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Blackadder

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Blackadder
Logo blackadder.jpg
Premiere June 15, 1983
Finale December 31, 1999
Creator Rowan Atkinson
Richard Curtis
Ben Elton
Network BBC One
Style 30-minute comedy
Company British Broadcasting Corporation
Seasons 4
Episodes 24 + 4
Origin UK

Blackadder is a comedy series created by writers Richard Curtis and Ben Elton. It first appeared on BBC One in 1983 and last appeared in 1998. Although each season stands on its own, there is an implied line of descent from each Blackadder to the next. The first season was written by Curtis and show star Rowan Atkinson, with Ben Elton coming on board from season 2.

The essential premise of each series (although most explicitely after season 1) is of a man (Blackadder) with 20th century sensibililities and cynicism placed a historical situation. The belief of the writers that this premise could not be sustained in more modern settings is one of the reasons for the show ending after season 4, which was set during World War I.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Billed Cast
Rowan Atkinson Edmund Blackadder 1 2 3 4
Tony Robinson Baldrick 1 2 3 4
Tim McInnerny Lord Percy 1 2 4
Captain Darling 1 2 4
Stephen Fry Lord Melchett 2 3 4
The Duke of Wellington 2 3 4
General Melchett 2 3 4
Hugh Laurie Simon Partridge 2 3 4
Prince Ludwig 2 3 4
Prince George 2 3 4
Lieutenant George Colthurst St. Bartleigh 2 3 4
Miranda Richardson Queen Elizabeth I 2 4
Nurse Mary Fletcher-Brown 2 4
Brian Blessed King Richard IV 1
Elspet Gray The Queen 1
Robert East Harry, Prince of Wales 1
Patsy Byrne Nursie 2
Helen Atkinson-Wood Mrs. Miggins 3

Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.

In-Depth

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
BBC One
Season One: The Blackadder June 15, 1983 July 20, 1983 6 + 1
Season Two: Blackadder II January 9, 1986 February 20, 1986 6
Season Three: Blackadder the Third September 17, 1987 October 22, 1987 6 + 2
Season Four: Blackadder Goes Forth September 28, 1989 November 2, 1989 6 + 1

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series: Region 1
The Complete Blackadder: All Four Series November 12, 2001 4
The Complete Collection October 3, 2005 6
The Ultimate Edition October 20, 2009 6 purchase
Season Sets: Region 1
The Blackadder 1 November 1, 1999 1
Blackadder 2 November 6, 2000 1
Blackadder 3 February 5, 2001 1
Blackadder Goes Forth October 22, 2001 1


The Blackadder: Remastered October 20, 2009 1 purchase
Blackadder II: Remastered October 20, 2009 1 purchase
Blackadder the Third: Remastered October 20, 2009 1 purchase
Blackadder Goes Fourth: Remastered October 20, 2009 1 purchase
The Specials: Remastered October 20, 2009 1 purchase
Individual Episodes: Region 1
Blackadder's Christmas Carol November 18, 2002 1
Blackadder: Back and Forth September 15, 2003 1

External Sites