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Blackadder Goes Forth Radio/TV Program

Blackadder Goes Forth

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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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    Adam Linlithgow, West Lothian, United Kingdom 11/12/2007
    Adam Linlithgow, West Lothian, United Kingdom 11/12/2007
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    "Absolutely Hilarious"

    This was one of my very first purchases on audio. I have never laughed so much in a long time. My favourite episode is Corporal Punishment orders for Operation Insanity arrive and Blackadder breaches regulations by eating the messenger pigeon Speckled Jim - who just happens to be General Melchett's closet boyhood friend. All manner of mayhem breaks loose including Baldrick mixing up letters for legal representation and he ends with George blowing all chances of not guilty at his Court Martial, much frolics at court and afterwards.
    Despite it being for TV the audio works really well and makes travelling to work a pleasure rather than the usual chore. Well worth buying. Highly recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steven hinckley, Leices, United Kingdom 03/07/2010
    Steven hinckley, Leices, United Kingdom 03/07/2010 Member Since 2011
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    "Baar"

    What need I say, Blackadder is Genius!

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    Kirstine 14/11/2007
    Kirstine 14/11/2007
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    "Witty and hilarious"

    Although written as a television series this set of six episodes works very well as audio entertainment. It's very funny with some sharp insights into the waste and hopelessness of the First World War.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 31/07/2016
    Elizabeth 31/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Pure genius"

    I listen to this regularly, it is perfectly executed by both writers and actors and I couldn't recommend it enough. It is helpful if you have watched the show as well but not essential. Please buy and share the joy!

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    David 08/03/2016
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    "Poignant Classic"

    The extraordinary script is unparalleled, a timeless poignant Classic. Best audio book in my library

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    john heys 10/02/2016
    john heys 10/02/2016 Member Since 2013

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    "always a classic."

    no different to the TV series, except if you haven't seen it before, some of the jokes were visual and won't make sense.

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    Cromwell 29/06/2015
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    "Cleaver, Powerful and Poinent"

    This audible book is taken straight from the TV series. These six episodes are extremely well written and acted. The final episode is particularly moving.

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    RachelRay 13/04/2015
    RachelRay 13/04/2015
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    "Cunning as a Fox appointed HeadofCunning at Oxford"

    just as good on audio. that ending tho - forgot how sad it is :''(

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    Kindle Customer Lee Rogers EYE, United Kingdom 07/04/2015
    Kindle Customer Lee Rogers EYE, United Kingdom 07/04/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "As good as the TV series"
    What made the experience of listening to Blackadder Goes Forth the most enjoyable?

    The lines are much better when they are listened to. The writing is marvellously funny


    What other book might you compare Blackadder Goes Forth to, and why?

    Impossible. This is a one off and any comparison would be superfluous


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The pace of the lines


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    A laugh a second


    Any additional comments?

    Superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Basho Travelling the world 01/02/2015
    Basho Travelling the world 01/02/2015 Listener Since 2007
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    "Still brilliant"

    Still moving to tears at the end.

    Only the British could make a comedy series set in the horror of WW1, and only the BBC could manage to make the humour so fantastic and yet so bittersweet.

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  • Marc
    Eindhoven, Netherlands
    02/03/05
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    "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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Penny Crozier
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    25/02/05
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Frances
    29/07/15
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    "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

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