When Edmund loses his title of Duke of Edinburgh, he snaps, fires Baldrick and Percy and hires some of the most cruel men in England; Sir Wilfred Death, Three-Fingered Pete, Guy de Glastonbury, Sean ...
Rowan Atkinson and the cast of legendary comedy series Blackadder are back for this one-off documentary special to mark 25 years since the original BBC transmission in 1983. Featuring ... See full summary »
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
Michael Grade, who became Controller of BBC One in 1984, regarded this series as overly expensive and unfunny and nearly cancelled further series of Blackadder (he also attempted to cancel Doctor Who (1963) at around the same time and ceased production of The Tripods (1984)). He was eventually persuaded to make more Blackadder if it became a much lower budget studio sitcom. This explains why a second series of Blackadder didn't appear until 1986. See more »
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 »
Each episode's "cast in order of..." credit is different depending on the plot of the episode. "Witchsmeller Pursuivant," for instance, introduces the cast "in order of Witchiness," and "The Black Seal" introduces them "in order of disappearance." "The Black Seal" also lists Tim McInnerny's character as "Percy, a Poisoner" (watch the episode to find out why) See more »
(Entire series) I first saw Blackadder on PBS (in the US) in the late 1980's. I was hooked from the start. All episodes, throughout the first 3 series, are without a doubt the most clever programs ever written for television. The structure of the 4 original series (excluding Back & Forth) is brilliant - Edmund believes he is destined to be king of England; with each successive generation, though, his family drifts another stage further away from the crown, but ironically, with each generation the main character (Blackadder) is more intelligent, and had the family remained close to the crown he no doubt would have found a way to become king. My favorite series overall is Blackadder III, though this may be a result of my literary background and the use of literary themes in this series. I dare you to not laugh uncontrollably at "Sense and Senility".
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