Blackadder the Third is set in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, a period known as the Regency. In the series, E. Blackadder Esquire is the butler to the Prince of Wales (the prince is played by Hugh Laurie as a complete fop and idiot). Despite Edmund's respected intelligence and abilities, he has no personal fortune to speak of, apart from his frequently fluctuating wage packet from the Prince, as he says: 'If I'm running short of cash all I have to do is go upstairs and ask Prince Fat-head for a rise'.
As well as Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson in their usual roles, this series starred Hugh Laurie as the Prince Regent, and Helen Atkinson-Wood as Mrs. Miggins. The series features rotten boroughs (or "robber buttons"), Dr. Samuel Johnson (played by Robbie Coltrane), William Pitt the Younger, the French Revolution (featuring Chris Barrie, Nigel Planer and Tim McInnerny as the Scarlet Pimpernel), over-the-top theatrical actors, squirrel-hating highwaymen, and a duel with the Duke of Wellington (played by Stephen Fry).
Dish and Dishonesty
September 17, 1987 Edmund attempts to rig an election to gain the prince some support against Pitt the Younger who plans to bankrupt him. This episode lampoons British parliamentary politics, BBC election coverage and a corrupt British honours system.
Ink and Incapability
September 24, 1987 To increase his intellectual standing, the prince decides to become patron of Dr. Johnson's new dictionary, much to Blackadder's disgust. Also appearing at Mrs Miggins' literary salon are the romantic poets Percy Bysshe Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Lord Byron. Guest starring Robbie Coltrane.
Nob and Nobility
October 1, 1987 The Scarlet Pimpernel is the hero of his age. Blackadder, irritated by the new obsession with all things French, decides to cash in on the new craze. Guest starring Tim McInnerny and Nigel Planer as fops, and Chris Barrie as an under-endowed French revolutionary.
Sense and Senility
October 8, 1987 When an assassination attempt is made on the prince, against Blackadder's wishes, the prince hires two actors to help him improve his image, by means of elocution lessons. Guest starring writer and comic Ben Elton as the Anarchist, and Kenneth Connor and Hugh Paddick as the actors Mossop and Keanrick.
Amy and Amiability
October 15, 1987 When the prince runs out of money, Edmund attempts to marry him off to Amy Hardwood: the daughter of a rich industrialist. Guest starring Miranda Richardson as Miss Hardwood and Warren Clarke as Josiah Hardwood, her father.
Duel and Duality
October 22, 1987 The Duke of Wellington vows to kill the prince in a duel, leaving Blackadder to formulate a cunning plan. Guest starring Stephen Fry as the Iron Duke.
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