Blackadder. Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.


BBC One sitcom about a scheming coward. 26 episodes (4 series), 1983 - 2000. Stars Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Hugh Laurie and others.

Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: Captain Kevin Darling (Tim McInnerny), Captain Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson), General Melchett (Stephen Fry), Baldrick (Tony Robinson), Lieutenant George Barleigh (Hugh Laurie).


The Blackadder dynasty has run through English history since time immemorial, seemingly always hampered by a Baldrick, and often a Percy and Melchett

1983 - 2000
26   (4 series), plus 2 charity specials
Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Hugh Laurie, Brian Blessed, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Patsy Byrne and others
Richard Curtis, Ben Elton and Rowan Atkinson
Mandie Fletcher, Martin Shardlow and Richard Boden
John Lloyd

Like a stain on the eiderdown of English history, the Blackadder family has been present at some of the greatest events in our nation's past. We join their tale in the late 1400s, with Edmund Plantagenat, alias 'The Black Adder', the weasley 'spare' son of King Richard IV.

En route to the dawn of the new millennium in 2000, we bump into Lords and Sirs of the dynasty including those from the times of King Charles I, Prince George in Regency England, the Captain Blackadder of World War I, and Elizabeth I's favourite Lord.

Production Details

The most gripping sitcom since 1380
Production companies
Also known as
  • The Black Adder (Series 1)
  • Blackadder II (Series 2)
  • Black Adder The Third (Series 3)
  • Blackadder Goes Forth (Series 4)
  • Blackadder Back & Forth (Special)
  • Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (Special)
  • Blackadder's Christmas Carol (Special)
All original music composed by Howard Goodall. Closing theme to Blackadder Back & Forth sung by Giles Underwood.
Laugh track
Live audience

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 15th June 1983 on BBC One at 9:25pm
Last new broadcast
Sunday 1st October 2000 on Sky One at 9pm
Last repeat
Wednesday 18th August 2021 at 12:00pm on Gold

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