Blackadder. Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions


  • 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.

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The Black Adder, Episode 5 - Witchsmeller Pursuivant

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...

Further details

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

England faces a dual crisis: sorcery is afoot and there is a great plague across the land. Woe to Edmund, that he is accused of being a witch by a witchsmeller. Will he and Baldrick have their day at the stake?

Broadcast details

Wednesday 13th July 1983
35 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Thursday 2nd February 2012 10:00pm Gold
Friday 3rd February 2012 6:00pm Gold
Saturday 18th February 2012 11:00am Gold
Sunday 18th March 2012 8:10am Gold
Saturday 2nd June 2012 9:20am Gold
Saturday 18th August 2012 2:00am Gold
Friday 7th September 2012 11:40pm Gold
Saturday 8th September 2012 2:30am Gold
Thursday 2nd May 2013 10:20pm Gold
Friday 3rd May 2013 1:30am Gold
Friday 14th June 2013 11:45pm Gold
Thursday 17th October 2013 11:40pm Gold
Friday 18th October 2013 1:30am Gold
Thursday 6th March 2014 11:40pm Gold
Friday 7th March 2014 2:30am Gold
Monday 31st March 2014 2:20am Gold
Wednesday 23rd April 2014 12:20am Gold
Wednesday 23rd April 2014 2:20am Gold
Thursday 19th June 2014 11:15pm Gold
Friday 20th June 2014 2:05am Gold
Monday 21st July 2014 8:20pm Gold
Tuesday 22nd July 2014 12:45am Gold
Saturday 28th March 2015 9:40am Gold
Saturday 20th June 2015 12:10pm Gold
Thursday 7th January 2016 8:00pm Gold
Friday 30th September 2016 9:30pm Gold
Sunday 16th April 2017 9:45pm Yesterday
Monday 17th April 2017 11:40am Yesterday
Friday 7th July 2017 12:15am Gold
Tuesday 25th July 2017 2:15am Gold
Monday 23rd October 2017 11:20pm Gold
Tuesday 24th October 2017 1:40am Gold
Thursday 26th October 2017 12:20am Gold
Sunday 14th January 2018 9:45pm Yesterday
Friday 23rd February 2018 12:55am Yesterday
Friday 23rd February 2018 10:30pm Yesterday
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 11:50pm Yesterday
Wednesday 23rd May 2018 9:50pm Yesterday

Cast & crew

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
Natasha King Princess Leia of Hungary
Frank Finlay The Witchsmeller Pursuivant
Richard Murdoch Ross, A Lord
Valentine Dyall Angus, A Lord
Peter Schofield Fife, A Lord
Stephen Frost Soft, A Guard
Mark Arden Anon, A Guard
Perry Benson Daft Red, A Peasant
Bert Parnaby Dim Cain, A Peasant
Roy Evans Dum Abel, A Peasant
Forbes Collins Dopey Jack, A Peasant
Patrick Duncan Officer, An Officer
Barbara Miller Jane Firkettle
Howard Lew Lewis Piers, A Yeoman
Sarah Thomas Mrs. Field, A Goodwife
Louise Gold Mrs. Tyler, A Goodwife
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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