|The True History of the Black Adder
is, as one would expect from the title, a history of the Blackadder TV series. What it is
not is a dry who talked with whom (with or without menaces) to bring the comic geniuses
that are the Blackadder together because, Balders, there was no cunning plan about
this one. It was just crotchety, malign Fate who just happened to standing in the shadows
with a sock full of lead as the BBC executives took an attractive wad of cash out of the
ATM of light entertainment programming and inflicted four six-episode series on the
dribbling, puling masses. What were they expecting? A man in a gorilla suit? Historical
accuracy? The recipe for turnip jam sandwiches? No; they got more success than they
bargained for, which is no feat I can assure you. And thats what this book is all
about malign Fate. I meant "success", forget that I mentioned malign
Fate; shell be getting her own book next week.
This book is for lovers of the
Blackadder TV series, but better than that it is also for those who had a passable
interest in the shows and wanted to know that little bit more. Its also for those
who have an interest in the British comedy flowering of the late seventies and early
eighties and how it became interconnected. The book also tracks what the stars, writers
and producers of the Blackadder series did after it all stopped happening.
So saunter down to shops before the hoi polloi open another chain of crepe and kebab
shops and get yourself a copy of this book. If nothing else it has some great pictures of
the cast, which you can tear out and pin to a dartboard or not.