YouTube Transcription #39 Blackadder 4
This is the final episode of the Blackadder series. Each series showed the life of a different generation of the Blackadder family. In this series Blackadder is a Captain in the army in France during World War I.
Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean) plays Captain Edmund Blackadder, Hugh Laurie (Dr House) plays Lieutenant George Colthurst, Tony Robinson play Private Baldrick, and Tim McInnerny plays Captain Kevin Darling.
Blackadder: How are you feeling, Darling?
Darling: Not all that good, Blackadder. I rather hoped I’d get through the whole show, go back to work at Pratt And Sons, keep wicket for the Croydon Gentlemen, marry Doris… made a note in my diary on the way here; it simply says “Bugger.”
Blackadder: Well, quite. Come on, let’s move.
Announcement: Fix bayonets!
Blackadder: Don’t forget your stick, Lieutenant.
George: Rather, sir. Wouldn’t want to face a machine gun without this.
Darling: Listen, our guns have stopped.
George: You don’t think…
Baldrick: Maybe the war’s over. Maybe it’s peace!
George: Well hurrah! The big nobs have got round the table and yanked the iron out of the fire!
Darling: Thank god! We lived through it… the Great War, 1914 to 1917.
Blackadder: I’m afraid not. The guns have stopped because we’re about to attack. Not even our generals are mad enough to shell their own men. They think it’s far more sporting to let the Germans do it.
George: So we are, in fact, going over. This is, as they say, “it”.
Blackadder: I’m afraid so, unless I can think of something very quickly…
Announcement: Company, one pace forward.
Baldrick: Oh, there’s a nasty splinter on that ladder, sir. A bloke could hurt himself on that.
Announcement: Stand ready.
Baldrick: I have a plan, sir.
Blackadder: Really Baldrick? A cunning and subtle one?
Baldrick: Yes, sir.
Blackadder: As cunning as a fox who has just been appointed Professor Of Cunning at Oxford University?
Baldrick: Yes, sir.
Announcement: On the signal, company will advance.
Blackadder: I’m afraid it’ll have to wait. Whatever it was, I’m sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean who would have noticed another madman around here? Good luck, everyone.
“Keep wicket” means to play the position of wicket keeper in the sport of cricket.
I don’t recommend using “bugger” as it is a medium-strong expletive. It mean “Oh no!”.
In this case “big nobs” is used to mean “high ranking officials.
“Yank the iron out of the fire” means to save a situation before it’s too late. “Yank” means “pull”.
Notes: They had spent several years in the trenches during the war, always hoping to go home soon.
Baldrick regularly came up with very, very bad ideas, which he called “cunning plans”.