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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:
A flawed precursor to better things See more (61 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)

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, 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 Music Department
Simon Carrington .... singer: end credits (5 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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Runtime:
195 min | 35 min (6 episodes)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (Cable TV rating) | Germany:12 | Germany:6 (iTunes rating) | Iceland:12 | Singapore:PG | UK:15 | USA:TV-PG
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Trivia:
According to Rowan Atkinson, he had no idea how to play Blackadder right up to the point where the cameras were rolling for the first time; he didn't even know what voice to use for the character.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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. In the 1480s, the King of England had no jurisdiction over Scotland, where Edinburgh is. Giving Edmund an anachronistic, geographically useless title is a joke, as explained in the DVD special features.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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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A flawed precursor to better things, 27 April 1999
Author: Simon Perkins from Santa Fe, USA

The first series of Black Adder reminds me a lot of Monty Python films - full of hilarious moments but somehow not quite all there as a whole. I'm not a huge Bean fan and there's too much Bean here for my liking.

On the other hand, the second, third and fourth Blackadder series represent some of the best British comedy around (different script writer) and so the first series is worth watching just to introduce the characters. Watch this, but don't be put off the others if you don't like it!

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