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"The Black Adder" (1983) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1983-1983

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The Black Adder: Season 1: Episode 6 -- Blackadder decides that he can wait no longer to seize his destiny. He sets out to recruit the six most evil men in the Kingdom - The Black Seal - to help him take control of the country. His plans are thwarted by the arrival of his oldest enemy: the Hawk. This implacable foe throws Edmund into a dungeon and goes off to take over the kingdom himself. Digitally remastered version.

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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
15 June 1983 (UK) See more »
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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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Why not Sir Rowan? See more (57 total) »

Cast

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

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

Tim McInnerny ... Percy / ... (7 episodes, 1983)
Patrick Allen ... Narrator / ... (7 episodes, 1983)

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

Tony Robinson ... Baldrick / ... (6 episodes, 1983)
Robert East ... Harry, Prince of Wales (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, 1983)
Richard Curtis (7 episodes, 1983)
William Shakespeare (6 episodes, 1983)

Series Produced by
John Lloyd .... producer (6 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Original Music by
Howard Goodall (7 episodes, 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, 1983)
Steve Connelly .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 1983)
Penny Rollinson .... property buyer (3 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Sound Department
Richard Chamberlain .... sound (7 episodes, 1983)
John Taylor .... boom operator (7 episodes, 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
Mykola Pawluk .... vt editor (6 episodes, 1983)
Angela Wilson .... vision mixer (6 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Music Department
Simon Carrington .... singer: end credits (5 episodes, 1983)
 
Series Other crew
Hilary Bevan Jones .... assistant floor manager / production team (7 episodes, 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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According to the opening credits, King Richard III was succeeded by his nephew, Richard, Duke of York (Harry and Edmund's father) in 1485. In fact, young Richard was only 12 when he and his brother Edward disappeared under suspicious circumstances in 1483, with no children of their own. From this, it can be ascertained that all of the Blackadder canon takes place in an alternate historical timeline.See more »
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Continuity: We are given the dates for King Richard IV in the very first episode. The final episode begins in the year that we have already been informed that Richard IV's reign ended. However, while Prince Edmund is in prison there is a caption that says "12 months later" that would make it a year later that Richard IV's reign ended.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 »
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Why is Prince Edmund not named Edmund Blackadder?
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Why not Sir Rowan?, 16 October 2006
Author: (sylviastel@aol.com) from United States

I love Rowan Atkinson. I think he's the best contemporary British comedian around. Rowan has a great talent especially playing Edmund Black Adder. Edmund, the Black Adder, begins the series in the Black Plague or Black Death. The second series is a lot better with Queen Elizabeth I played by the wonderful Miranda Richardson (I wondered what happened to her). This role was before her Oscar nominating role in Damage. She is hysterical as the Virgin Queen which I bet is the funniest Queen Elizabeth I in history. I love the costumes, the language. The series got better as it went along. I loved Hugh Laurie as the dumb prince. Tony Robinson as Baldrick always made me laugh. The Black Adder kept moving on until World War II. Don't you think it's time that Rowan Atkinson became knighted.

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