Black Adder

 

Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnery, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Patsy Byrne, Robert East, Brian Blessed, Rik Mayall

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  • Air Dates: June 1983 - December 1999

Premise:

Series I: England 1485 - 1498. Throughout the ages, men of flair, faculty and outstanding courage have contributed to England's glorious heritage. Others, like snivelling worm Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (alias the Black Adder), the bitter and twisted son of a medieval king, have emerged from the dust of dodgy documents to claim their wrongful position in history.

Series II: England 1558 - 1603. The filthy genes of the Blackadder dynasty bubble back to the surface of the melting pot of history as Lord Edmund, arrogant peer-about-town, swaggers back with a big head and small beard in search of grace and favour from stark raving mad Queen Bess. Accompinied by a small rabble of beruffed riff-raff - bottom-breath Baldrick and pea-brained Percy - the serpentine Lord Blackadder lowers the whole tone of England's Golden Age.

Series III: England 1760 - 1815. The annuls of the Blackadder family continue, although their fortunes have rather plummeted with the advent of the Regency period. Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince Regent, veers from calamity to disaster with very little in the way of constructive help from his imbecilic Lord and master, oh and Baldrick, of whom the least is said the better.

Series IV: The Western Front 1917. Captain Blackadder, joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive. Now he's twenty yards from a lot of heavily armed people who want to kill him. Worse still, his brother officer is a man whose family brain cell is gathering dust in a pawn shop in Dunstable, and Baldrick is in charge of the cooking.