In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.
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Series cast summary:
 Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
 The Queen / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
 Percy / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Patrick Allen ...
 Narrator / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
 King Richard IV / ... (6 episodes, 1983)
 Baldrick / ... (6 episodes, 1983)
Robert East ...
 Harry, Prince of Wales (6 episodes, 1983)
Bert Parnaby ...
 Cain, A Blind Beggar / ... (3 episodes, 1983)
Roy Evans ...
 Abel, A Blind Beggar / ... (3 episodes, 1983)
David Nunn ...
 Messenger / ... (3 episodes, 1983)
Perry Benson ...
 Daft Ned, A Peasant / ... (3 episodes, 1983)
 McAngus / ... (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Forbes Collins ...
 Dopey Jack, A Peasant / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
Barbara Miller ...
 Jane Firkettle / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
Howard Lew Lewis ...
 Mr. Applebottom / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
Natasha King ...
 Princess Leia of Hungary (2 episodes, 1983)
 Soft, A Guard (2 episodes, 1983)


Set in England at the end of the War of the Roses, we soon find out that the history we know is a Tudor fiction. In fact, Henry VII did not actually win the battle of Bosworth Field; he lost and though Richard III died in the battle, his nephew King Richard IV (who certainly was not smothered while still a boy in the Tower of London) reigned on for some years. The story focuses on Richard IV's younger son Prince Edmund, a sniveling coward who calls himself the 'Black Adder'. Assisted by his grungy servant Baldrick and the moronic Lord Percy, Edmund plots his rise to greatness. Written by Reid Gagle

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20 June 1982 (UK)  »

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Although Brian Blessed plays Robert East's father, East is in fact 4 years older than Blessed. See more »


Blackadder is throughout the series referred to as the Duke of Edinburgh, a title that was first bestowed by King George I in 1726, on his grandson, Prince Frederick Lewis, in the Peerage of Great Britain. In the 1480s, the King of England had no jurisdiction over Scotland, where Edinburgh is. Giving Edmund an anachronistic, geographically useless title is a joke, as explained in the DVD special features. See more »


Opening tune singer: The sound of hoof beats 'cross the glade / Good folk, lock up your son and daughter / Beware the deadly flashing blade / Unless you want to end up shorter / Black Adder, Black Adder, he rides a pitch black steed / Black Adder, Black Adder, he's very bad indeed / Black: his gloves of finest mole / Black: his codpiece made of metal / His horse is blacker than a vole / His pot is blacker than his kettle / Black Adder, Black Adder, with many a cunning plan / Black Adder, Black Adder, you horrid ...
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Why not Sir Rowan?
16 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love Rowan Atkinson. I think he's the best contemporary British comedian around. Rowan has a great talent especially playing Edmund Black Adder. Edmund, the Black Adder, begins the series in the Black Plague or Black Death. The second series is a lot better with Queen Elizabeth I played by the wonderful Miranda Richardson (I wondered what happened to her). This role was before her Oscar nominating role in Damage. She is hysterical as the Virgin Queen which I bet is the funniest Queen Elizabeth I in history. I love the costumes, the language. The series got better as it went along. I loved Hugh Laurie as the dumb prince. Tony Robinson as Baldrick always made me laugh. The Black Adder kept moving on until World War II. Don't you think it's time that Rowan Atkinson became knighted.

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