39. Blackadder Goes Forth - Episode 6 - 'Goodbyeee'
Curtis and Elton taking Blackadder to the blasted fields of WW1 was a controversial move. Many felt it was cheapening what was a particularly tragic and ugly war; my grandmother, who has a brother who was killed at Arras, hated the show on principle.
However, the pair's comedy chops won through, coming up with a series that didn't just bring the funny but provided a pointed and well-versed commentary of the insanities of that war, personified by Stephen Fry's loveable-yet-sociopathic General Melchett. For six episodes Blackadder had managed to scheme, connive and beg his way out of having to go 'over the top', until the series reached its climax and the order was finally given. What followed was a masterclass in melding comedy with tragedy, and one of the most memorable sequences in British comedy ...
Very well said Worky, and especially good job mentioning the tough line any comedy has to toe when dealing with a wartime setting in order to remain respectful of those who still suffer. It's been a fertile ground over the years (Allo Allo, MASH, Hogan's Heroes, Dad's Army etc) and with the exception of MASH nobody did it as well as Blackadder Goes Forth.
And here I am with my rep load for the day already shot.