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: Mr. Edmund Blackadder, Esquire (Rowan Atkinson), Sir Talbot Buxomly (Denis Lill). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

1. Dish And Dishonesty

First broadcast: Thursday 17th September 1987

The House of Commons, now led by William Pitt the Younger, sets out to bankrupt the Prince Regent. Blackadder has a plan to stop them, but it'll involve a rigged by-election and new MP - there's only one man for the job...

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Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: Dr. Samuel Johnson (Robbie Coltrane), Mr. Edmund Blackadder, Esquire (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

2. Ink And Incapability

First broadcast: Thursday 24th September 1987

When Baldrick appears to have used the sole copy of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary as fuel in the Prince's fireplace, Blackadder fears for his life at the hands of Samuel and his enraged, opium-fiend friends. He immediately sets about trying to write a new one...

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Blackadder. Lord Smedley / The Scarlet Pimpernel (Nigel Planer). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

3. Nob And Nobility

First broadcast: Thursday 1st October 1987

The Scarlet Pimpernel is at the height of his activities sneaking aristocrats out of revolutionary France, and Blackadder is not too pleased at the sudden overrunning of London with the objectionable garlic-munchers. He decides to prove the Pimpernel's actions as overrated by rescuing an aristo himself - or not...

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Blackadder. Mr. Edmund Blackadder, Esquire (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

4. Sense And Senility

First broadcast: Thursday 8th October 1987

As the British anarchist movement grows in number, the Prince becomes more wary of threats upon his life. He is also increasingly interested in the theatre, and seeks acting tuition from two leading thespians.

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Blackadder. Prince Regent (Hugh Laurie). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

5. Amy And Amiability

First broadcast: Thursday 15th October 1987

The Prince is bankrupt. In order to secure funds, Blackadder suggests that his only option is to find a bride and marry into a moneyed family. Beautiful Amy Hardwood, daughter of a cotton magnate, seems a prime candidate.

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Blackadder. Mr. Edmund Blackadder, Esquire (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

6. Duel And Duality

First broadcast: Thursday 22nd October 1987

The Prince has been seduced and 'soiled' the Duke of Wellington's two nieces. When the triumphant war hero hears of George's indiscretion, he swears to have his revenge - can Blackadder get him out of this one, or will the Royal meet his maker?

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