Black Adder (UK)
Through four series and a few specials, Edmund Blackadder and his greasy sidekick Baldrick conjure up cunning plans as Edmund tries to take advantage of desperate times. These "situation tragedies" had obvious parallels from the Dark Ages to Elizabethan times, the rule of mad George III, and The Great War. Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie star...
Last EpisodeTV Special: Black Adder: Back & Forth Aired: Dec. 31, 1999
Starting out at a dinner table on December 31, 1999, Blackadder attempts to defraud his cohorts of £10,000 each by having Baldrick build a fake … [continue reading]
Series Fun Facts
- Blackadder is based on Edmund, the antagonist of William Shakespeare's play "King Lear": a scheming illegitimate son of a king who plots to take the crown for himself.
- Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis came up with the idea of a historical sitcom during work on Not the Nine O'Clock News (UK).
- This is the only show in the Blackadder saga which was scripted by Rowan Atkinson; Ben Elton took over from "Black-Adder II" (1986).