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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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Several sitcoms banned by Mastermind

Contestants on the BBC quiz show Mastermind will no longer be allowed to pick Fawlty Towers, Blackadder or Roald Dahl as their specialist subjects as the producers have run out of questions. Mark Helsby, Mastermind's producer, has revealed that some subjects are so popular that they have been "exhausted" for new questions. Father Ted and the Chronicles of Narnia have also been removed.

Graham Ruddick, The Guardian, 30th January 2018

Blackadder's greatest episodes

With an ensemble cast that no other sitcom can ever hope to match, the show gave us plenty of memorable episodes, but we've tried to narrow them down to just a select few.

Rob Keeling, Cult Box, 25th October 2017

So Dominic Watt's research team at York University claim to have discovered 30 lost English words, amongs which is "slug-a-bed" (Opinion, 15 September)? Would this be the same "lost" word used in Blackadder II, wherein the titular character played by Rowan Atkinson rouses the Bishop of Bath and Wells from his drugged slumber with "Wakey, wakey, Bish. You clerics really are slug-a-beds"?

Mark Boyle, The Guardian, 9th September 2017

Blackadder tops list of shows people would like to return

Blackadder, Only Fools And Horses, Spitting Image and Fawlty Towers have come out top of a poll that asked people which classic TV shows they'd like to return.

British Comedy Guide, 15th June 2017

When Blackadder turned election farce into comedy

"At last we can return to sanity. The mad hysteria is at an end. After the chaos of a general election, we can return to normal." So says Edmund Blackadder at the start of 'Dish and Dishonesty' - the very first episode of Blackadder The Third.

Mark Butler, i Newspaper, 5th June 2017

Tony Robinson: Blackadder 1 was 'a bit s***'

Blackadder actor Sir Tony Robinson has branded the hit sitcom's first series "a bit s***".

The Sun, 13th April 2017

Rowan Atkinson reveals details of Redadder

A treatment was once written for the much-loved BBC comedy Blackadder set in the Russian Revolution entitled "Redadder", Rowan Atkinson revealed at the opening session of the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival.

Ben Dowell, Radio Times, 7th April 2017

Fawlty Towers named comedians' favourite sitcom

A survey of comedians has revealed that Fawlty Towers is their favourite sitcom, and Alan Partridge meeting his superfan is their favourite scene. "Don't tell him Pike" was picked as the favourite one-liner.

British Comedy Guide, 4th January 2017

Tony Robinson interview

Tony Robinson talks about bringing back Blackadder and his dreams of rock stardom and potential bond villainy.

Calibre Quarterly, 7th December 2016

Jeremy Corbyn likens Theresa May to Baldrick

Theresa May has been offered assistance from Baldrick after her Brexit plan was likened to the schemes devised by Blackadder's hapless sidekick.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn mocked the Prime Minister by insisting Baldrick is the only "great philosopher" he could think of when assessing the Government's EU exit strategy.

Michael Wilkinson, The Telegraph, 26th October 2016

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