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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 The Queen / ... 7 episodes, 1982-1983
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 Narrator / ... 7 episodes, 1982-1983
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 Baldrick / ... 6 episodes, 1983
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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
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 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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Trivia

This is the only show in the Blackadder saga which was scripted by Rowan Atkinson; Ben Elton took over from Black-Adder II (1986). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Percy, Duke of Northumberland: Oh Edmund, can it be true that I hold in my hand a nugget of purest Green?
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A flawed precursor to better things
27 April 1999 | by (Santa Fe, USA) – See all my reviews

The first series of Black Adder reminds me a lot of Monty Python films - full of hilarious moments but somehow not quite all there as a whole. I'm not a huge Bean fan and there's too much Bean here for my liking.

On the other hand, the second, third and fourth Blackadder series represent some of the best British comedy around (different script writer) and so the first series is worth watching just to introduce the characters. Watch this, but don't be put off the others if you don't like it!


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