Black-Adder II (1986)

TV Series  |   |  Comedy
8.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.8/10 from 21,790 users  
Reviews: 47 user | 8 critic

In the Tudor court of Elizabeth I, Lord Edmund Blackadder strives to win Her Majesty's favour while attempting to avoid a grisly fate should he offend her.

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 17 Jun 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 21 Jun 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 05 Sep 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 14 Jan 2014
 
a list of 22 titles
created 27 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Black-Adder II" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Black-Adder II (1986)

Black-Adder II (1986) on IMDb 8.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Black-Adder II.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1986  
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

In the Regency era, Mr E. Blackadder serves as butler to the foppish numskull Prince George amidst the fads and crazes of the time.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Stuck in the middle of World War I, Captain Edmund Blackadder does his best to escape the banality of the war.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry
Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray
Blackadder Rides Again (TV Special 2008)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Rowan Atkinson and the cast of legendary comedy series Blackadder are back for this one-off documentary special to mark 25 years since the original BBC transmission in 1983. Featuring ... See full summary »

Director: Matt O'Casey
Stars: John Sergeant, Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis
Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Hotel owner Basil Fawlty's incompetence, short fuse, and arrogance form a combination that ensures accidents and trouble are never far away.

Stars: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs
Short | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

At a New Millennium Eve party Blackadder and Baldrick test their new time machine and ping pong through history encountering famous characters and changing events rather alarmingly....

Director: Paul Weiland
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Stephen Fry
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Pleasant Ebenezer Blackadder is turned into a cruel and witty miser after seeing visions of his ancestors and descendants.

Director: Richard Boden
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson
The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Various mishaps at a police station in an English town. The main character is the anachronistic, yet charming and funny Inspector Fowler. CID foil to Fowler, Inspector Grim is a bumbling, seething idiot.

Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Mina Anwar, James Dreyfus
A Bit of Fry and Laurie (1987–1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Comedy sketches written and performed by renowned duo Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Deborah Norton
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

The original surreal sketch comedy showcase for the Monty Python troupe.

Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam
QI (TV Series 2003)
Comedy | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

A comedy panel game in which being Quite Interesting is more important than being right. Stephen Fry is joined each week by four comedians to share anecdotes and trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well.

Stars: Stephen Fry, Alan Davies, Bill Bailey
The Young Ones (1982–1984)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The crazy and sometimes surreal comedic adventures of four very different students in Thatcher's Britain.

Stars: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
...
 Edmund Blackadder (6 episodes, 1986)
...
 Lord Percy (6 episodes, 1986)
...
 Baldrick (6 episodes, 1986)
...
 Queen Elizabeth I (6 episodes, 1986)
...
 Lord Melchett (6 episodes, 1986)
Patsy Byrne ...
 Nursie (6 episodes, 1986)
Tony Aitken ...
 Minstrel / ... (6 episodes, 1986)
Edit

Storyline

Sixty years after the demise of Prince Edmund Plantagenet, Queen Elizabeth I, who's as insane as her ancestors, is England's current leader. Seductive, easy-to-impress, spoiled, and always seeking a husband, "Queenie" has a leading courtier: Lord Edmund Blackaddder, great-grandson of the original. Now, however, he is dryly cynical and intelligent, but still trying to become king; this time by marrying the queen. However, her right-hand-man, Lord Melchett, will always serve as fair competition for her hand. Blackadder is again assisted by the clueless but fashionable Lord Percy Percy and dung-eating, "cunning" peasant Baldrick. Written by Bloggers!

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The original may be dead... but now his bastard great-great grandson swaggers around Renaissance London with a big head and a small beard.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 January 1986 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Blackadder II  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard Curtis has said this show was the happiest he has ever worked on, due to the cast being reduced to a small number of familiar actors (he compared it to a "friendly bunch of school chums." See more »

Quotes

Baldrick: Have you got a plan, my lord?
Blackadder: Yes I have, and it's so cunning you could brush your teeth with it.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The closing credits is set in a manor garden, where a bard (played by Tony Aitken, voiced by Jeremy Jackman) sings a ballad mocking Blackadder's exploits within the episode and Blackadder endeavors to apprehend the bard (with mixed results, depending on the episode). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Definitive Blackadder
14 December 2000 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

To many who watched the ongoing saga of the Blackadder family at the time of release, this is the best Blackadder series of them all - and they have a very strong case. Although this is not my own personal favourite (I prefer the original series), this second installment is a superb piece of comedy.

The time-period moves on approximately sixty years to Elizabethan England and follows the story of Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) - the great-grandson of the original slimy Blackadder. This time Edmund is not a Prince of the realm but a Lord in the court of Good Queen Bess (the wonderful Miranda Richardson). Tim McInnerny continues in the role as Percy and he threatens to steal the show throughout. Percy's character is built on from the first series, being given a more child-like and innocent personality to go with the lack of brain cells, and this combined with McInnerny's fantastic performance gives the comedy an added dimension and direction. The Baldrick role (Tony Robinson) is also reprised, but instead of the street-wise peasant with the cunning plan of series one, we get the first incarnation of the Baldrick character we are now more familiar with - dirty, smelly and incredibly stupid. In this series it works, because now Blackadder himself is significantly brighter and more refined than his ancestor and this time he's armed with a razor-sharp wit. The characters do complement each other well, but the close-nit group of the first series is now missing with Blackadder resenting and mistreating his sidekicks throughout, but this is used well for comic effect.

The supporting cast is also excellent and the characters they play are brilliantly written. Elizabeth herself is portrayed as a spoilt little school-girl, complete with screams! Richardson plays this role superbly and with hilarious results with the queen being highly unpredictable and volatile. Elizabeth also has a couple of loyal sidekicks, Nursy (Patsy Byrne) the woman who weaned her as a child, and Melchett (Stephen Fry), her advisor. All of these characters add weight to the comedy, and are sufficiently different to each other to provide alternative directions in comedy.

Although Blackadder does have a basic goal in this series - to marry Elizabeth and become her consort - it does not drive the plot as much in this series as it did in the first. The plots for each episode however are still extremely entertaining and contain the basic premise of Blackadder getting into a desperate situation that he must get out of - with the aid (or hindrance) of Percy and Baldrick. The stories are well-thought out and the comedy a good-blend of dry-wit from Blackadder and farcical situations. The stories are well scripted and contain some excellent supporting characters played memorably by the likes of Rik Mayall (of Young Ones and Drop Dead Fred fame), Ronald Lacey (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and ex Dr Who Tom Baker.

This series of Blackadder successfully alters the main character into the intelligent and dry cynic, because it does not do so at the expense of the other characters and the plots. Ben Elton's influence however is evident with the supporting characters being of the less intelligent type, aluding to things to come in the next two series where these characters becoming the main target for the humour. Blackadder II works so well because it is the stories that drive the humour with the dry-wit as an added bonus - things were about to be reversed.

Like the first series this is a classic of comedy and well deserves its standing as, arguably, the most popular Blackadder series. The first and last series of Blackadder could not be further apart in terms of humour and subtlety - this series fuses both styles to create, perhaps the definitive Blackadder.


27 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Could the Americans do there own Blackadder? pd270
Rate the Blackadder series in order here! Sepulchrive
Fav episodes? Sepulchrive
Tried to show this to my friend... Juiceness
Cut(s) on Gold cambus741
RIP Nursey/Bernard Sohail-rb
Discuss Black-Adder II (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?