Blackadder. Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

Blackadder

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

The Black Adder

Blackadder. Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

1. The Foretelling

First broadcast: Wednesday 15th June 1983

Arriving late for the Battle of Bosworth Field, Edmund Plantagenet, the Duke of Edinburgh, mistakenly beheads his uncle, King Richard III. With his father now King, the weasley Prince re-christens himself 'The Black Adder'...

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Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: McAngus, Duke of Argyll (Alex Norton), Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

2. Born To Be King

First broadcast: Wednesday 6th July 1983

Having left Harry as ruling Prince Regent, King Richard is away killing Turks. Edmund is instructed to arrange entertainment for the upcoming feast of St Leonard's Day, and in the process believes he has found letters pertaining to his brother's legitimacy...

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Blackadder. Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

3. The Archbishop

First broadcast: Wednesday 29th June 1983

When the King's top assassin 'accidentally' kills the Archbishop of Canterbury, Edmund finds himself appointed to the newly vacated role. He quickly learns where his best allegiances lie...

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Blackadder. Infanta Maria Escalosa of Spain (Miriam Margolyes). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

4. The Queen Of Spain's Beard

First broadcast: Wednesday 22nd June 1983

In need of more land and alliances across Europe, the King arranges a speedy marriage between the Spanish Infanta, Maria, and Edmund. However, whilst she appears besotted with her betrothed, the Duke of Edinburgh is horrified and resolves to get out of the ceremony any way he can.

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Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: Tony Robinson, Rowan Atkinson. Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

5. Witchsmeller Pursuivant

First broadcast: Wednesday 13th July 1983

A witchfinder is in the district around the castle after a spate of plague infections. Edmund is identified as the head witch, and immediately placed on trial...

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Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: Baldrick (Tony Robinson), Percy (Tim McInnerny), Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

6. The Black Seal

First broadcast: Wednesday 20th July 1983

It is St. Juniper's Day and the King strips Edmund of his title and duties in Edinburgh; fleeing the castle in rage, The Black Adder sets about creating the most fearsome band of Knights ever known in order to take the throne and rule the Kingdom.

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