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The Grand Knockout Tournament (1987)

The Grand Knockout Tournament was an annual event sponsored by the British Royal Family in which costumed famous people duel against one another or play medieval era-inspired games. Features Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Stuart Hall Stuart Hall ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Duke of Abercorn Duke of Abercorn ... Himself
Jenny Agutter ... Herself
Anthony Andrews ... Himself
Rowan Atkinson ... Lord Knock of Alton
Peter Blake Peter Blake ... Himself
Michael Brandon ... Himself
Steve Cauthen Steve Cauthen ... Himself
John Cleese ... Himself
Brian Cooper Brian Cooper ... Himself
Steve Cram Steve Cram ... Himself
Ben Cross ... Himself
Paul Daniels Paul Daniels ... Chief Judge
Les Dawson Les Dawson ... Himself
Chris De Burgh ... Himself
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The Grand Knockout Tournament was an annual event sponsored by the British Royal Family in which costumed famous people duel against one another or play medieval era-inspired games. Features Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder.

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1987 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color
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The participation of members of the Royal Family in this charity event sparked outcry from those who felt this was not a dignified venue for them. See more »

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The American version included interviews with the participants conducted by Hal Linden and Walter Payton See more »

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Featured in 100 Greatest TV Moments from Hell (2000) See more »

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Off With His Head
27 July 2013 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

What can the Royal Family do to retain the affection of the Great British public ? How about joining the army , flying an Apache helicopter and zapping mad mental theocrats in Afghanistan ? Things were slightly different in 1987 and killing very bad people wasn't allowed . Instead someone somewhere thought it might be a good idea to bring in the somewhat lowly regarded Queen's children to lead an all star celebrity IT'S A KNOCKOUT and involve Edmund Blackadder and Stuart Hall . Edmund Blackadder was always the man to hate in British television in the late 1980s being a cruel sadist and who would ever think that in 2013 that after seeing THE GRAND KNOCKOUT TOURNAMENT in he'd be only the second most despicable person on screen . Of course Rowan Atkinson isn't playing Edmund Blackadder , he's playing someone called Lord Knock of Alton but he's Blackadder in everything but name

The show itself revolves around those zany assault courses that made IT'S A KNOCK OUT a popular TV show in the 1970s where people dress up in strange costumes and run around tripping all over the place while getting soaked with hoses while Stuart Hall collapses in to hysterical laughter ( I bet you're not laughing now Stuart ) and there's two differences with this edition

1 ) It's for charity

2 ) The contestants are major celebrities from Britain , American and Australia

As for the first point if there's a need for charity might it not be a good idea to scrap the civil list thereby negating the need for Fergie's expensive dresses and Prince Edwards expensive hairdressing bill ? As for Australia they are mainly represented by George Lazenby because Australia didn't have very famous actors back then except for Rod Taylor and Errol Flynn and Errol Flynn wouldn't be seen dead in this

The tournament is won and Lord Knock states that " It's always sad to pick out a winner when all have behaved with such consummate absurdity . But let the losers take comfort in the thought that they will never ever look so foolish again . " This isn't actually correct since in 1992 Fergie was seen with a financial adviser who was giving her advice her husband wouldn't approve of and the presenter Stuart Hall ... well we all know what happened to him and his notoriety will live long after him . When a republican watches a show and their pernicious hatred isn't focused on the royals that tells you something about the nugatory morals of Stuart Hall . Off with his head


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