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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
17 September 1987 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
Macbeth! See more »
Plot:
In the 19th century Regency era, Mr E. Blackadder serves as butler to the foppish numskull Prince George amidst the fads and crazes of the time. Full summary »
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Awards:
2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(6 articles)
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from an American fan See more (43 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [4])

Series Directed by
Mandie Fletcher (6 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Writing credits
Richard Curtis (6 episodes, 1987)
Ben Elton (6 episodes, 1987)

Series Produced by
John Lloyd .... producer (6 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Original Music by
Howard Goodall (6 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Film Editing by
Chris Wadsworth (6 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Production Design by
Antony Thorpe (6 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Costume Design by
Annie Hardinge (6 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Makeup Department
Ann Fenton .... hair stylist / makeup artist (6 episodes, 1987)
Victoria Pocock .... designer of make-up / designer of makeup (6 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Production Management
Olivia Hill .... manager of production (6 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Art Department
Judy Farr .... buyer of properties (6 episodes, 1987)
Graham McCallum .... designer of graphics (6 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Sound Department
Peter Barville .... supervisor of sound (6 episodes, 1987)
Nick Way .... deputy sound supervisor (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Stuart Murdoch .... designer of visual effects (4 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Bristow .... director of lighting (5 episodes, 1987)
Ron Green .... supervisor of cameras (5 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alleyne Kirby Davies .... costume assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Sue Collins .... mixer of vision (4 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Music Department
Alison Limerick .... performer: end title song (6 episodes, 1987)
Richie Pitts .... performer: end title song (6 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Other crew
Nikki Cockcroft .... assistant to production (6 episodes, 1987)
Duncan Cooper .... assistant manager of floors (6 episodes, 1987)
John Latus .... co-ordinator of technicalities / coordinator of technicalities (4 episodes, 1987)
Allan Flood .... supervisor of production operatives (3 episodes, 1987)
 

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Also Known As:
"Blackadder III" - USA (video title)
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Runtime:
180 min | 30 min (6 episodes)
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Trivia:
Though this is fictitious, Hugh Laurie's portrayal of Prince George (later George IV) is reportedly accurate. Prince George was made regent in the absence of his father (George III) and was immediately hated by his people. He reportedly lived only for pleasure and didn't care about the public who through taxes had to foot the bill. This also explains the otherwise incongruous references in this series to George (played by the noticeably slender Hugh Laurie) having a weight problem - in reality the prince regent's indulgent life style resulted in him being obese.See more »
Quotes:
Prince George:What can I do to a woman that I can't do to you?
Blackadder:I cannot conceive, sir.
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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Harry & Paul's Story of the 2s (2014) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Are "aardvark" and "sausage" really missing from Samuel Johnson's dictionary?
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
from an American fan, 16 February 2005
Author: The Worlok from New Jersey, USA

I own the DVD box set of all of the Blackadder series and this one and "Goes Forth" are my favorites, but I love them all. This series skips through history with tongue firmly planted in cheek and is just superb. I call it "smart yet silly" comedy. The British are, or were, pros at this. Seeing some more recent "Britcoms", as some of us Yanks call them, I lament that they are taking too much from our lame American sitcoms. The brilliance of the recent "Coupling" gives me hope for the future.

I really enjoy Rowan Atkinson and the cast of Blackadder. They are all fabulous, but Steven Fry just cracks me up as the Field Marshall in the Fourth Series.

To get back to the Third series I really enjoy the guest appearances of Tim McInnerny as Lord Topper/Le Comte de Frou Frou, Chris Barrie (of Red Dwarf and Brittas Empire fame) as the French Revolutionary Guard, and who can forget the role of Dr. Johnson played by the illustrious Robbie Coltrane (who later played Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter series of movies).

If you like "smart" comedy then check out Blackadder!!

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