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Baldrick on the game

Series: 2 Episode: 4

First broadcast on 5 February 1986.

Blackadder owes £1000 to the Bank of the Black Monks of St. Herod (motto: "Banking with a smile and a stab"). If he doesn't repay it by evensong, the baby-eating Bishop of Bath and Wells will brutally murder him with the aid of a poker.

The path of my life is strewn with cowpats from the devil's own satanic herd.


The boys try various money-making schemes, including putting Baldrick on the game. Sadly, all their efforts are in vain and by the end of the day Blackadder is still broke and facing certain death.

At the eleventh hour, he hatches a plan so cunning you could brush your teeth with it. He hires the finest portrait painter in England, Mr Leonardo Acropolis, to paint the Bishop in a hideously compromising position - with Percy.

The blackmail is a huge success, although Percy seems less than thrilled with the whole thing.

Insult of the Day

Blackadder: The eyes are open, the mouth moves, but Mr Brain has long since departed, hasn't he, Perce?

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Lord Percy

In a moment of sadness, Percy solemnly says, "For God's sake, let us sit upon the carpet and tell sad stories...". This is a direct quote from Richard II.

Word to the Closing Song

Take heed the moral of this tale,
Be not a borrower or lender,
And if your finances do fail,
Make sure your banker's not a bender.

Blackadder, Blackadder,
He trusted in the Church,
Blackadder, Blackadder,
It left him in the lurch.

Blackadder, Blackadder,
His life was almost done.
Blackadder, Blackadder,
Who gives a toss? No-one!

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