Goodbyeee - Episode 20 - The Blackadder Podcast

Goodbyeee – Episode 20

Goodbyeee was the final episode of Blackadder Goes Forth and features one last desperate attempt by Edmund to avoid going over the top. In this podcast Gerry and Iain consider the values of comradeship, sacrifice and recognition of the realities of war.



This episode featured a brief cameo from Geoffrey Palmer as Field Marshal Haig, but otherwise focused on the principal cast in their characters’ (presumably) final moments.


Blackadder Goes Forth was written by Ben Elton and by Richard Curtis and all six episodes were directed by Richard Boden, who made his series debut in the previous year’s Blackadder’s Christmas Carol. Once again, John Lloyd produced the series and Howard Goodall was responsible for the music, with the title track performed by The Band of the 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (The Pompadour) with bandmaster Tim Parkinson.


Goodbyeee was released in 1989. It is 30 minutes long and originally aired on the BBC. Blackadder Goes Forth is presently available on Netflix and a remastered set of the whole series is available on DVD around the world (Region 1) (Region 2).


4 thoughts to “Goodbyeee – Episode 20”

  1. Brilliant writing on this episode. When Darling thinks that the war is over and they’ve survived we find out that it’s 1917 and far from the end.

    I agree that Tim McInerny’s performance in this exchange is one of the best:

    Edmund: How are you feeling, Darling?

    Darling: Erm, not all that good, Blackadder — rather hoped I’d get through the
    whole show; go back to work at Pratt & Sons; keep wicket for the
    Croydon gentlemen; marry Doris… Made a note in my diary on my way
    here. Simply says, “Bugger.”

    Edmund: Well, quite.
    Simply says Bugger. What more can be said?

    i would take the movie of Starship Troopers with a grain of salt though. The original Heinlein novel was about civic responsibility and duty. The movie was an over the top satire by a director who despises the military.

    1. It’s the movie’s satire that tells the same story as George was in our clip about young people with delusions of glorious service. I haven’t read the book, but I do understand it is very different.

  2. Hi Lads,

    Here’s a fact: the poet Wilfred Owen was offered the chance to be transferred to the War Office in London. He refused and went back to France where he was killed a week before the end of the war.

    Good recitation of Boom, Iain!

  3. It was kind of appropriate to wrap up Blackadder Goes Forth series in 2018, the centennial of the armistice. I’ve grown fond of the characters throughout. I watched an episode of The Thin Blue Line, IDK if it’s podcast worthy or not but I liked it. Keep up the good work 🙂

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