Black Adder the Third (1987)

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

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Complete series cast summary:
 Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince / ... (6 episodes, 1987)
 Baldrick, a dogsbody / ... (6 episodes, 1987)
 The Prince Regent, their master (6 episodes, 1987)


During the Regency period, the insane King George III's stark raving mad son, George, is the Prince Regent of Wales. Vulgar and staggeringly slow-and-dim-witted, George exhausts the country's money and would surely be dead by know were it not for his dry, angry, bitter, arrogant and cynical butler, Edmund Blackadder, Esq. Blackadder is an ex-aristocrat who has lost his family fortune and been reduced to servant-hood, and full of loathing knowing he should have a better position then serving a lunatic. Sod-Off Baldrick is his dirty, smelly peasant servant, and Mrs. Miggins is an annoying cheerful coffee-shoppe owner who is too stupid to understand most of Mr. Blackadder's insults. Written by Bloggers!

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Release Date:

17 September 1987 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Blackadder III  »

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The "Blackadder" theme is played with a harpsichord, oboe and cello. See more »


Baldrick: [Blackadder slams the door] Something wrong, Mr. B?
Blackadder: Oh, something's *always* wrong, Balders... the fact that I'm not a millionaire aristocrat, with the sexual capacity of a rutting rhino, is a constant niggle.
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Among the books that Blackadder peruses during the opening credits are:
  • (Morte D'Edmund?)

  • The Blackadder's Progress

  • Rise and Fall

  • Bath on 5p a Day

  • Encyclopaedia Blackaddica Vol XIX FUN to HUG

  • Chelsea Arts Club (...)

  • Blackadder Unbound

  • Landscape Gardening by Capability Brownadder

  • From Black Death to Blackadder

  • Blackadder's Bedside Cockfighting Companion

  • The Blackadder of Calcutta

  • (...)

  • Blackadder Book of Martyrs

  • The Blackobite Rebellion

  • Old Blackamore's Almanac Second Edition

  • Sir Francis Blackadder (Letters?)

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Absolutely Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!
1 June 2004 | by (West Virginia) – See all my reviews

Someone said that they thought the British humour of "Blackadder" might not be appreciated in the United States......WRONG!!!!! One would have to have the brain cell(s) of the Prince Regent not to enjoy this series. It is brilliant......sarcastic, cutting, witty, beautifully written, beautifully acted and generally outstanding. Rowan Atkinson is not the Mr. Bean we are used Edmund Blackadder, he hits his comedy stride as the conniving butler to the Prince Regent. We miss the Percy character in the third series but Hugh Laurie, as Prince George more than makes up for his absence. Baldrick is still with us and still has "cunning plans" but his IQ has taken a definite drop in score.

If you want to laugh until you weep, then catch BA3 on BBCAmerica or better yet, go out and buy the tapes and the book "Blackadder, the Whole Damn Dynasty". It will keep you amused for years to come as this type of humour does not date. Rowan Atkinson, we salute you!!!!

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