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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
15 June 1983 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
The most gripping sitcom since 1380.
Plot:
In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother. Full summary »
User Reviews:
The antithesis of Bean See more (56 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 17)

Rowan Atkinson ... Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1983)

Elspet Gray ... The Queen / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1983)

Tim McInnerny ... Percy / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Patrick Allen ... Narrator / ... (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Robert East ... Harry, Prince of Wales (6 episodes, 1983)

Brian Blessed ... King Richard IV / ... (6 episodes, 1983)

Tony Robinson ... 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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Series Directed by
Martin Shardlow (6 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Writing credits
Rowan Atkinson (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Richard Curtis (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
William Shakespeare (6 episodes, 1983)

Series Produced by
John Lloyd .... producer (6 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Original Music by
Howard Goodall (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
 
Series Film Editing by
Mike Jackson (6 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Production Design by
Chris Hull (6 episodes, 1983)
Nigel Curzon (3 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Costume Design by
Odile Dicks-Mireaux (6 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Makeup Department
Deanne Turner .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Production Management
Marcus Mortimer .... production manager (6 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Art Department
Tricia Ruddell .... property buyer (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Steve Connelly .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 1983)
Penny Rollinson .... property buyer (3 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Sound Department
Richard Chamberlain .... sound (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
John Taylor .... boom operator (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Clive Derbyshire .... film recordist (6 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Chris Lawson .... visual effects designer (6 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Stunts
Gareth Milne .... stuntman (2 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Clemett .... lighting (6 episodes, 1983)
William Dudman .... film cameraman (6 episodes, 1983)
Ron Peverall .... camera supervisor (6 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Editorial Department
Angela Wilson .... vision mixer (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Mykola Pawluk .... vt editor (6 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Other crew
Hilary Bevan Jones .... assistant floor manager / production team (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jan Hallett .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1983)
Peter Granger .... technical manager (5 episodes, 1983)
 

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195 min | 35 min (6 episodes)
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Trivia:
This show had the largest budget in the series, with a multitude of extras and props (horses, armour, etc) and on-location shooting at actual medieval locations. Rowan Atkinson has described shooting as being extravagant: "It cost a million pounds for the six episodes, a lot of money to spend... it looked great, but it wasn't as consistently funny as we would have liked." In partial consequence, the later shows had their budgets, casts and sets scaled down.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
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...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Screenwipe: Episode #4.4" (2007)See more »

FAQ

Why is Prince Edmund not named Edmund Blackadder?
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
The antithesis of Bean, 27 April 1999
Author: OffYear from Chicago

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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