Blackadder II

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Blackadder II
Format Sitcom
Created by Richard Curtis & Ben Elton
Starring Rowan Atkinson
Tim McInnerny
Tony Robinson
Miranda Richardson
Stephen Fry
Patsy Byrne
Theme music composer Howard Goodall
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 6
Production
Producer(s) John Lloyd
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Mono
Original run 9 January 1986 – 20 February 1986
Chronology
Preceded by The Black Adder
Followed by Blackadder the Third
Other websites
Official website

Blackadder II is the second series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder. It was written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton. It aired from 9 January 1986 to 20 February 1986. The series is set in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558–1603). The main character, Edmund, Lord Blackadder is a Tudor courtier trying to win the favour of the Queen while avoiding the fate of many of her suitors.

The series had several from the format of The Black Adder. These changes were: Ben Elton replaced Rowan Atkinson as the second writer, it was made in studio sets, rather than on location, the introduction of the more familiar Machiavellian "Blackadder" character and a less intelligent Baldrick.[1]

Cast[change | edit source]

The size of the main cast was smaller compared to the previous series. A fixed number of characters appeared in every episode.

The series also had at least one significant cameo role per episode. There were notable appearances from Rik Mayall, playing Lord Flashheart in "Bells", two figures famous for their roles in science fiction series - Tom Baker and Simon Jones - in "Potato", Miriam Margolyes, as the puritanical Lady Whiteadder, and Hugh Laurie appearing twice, first as the drunken Simon Partridge in "Beer" and in the final episode as the evil Prince Ludwig. Laurie was later given a larger role as George in the next two series.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Lewisohn, Mark, Blackadder II at the former BBC Guide to Comedy, Retrieved 17 March 2007

Other websites[change | edit source]