British Comedy Guide

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.

The Black Adder, Episode 1 is repeated on Yesterday on Tuesday 11th April at 9pm

Press Clippings

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

Tony Robinson reveals details of Blackadder idea

"It would have to be something crazily different for it to work"

Susanna Lazarus, Radio Times, 8th October 2016

The 12 best worst poets on TV

Including Baldrick, Guy Secretan and the Vogons.

Louisa Mellor, Den Of Geek, 6th October 2016

The best of British sitcom idiots

Following on from the last post about idiots in sitcoms, and some ensuing twittering, perhaps it's only fair we pay tribute to the best of British sitcom idiots. Lots of candidates, for sure, but here are, for my money, the most dimwitted of nincompoops who should be recognised for outstanding services to idiocy.

James Cary, Sitcom Geek, 31st August 2016

Blackadder character to appear in Upstart Crow

We won't ruin the surprise by telling you who it is, but we can say that the person playing the character is the same performer who acted the part way back in early 1986, more than 30 years ago and is something of a fan favourite.

Ben Dowell, Radio Times, 6th June 2016

In praise of Blackadder the Third

It has now been a full quarter-century since the screening of Blackadder The Third. Under normal circumstances, the anniversary of the third series of anything would not be a cause for comment. Yet Blackadder is not a normal programme and the third series alone must rank as one of the best sitcoms of the Eighties in its own right.

Chris Hallam, 21st April 2016

Secret fury of the doctor who gave Blackadder his name

Dr Eric Blackadder complained his life was made a misery after he unwittingly provided the name for Rowan Atkinson's scheming character.

Stuart MacDonald, The Mirror, 4th April 2016

John Lloyd critical of 'impertinent' sitcom remakes

Blackadder mastermind John Lloyd has insisted that his iconic sitcom will not follow the likes of Porridge, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em and Are You Being Served? in being remade by the BBC.

Shaun Kitchener, The Daily Express, 21st March 2016

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