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, Brian Blessed and others.

The Black Adder, Episode 1 - The Foretelling

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'...

Further details

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

Edmund mistakenly kills King Richard III, making his own father king. But he is also responsible for the escape of his father's greatest enemy, Henry Tudor.


This episode was billed as "The first of six horrible situation tragedies to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the accession of Richard III."

Broadcast details

Wednesday 15th June 1983
35 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Rowan Atkinson Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh
Tony Robinson Baldrick
Tim McInnerny Percy
Brian Blessed King Richard IV
Robert East Harry, Prince of Wales
Elspet Gray The Queen
Patrick Allen Narrator
Guest cast
Peter Cook Richard III
Peter Benson Henry VII
Philip Kendall Painter
Kathleen St. John Goneril
Barbara Miller Regan
Gretchen Franklin Cordelia
Writing team
Richard Curtis Writer
Rowan Atkinson Writer
William Shakespeare Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Martin Shardlow Director
John Lloyd Producer
Mike Jackson Editor
Mykola Pawluk Editor
Chris Hull Production Designer
Howard Goodall Composer
Nigel Curzon Production Designer

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