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The Black Adder 

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Series (1982–1983)
In the Middle Ages, Prince Edmund the Black Adder constantly schemes and endeavors to seize the crown from his father and brother.
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 The Queen / ... 7 episodes, 1982-1983
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 Narrator / ... 7 episodes, 1982-1983
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 Baldrick / ... 6 episodes, 1983
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Bert Parnaby ...
 Cain, A Blind Beggar / ... 3 episodes, 1983
Roy Evans ...
 Abel, A Blind Beggar / ... 3 episodes, 1983
David Nunn ...
 Messenger / ... 3 episodes, 1983
Perry Benson ...
 Daft Ned, A Peasant / ... 3 episodes, 1983
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 McAngus / ... 2 episodes, 1982-1983
Forbes Collins ...
 Dopey Jack, A Peasant / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Barbara Miller ...
 Jane Firkettle / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Howard Lew Lewis ...
 Mr. Applebottom / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Natasha King ...
 Princess Leia of Hungary 2 episodes, 1983
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 Soft, A Guard 2 episodes, 1983
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Set in England at the end of the War of the Roses, we soon find out that the history we know is a Tudor fiction. In fact, Henry VII did not actually win the battle of Bosworth Field; he lost and though Richard III died in the battle, his nephew King Richard IV (who certainly was not smothered while still a boy in the Tower of London) reigned on for some years. The story focuses on Richard IV's younger son Prince Edmund, a sniveling coward who calls himself the 'Black Adder'. Assisted by his grungy servant Baldrick and the moronic Lord Percy, Edmund plots his rise to greatness. Written by Reid Gagle

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Trivia

The first episode was aired in Sweden on February 22, 1986. The second episode was supposed to have been aired one week later (March 1), but was postponed for a week, because most of the air time of Swedish television on that day was occupied by the news of the murder of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme on the night before. See more »

Goofs

Blackadder is throughout the series referred to as the Duke of Edinburgh, a title that was first bestowed by King George I in 1726, on his grandson, Prince Frederick Lewis, in the Peerage of Great Britain. In the 1480s, the King of England had no jurisdiction over Scotland, where Edinburgh is. Giving Edmund an anachronistic, geographically useless title is a joke, as explained in the DVD special features. See more »

Quotes

Percy, Duke of Northumberland: Oh Edmund, can it be true that I hold in my hand a nugget of purest Green?
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There is a statement in the closing credits: "With additional dialogue by William Shakespeare." See more »

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promising start to an excellent series
27 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Although series 2 ('Elizabethan'), 3 ('Regency'), and 4 ('Great War') were probably better overall, this was the series that introduced Edmund Blackadder to the TV-watching world twenty years ago. In series 1, however, it was Edmund who was spineless and Baldrick who really did have the sense; in subsequent series these roles would be somewhat reversed and the idea then really took off.

I do like series 1 for the following reasons: strong casting aside from Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Tim McInnerny; this series included Brian Blessed, Robert East as regulars and guests like Peter Cook (brilliant in the very first episode), and Alex Norton (as McAngus). The eagle-eyed will also spot a very young Angus Deayton in the St Leonard's Day episode. While the three following series were sharper and more studio-based (not always a good thing ...) I do think the wild open spaces of The Black Adder helped enormously to get some sense of the Middle Ages into comedy, even if all four series have played havoc with historical fact!


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