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.

1988 Specials, Christmas Special is repeated on Gold on Saturday at 7:50pm.

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

    Supporters and subscribers get more

    Additional content and tools are available across the site for Supporters and BCG Pro subscribers. On this page you can:

    • Broadcast details of 39 past repeats of this episode

    Donate (for fans) BCG Pro

    Already a donor or Pro user?