Celebration: Hugh Laurie’s Birthday
Mission: Watch some Blackadder III
Notes: Hugh Laurie was born in Oxford on this day in 1959. Long-term comedy partner of Stephen Fry, they had the sketch show A Bit of Fry & Laurie and the period-comedy Jeeves and Wooster. They both frequently appeared in the Blackadder series. Hugh played George, the Prince Regent in Blackadder the Third and, in the episode we watched today, Stephen played Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington. After the Prince had dishonoured the Duke’s nieces, Wellington challenged George to a duel. One cunning plan later, and Blackadder ends up in a fight to the death.