Blackadder in his various guises was a BBC Comedy staple of the 1980's. The first series was shown between 15 June 1983 to 20 July 1983 and was a co-production with the Seven Network in Australia. Its writing was also a collaboration between Messrs Curtis and Atkinson and one William Shakespeare. It stands alone in the canon as the only one which Atkinson contributed to as a writer.

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  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Tony Robinson
  • Stephen Fry
  • Hugh Laurie
  • Tim McInnery


  • Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk has English subtitles.

By the time of Black Adder II which aired between 9 January 1986 to 20 February 1986, Ben Elton had replaced Atkinson and the Blackadder character was now much more cunning, scheming and witty than the original incarnation. Of course as Blackadder moved in one direction, Baldrick moved in the other - Tony Robinson setting the standard for playing the well meaning, eager to please half wit which Baldrick now represents in British culture.

By the third series, shown between 17 September to 22 October 1987, Blackadder had continued his journey down the societal ladder, from son of the king to member of the aristocracy down to butler to the Prince Regent. Of course the Prince Regent was played in a delightfully potty manner by Hugh Laurie. Percy was not present, but Baldrick was still there, his greatest ambition to own 'a great big turnip in the country.' By the final installment, shown on BBC 1 between 28 September to 2 November 1989, Blackadder was now a Captain in the British Army stuck in the trenches of the Western Front in 1917. The satire is much more biting and has far greater resonance perhaps due to the chronological proximity of the setting and the shocking waste of life upon which it comments. No one who saw it can ever forget the final grim scene as the boys go over the top to their collective doom.

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