Blackadder II (1986)
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Edmund attempts to impress the Queen by embarking on his own voyage of discovery to the New World.


Mandie Fletcher


Richard Curtis (by), Ben Elton (by)


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Episode cast overview:
Rowan Atkinson ... Edmund Blackadder
Tim McInnerny ... Lord Percy
Tony Robinson ... Baldrick
Miranda Richardson ... Queen Elizabeth I
Stephen Fry ... Lord Melchett
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Nursie
Tom Baker ... Captain Rum
Simon Jones ... Sir Walter Raleigh


Following an audience with Sir Walter Raleigh, Queen Elizabeth announces the possibility of her marrying an adventurer. Edmund Blackadder immediately announces his own voyage of discovery, despite his lack of experience, a ship or crew, personal courage, or the intention of actually carrying it out. Written by Murray Chapman

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23 January 1986 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Tom Baker has described his own performance as "appalling". Nevertheless, he has acknowledged that this is one of his most recognized roles to the public outside of his long stint as Doctor Who (1963). Even decades later, he would know it had been repeated because people would shout at him in the street his catchphrase "You have a woman's ..." See more »


Sir Walter states "I set sail from Plymouth in the Spring of 1552". 1552 was around the year he was born. See more »


Lord Percy: Now, Edmund. If you're not careful, all the children will dance around your window singing Sourpuss and Grumpyface and you don't want that, now do you?
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Featured in Blackadder Exclusive: The Whole Rotten Saga (2008) See more »

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Potato - another corker for Series 2!
30 October 2006 | by general-melchettSee all my reviews

Potato is another great Series 2 episode - Tom Baker appears in this, and his role as Captain Redbeard Rum is absolutely hilarious. The humour is once again strong, Baldrick is once again on stupid form (he is much funnier this way), and there are more endlessly quotable lines to be found in this. From the start to the end - Potato is an absolutely cracking episode.

Yes, the budget is still remarkably cheap for this episode - there should have at least been some fancy visuals on Blackadder's boat. However, Tom Baker's legs were hidden quite well during this episode (he is meant to be a legless captain, after all) and the effects aren't to be snorted at. Blackadder 1 may have had a higher budget than this, but this is Blackadder at its very best - clever, cheap, and cheerful. Potato is the last 10/10 episode of this series - the others are good, but they just can't recapture its heights.

On the whole, Potato is a great Blackadder episode - not to be skipped! 10/10

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