Blackadder II (1986)
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Blackadder and Melchett are kidnapped by a neurotic German spy just after the Queen announces she is sick of paying ransom to kidnappers.


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
Hugh Laurie ... Prince Ludwig
Max Harvey Max Harvey ... Torturer
Mark Arden Mark Arden ... 1st Guard
Lee Cornes Lee Cornes ... 2nd Guard


Following a spate of kidnappings, Queen Elizabeth declares that she will no longer pay the perpetrators their ransom demands. Almost immediately, Edmund Blackadder and Lord Melchett are kidnapped by the demented German spy Ludwig, who may have more on his mind than just money. Knowing that the Queen will not pay for their release, Blackadder and Melchett must outwit their half-wit captors in order to escape. Written by Murray Chapman

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20 February 1986 (UK) See more »

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In the Spanish dubbed version, Ludwig's guards are also German. See more »


In his pantomimed conversation with the torturer in Prince Ludwig's dungeon, Blackadder interprets one of the torturer's gestures as meaning that he (Edmund) is "head over heels" in love with Satan. In fact, at that point the torturer had his heels over his head instead of the other way around. See more »


Prince Ludwig: Forgive me, Herr Blackadder... I have been neglecting my duties as a host. Please accept my a-po'-lo'-gies.
Blackadder: I accept nothing from a man who imprisons his guests in a commode.
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Featured in Blackadder's Most Cunning Moments (2008) See more »


Funeral for a Friend
Written and performed by Elton John
The opening plays over the scene after the credits as the camera pans over the murdered bodies of the characters.
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A funny, madcap conclusion to an awesome series.
15 January 2016 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

A Master kidnapper is at work, taking people and demanding huge sums of money as ransom, Edmund advises the Queen not to pay up when a young man is taken. Blackadder himself is taken, along with Melchett, both wake up in the hands of the crazed Prince Ludwig, a German spy and Master of disguise. A ransom demand is sent to the Queen, she has seven days only, but refuses to pay up. They have to betray England to escape.

The second series of Blackadder is one of my favourite comedy seasons of all time, from any show, the whole set up, cast etc just work incredibly well. Chains is far from my favourite episode, but it's still a worthy conclusion, and has some funny moments.

Blackadder's torturing by the Spanish jailer is really funny, the dialogue is so slick. 'I demand to see the British Ambassador.'

Hugh Laurie is utterly brilliant, he's so funny, love the banter between Ludwig and Blackadder, utterly surreal.

Quite a bleak ending to round off the episode. Nothing compared to Series 4's though. 8/10

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