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Blackadder Goes Forth
Blackadder Goes Forth Title Card

Created By

Richard Curtis & Ben Elton

Theme Music Composer

Howard Goodall

No. of Episodes



John Lloyd

Running Time

33 Minutes

Preceded By

Blackadder's Christmas Carol

Followed By

Blackadder: Back & Forth

Blackadder Goes Forth was first shown in 1989, and was set in the First World War, on the Western Front. It follows the wartime life of Captain Edmund Blackadder.





Blackadder Goes Forth shows the daily (?) attempts of Captain Edmund Blackadder to attempt to escape the horrors of World War One. He tries a variety of schemes, involving becoming a chef, becoming a pilot and running a "talent" show, but he never succeeds. He is countered by Captain Darling, who despises Blackadder.


See also: List of Blackadder episodesThe series aired for six episodes broadcast on BBC One on Thursdays at 9.30pm between 28 September and 2 November 1989, ending nine days before Remembrance Day. The titles of the first five episodes, "Captain Cook", "Corporal Punishment", "Major Star", "Private Plane" and "General Hospital" are puns based on the pairing of a military rank and another word related to the episode's content. The final episode, "Goodbyeee", was the title of a period song.

No. Title Air date
4-1 Captain Cook 28 September 1989
When Field Marshal Haig unveils his new strategy to move his drinks cabinet six inches closer to Berlin, Blackadder volunteers to be an Official War Artist, not realising that a commission to paint a cover for thoroughly absorbent propaganda magazine King and Country is just a ruse for a highly-dangerous secret mission. Can Baldrick's plan to become Melchett's chef save him, and how much custard can one cat produce?
4-2 Corporal Punishment 5 October 1989
Despite problems with communications, orders for another mission arrive and Blackadder breaches regulations by eating the messenger. With George as his lawyer in a court martial, and with only one night to live, can the Flanders pigeon murderer avoid death by firing squad using Baldrick's smuggled escape kit? Guest starring Jeremy Hardy as Corporal Perkins and Stephen Frost as Corporal Jones.
4-3 Major Star 12 October 1989
With everyone talking about the famous comedian Charlie Chaplin, Blackadder volunteers to organise a variety show in the hope that it will be shifted to the London Palladium. Unfortunately, Melchett has fallen in love with his leading lady, the fair Georgina (George dressed as a woman). Guest starring Gabrielle Glaister as Private "Bob" Parkhurst.
4-4 Private Plane 19 October 1989
Despite Blackadder's loathing of the arrogant flying ace Lord Flashheart, Blackadder, Baldrick and George volunteer to join the Royal Flying Corps unaware that their nickname the "Twenty Minuters" refers to their average life expectancy. After Blackadder and Baldrick crash their plane behind enemy lines, they are captured by the Germans (including a rather camp Baron von Richthofen) and must prepare for a fate worse than death. Guest starring Rik Mayall as Lord Flashheart and Adrian Edmondson as Baron von Richthofen.
4-5 General Hospital 26 October 1989
A game of "I Spy" goes terribly wrong when a bomb strikes Blackadder's bunker and injures George, leaving him in the care of the kindly Nurse Mary at the field hospital. After Melchett and Darling inform Blackadder that there is a German spy in the hospital giving away their battle plans, Blackadder and Darling are sent undercover. Guest starring Miranda Richardson as Nurse Mary Fletcher-Brown and Bill Wallis as Sir Bernard Proudfoot-Smith.
4-6 Goodbyeee 2 November 1989
Millions have died but the troops have advanced no further than "an asthmatic ant with some heavy shopping". Now, at last, the 'final' big push looms, and Edmund is willing to try anything to avoid it. Will putting a pair of underpants on his head and shoving two pencils up his nose get Edmund invalided back to Blighty? Guest starring Geoffrey Palmer as Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig.