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.

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The Black Adder, Episode 3 - The Archbishop

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...

Further details

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

Edmund is made the Archbishop, which has not been a very safe office to hold. It seems that the King doesn't agree with the church, and the landscape is littered with the bodies of former Archbishops.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 29th 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
    David Nunn Messenger
    Paul McDowell Herbert, Archbishop of Canterbury
    Arthur Hewlett Godfrey, Archbishop of Canterbury
    Arthur Hewlett William, Bishop of London
    Joyce Grant Mother Superior
    Carolyn Colquohoun Sister Sara
    Russell Enoch The Duke of Westminster
    Bert Parnaby Cain, A Peasant
    Roy Evans Abel, A Peasant
    Bill Wallis Sir Justin de Boinod
    David Delve Sir George de Boeuf
    Leslie Sands Lord Graveney
    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

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