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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:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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(6 articles)
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User Reviews:
Intelligent sarcastic humour – the best of British! 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:
30 min (6 episodes)
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Trivia:
Though this is fictitious, Hugh Laurie's portrayal of Prince George 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.See more »
Quotes:
Blackadder:I have come up with a plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel.See more »
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How does the dictionary survive when it is thrown into the fire?
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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Intelligent sarcastic humour – the best of British!, 29 March 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In England 1790-1815 we follow the continued annals of the Blackadder family. Edmund Blackadder is now butler to Prince George – a man who is as `thick as a whale omelette'. Over 6 episodes his lot goes from the dizzying heights of ruin to disaster to opportunity with little or no help from his dogsbody the `mouse brained' Baldrick.

The third in the Blackadder series is not the best (although it's a very close). The scripts are very sharp and typically British. Every word is hilarious and Blackadder is given plenty of juicy lines to throw at his below-average-intelligence master. The plots are ludicrous but inventive – Baldrick accidentally elevated to the house of lords, Blackadder saving the Scarlet Pimpernel, the destruction of the world's first dictionary etc, but they're all carried off with style and great humour.

Rowan Atkinson is hilarious – Blackadder is one of his finest hours and he fits the character perfectly. Tony Robinson is cursed forever to be remembered for Baldrick (no matter how many Time Teams he does) and he is brilliant in a thankless role. Hugh Laurie is superb as the stupid Prince and brings inbred stupidity to life! But each episode is also underpinned by a wealth of talent including Helen Atkinson Wood, Robbie Coltrane, Kenneth Moore, Chris Barrie, Ben Elton, Stephen Fry etc. The casting is great.

Overall Blackadder is one of the finest British comedy series for decades – it deserves to be up there with Monty Python and the like. Anyone who loves to laugh at intelligent sarcastic humour will love this. One of the best comedy series I've ever seen.

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