Rowan Atkinson and the cast of legendary comedy series Blackadder are back for this one-off documentary special to mark 25 years since the original BBC transmission in 1983. Featuring ... See full summary »
Sixty years after the demise of Prince Edmund Plantagenet, Queen Elizabeth I, who's as insane as her ancestors, is England's current leader. Seductive, easy-to-impress, spoiled, and always seeking a husband, "Queenie" has a leading courtier: Lord Edmund Blackaddder, great-grandson of the original. Now, however, he is dryly cynical and intelligent, but still trying to become king; this time by marrying the queen. However, her right-hand-man, Lord Melchett, will always serve as fair competition for her hand. Blackadder is again assisted by the clueless but fashionable Lord Percy Percy and dung-eating, "cunning" peasant Baldrick. Written by
The borderline claustrophobic feeling set design in Blackadder II is a result, in part, of bringing the Production Design budget back to within the standard BBC limits after the extravagant first series. Its possibly there was over-compensating on series 2, as series 1 The Black Adder (1982) was so expensive. Considering each time period series was planned for a six episode run, new set builds were kept to a minimum. Compare that to a long-running series like 'Allo 'Allo! (1982) where the same few period sets would have been re-used for the entire long run, resulting in long-term set-build cost reductions. See more »
The path of my life is strewn with cowpats from the Devil's own satanic HERD.
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At the end of episode 2 ("Head") the year of production is given as MCXIIIV A.D. (which is not a valid roman number) instead of MCMLXXXV A.D. See more »
Blackadder II is the finest series of them all. we have the perfect cast and the crispest writing. Everything is spot on here.
Miranda Richardson joins the cast, as a particularly loopy Queen Elizabeth. Stehen Fry joins in as the toadying Lord Melchett and the delightful Patsy Byrne is the daft Nursie. Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, and Tim McInnerny are back as the descendants of their previous characters. Percy is still a cretin, but now so is Baldrick! Luckily, Lord Edmund is a step above his ancestor, even if his station in life has fallen.
The guests this time include Hugh Laurie as mad Prince Ludwig, Rik Mayall in his first turn as the great Lord Flasheart, and Tom Baker as a rather insane sea captain.
If you never get to see any of the other series, watch this one.
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