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The True History of the Blackadder: The Unadulterated Tale of the Creation of a Comedy Legend Hardcover – International Edition, November 5, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (November 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848093462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848093461
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,056,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"a rather elegant overview of Eighties British TV comedy... If you have any interest in comedy, you will love this book ... [Roberts'] research has been assiduous, his judgments are sound and his puppyish enthusiasm encouraged his interviewees to give their best. Unlike Baldrick's cunning plans, this one seems to have worked" -- Marcus Berkman Daily Mail "This really is the full history... for true buffs, this is not to be missed" Press Association "lively, warm-hearted" TLS "The True History of the Black Adder is a brilliant read for any fan of Edmund Blackadder, as well as a great introduction into the history of the contemporary comedy scene" BookGeeks "An almost perfect history of the greatest British sitcom there has ever been" comedy.co.uk

About the Author

Jem Roberts is a life long fan of Blackadder and author of the acclaimed Authorised History of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Goldfarb on March 3, 2013
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In the beginning there were some people who tried to follow the path of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and the Pythons. And they succeeded by being in the absolute right place at the absolute right time with the absolute right people. It is hard to imagine Blackadder being greenlighted today, and it is amazing to know there is a pilot out there that includes someone other than Tony Robinson as Baldrick.

The book requires you to know pretty much the entire story as it has come down to us on television and now on DVD. We Americans will miss some references, despite the author's best efforts to fill us in. But the moment of genius that created The Black Adder and how John Lloyd, Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson all contributed, was just dumb luck. They were all unhappy with much of the result and all had other opportunities. Then we learn of the choices that resulted in the quantum improvement in the second series, as Ben Elton joined the writing team and the show moved inside to only a couple of sets, which was a moment of hard work meeting great luck. Enhanced by the sheer genius that Miranda Richardson brought to her role as Elizabeth, which overwhelmed the writing, just as Rik Mayall's appearances would throughout the series.

The reverence for Britain's heritage from World War I that runs through Blackadder Goes Forth, and how the contributors' own family experiences in the Great War were connected, was wonderful to learn.

Not so wonderful is the author's conclusion that we have likely seen the end of Blackadder. It was a moment in time and the moment has passed. Which may be for the better. Because they can't improve on perfection
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Beloved Blackadder, one of the all-time favourite UK tv series. I wanted so much to love this, however it's a DNF for me. The writing style is difficult to penetrate and not engaging. Huge disappointment as it's a wonderful topic, should be brilliant, sparkly and written by Bill Bryson or another author of his capabilities. It deserves a writer to capture the humour and eccentric, quirky back stories.

I saw a TV documentary that explained the exacting process the writers and then the actors went through to craft the excellent series, (at times it drove them to distraction). If only this book went through a similar process.
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By CraigM on July 16, 2014
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Interesting history of a particular period and a particular group of people in comedy in the UK. If you are interested in Blackadder or the people around it, give this a read.
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