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Blackadder

Blackadder

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1983 - 2000
  • 26 episodes (4 series)

The Blackadder dynasty has run through English history since time immemorial, seemingly always hampered by a Baldrick, and often a Percy and Melchett. Stars Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and more.

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)

Key details

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1983 - 2000
Channels
BBC One
Episodes
26 (4 series), plus 2 charity specials
Stars
Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry, Brian Blessed, Miranda Richardson, Patsy Byrne and more
Writers
Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, Rowan Atkinson and William Shakespeare
Directors
Mandie Fletcher, Martin Shardlow and Richard Boden
Producer
John Lloyd
Companies

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.

Additional details

Tagline
The most gripping sitcom since 1380
Also known as
  • Blackadder's Christmas Carol (Special)
  • Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (Special)
  • Blackadder Back & Forth (Special)
  • Blackadder Goes Forth (Series 4)
  • Black Adder The Third (Series 3)
  • Blackadder II (Series 2)
  • The Black Adder (Series 1)
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
All original music composed by Howard Goodall. Closing theme to Blackadder Back & Forth sung by Giles Underwood.

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 15th June 1983 at 9:25pm on BBC One
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • BBC Television Centre

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