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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Numerous Jokes are made about Sir Walter Raleigh being executed if he is unable to appease the Queen, in reality this is actually the fate that Raleigh met after being executed for treason, although this was 15 years after the death of Queen Elizabeth the first. See more »


During Blackadder's conversation with captain Redbeard Rum, the microphone can be seen several times in the upper right corner. See more »


Balladeer: Blackadder! Blackadder! He heard the new world call. / Blackadder! Blackadder! Discovered bugger all!
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Referenced in Little Britain: Hard-Boiled Egg Eating (2003) See more »

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My personal favourite of the Series.
15 January 2016 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Blackadder is not impressed by the return of the famous explorer 'Sir Walter Raleigh,' he's even shown up in the Queen's Court. Not to be outdone by the arrogant Sir Walter, Blackadder plans a trip to the deadly Cape of Good hope, a treacherous and deadly journey, Queenie is suitably impressed. Edmund enlists Captain Redbeard Rum, the only Captain crazy enough to attempt the journey, as well as Baldrick and Lord Percy. When they return they gift Queenie... A boomerang.

'Ma'am isn't that a little rash,' 'well it wouldn't be your first little rash would it?' haha.

'You have a woman's purse m'Lord, I'll wager that purse has never been used as a rowing boat, I'll wager it's never had sixteen shipwrecked mariners tossing in it.' I don't think it can get any funnier.

Potato has me in fits of laughter every time, it's possibly the most surreal episode of the series, but it is crammed full of laughs, the humour is a little more trashy and outlandish, but it is hilarious.

I am a little biased as I'm an enormous fan of Tom Baker, but his performance is just glorious, he is such a funny man, the mix of his natural eccentricity and the wonderful script was only ever going to equal one thing, brilliance. His lines of 'you have a woman's......etc etc were perfection.

If I was stuck on a desert Island I'd want this to watch. 10/10

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