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The Black Adder 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1982–1983)
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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Storyline

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 and the moronic Lord Percy, Edmund plots his rise to greatness. Written by Reid Gagle

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Trivia

According to Tony Robinson, he was flattered at being offered the role of Baldrick, and only later learned that the role had been turned down by nearly every bit-part actor. 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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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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Crazy Credits

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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The antithesis of Bean
27 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

If you see these shows wanting more Mr. Bean you will be very surprised. Black Adder is a great show, but where Bean was basically silent Adder revels in language. The dialogue is sharp and fast and usually mean. Bean seems pretty gentle. Black Adder is a sonofabitch. Highest Rating.


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