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Tuesday, October 15, 2013


From October 20, fans of Rowan Atkinson can tune into Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line on BBC Entertainment (channel 120 on DStv) at 22h00 at 22h35 respectively.

Many great men have played a part in shaping Britain's noble heritage. Others have just ended up on the dungheap. Men like Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson). From coward to cad and back again, Edmund surfaces in Tudor era England where he seriously lowers the tone with an assortment of cunning plans, serpentine banter and his smelly servant, Baldrick.

England 1558-1603. The filthy genes of the Blackadder dynasty bubble back to the surface of the melting pot of history as Lord Edmund, arrogant peer-about-town, swaggers back with a big head and a small beard in search of grace and favour from stark raving mad Queen Bess.

In The Thin Blue Line Inspector Raymond Fowler (Rowan Atkinson) is the head of the station and an old-fashioned, by-the-book policeman, scrupulously honest and totally dedicated both to the job in hand and to his team of uniformed officers. These comprise his desk sergeant, Patricia Dawkins, Fowler's girlfriend of 10 years standing; veteran of the force PC Gladstone, an unexcitable and rather pedestrian officer; the fey and eager PC Goody; and PC Maggie Habib, the level-headed, brightest one of the bunch.

These uniformed officers clash constantly with the other occupants of the station: the plain-clothed detectives, led by DI Grim and DC Kray.