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Was Blackadder right about 18th century elections?

This enquiry introduces students to the comedy genius of Blackadder.

It asks your classes to decide how accurate the Blackadder interpretation of 18th-century politics is.

Students first work out the message of the interpretation, before considering a range of evidence to support or challenge some of the main aspects of the Blackadder interpretation.

Having decided how accurate it is, students consider why programmes like Blackadder might exaggerate certain claims about the past.

Finally, they write a review for online site IMDb, outlining the ways in which Blackadder was (and was not) accurate. 

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  • Lesson presentation: PowerPoint
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  • Worksheet 1: PDF

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