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GenrePeriod sitcom
Created byRichard Curtis
Rowan Atkinson
Written byRichard Curtis
Rowan Atkinson (series 1)
Ben Elton (series 2–4)
Directed byGeoff Posner (pilot)
Martin Shardlow (series 1)
Mandie Fletcher (series 2 and 3)
Richard Boden (series 4)
StarringRowan Atkinson
Tony Robinson
Tim McInnerny
Miranda Richardson
Stephen Fry
Hugh Laurie
Theme music composerHoward Goodall
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series4
No. of episodes24 (plus 3 specials) (list of episodes)
ProducerJohn Lloyd
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes approx
Production companyBBC
Original release
Release15 June 1983 (1983-06-15) –
2 November 1989 (1989-11-02)

Blackadder is a British sitcom that first broadcast on BBC1 between 1983 and 1989. There were four parts to the sitcom. All of them were set in different parts of history. All of the series starred Rowan Atkinson, as Edmund Blackadder; and Tony Robinson, as Baldrick. The four series were The Blackadder, set at the end of the British Middle Ages; Blackadder II, set in England during Queen Elizabeth I's rule; Blackadder the Third, set during the British Regency; and Blackadder Goes Forth, set during World War I.

Blackadder Goes Forth was at number 16 in the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes, which was a list made by the British Film Institute. Blackadder was at number 2 in the TV poll Britain's Best Sitcom in 2004. Empire magazine said it was the 9th-best television show of all time.[1]

Rowan Atkinson said Blackadder is "the thing he found the least stressful" to do.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time – Number 20: Blackadder". Empire. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  2. Pingitore, Silvia (2022-07-05). "The shortest interview ever with Mr Bean star Rowan Atkinson". Retrieved 2023-07-19.