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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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Tim McInnerny decided to discontinue the role of Lord Percy for fear of being typecast as an idiot; however he appeared in a guest role in the third episode. See more »


Baldrick: Morning, Mr. B.
Blackadder: Leave me alone, Baldrick. If I wanted to talk to a vegetable, I would have bought one at the market.
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Crazy Credits

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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Followed by Blackadder Back & Forth (1999) See more »

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9 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The 3rd and in my view the best of the Blackadder series.

The only downside is that there is no Lord Percy who was the funniest character from the previous series but Hugh Laurie's Prince Regent is suitably madcap laugh a line.

As a package it's quality through and through with convincing regency sets, superb cutting sarcasm and little bits of the wacky, the 'macbeth' actors standing out and Prince Georges 'lucky us' chicken impression, and the missing words from Dr Johnson's dictionary.

Few comedies have been quite as both clever as they are funny, okay the odd lame observation or line gets in but mostly it's a scream.

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