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Miscellaneous [Nov. 11th, 2005|10:26 am]
Tony Grist
1. You guys were right. I just went downstairs and found Bunny inside the walls of Fort Bunsworth. Damn and blast! Now I'm going to have to figure out a way of strengthening the defences.

2. It's nice to be able to report that Blackadder II is still very, very funny. What would it cost to assemble that cast today? And, on a sadly quizzical note, whatever happened to Rowan Atkinson? There he was, arguably the funniest man in the English speaking world- and what has he done since?

Johnny English? well yes, quite...

3. I love Rome, but does anybody else? There was a piece in the Guardian this morning calling it a turkey and castigating the BBC for wasting the licence-payers' money. And this seems to be the general opinion. Could I be wrong? No, I don't see how that could possibly be- my critical acumen and good taste are legendary.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2005-11-11 03:14 am (UTC)
I loved Johnny English, predictably - I was quite moved by the character's awareness that he was a bit of a sad case and determination to get the job done anyway, and his ferocious patriotism. But he's not done a lot else. I thought Mr Bean was a waste, since although he has an impressively funny face it's his voice and delivery I'm always tickled by.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-11 03:26 am (UTC)
I guess he's done a lot of different things- more TV, bit parts in Richard Curtis movies, roles in Hollywood comedies that no-one in their right mind would pay to watch, but it's like there's no sense of purpose or direction. Blackadder was his career high point- and that's 20 years ago now.
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2005-11-11 04:16 am (UTC)
First you need to round up the Jesuit spies. Nothing short of an agent from the Pope could have undermined the security of Fort Brunsworth.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-11 04:49 am (UTC)
The problem is identifying them....

I suspect the guinea pigs, but how can one be sure?
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2005-11-11 04:59 am (UTC)
I suggest that you convene a council to determine who the traitors are. Remember, they may be French.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-11 05:20 am (UTC)
Oh my God- Frenchies.

Not Guinea pigs but cochons de Guinea?
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[User Picture]From: airstrip
2005-11-11 05:59 am (UTC)
Clearly. They should have never built the Chunnel!!!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-11 06:21 am (UTC)
I didn't want them to.

But I rode through it for the first time earlier this year and changed my opinion. It makes it so ridiculously easy to travel to Europe.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2005-11-11 05:10 am (UTC)
Chicken wire is about your only hope, and I don't know if you want to go with that "look" in your living room.

Black Adder II is indeed deliciously funny. I haven't seen any Black Adder at all in years - I really should remedy that.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-11 06:14 am (UTC)
Chicken wire is the last resource. To start with I'm going to build the wall higher. I think I know how he got in, but I'm not sure.

Blackadder is timeless. I was amazed to see that series II is already 20 years old. It could have been made yesterday.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-11-11 05:12 am (UTC)
I just went downstairs and found Bunny inside the walls of Fort Bunsworth.

How many people on the planet have ever had such a dilemma? You are unique, Tony!

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-11 06:10 am (UTC)
;)

The question is what to do next. I guess I need to get building....
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[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2005-11-11 05:31 am (UTC)
1. Ha! I win chocolate!

2. Rumour has it that a new series of Blackadder is in the air, but I don't know how serious it is.

3. I'm becoming disappointed, and have more to write on that issue when I get a chance. But I'm still very glad that it's on, and that people are talking about it, and as a historian will remain fascinated with how it is portraying the Roman world, no matter how inaccurate or artistically lacking the portrayal becomes.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-11 06:09 am (UTC)
I'm not sure whether a new Blackadder is a good idea or not. It's been 20 years and everyone involved has moved on. Most of them are now pillars of the showbiz establishment.

I'm looking forward to your considered verdict on Rome. Thus far (after only 2 episodes admittedly) it's got me completely hooked.
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2005-11-11 05:34 am (UTC)
Hello, visiting from hernewshoes's journal...Rowan Atkinson had a very funny small character role in the film Love Actually a year or two ago.
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2005-11-11 05:36 am (UTC)
And nothing can foil a determined bunny. I think small furry animals determined to get at something might in fact have been responsible for the Big Bang.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-11 06:02 am (UTC)
Your theory is at least as convincing as the account in Genesis.
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2005-11-11 06:38 am (UTC)
*snort*
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-11 06:04 am (UTC)
The thing is he hasn't done anything big for years. He's had small roles here and there and done the odd TV sitcom but Blackadder remains his career high.

He's a very funny guy. I'd love to see him live up to his talent.
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2005-11-11 06:40 am (UTC)
Yes, my husband and I would like to see more of him as well. He has astounding comedic timing.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-11 07:00 am (UTC)
He's the most gifted British comedian of his generation, arguably the most gifted of the last 50 years. We don't see enough of him.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-11-11 05:39 am (UTC)
Kate says, "OMG Mother, you have never seen BlackAdder? OMG!"

She says "you will DIE. Matthew and I used to watch them constantly and just HOWL."

She also says "Rowan Atkinson has the most perfect comic timing I have ever seen. And there are Jacob sheep, my favorites, featured in the opening credits."
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-11 06:00 am (UTC)
There are four series.

A warning: The first series is much less funny than the other three. It's clever, but somehow the laughs just don't come. So they went away, brought Ben Elton on board as co-writer, changed things about and the remaining three series are hilarious.
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[User Picture]From: violaviolet
2005-11-11 06:10 am (UTC)
I adore Blackadder, the third series being my absolute favorite.:)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-11 06:17 am (UTC)
The first series is a bit ropey, but the other three have an equal share of my affections. I love the conclusion of series 4, where suddenly, inexplicably, the silliness gives way to tragedy.
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[User Picture]From: violaviolet
2005-11-11 10:37 am (UTC)
the first series is rather weak, but i usually cannot help but giggle at brian blessed's manic performance.;)

I love the conclusion of series 4, where suddenly, inexplicably, the silliness gives way to tragedy.

I have watched the last episode only once. It so shook and upset me, that I cannot bring myself to view it again.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-11-11 11:37 am (UTC)
Blessed is always fun. I don't know what's wrong with series one. All the ingredients are there, but they don't quite gell. I guess the biggest change was bringing in Ben Elton as co-writer.

That final episode made me cry. It's a quite extraordinary way to end a sit-com.

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[User Picture]From: clindau
2005-11-11 12:30 pm (UTC)
That millennium Blackadder was just, um, strange.

But every Christmas I make time for Blackadder's Christmas Carol. My sweetie doesn't see the point, but he watches because he likes to watch me watch.

Atkinson wearing Baldrick's posey pouch--cometo think of it, *Baldrick* wearing Baldrick's posey pouch...oh dear... my eyes, my eyes.
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