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The Black Adder 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1982–1983)
In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.
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Series cast summary:
...  Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh / ... 7 episodes, 1982-1983
...  The Queen / ... 7 episodes, 1982-1983
...  Percy / ... 7 episodes, 1982-1983
...  Narrator / ... 7 episodes, 1982-1983
...  King Richard IV / ... 6 episodes, 1983
...  Baldrick / ... 6 episodes, 1983
...  Harry, Prince of Wales 6 episodes, 1983
Bert Parnaby ...  Cain, A Blind Beggar / ... 3 episodes, 1983
Roy Evans ...  Abel, A Blind Beggar / ... 3 episodes, 1983
David Nunn ...  Messenger / ... 3 episodes, 1983
Perry Benson ...  Daft Ned, A Peasant / ... 3 episodes, 1983
...  McAngus / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1983
Forbes Collins ...  Dopey Jack, A Peasant / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Barbara Miller ...  Jane Firkettle / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Howard Lew Lewis ...  Mr. Applebottom / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Natasha King ...  Princess Leia of Hungary 2 episodes, 1983
...  Soft, A Guard 2 episodes, 1983
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Set in England at the end of the War of the Roses, we soon find out that the history we know is a Tudor fiction. In fact, Henry VII did not actually win the battle of Bosworth Field; he lost and though Richard III died in the battle, his nephew King Richard IV (who certainly was not smothered while still a boy in the Tower of London) reigned on for some years. The story focuses on Richard IV's younger son Prince Edmund, a sniveling coward who calls himself the 'Black Adder'. Assisted by his grungy servant and the moronic Lord Percy, Edmund plots his rise to greatness. Written by Reid Gagle

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Trivia

Richard Curtis admitted in a 2004 documentary that just before recording began, producer John Lloyd came up to him with Rowan Atkinson and asked what Edmund's character was. Curtis then realised that, despite writing some funny lines, he had no idea how Rowan Atkinson was supposed to play his part. See more »

Goofs

Blackadder is throughout the series referred to as the Duke of Edinburgh, a title that was first bestowed by King George I in 1726, on his grandson, Prince Frederick Lewis, in the Peerage of Great Britain. In the 1480s, the King of England had no jurisdiction over Scotland, where Edinburgh is. Giving Edmund an anachronistic, geographically useless title is a joke, as explained in the DVD special features. See more »

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Percy, Duke of Northumberland: Oh Edmund, can it be true that I hold in my hand a nugget of purest Green?
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There is a statement in the closing credits: "Made in glorious television." See more »

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Referenced in Countdown: Episode #72.21 (2015) See more »

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The first and the worst
3 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

That said, it's not too bad; just not the classic mixture that gelled in the next series. As others have said: too much Bean, not enough Blackadder. If you already liked Rowan Atkinson, you'll enjoy his facial muggings; but aficionados will miss the stylish, scheming sociopath we came to know and love.

My pick, for those who want to check it out, is "The Queen of Spain's Beard", with Miriam Margolyes as the Spanish Infanta. Very funny, and full of the sort of quotes we associate with the later series.

Thank God the BBC had the foresight to see its potential and schedule a second series because, as we all know, the rest is history.


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