Blackadder

Goodbye Nursie: Blackadder Loses Another Star As Patsy Byrne Dies Aged 80

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Entertainment

Patsy Byrne, the actress best known for playing Nursie in the Blackadder television series, has died at 80. Denville Hall, a care home for elderly ...

WATCH: Tony Blair Denies Responsibilty For Iraq Crisis

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Comedy

In the first 30 seconds of the clip above, that is. SEE ALSO: Twitter's Funniest Tony Blair Smackdowns Iraq Crisis Not Due To 2003 Invasion, Say...

People Say You Should Never Meet Your Heroes... Those People Never Met Rik Mayall

Andrea Mann | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Comedy
Andrea Mann

Rik was ridiculously charming, funny and generous - and clearly loved by the crew around him. He was also, I was embarrassed but delighted to learn, flirtatious. After the chat and the autograph, one of the crew took our photo together: I put my arm around Rik, he put his hand on my bottom. But it wasn't, I hasten to add, the slightest bit creepy or slimey. It was funny, and brilliant. Clearly, this man wasn't making a play for me - he was just absolutely making my day. It was, in short, pretty much the most perfect meeting-of-a-hero you could wish for.

RIP Rik: Stars Pay Tribute On Twitter

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Entertainment

Stars of the entertainment world have been paying tribute to Rik Mayall, who has died at the age of 56. A spokesman for the comedian, actor and wri...

RIP Rik Mayall. Watch Clips Of His Nine Greatest Comedy Characters

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 11.06.2014 | UK Comedy

The comedy world is mourning the loss of one of its greats: the comedian and actor Rik Mayall, who has died at the age of 56. WATCH: Rik Mayall's G...

Five Principles and 38 Influential Quotations for the Modern Politician

Davis Mukasa | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Politics
Davis Mukasa

With the Sochi Winter Olympics well under way and the conduct of our global leaders and their policies firmly in the spotlight, I thought it'd be helpful to produce a guide to some abiding political principles, quotations and notes that aspiring politicians and politicos can use to make sense of the madcap crazy political world we live in. Enjoy.

Blackadder to CNN; Q&A with Kemistry's Graham McCallum

Hannah Gal | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Gal

From the 1966 graphics department of the BBC to transforming the look of contemporary broadcast news with CNN's redesign, gallery founder Graham McCallum takes time to reflect on a five decade career, his work for iconic Jackanory and Blackadder, the genius of Saul Bass and how "fresh ideas come from engaging with the real world, not Google".

Baldrick Calls Gove's Blackadder Criticism 'A Very Silly Mistake'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Michael Gove has made "a very silly mistake" for criticising Blackadder as a "left-wing" whitewash of British pride in World War One, according to Bal...

Not So Cunning Plan..

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK

Historians have hit back at Michael Gove's assertions that "left-wing" programmes like Blackadder have whitewashed Germany of blame for World War One,...

Why Simon Cowell Is So Right to Ban the 'Journey'

Roz Morris | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Roz Morris

Yessssssss!!!!!! I'm so happy. Simon Cowell has taken a great positive cultural step. He has banned X Factor contestants from talking about their "journey". How I have longed for this day.

'Blackadder' Film: They Have A Cunning Plan

PA | Posted 02.08.2013 | UK Entertainment

Rowan Atkinson has reportedly met with Blackadder producer John Lloyd to discuss the possibility of a Blackadder movie. Rowan, Tony Robinson, Hugh ...

WATCH: 12 Great Sketches By Rowan Atkinson, CBE

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Comedy

Hurrah and huzzah! Rowan Atkinson has been made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours - and says "it came as a genuine surprise and is a great honour"...

British TV: A National Embarrassment?

India Ross | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
India Ross

The growing interest in American TV as a substitute for our own is not simply an idiosyncrasy, it signifies of Britain's failure to keep pace with the cultural market. The relative incompetence of home-produced programming becomes apparent in the context of the global marketplace - beyond the iPlayer horizon, Britain is punching well above its weight.

The Return of 'Arrested Development': When Smart Characters Get Stupid

Pat Higgins | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

I haven't yet settled down and binged my comedy guts out on Arrested Development's new episodes, opting instead for a comparatively restrained viewing of the first two episodes last night. I'm not sure how the rest of the run pans out, but those opening episodes have left me fairly confident of a few things:

Blackadder - A Cunning Plan

Iddo Goldfarb | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Comedy
Iddo Goldfarb

Blackadder teaches us a great deal, not necessarily about British history but more about the English class system and the attitudes of Englishmen on its different rungs, in particular towards each other.

50 Greatest British TV Comedy Characters Of All Time

What Culture! | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Comedy

British comedy may not be in quite as healthy a position as it used to be, but for good reason classic shows like Fawlty Towers, Only Fools & Horses a...

WATCH: 20 Classic Christmas Comedy Clips

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.01.2013 | UK Comedy

As the late, great Andy Williams said: it's the most wonderful time of the year. And we're pretty sure he meant "...because it leads to loads of TV sp...

Matt Smith 'Around For A Whole Year'

PA | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK Entertainment

'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith has revealed the unlikely influences behind his incarnation of the Time Lord - Blackadder, Inspector Clouseau and TV seri...

Should We Be Allowed To Freely Insult Each Other?

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK

Rowan Atkinson has launched a campaign demanding a change in a law that risks limiting free expression and feeds a 'creeping culture of censoriousness...

Is Game of Thrones' Joffrey TV'S Most Vile Character?

James Ellaby | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
James Ellaby

Has there ever been a more fundamentally loathsome character on television than Joffrey Baratheon? The wretched boy-King from Game Of Thrones generally makes only fleeting appearances, but each time is more vile and detestable than the last, and when his uppance comes (and it surely will) it will be so very sweet.

Baldrick's Cunning Plan For The Commute

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.05.2012 | UK Comedy

Blackadder star Tony Robinson has come up with a cunning plan to make the morning commute more bearable. The actor and presenter has teamed up with...

How To Win Friends And Influence People When Talking About British TV Comedy: A Guide For Americans

Andrea Mann | Posted 30.04.2012 | UK Comedy
Andrea Mann

American cousins! And other Americans to whom I am not related! Ever found yourself at a tea party - the British, not crazed lunatic Republican, kind - and suddenly been at a loss for words when the topic of conversation moves, inevitably, to British television comedy? Fear not. For here is a handy guide to What To Say in such a situation - or indeed, when conversing with Brits in the Huffington Post Comedy Club comments. The following 20 pointers are intended to make you blend in with British people...

In Which I Have Changed my Mind About the Right to Change One's Mind

Alistair Coleman | Posted 01.04.2012 | UK Comedy
Alistair Coleman

It is not often that one feels a touch of sympathy for David Cameron, but the news that he is attracting the wrath of members of his own party over a ...

WATCH: Top 10 Festive TV Comedy Clips - Is Your Favourite In Here?

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 05.09.2012 | UK Comedy

Bored of Christmas telly? Settle down with a nog of eggcup and enjoy these clips from 10 TV comedy classics on YouTube. From Cartman to Blackadder,...

...Which Is Nice

Paddy Duffy | Posted 11.11.2011 | UK Entertainment
Paddy Duffy

Good comedies make people laugh, but only the truly great alter speaking patterns and phraseology.