Black-Adder II: Season 1, Episode 1

Bells (9 Jan. 1986)

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Blackadder develops feelings for a woman posing as his male servant.



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Episode cast overview:
Patsy Byrne ...
Gabrielle Glaister ...
John Grillo ...
Edward Jewesbury ...
Kate's Father
Barbara Miller ...
Sadie Shimmin ...
Young Crone


Rather than become a prostitute as her father desires, Kate decides to seek her fortune in London disguised as a male. She gains employment in the house of Edmund Blackadder, who finds himself strangely attracted to this new "manservant" and unsure what to do about it. Written by Murray Chapman

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Rik Mayall's bizarre attire was designed by Mayall himself. The rest of the cast had never seen it prior to his entrance in the wedding scene and were falling about in fits of laughter while Mayall was being filmed. See more »


Half way through the scene with the doctor, a microphone can be seen dropping in the top of the screen for a second. See more »


Kate's Father: I'm sad because, my darling, our poverty has reached such extremes that I can no longer afford to keep us and must look to my own dear tiny darling to sustain me in my frail dotage.
Kate: But father surely...
Kate's Father: Yes, Kate. I want you to become a prostitute.
Kate: Never! Father.
Kate's Father: Do you defy me?
Kate: Indeed I do for tis better to die poor than to live in shame and ignominy.
Kate's Father: No it isn't.
Kate: I'm young and strong, clever, my nose is pretty. I shall find another way to earn a living.
Kate's Father: Oh please go on the game. It's a steady...
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I didn't like it at first, but "Bells" is a very good first episode.
1 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"I like you, Bob, you've got balls!"

Let me open my comment by saying this - Blackadder II does not have the atmosphere of its predecessor. However, this is not all bad - the lack of real emotion actually makes it funnier, and lets us feel that we are watching proper comedy - not dark historical dramas. And this is how Blackadder shall be like from here on - not delivering the thrills and the shocks, but delivering the laughs, like it is meant to.

"Bells" starts off funny, and only gets funnier, and proves how stupid Blackadder, Baldrick and Percy really are. Also joining the Blackadder comedy cast are Stephen Fry (Lord Melchett), Miranda Richardson (Queen Elizabeth I), and a new character called Nursie, who is the Queen's old carer. The presence of these three makes the episode and series even more funny, and betters the comic appearances of Prince Harry, the Queen and Richard IV in Blackadder 1. Ben Elton's new role as the second writer of Blackadder has made the show more funny, and likely to be enjoyed by all. The first series tries to be taken seriously, but this series was a bigger success in not being serious and being lighter and more openly funny.

"Bells" contains some clever humour, some great new characters and a whole new era - a good opening to the second historic series! I give it an 8 out of 10.

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