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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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Release Date:
15 June 1983 (UK) See more »
The most gripping sitcom since 1380.
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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promising start to an excellent series See more (58 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 17)

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)

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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1.33 : 1 See more »
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The "Blackadder" theme is played with a trumpet solo backed by an orchestra.See more »
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 »
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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Referenced in "Countdown: Episode #72.21" (2015)See more »


Why is Prince Edmund not named Edmund Blackadder?
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
promising start to an excellent series, 27 September 2003
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Although series 2 ('Elizabethan'), 3 ('Regency'), and 4 ('Great War') were probably better overall, this was the series that introduced Edmund Blackadder to the TV-watching world twenty years ago. In series 1, however, it was Edmund who was spineless and Baldrick who really did have the sense; in subsequent series these roles would be somewhat reversed and the idea then really took off.

I do like series 1 for the following reasons: strong casting aside from Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Tim McInnerny; this series included Brian Blessed, Robert East as regulars and guests like Peter Cook (brilliant in the very first episode), and Alex Norton (as McAngus). The eagle-eyed will also spot a very young Angus Deayton in the St Leonard's Day episode. While the three following series were sharper and more studio-based (not always a good thing ...) I do think the wild open spaces of The Black Adder helped enormously to get some sense of the Middle Ages into comedy, even if all four series have played havoc with historical fact!

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