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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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15 years of saying pardon. See more (57 total) »

Cast

 (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)
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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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This season 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 »
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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...See more »
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Referenced in "Countdown: Episode #72.21" (2015)See more »

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Why is Prince Edmund not named Edmund Blackadder?
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23 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
15 years of saying pardon., 26 January 2004
Author: varsania from London, England

The best of the lot. Very funny script, brilliant cast, superbly acted. I prefer Edmund as this type of meek, slimy character than in later series. Also Balders is better suited as intelligent than stupid, that character is already brilliantly done by Percy.

Each episode has a uniquely funny story. The Archbishop one where Baldrick makes holy artifacts is extremely funny. Especially as Percy thinks he bought a real artifact only to discover that it's one of Baldricks.

He marries an 8 year old princess in another episode. Very original humour, and the little princess herself is extremely funny. The way she laughs at the Vicar is hilarious.

Witchsmeller Persuivant, another great episode, possibly the best but its difficult to distinguish which is the best as they are all so good. Frank Finlay is so believable as the witch, his voice, expressions, the way he cross examines Edmund in court and entraps him. Pure genius.

The last one is fantastic. I love the way he finally gets revenge on his dad by forming an army of the 6 most evil men in England. All with uniquely evil attributes.

I don't think 6 episodes is enough for this first series. There is so much comedy there to fill 12 episodes at least. Still the second and third series, although inferior did not disappoint. The fourth however did.

Will always remain as one of the great British classics.

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