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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 »
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Cast

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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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35 min (6 episodes)
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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:
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 Tony Robinson's Cunning Night Out (2007) (V)See more »

FAQ

Why is Prince Edmund not named Edmund Blackadder?
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
watch all the Blackadder shows..., 2 June 2004
Author: crimped357 from louisville, kentucky

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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