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  • The Unadulterated Tale of the Creation of a Comedy Legend
  • By: J.F. Roberts
  • Narrated by: Jem Roberts
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • 3.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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The True History of the Blackadder

By: J.F. Roberts
Narrated by: Jem Roberts
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Summary

Forty years after the bastardly Blackadder family first galloped into British living rooms, and 10 years after the publication of the first scholarly chronicle of the Blackadder legend–The True History of the Black Adder, by noted historian JF Roberts–the ultimate guide to the machinations of British history’s greatest cunning planner finally arrives in audiobook form.

Narrated by Roberts himself, this is the epic tale of the creation of perhaps the greatest sitcom of all time, by a gang of revoltingly talented young comedians, in the golden days of the New Elizabethan Age of the 20th century. Following the creation of every ball-bouncingly funny series of historical exploits, and with the full approval and exclusive participation of Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, John Lloyd, Sir Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry, Miriam Margolyes, Brian Blessed and many, many more of the ‘Adder alumni, this True History has been specially updated for the 40th anniversary. The vast chronicle is entirely performed by the author, but includes a bonus track of interview excerpts carried out in the creation of the book in 2011, featuring intimate snippets from Lloyd, Curtis, Elton, Margolyes and Blessed–plus there is an attempt to perform the lost Christmas special, Blackadder In Bethlehem.

The True History of the Blackadder is a huge, sizzling rollercoaster of an audiobook–never before has the Blackadder story been told with more depth, more humour, and more honesty.

©2012, 2013, 2023 Jem Roberts (P)2023 Jem Roberts / Rakkit Productions Ltd

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Why bring politics into it?

Just a warning. If you happened to vote for Brexit or dislike or disapprove of the sheer insanity that far left ideology (or cultural revolution) has wrought upon the west, then the author of this book will leave you in no doubt that you’re a ‘far right’ idiot rivaling Baldrick himself in mindless stupidity, while simultaneously bemoaning ‘far right’ divisiveness!

But this is typical of how the BBC itself and its privileged class of multimillionaire stars operate, especially nowadays, which is why the institution has never been more distrusted among the working class (ground floor of the actual policies) public. If you should dare disagree with the stacked deck of funny men on your TV screen, then you are a contemptuous ‘far right’ (we used to be traditional left btw) moron who must be shunned by decent caring society! End of conversation!

Portraying all Britain’s problems as a right wing or Tory issue is utterly ridiculous when all this insanity has been ongoing for years now on the Torys’ very own watch and Britains problems are no so much ‘right vs left’ but the fact that we now have an indistinguishable political class as opposed to three genuinely distinct political (and media) entities vying for political control.

In short, we are now controlled by an oligarchy not a genuine democracy. The Tory’s are indeed contemptible, but they should not be mistaken for conservatives any more than the left wing radicals should be mistaken for traditional leftists who hold traditional left wing values (who respect little things like free speech and the rule of law). You won’t find any laborers or working class people in the Labour Party today much less people who are genuinely working to further the interests of the working classes, what you’ll find mostly is Neocon lawyers and ideologues in the mould of Tony Blair.

The problem with this old guard of comedians today is that (wittingly or unwittingly) they have become mere propagandists, accepting their lofty titles and honors from the very establishment they are at the same time disingenuously pretending to oppose!

So Ben Elton declares there is no such thing as cancel culture!

Welp he might want to check with now ultra ‘far right’ fellow comedy writer Graham Linehan, or author JK Rowling to name just two.

The fact is if Ben Elton ever dared to say something as heretical as ‘men shouldn’t be allowed in woman’s toilets’ or ‘that is clearly a bloke in a dress’ (or even something as heinous as ‘maybe we should try to control illegal immigration’) I think he would find out pretty quickly that cancel culture is indeed very much a thing!

Why on earth the author chose to bring politics into this I really don’t know. He bemoans the divisiveness of the far right wing (far right wing these days being anyone who is slightly to the right of a rabid Neo-Marxist) while alienating, and sneering insultingly at anyone who doesn’t subscribe to his own political beliefs!

It does not get more divisive and toxic than than that, but because it was all so unnecessarily crowbarred into the content (we’re all here out of a love for Blackadder and I for one to get away from things like politics) it comes of like obligatory (BBC) propaganda.

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