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So Dominic Watt’s research team at York University claim to have discovered 30 lost English words, amongs which is “slug-a-bed” (Opinion, 15 September)? Would this be the same “lost” word used in Blackadder II, wherein the titular character played by Rowan Atkinson rouses the Bishop of Bath and Wells from his drugged slumber with “Wakey, wakey, Bish. You clerics really are slug-a-beds”?

Mark Boyle

Johnstone, Renfrewshire

David Williams’s suggestion (Letters, 18 September) that the best meeting comprises one person brings to mind the late Greek shipping billionaire Stavros Niarchos. Asked for the ideal number of people for a dinner party, he replied: “Two – myself and a damn good head waiter.”

John Cahillane

Washington DC, USA

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12 of TV's best worst poets

Louisa Mellor Sep 28, 2017

To mark National Poetry Day in the UK, we celebrate a dozen of TV’s best worst fictional poets…

The best words in their best order. That’s how Samuel Taylor Coleridge summed up the task of a poet.

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Not everyone, however, can be Coleridge, nor can they follow his advice, as this slim volume of fictional TV poets proves…

12. Charlie and Dee – It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Makeup... smearin'/No power steerin'/He be talkin'/but we don't be hearin'/Speaks like Zeus/Smells like poops/Rage all over from his head down to his shoes.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s alliances between Dee and Charlie are always excellent value. She’s ridiculous,
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The underrated film acting performances of 2015

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Rosario Dawson, Hugh Jackman and Blake Lively lead our look at 2015's best under the radar acting performances in film...

This article contains mild spoilers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. We've kept these as vague as possible, but if you haven't seen the film yet, you might wish to skip the entry pertaining to that.

2015 was a particularly exemplary year for all kinds of movies, but particularly in genre and blockbuster cinema. When there's so much to talk about, it's inevitable that some of the really good stuff gets lost in the mix of awards season chatter, but that's especially true when there's still some residual stigma about movies outside of the 'worthy' release schedule that will arrive in UK cinemas between now and the Academy Awards ceremony in February.

There are a couple of likely breakthrough geek movies for this year's Oscars, in the
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Bill review – knockabout Horrible Histories fun with the Bard

The leading lights of the TV series romp through a mash-up Shakespeare in Love and Blackadder

The players of TV’s terrific Horrible Histories romp their way through this entertaining mash-up of Shakespeare in Love and Blackadder II. Mathew Baynton is the titular Bill Shakespeare, recently ditched by lute-beat combo Mortal Coil, now off to make his mark as a London playwright. Encounters with Christopher Marlowe and the Earl of Croydon open theatrical doors, although the real behind-the-scenes director is Spain’s King Phillip II (Ben Willbond, co-writing with Laurence Rickard), who’s planning to kill Helen McCrory’s frazzle-toothed Elizabeth. Nicely balancing its historically literate gags with broad knockabout slapstick, Bill is a crowd-pleasing treat that should tickle audiences young and old alike.

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Bill review

The Horrible Histories team tackle the early life of William Shakespeare. A funny family treat is the end result.

“Half as good as Shakespeare In Love”, is what Bill’s co-creator, Laurence Rickard, says they were aiming to create.

This whimsical imagining of William Shakespeare’s ‘lost years’ certainly pays one or two playful homages to that other less-than-accurate biopic, but its real heritage can be traced to Monty Python and Blackadder. In the fashion of the former, the sextet of main actors, already known for their ensemble work on Cbbc’s Horrible Histories and Sky’s Yonderland, share the majority of the roles between them. Each has a main role, and Mathew Baynton proves a lovably optimistic Shakespeare at the heart of it all. Yet it is the minor characters – ‘the body collector’ and ‘sausage guy’ being particular favourites – who bring this world to life.

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Blackadder: 8 brilliant moments that prove we need it back on TV

Talk of a possible Blackadder comeback has got us all excited, even if this isn't the first time we've been told a revival for Rowan Atkinson's devious anti-hero is on the cards. Or the second. Or the third.

But there's something about the prospect of meeting Edmund Blackadder again that thrills us every single time. 26 years since 'Goodbyeee' and there's been no one quite like him since.

These are the magical moments that made Atkinson's collaboration with Richard Curtis and Ben Elton so memorable - the sort of comedic gems we'd love to see replicated in 2015.

1. I'm not a tourist

Perhaps the ultimate example of Blackadder's ability to poke fun at the conventions of its period setting(s) in a wonderfully modern manner.

On the hunt for "deranged druid" the Wise Woman, Edmund encounters a young crone: "Is this Putney?" he asks. "That it be," she rasps. "Yes it is,
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111 things we learned about Sherlock from the series 3 DVDs

Discarded plots, quotes from canon, Martin Freeman's hatred of Watson's moustache... Here's a long list of Sherlock series 3 trivia...

Released this month, the collector’s edition Sherlock series 3 DVDs are crammed with nerd succour, from the episodes one and three commentaries by Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and Una Stubbs, to behind-the-scenes featurettes, falling-over and dancing outtakes, footage from episode read-throughs, a deleted scene in which Lars Mikkelsen licks Benedict Cumberbatch, technical special effects gubbins, clips from the only existing television interview with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and - we almost forgot - the series itself.

For Sherlock fans who haven’t yet had the pleasure, we’ve ploughed through all the bonus material on the discs, turning up the odd bit of trivia treasure as we did so. Find out below about Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat's plans for Sherlock to teach Mary the violin, Benedict Cumberbatch
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Review: 'The Boxtrolls' delights with a witty script and superb stop motion animation

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Review: 'The Boxtrolls' delights with a witty script and superb stop motion animation
Venice - If you liked "The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists!," the "Wallace & Gromit" films, anything by Monty Python or just funny, witty movies in general, make sure you catch Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi's "The Boxtrolls." Based on the book "Here Be Monsters" by Alan Snow, I can't remember the last time I saw a family animation so visually rich, tightly scripted and charmingly performed which was also built on a sound and progressive message. It's unlikely to become a cultural juggernaut on the level of something like "Frozen," but I think it is as enjoyable. The set up has the magical feel of a traditional fairytale blended with the weirder sensibility of a revisionist fable along the lines of "Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes." In a city where fancy cheeses are prized by the upper classes as the epitome of fine living, the middle classes live in fear of The Boxtrolls,
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Patsy Byrne obituary

Versatile stage and TV actor loved for her role as Nursie in Blackadder

Talented young actors who wanted a classical career, but lacked the physical delicacy required of ingénues, used to be warned that Shakespeare had written few roles suited to a blunt woman: they might play Maria the housekeeper in Twelfth Night, yokel Audrey in As You Like It, and the big threat the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. But Patsy Byrne, who has died aged 80, viewed the advice more as a promise than a menace.

She played Audrey for the RSC in 1961-62, an RSC Maria in 1960 and 1966, and had a go at the Nurse in a long forgotten 1976 television film. And her most memorable role, as Nursie in Blackadder II (1986), was so closely modelled on the R&J Nurse that writers Ben Elton and Richard Curtis should have paid Will royalties.

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A sad month for Blackadder fans as we mourn the death of Patsy Byrne Aka 'Nursie'

Nicola Davis, a devotee of the show, recalls receiving a charming letter from the actress

Its been a sad month for Blackadder fans. First there was the untimely death of Rik Mayall, forever immortalised as the dashing rake Lord Flashheart (Flash by name, flash by nature, Hurrah!), and now, the passing of Patsy Byrne who stole the show in Blackadder II as Bernard, the more-than-a-little-mad nurse of Elizabeth I.

Introduced to Blackadder at an early age, much to the horror of my mother who didnt consider it remotely appropriate for young ears, this anarchic comedy series has long loomed large in my life. My father, who soaks up witty lines like a sponge, brought us up quoting one-liners from the series, so that, even now, priceless bon mots from Queenie or Baldrick abound at family gatherings, while at university a well-chosen line from Prince Georges repertoire brought me into the
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Blackadder's Patsy Byrne dies, aged 80

Patsy Byrne has died at the age of 80.

Metro reports that the veteran actress passed away on June 17 at Denville Hall, a retirement home for performers.

A post on the Blackadder Facebook page said: "Very saddened to hear that Blackadder has lost another amazing actor. Rip Patsy Byrne Aka Nursie Aka Bernard.

"You and Flashheart can flirt for an eternity now."

Born in Ashford, Kent, Byrne had an extensive career on British television and in the theatre.

She was most beloved for her role as Nursie on the popular 1980s comedy show Blackadder II.

She also appeared in Liverpool-based sitcom Watching, Playdays and David Copperfield. Her last credit is Holby City in 2006.

Byrne is the second actor from the Blackadder II series to pass away this month.

Actor Rik Mayall, who played Flashheart on the show, recently died from an acute cardiac event.

Watch Byrne and Mayall in a clip
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Why We Never Saw the Late Rik Mayall in a 'Harry Potter' Movie

Why We Never Saw the Late Rik Mayall in a 'Harry Potter' Movie
Earlier this week, we reported the unfortunate news that beloved British comedian Rik Mayall passed away at the age of 56. While he was better known in the U.K., for roles in The Young Ones, Bottom and Blackadder II, he also developed a cult following on this side of the pond for playing the title role in the 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred. Yahoo! Movies UK unearthed a 2011 interview with the comedian, where he revealed that he actually landed a role in a massive franchise that would have likely increased is fan base in the U.S., if he would have remained in the movie. The actor/comedian revealed that he landed the role of Peeves, a mischevious ghost, in 2002's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which he would have likely played throughout the eight-film franchise.

Take a look at what the late comedian had to say about how he
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'Young Ones' and 'Drop Dead Fred' Star Rik Mayall Passes Away at 56

'Young Ones' and 'Drop Dead Fred' Star Rik Mayall Passes Away at 56
British comedian Rik Mayall has passed away at the age of 56, which was confirmed by his management company Brunskill Management. The cause of death has not been released, although Brunskill reps said he passed away at his London home this morning, and they would issue a full statement later.

Rik Mayall emerged as a rising comic talent through the 1982 TV series The Comic Strip Presents..., where he performed alongside Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Robbie Coltrane and his longtime friend and collaborator Adrian Edmondson.

Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson went on to star in and create The Young Ones and Bottom, both of which gained notable cult followings and featured slapstick humor that often involved fires and blows to the head. His roles as the outlandish Lord Blackheart in Blackadder II and Alan B'Stard in The New Statesman throughout the 1980s and 1990s helped solidify his cult status among comedy fans.
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Doctor Who: the film careers of Patrick Troughton & Tom Baker

Feature Alex Westthorp 9 Apr 2014 - 07:00

In the next part of his series, Alex talks us through the film careers of the second and fourth Doctors, Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker...

Read Alex's retrospective on the film careers of William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee, here.

Like their fellow Time Lord actors, William Hartnell and Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton and Tom Baker also shared certain genres of film. Both appeared, before and after their time as the Doctor, in horror movies and both worked on Ray Harryhausen Sinbad films.

Patrick George Troughton was born in Mill Hill, London on March 25th 1920. He made his film debut aged 28 in the 1948 B-Movie The Escape. Troughton's was a very minor role. Among the better known cast was William Hartnell, though even Hartnell's role was small and the two didn't share any scenes together. From the late Forties, Troughton found more success on the small screen,
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Tom Baker turns 80: Doctor Who legend's best screen moments

Tom Baker is 80! National treasure, cult legend and Doctor Who's longest-serving lead, Tom is now an official octogenarian.

To celebrate, Digital Spy has compiled eight of Baker's greatest moments from both the small and silver screens - Happy Birthday, TB!

1. Tom breaks big with Nicholas and Alexandra

In the early '70s, Baker got his big break, taking on a role he was surely born to play - the mad monk Rasputin - in historical epic Nicholas and Alexandra. He was recommended for the part by Laurence Olivier, donchaknow.

2. "The definite article, you might say…"

"Well, here we go again..." In 1974, Tom Baker replaced Jon Pertwee as the star of Doctor Who and television history was made. Alright, so Tom's debut adventure 'Robot' is unlikely to lead any fan's top 10 list, but his commanding charisma had viewers hooked from the off. Jon who?

3. "Do I have the right?"

Perhaps
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'The Mentalist' unmasks Red John: 5 TV shows that survived a revamp

Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid.

Over in the Us, The Mentalist finally played its trump card last Sunday (November 24) and revealed the true face of Red John.

Yes, the brutal nemesis of Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) was unmasked - though UK viewers will still have to wait a few weeks before the game-changing episode is broadcast on Channel 5.

But it begs the question... can The Mentalist go on without its driving force and chief boogeyman? Here's five other TV shows that did survive a creative revamp...

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Blake's 7

When Blake's 7 star Gareth Thomas decided to depart the BBC sci-fi drama back in 1979, the show's producers were faced with the difficult task of producing a third series without their title character. Rather than replace Blake outright, they decided to have Paul Darrow's wily
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Doctor Who recap: The Day of the Doctor

It was the episode that we all knew couldn't possibly live up to expectations. And it didn't – it exceeded them. Here's a definitive roundup of everything that happened

Spoiler alert: this is a detailed look at the 50th-anniversary special episode of Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor. Don't read on if you haven't seen it.

'We've got enough warriors, and any old idiot can be a hero. Do what you've always done. Be a Doctor.'

As three Doctors stand in that mysterious barn in the desert, Tennant's 10 and Smith's 11 reassure Hurt's "war Doctor", on the verge of committing xenocide, that he really is worthy of the name and the numbering that comes with it. "You were the Doctor on the day it wasn't possible to get it right."

You do wonder if Steven Moffat wasn't channelling something of his own insecurities with that line. The waves of hype
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Talk Like a Pirate Day, Doctor Who Style!

Christian Cawley is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

From the Blackadder II episode Potato back in 1985, here’s Tom Baker as Captain Rum, greeting the lordly Edmund Blackadder as he attempts to hire Rum to helm a voyage to...

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'The White Queen' opens with over 5.3m on BBC One

The White Queen enjoyed a decent start on BBC One, overnight data reveals.

The War of the Roses drama topped the ratings on Sunday, launching with 5.34 million viewers (22.8%) at 9pm.

Earlier, Countryfile interested 4.93m (24.8%) at 7pm, followed by Antiques Roadshow with 4.53m (20.5%) at 8pm.

Match of the Day's live Confederations Cup game between Spain and Uruguay scored 1.35m (14.9%) at 10.30pm. BBC Three's broadcast of Mexico vs Italy brought in 1.03m (4.6%) at 7.30pm.

On BBC Two, Peter Jones Meets... was down to 599,000 (3.0%) at 7pm. Operation Snow Tiger was seen by 1.83m (8.3%) at 8pm. Rise of the Continents secured 1.46m (6.2%), while the soon-to-be-knighted Tony Robinson starred in a classic Blackadder II episode with 1.41m (7.4%) at 10pm.

ITV's Tipping Point with Ben Shephard entertained 2.85m (14.3%) at 7pm (216k/1.0% on +1). Meanwhile, Marple had 3.85m (16.9%) at 8pm (208k/1.0%).

On Channel 4, Terror in the Skies was watched by 966k (4.4%) at 8pm (168k/0.7%). French drama
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Six to watch: TV Tudors

As the BBC's Tudor season begins, here are six of the best toughs in ruffs, from Jonathan Rhys Meyers to Ray Winstone

Aside from maybe Prince Harry's junk or Prince Philip's troublesome bladder, the current monarchy doesn't have a lot going for it, especially when you compare it to the Tudor period. Now we get excited when our royalty mucks about at Harry Potter theme parks, but back then they could swan around murdering their own wives or inventing new religions on the spot. It must have been brilliant.

These larger-than-life events are probably why we're all still so fascinated with the Tudor era. It's been an almost immovable televisual presence since the medium was invented. BBC2 has even gone as far as commissioning an entire documentary season about their giddy ups and horrific downs. So here are some of the best TV Tudors of all time. Don't
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