Black Adder

Black Adder
The Black Adder was the first series of Blackadder and was written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, and produced by John Lloyd. Set in 1485 at the end of the British Middle Ages, the series is written as a secret history that contends that King Richard III won the Battle of Bosworth Field, only to be accidentally murdered, and is succeeded by Richard IV, one of the Princes in the Tower. The series follows the exploits of Richard IV's unfavored second son Edmund, the Duke of Edinburgh (who calls himself "The Black Adder ") in his various attempts to increase his standing with his father and his eventual quest to overthrow him. Stars Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson.

Genre: Comedy

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    • Episode 7

      Special: Blackadder's Christmas Carol

      aired: Thu, Dec 22, 1988

      Christmas Eve, 1850. In the reign of good Queen Vic, there stood Ebenezer Blackadder - the kindest and loveliest man in all England. That is until the Spirit of Christmas shows up and introduces him to the ways of his loathsome ancestors...

    • Episode 6

      Duel and Duality

      aired: Thu, Oct 22, 1987

      The Duke of Wellington challenges the Prince to a duel after the latter made sexual advances to the Duke's nieces. Blackadder agrees to fight in the Prince's place, in exchange for the Prince's entire fortune, a clock and a stack of French erotica.

    • Episode 5

      Amy and Amiability

      aired: Wed, Oct 14, 1987

      The Prince is terminally short of cash, so he is persuaded to marry the wealthy heiress, Miss Amy Hardwood. Having wooed her heart for the Prince, Blackadder is disgusted to learn that the Hardwoods have been lying about their fortunes.

    • Episode 4

      Sense and Senility

      aired: Wed, Oct 7, 1987

      The Prince is worried about his popularity, so he agrees to recite a speech by Blackadder and hires his two favorite actors to coach him. Things change when Baldrick thinks he overhears the actors plotting against the Prince.

    • Episode 3

      Nob and Nobility

      aired: Wed, Sep 30, 1987

      Everyone in Britain admires the Scarlet Pimpernel, who has been bravely rescuing French aristocrats from the clutches of evil revolutionaries. The scornful Blackadder accepts a bet from lords Smedley and Topper that he can rescue an aristo himself.

    • Episode 2

      Ink and Incapability

      aired: Wed, Sep 23, 1987

      Prince George decides he needs to shake off his reputation as England's greatest thicky, so he agrees to patronize Dr Johnson's new dictionary. Unfortunately, Baldrick doesn't recognize the infinite value of the manuscript and he throws it on the fire.

    • Episode 1

      Dish and Dishonesty

      aired: Mon, Sep 14, 1987

      Pitt the Younger has just been elected Prime Minister. His priorities are war with France, tougher sentences for geography teachers and a right royal kick up the Prince's backside. But he hasn't counted on the Prince's wily butler; E. Blackadder Esq.

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    • Episode 6


      aired: Wed, Feb 19, 1986

      When Blackadder and Melchett are kidnapped by the evil Prince Ludwig, the Queen can only pay the ransom on one of them, but which one? She decides to spend the money on a big party instead. The boys eventually manage to buy their freedom.

    • Episode 5


      aired: Thu, Feb 13, 1986

      During an argument about who is best at holding their liquor, Blackadder challenges Melchett to a rowdy drinking competition at his house. Unfortunately, his aunt and uncle have invited themselves over for dinner to discuss his inheritance.

    • Episode 4


      aired: Thu, Feb 6, 1986

      Blackadder owes money to the Bank of the Black Monks of St. Herod. If he doesn't repay it by evensong, the Bishop of Bath and Wells will brutally murder him. At the eleventh hour, Blackadder hatches a plan so cunning you could brush your teeth with it.

    • Episode 3


      aired: Fri, Jan 31, 1986

      Sir Walter Raleigh is home from his epic voyage to the new world, with tales of adventure that greatly impress the Queen. Goaded on by Sir Walter, and with the Queen promising to marry him, Blackadder vows to sail around the Cape of Good Hope.

    • Episode 2


      aired: Fri, Jan 24, 1986

      The Queen appoints Blackadder as the new Lord High Executioner - a job in which no-one survives more than a week. Blackadder starts badly by executing a chap called Farrow two days early, so as to give him and the rest of the team half the week off.

    • Episode 1


      aired: Fri, Jan 17, 1986

      Blackadder finds his new manservant, Bob, curiously pleasant company. So much so, that he almost kisses him. Afraid for his position at court, Blackadder searches for a 'cure', until Bob conveniently reveals that she is in fact a girl called Kate.

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    • Episode 6

      The Black Seal

      aired: Tue, Jul 19, 1983

      Blackadder decides that he can wait no longer to seize his destiny. He sets out to recruit the six most evil men in the Kingdom, The Black Seal, to help him take control of the country. His plans are thwarted by the arrival of his oldest enemy: the Hawk.

    • Episode 5

      Witchsmeller Pursuivant

      aired: Tue, Jul 12, 1983

      It is a time of plague in the kingdom. In this paranoia, the Witchsmeller Pursuivant is called to court, to sniff out the chief witch and bring an end to the country's bad luck. Inconveniently, the Witchsmeller decides that Edmund is the Chief Witch.

    • Episode 4

      The Queen of Spain's Beard

      aired: Tue, Jul 5, 1983

      The King decides to make an alliance between England and Spain by marrying Blackadder to the Spanish Infanta. Blackadder is keen to end his appalling run of luck with women, that is, until he meets her. His schemes to thwart the marriage all fail.

    • Episode 3

      The Archbishop

      aired: Tue, Jun 28, 1983

      The King has murdered three successive Archbishops of Canterbury so Blackadder is understandably terrified when he is the next appointment, so he brilliantly persuades a rich nobleman to donate all his lands to the King and not the Church.

    • Episode 2

      Born to Be King

      aired: Tue, Jun 21, 1983

      The supreme commander of the King's army arrives home early from the crusades and is awarded Blackadder's Scottish lands as a reward for his bravery in battle. Enraged, Blackadder hatches a plot for revenge.

    • Episode 1

      The Foretelling

      aired: Tue, Jun 14, 1983

      Edmund, the son of Richard Duke of York, oversleeps and arrives late for the Battle of Bosworth. After accidentally cutting off the head of Richard III and saving the life of the opposition leader, he finds himself installed as the Duke of Edinburgh.

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