)


Freitag, 2. Oktober 2009

Black Books - S03E02 - Elephants and Hens

Fran leaves for the weekend to go to her friend Becky's hen party while Bernard and Manny, inspired by their latest children's books event, decide to write and illustrate a book for children. Bernard's first effort comes to over 1,000 pages, covers Stalin, a lens grinder, a broken marriage and a journalist in search of the truth and is possibly a little complex for kids. The subsequent masterpiece The Elephant and the Balloon could however lead them to international fame ? and all the problems that come with it. Fran's hen party, meanwhile, is as disastrous as can be expected, thanks to a combination of Bananarama, a game of truth and bottle of alcohol possessing "a polar bear... bleeding on the label" (known as Life Cry). The booze starts flowing, and with it come the tears and recriminations... (Guest starring Lucy Davis as Becky, Olivia Colman as Tanya & Charlie Hicks as Timmy.)


Donnerstag, 1. Oktober 2009

Black Books - S03E01 - Manny come Home

Fran comes home after a holiday in Cornwall to find that following the introduction of Manny's hand to a sandwich toaster, Bernard is living amongst mouldy books and dead badgers, and Manny is working next door at the extremely glossy Goliath Books, where he is decidedly out of place amongst creepy manager Evan and his army of hyper-efficient pastel-shirted followers. Armed with only a "doo-ti-to-doo" card (a card that elicits said sound when inserted into the corresponding slot on a computer) and an endless supply of muffins, Manny manages to resist Fran's rather self-serving attempts to drag him back to Bernard so that she has somewhere to hang out. Bernard's physical condition deteriorates rapidly without Manny's care ("I feel like I've been beaten up, underwater"), but Manny is soon questioning his choice of career as Evan demands an unthinkable sacrifice. (Guest starring Simon Pegg as Evan.)


Black Books - S02E06 - A nice Change

When around-the-clock building commences next door, Bernard, Manny and Fran decide to go on holiday. Manny wants adventure, Fran wants relaxation, and Bernard just wants somewhere exactly like the bookshop. Packed and ready to go, a lapse in Manny's memory means that they are forced to buy cheap tickets, which means that they're about to see a lot of international airports.