Blackadder II (1986)
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Blackadder finds himself hosting a drinking competition on the same night he is entertaining his puritanical relatives.


Mandie Fletcher


Richard Curtis (by), Ben Elton (by)


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Episode cast overview:
Rowan Atkinson ... Edmund Blackadder
Tim McInnerny ... Lord Percy
Tony Robinson ... Baldrick
Miranda Richardson ... Queen Elizabeth I
Stephen Fry ... Lord Melchett
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Nursie
Miriam Margolyes ... Lady Whiteadder
Hugh Laurie ... Simon Partridge
Roger Blake Roger Blake ... Geoffrey Piddle
William Hootkins ... Monk
Daniel Thorndike Daniel Thorndike ... Lord Whiteadder


Edmund Blackadder is thrilled when his wealthy but puritanical relatives announce their desire to meet and discuss his inheritance. While planning a ingratiatingly spartan and fundamentalist dinner for them, he is summoned to court where he accidentally agrees to host a riotous drinking competition at his house on the same night. Written by Murray Chapman

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13 February 1986 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The role of Lord Nathaniel Whiteadder was originally offered to Jim Broadbent, who was unavailable. He had previously paired with Miriam Margolyes in Blackadder: The Queen of Spain's Beard (1983). See more »


During the turnip dinner we are expected to believe that Blackadder twice kicks Percy under the table. Given that they are at opposite ends of the table this is not credible. See more »


Blackadder: Uggh, the devil farts in my face once again...
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the theme is sung as though the singer were drunk, with a swift decline in vocal quality, and at one point, a hiccup. See more »


Featured in Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments (2008) See more »

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Beshrew me this is funny, a top notch farce.
15 January 2016 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Edmund receives a letter from two of his wealthy relatives, Lord and Lady Whiteadder, two staunch puritans, who've invited themselves to dinner that very evening, to discuss Edmund's inheritance. That same night Lord Melchet challenges Edmund to a drinking session, believing Edmund is a light weight, and unable to hold his ale. The Queen decides to infiltrate the competition, desperate to learn what happens on a boy's night. The two Parties must occur consecutively, and each be anonymous from the other. Naturally all havoc breaks loose.

Utterly surreal humour, I think Miriam Margolyes's performance is one of my favourites from the entire series, she is totally wonderful from start to finish. Her delivery, her facial expressions, coupled with the script make for a joyous performance.

Love the bit about 'Great booze up' wonderfully delivered by Rowan, and I utterly love the ending, the little goblin song. Miriam's line utterly steals the show.

'Wicked Child.' Another line I tend to use in everyday life, Blackadder was hugely influential. A great episode, 8/10

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