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Amy and Amiability

L-R: Baldrick, Blackadder, Mrs Miggins

Series: 3 Episode: 5

First broadcast on 15 October 1987. Featuring Warren Clarke as Josiah Hardwood and Miranda Richardson as his daughter Amy.

As ever, the Prince is terminally short of cash, so he is persuaded to marry the fantastically wealthy heiress, Miss Amy Hardwood.

I'm as poor as a church mouse, that's just had an enormous tax bill on the very day his wife ran off with another mouse, taking all the cheese.


Having wooed her heart for the Prince with a lot of drippy poetry, Blackadder is disgusted to learn that the Hardwoods have been lying about their fortunes from industry, and in fact have been living off lard butties for five years.

The royal wedding is off. Amy reveals to Blackadder that she is in fact the famous highwayman, The Shadow.

Blackadder's cash-flow problems are over: he tips off the authorities and collects a £10,000 reward.

1766 and All That

Caroline of Brunswick, who in real life went on to be the Prince's bride, is revealed to have the worst personality in Germany, "and, as you can imagine, that's up against some pretty stiff competition."

Insult of the Episode

Blackadder: Mrs M, if we were the last three humans on earth, I would be trying to start a family with Baldrick.

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