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.

Blackadder Goes Forth, Episode 5 is repeated on BBC4 on Wednesday at 1:50am.

Press Clippings

An exceptionally important piece of Blackadder analysis

For a sitcom, Blackadder Goes Forth has inspired a great deal of scholarly debate over the years. In particular, the series' portrayal of Field Marshal Haig as a callous murderer has become massively controversial. Is this simply devastatingly effective and truthful satire, or a fundamental misrepresentation of history which everyone has taken as fact?

It's certainly an interesting question. So in true Dirty Feed spirit, let's ignore all of that and investigate the show's set design in painstaking and pointless detail instead.

John Hoare, Dirty Feed, 24th March 2020

12 Days of Christmas Specials 4: Blackadder

Blackadder's Christmas Carol was a feature-length special, made in-between Blackadder The Third and Blackadder Goes Forth. It tells of the story of Ebenezer Blackadder, who against type, is the nicest man in the whole of England...

Rhianna Evans, The Comedy Blog, 17th December 2019

Poll reveals the best sitcom Christmas specials

The finale of The Office has been voted as the best TV Christmas sitcom special by readers of Radio Times.

British Comedy Guide, 11th December 2019

Michael Grade claims he 'saved' Blackadder

Michael Grade believes he "saved" Blackadder by ordering it to be filmed in a studio.

Female First, 30th September 2019

The true history of Blackadder's final episode

Thirty years ago, a silly BBC comedy went over the top with one of the most powerful scenes ever shown on British TV. Here's how they did it.

Tom Fordy, The Telegraph, 27th September 2019

A look back at Blackadder Back & Forth

As a reunion, and a Christmas special, I always thought that Blackadder Back & Forth was brilliant. Ultimately though, I can understand why people didn't want Blackadder's legacy damaged.

Rhianna Evans, Super Ink, 17th September 2019

Ben Elton rules out Blackadder return

Ben Elton has said that Blackadder will not return. Speaking in a new interview, the co-writer said "There is never going to be another - I can tell you that now."

British Comedy Guide, 6th September 2019

Ben Elton interview

Ben Elton is constantly being asked by the BBC to write a new series of Blackadder, knowing a return would spark a ratings boom. But speaking exclusively to The Sun, he says it will NEVER happen - despite what Tony Robinson, who plays hapless Baldrick, might think.

Stuart Pink, The Sun, 5th September 2019

The show that shaped me: Blackadder

The Primal Media boss loved the 'explosively funny' comedy so much he themed his wedding around it.

Mat Steiner, Broadcast, 24th August 2019

Stars on life haunted by their catchphrases

How do actors cope with having their defining line shouted at them in the streets - for decades? Richard Wilson, Maureen Lipman and Tony Robinson tell all.

Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian, 23rd July 2019