The Black Adder (1983)

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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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 Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 The Queen / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Percy / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Patrick Allen ...
 Narrator / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Robert East ...
 Harry, Prince of Wales (6 episodes, 1983)
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 King Richard IV / ... (6 episodes, 1983)
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 Baldrick / ... (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)
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 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)
Stephen Frost ...
 Soft, A Guard (2 episodes, 1983)
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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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Edmund Blackadder is portrayed in this show as unintelligent and sniveling, a marked difference from his classically devious and cynical persona. According to Richard Curtis, he thought it would make the character more complicated and interesting rather than present him as a swaggering hero. However, in the final episode he begins to show signs of his scheming self. See more »

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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. Thus, the title didn't exist in the late 1480s. See more »

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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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Each episode's "cast in order of..." credit is different depending on the plot of the episode. "Witchsmeller Pursuivant," for instance, introduces the cast "in order of Witchiness," and "The Black Seal" introduces them "in order of disappearance." "The Black Seal" also lists Tim McInnerny's character as "Percy, a Poisoner" (watch the episode to find out why) See more »

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2 June 2004 | by (louisville,kentucky) – See all my reviews

I have always been a fan of British TV comedy and this is one of my favorites. It's a good start to the whole series and "side" shows. It's interesting to note that the main character Edmond is silly and immature in this show while his henchmen come off has somewhat smarter. In later shows, Blackadder II, III, and go's forth, Edmond becomes ever smarter while the henchmen become as dumb as a box of rocks! It's also funny how he slides down the social ladder from duke to commoner. I highly recommend the whole series. It's appeal crosses all age groups with a few "blue" jokes but nothing remotely vulgar. As Blackadder mite put it "It's a show so clever, you could stitch on a tail and call it a weasel"


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