Articles Tagged 'Blackadder'

Hugh Laurie (Pic: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

10 Reasons to Love Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie is the comedian who became an actor, the specialist in simpering ninnies that played a glowering heartthrob and the Oxbridge rower who tours the world playing the blues. He’s also just about to appear alongside George Clooney in the sci-fi/fantasy romp Tomorrowland, so, now seems a perfect time to remind everyone else why […]

Rik Mayall

RIP Rik Mayall: His Greatest Roles

The comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died, aged 56. His manager confirmed the news earlier today, telling BBC News: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rik Mayall, who passed away this morning.” No single figure better personified the explosive arrival of alternative comedy in the late ’70s and early ’80s than Rik […]

Dad’s Army

10 TV Shows That Explain British Culture

British life – from the bassinet to the crematorium –  has been dissected, examined and reflected back through the prism of the TV since the earliest, pre-war transmissions from Alexandra Palace in London. And for a small island, there’s a surprising amount of stuff to get through, not least because some of the nation exists on […]

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Adele, ‘Blackadder’ and PJ Harvey Honoured By The Queen

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List was published on Friday, and among the 1,800 or so names, honours have been given to more than a few familiar names to Anglophenia readers. For starters, Adele has been given an MBE, the same honor that was bestowed on the Beatles at the height of their international success. Interestingly, […]

New Book Uncovers ‘Lost’ Blackadder Script

The Blackadder TV series (Season 1 notwithstanding) is one of the best-regarded British comedies to have ever been made. This is partly because it played host to the comic talents of Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson, Tim McInerney, Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmonson and the woman who played Nursey; partly because […]

Summer of London: Five Great British Comedies on iTunes

With the new BBC America docu-comedy Twenty Twelve premiering Thursday (June 28) at 9/8c, we thought it might be fun to “‘av a laugh” by checking out iTunes where BBC America is giggling its way through Summer of London with free and discounted episodes of comedies on iTunes, including the ones listed below. 1.) The Office, […]

‘Blackadder II’ is FREE on iTunes, Courtesy of ‘Johnny English Reborn’

Rowan Atkinson returns as the crack secret agent in Universal’s Johnny English Reborn, which hits theaters next Friday (October 21). But long before he was a member of Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Atkinson was Edmund Blackadder. Well, he played multiple versions of the vulgar, vainglorious chap throughout British history in the classic BBC sitcom, which […]

Hugh Laurie’s Got The Blues

Some people are so ridiculously talented it is positively sickening. Like Hugh Laurie, for example. Astonishing comedian (Blackadder, A Bit of Fry & Laurie), astounding actor (House), fantastic buffoon (Jeeves & Wooster) and now master bluesman. It’s just horrifically unfair, isn’t it? He’s even recorded an album, called Let Them Talk, which features contributions from […]