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The original may be dead... but now his bastard great-great grandson swaggers around Renaissance London with a big head and a small beard.
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. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 8)

Rowan Atkinson ... Edmund Blackadder (6 episodes, 1986)

Tim McInnerny ... Lord Percy (6 episodes, 1986)

Tony Robinson ... Baldrick (6 episodes, 1986)

Miranda Richardson ... Queen Elizabeth I (6 episodes, 1986)

Stephen Fry ... Lord Melchett (6 episodes, 1986)
Patsy Byrne ... Nursie (6 episodes, 1986)

Tony Aitken ... Minstrel / ... (6 episodes, 1986)

Series Directed by
Mandie Fletcher (6 episodes, 1986)
Series Writing credits
Richard Curtis (6 episodes, 1986)
Ben Elton (6 episodes, 1986)

Series Produced by
John Lloyd .... producer (6 episodes, 1986)
Series Original Music by
Howard Goodall (6 episodes, 1986)
Series Film Editing by
Chris Wadsworth (6 episodes, 1986)
Series Production Design by
Antony Thorpe (6 episodes, 1986)
Series Costume Design by
Annie Hardinge (6 episodes, 1986)
Series Makeup Department
Victoria Pocock .... makeup designer (6 episodes, 1986)
Sunetra Sastry .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1986)
Series Production Management
Prue Saenger .... production manager (6 episodes, 1986)
Series Art Department
Monica Boggust .... properties buyer (6 episodes, 1986)
Malcolm Dalton .... Cameraman / Graphics Editor (6 episodes, 1986)
Graham Kern .... graphic designer (6 episodes, 1986)
Series Sound Department
Neil Sadwick .... studio sound (6 episodes, 1986)
Nick Way .... deputy sound supervisor (5 episodes, 1986)
John Mooney .... sound (3 episodes, 1986)
Series Special Effects by
Chris Reynolds .... special effects technician (6 episodes, 1986)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Baker .... film camera: titles / film camera (6 episodes, 1986)
Ron Green .... senior cameraman (4 episodes, 1986)
Don Babbage .... studio lighting (3 episodes, 1986)
Henry Barber .... studio lighting (3 episodes, 1986)
John Dailley .... senior cameraman (2 episodes, 1986)
Series Editorial Department
Heather Gilder .... vision mixer (6 episodes, 1986)
Series Music Department
Jeremy Jackman .... singer: end credits (6 episodes, 1986)
Series Other crew
Sarah Gowers .... assistant floor manager (6 episodes, 1986)
Amita Lochab .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1986)
Ray Hider .... technical coordinator (4 episodes, 1986)

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176 min | 30 min (6 episodes)
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According to Tim McInnerny, the character of Lord Percy Percy is inspired by Sir Andrew Aguecheek, from William Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' play.See more »
Blackadder:Shut up, Balders. You'd laugh at a Shakespeare comedy.See more »
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Featured in Ben Elton: Laughing at the 80s (2011) (TV)See more »


How is Lord Blackadder from this series related to Prince Edmund from 'The Black Adder'?
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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Definitive Blackadder, 14 December 2000
Author: GoonerMan from Hampshire, England

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.

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