QUOTE (Noonan McKane @ 23rd Dec 2013, 10:51pm)
As a longtime devotee of 'Blackadder', I'd like to defend it.
There aren't any black characters in Blackadder because the 4 series are all set in Britain between 1485 and 1917.
The episode (of Blackadder The Third, the final episode, 'Duel And Duality') which features Blackadder's cousin 'MacAdder', doesn't show a 'boozemad womaniser'. MacAdder doesn't drink at all in the episode, and he actually spurns the advances of a woman other than his wife, telling her that we "must do right by Morag. You will fight her in the old highland way: bare breasted and each wielding an eight-pound baby."
In 'Blackadder's Christmas Carol', when Prince Albert tries to conceal his identity by claiming he is "from Glasgow", Blackadder replies "Ah! A fine city. I love The Gorbals." The prince answers "I love them, too. A lovely couple. Lots of fun." The joke is at the expense of Prince Albert, and definitely not Glasgow, Scotland or the Scots.
I think Richard Curtis is a brilliant writer. Sure, he's probably a bit 'Oxbridge' and probably a bit southern-centric, but I believe he's got no harm in him. Same with Rowan Atkinson (the original co-writer of Blackadder) and Ben Elton (who co-wrote Blackadder from series 2 onward), although Elton can be an arse when he really tries.
If ye canny laugh at yersel' dinna bother laughing at ony other!!!