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General Hospital 

The General asks Blackadder to find a spy in the hospital; one of the patients has a thick German accent and an interest in all things military.


Richard Boden (as Dir. 232418 Boden, R)


Richard Curtis (by), Ben Elton (by)

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Episode cast overview:
Rowan Atkinson ... Captain Edmund Blackadder
Tony Robinson ... Private S Baldrick
Stephen Fry ... General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett
Hugh Laurie ... Lieutenant The Honourable George Colthurst St. Barleigh
Tim McInnerny ... Captain Kevin Darling
Miranda Richardson ... Nurse Mary
Bill Wallis Bill Wallis ... Brigadier Smith


Angry that his plans always seem to fall into enemy hands, General Melchett asks Captain Blackadder to "winkle out" the spy he suspects is housed in the hospital. Blackadder immediately suspects the the patient with the thick German accent and a burning curiosity about troop movements, but decides to embark on an extremely thorough (and more importantly: long) investigation as a way of staying out of the trenches. Written by Murray Chapman

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Comedy | War


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26 October 1989 (UK) See more »

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Color (Sepia: in closing credits)
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Did You Know?


There are references in Nurse Fletcher Brown's name towards One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), the actress Louise Fletcher who plays Nurse Ratchett and Alonzo Brown who plays Dr Miller. See more »


When we are seeing Darling's PoV as he creeps up on Blackadder in the map room the shadow of the camera can be seen on the desk. See more »


General Melchett: Something's the matter. Something sinister and something grotesque. And what's worse is that it's going on right here under my very nose.
Captain Blackadder: [protesting] Sir, your moustache is lovely...
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References General Hospital (1963) See more »

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8 June 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is neither a great episode nor a bad one--just a decent episode from the somewhat disappointing fourth series. In this episode, George is injured and sent to the hospital. Soon after his arrival, word is that there is a German spy working in the place and Blackadder is chosen to take three weeks off from the war and investigate. Once again, the Captain is thrilled to be out of the action.

The first thing any viewer will notice is one of the patients who speaks with a very strong German accent and uses a lot of German words. Yet, no one there seems to have noticed. Blackadder orders Baldrick to watch this guy but almost all of Blackadder's attention is on a horny nurse (Miranda Richardson) and they spend almost all their time together having sex. In the end, Blackadder appears to be a hero and Darling a complete idiot....perhaps.

While this episode is entertaining, there are very few laughs. It's all very nice viewing but far from memorable of interesting. Worth seeing but that's about it.

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