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.

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Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: Kate (Gabrielle Glaister), Lord Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

1. Bells

First broadcast: Thursday 9th January 1986

Lord Blackadder is deeply disturbed when he finds himself falling in love with his new manservant, Bob. A surprise relaxes his fears and they agree to marry, but could a visiting guest come between the happy couple?

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Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: Lady Farrow (Holly De Jong), Lord Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

2. Head

First broadcast: Thursday 16th January 1986

Blackadder is 'promoted' to the role of Lord High Executioner. Not best pleased with his new appointment, Edmund sets about bringing some executions forward in order to maximise his leisure time...

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3. Potato

First broadcast: Thursday 23rd January 1986

When Sir Walter Raleigh returns to England's fair shore bringing luxuries such as the potato, the Queen falls in love with the explorers' dream. Edmund merely falls in love with the idea of fame, and of getting one over on the smug git, and so charters his own ship...

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Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: Lord Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson), Arthur the Sailor (John Pierce Jones), Baldrick (Tony Robinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

4. Money

First broadcast: Thursday 6th February 1986

Blackadder is facing money troubles - or, as he puts it, 'cashflow problems' - that are far from helped when the notorious baby-eating Bishop of Bath and Wells arrives to call in a thousand-pound debt.

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Blackadder. Lord Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

5. Beer

First broadcast: Thursday 13th February 1986

Blackadder challenges Melchett to a drinking contest - on the same night he is due to play host to his puritanical relatives, Lord and Lady Whiteadder, in order to discuss his inheritance!

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6. Chains

First broadcast: Thursday 20th February 1986

Melchett and Blackadder are taken hostage by the dastardly German master of disguise Prince Ludwig, just hours after the Queen swore to only pay one more ransom ever. When she struggles to choose between the two, their captor decides to overthrow her and make himself King.

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