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24 September 2014

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Corporal Punishment

Darling and George

Series: 4 Episode: 2

First broadcast on 5 October 1989.

Reluctant to march to his certain death, Blackadder has taken to ignoring orders.

I'm thick. I'm as thick as the big print version of the Complete Works of Charles Dickens.


He even shoots a carrier pigeon when it arrives with orders to advance, and eats the evidence. Unluckily, this particular pigeon is the property of General Melchett, "My own true love, who's been with me since I was a nipper".

Blackadder is court-martialled, tried by the less-than-fair Melchett, and sentenced to death by firing squad.

He is saved at the last moment by a telegram from George's Mad Uncle Rupert, who has conveniently been made Minister of War.

War's A Horrid Thing. Ding A Ling A Ling.

Blackadder's court martial is less than fair, since Melchett is the judge and Darling the prosecution. The judge opens by saying, "The case before us is that of the Crown versus Captain Edmund Blackadder, alias the Flanders Pigeon Murderer. Oh, and hand me the black cap, will you - I'll be needing that."

Insult Of The Episode

Blackadder: Morning George, morning Baldrick. Still the striking resemblance to guppy fish at feeding time.

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