Chains was the final episode of Blackadder II and features a dramatic escape from the clutches of a ruthless villain. In this podcast Gerry and Iain consider an unfortunate incident with a sheep in the nighttime and look back on the series.
The Blackadder II finale featured appearances from Max Harvey as a torturer and Mark Arden and Lee Cornes as soldiers, but it was ultimately about the return of Hugh Lawrie as the master of disguise, Prince Ludwig, along with an expanded role from the wonderful Stephen Fry as series regular Lord Melchett. Melchy and Blackadder are kidnapped by Ludwig and with the Queen unable to choose which to random, must escape from captivity on their own wits.
Blackadder II was written by Ben Elton and Richard Curtis and all six episodes were directed by Mandie Fletcher. John Lloyd produced the series and Howard Goodall was responsible for the music.
Chains was released in 1986. It is 29 minutes long and originally aired on the BBC. Blackadder II can be viewed on Netflix in the UK and Ireland and a remastered set of the whole series is available on DVD around the world (Region 1) (Region 2).