The Black Adder
Country of Origin:  United Kingdom,  Australia
Production year: 1983
Director: Martin Shardlow
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: Disc ID: A436-2F7A-D39E-BDAC
Running time: 3:15 (195 Min.)
Casetype: Digipak, Slip Cover
Format: PAL, Color, 1.33:1, Full Frame
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Double-Layered
Released: June 15, 2009
Collection type: Owned (#861)
Status: Available
Purchase date: October 19, 2011
Purchase price: Hidden
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Overview
Throughout the ages men of flair, faculty and outstanding courage have contributed to England's glorious heritage. Others, like the 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.

Episodes:

1. The Foretelling
Arriving late for the Battle of Bosworth Field, Edmund Plantagenet, the Duke of Edinburgh, mistakenly beheads his uncle, King Richard III. With his father now King, the weasley Prince re-christens himself 'The Black Adder'...

2. The Queen of Spain's Beard
In need of more land and alliances across Europe, the King arranges a speedy marriage between the Spanish Infanta, Maria, and Edmund. However, whilst she appears besotted with her betrothed, the Duke of Edinburgh is horrified and resolves to get out of the ceremony any way he can.

3. The Archbishop
When the King's top assassin 'accidentally' kills the Archbishop of Canterbury, Edmund finds himself appointed to the newly vacated role. He quickly learns where his best allegiances lie...

4. Born to Be King
Having left Harry as ruling Prince Regent, King Richard is away killing Turks. Edmund is instructed to arrange entertainment for the upcoming feast of St Leonard's Day, and in the process believes he has found letters pertaining to his brother's legitimacy...

5. Witchsmeller Pursuivant
A witchfinder is in the district around the castle after a spate of plague infections. Edmund is identified as the head witch, and immediately placed on trial...

6. The Black Seal
It is St. Juniper's Day and the King strips Edmund of his title and duties in Edinburgh; fleeing the castle in rage, The Black Adder sets about creating the most fearsome band of Knights ever known in order to take the throne and rule the Kingdom.
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Genres
Comedy
Television
Studios
Production Studios:
 • BBC
 • The Seven Network
Media Companies:
 • BBC Worldwide
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Audio format
English  Dolby Digital 2-Channel Stereo
Subtitles
English
Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Episodes 1-6
Features
 • Scene Access
Crew
 1. The Foretelling
Direction
Martin Shardlow....Director
Writing
Richard Curtis....Writer
Rowan Atkinson....Writer
Production
John Lloyd....Producer
Film Editing
Mike Jackson....Film Editor
Music
Howard Goodall....Composer
Sound
Richard Chamberlain....Sound
Art
Chris Lawson....Visual Effects
Odile Dicks-Mireaux....Costume Designer
Deanne Turner....Make-up Artist
Nigel Curzon....Production Designer
Chris Hull....Production Designer
 2. The Queen of Spain's Beard
Direction
Martin Shardlow....Director
Writing
Richard Curtis....Writer
Rowan Atkinson....Writer
Production
John Lloyd....Producer
Film Editing
Mike Jackson....Film Editor
Music
Howard Goodall....Composer
Sound
Richard Chamberlain....Sound
Art
Chris Lawson....Visual Effects
Odile Dicks-Mireaux....Costume Designer
Deanne Turner....Make-up Artist
Chris Hull....Production Designer
Nigel Curzon....Production Designer
 3. The Archbishop
Direction
Martin Shardlow....Director
Writing
Richard Curtis....Writer
Rowan Atkinson....Writer
Production
John Lloyd....Producer
Film Editing
Mike Jackson....Film Editor
Music
Howard Goodall....Composer
Sound
Richard Chamberlain....Sound
Art
Chris Lawson....Visual Effects
Odile Dicks-Mireaux....Costume Designer
Deanne Turner....Make-up Artist
Chris Hull....Production Designer
 4. Born to Be King
Direction
Martin Shardlow....Director
Writing
Richard Curtis....Writer
Rowan Atkinson....Writer
Production
John Lloyd....Producer
Film Editing
Mike Jackson....Film Editor
Music
Howard Goodall....Composer
Sound
Richard Chamberlain....Sound
Art
Chris Lawson....Visual Effects
Odile Dicks-Mireaux....Costume Designer
Deanne Turner....Make-up Artist
Chris Hull....Production Designer
 5. Witchsmeller Pursuivant
Direction
Martin Shardlow....Director
Writing
Richard Curtis....Writer
Rowan Atkinson....Writer
Production
John Lloyd....Producer
Film Editing
Mike Jackson....Film Editor
Music
Howard Goodall....Composer
Sound
Richard Chamberlain....Sound
Art
Chris Lawson....Visual Effects
Odile Dicks-Mireaux....Costume Designer
Deanne Turner....Make-up Artist
Nigel Curzon....Production Designer
Chris Hull....Production Designer
 6. The Black Seal
Direction
Martin Shardlow....Director
Writing
Richard Curtis....Writer
Rowan Atkinson....Writer
Production
John Lloyd....Producer
Film Editing
Mike Jackson....Film Editor
Music
Howard Goodall....Composer
Sound
Richard Chamberlain....Sound
Art
Chris Lawson....Visual Effects
Odile Dicks-Mireaux....Costume Designer
Sue Clewett....Costume Designer
Deanne Turner....Make-up Artist
Chris Hull....Production Designer
Cast
 1. The Foretelling
Peter Cook....Richard III
Brian Blessed....Richard IV
Peter Benson....Henry VII
Robert East....Harry, Prince of Wales
Rowan Atkinson....Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh
Tim McInnerny....Percy, Duke of Northumberland
Elspet Gray....The Queen
Philip Kendall....Painter
Kathleen St. John....Goneril
Barbara Miller....Regan
Gretchen Franklin....Cordelia
Tony Robinson....Baldrick
 2. The Queen of Spain's Beard
Rowan Atkinson....Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh
Brian Blessed....King Richard IV
Elspet Gray....The Queen
Robert East....Harry, Prince of Wales
Tim McInnerny....Percy
Tony Robinson....Baldrick
Miriam Margolyes....Infanta Maria Escalosa of Spain
Jim Broadbent....Don Speekingleesh, An Interpreter
Jane Freeman....Mrs. Applebottom
John Rapley....Rev. Lloyd
Howard Lew Lewis....Mr. Applebottom
Stephen Tate....Lord Chiswick
Kenn Wells....1st Messenger
Richard Mitchley....2nd Messenger
David Nunn....3rd & 4th Messengers
Willoughby Goddard....Archbishop
Natasha King....Princess Leia of Hungary
Harriet Keevil....Lady on Ramparts
 3. The Archbishop
Paul McDowell....Herbert, Archbishop of Canterbury
Arthur Hewlett....Godfrey, Archbishop of Canterbury
Tim McInnerny....Percy, Bishop of Ramsgate
Arthur Hewlett....William, Bishop of London
Joyce Grant....Mother Superior
Carolyn Colquohoun....Sister Sara
Robert East....Harry, Prince of Wales
Elspet Gray....The Queen
Russell Enoch....The Duke of Winchester
Bert Parnaby....Cain, A Peasant
Roy Evans....Abel, A Peasant
David Nunn....Messenger
Bill Wallis....Sir Justin de Boinod
David Delve....Sir George de Boeuf
Leslie Sands....Lord Graveney
Tony Robinson....Brother Baldrick
Brian Blessed....King Richard IV
Rowan Atkinson....Edmund, Archbishop of Canterbury
 4. Born to Be King
Rowan Atkinson....The Laird of Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles
Brian Blessed....Richard XII of Scotland
Alex Norton....McAngus, Duke of Argyll
Tim McInnerny....Percy, Duke of Northumberland
Elspet Gray....Gertrude, Queen of Flanders
Robert East....Harry, Prince of Wales
Tony Robinson....Baldrick, Bachelor of the Parish of Chigwell
Angus Deayton....Jumping Jew of Jerusalem
Joolia Cappleman....Celia, Countess of Cheltenham
Martin Clarke....Sir Dominick Prique of Stratford
Martin Soan....2nd Wooferoonie
Malcolm Hardee....3rd Wooferoonie
David Nunn....Messenger
 5. Witchsmeller Pursuivant
Rowan Atkinson....The Great Grumbledook
Frank Finlay....The Witchsmeller Pursuivant
Elspet Gray....The Witch Queen
Tim McInnerny....Percy, A Witch
Tony Robinson....Baldrick, A Witch
Richard Murdoch....Ross, A Lord
Valentine Dyall....Angus, A Lord
Peter Schofield....Fife, A Lord
Stephen Frost....Soft, A Guard
Mark Arden....Anon, A Guard
Perry Benson....Daft Ned, A Peasant
Bert Parnaby....Dim Cain, A Peasant
Roy Evans....Dumb Abel, A Peasant
Forbes Collins....Dopey Jack, A Peasant
Patrick Duncan....Officer, An Officer
Barbara Miller....Jane Firkettle
Natasha King....Princess Leia
Howard Lew Lewis....Piers, A Yeoman
Sarah Thomas....Mrs. Field, A Goodwife
Louise Gold....Mrs. Tyler, A Goodwife
Brian Blessed....Richard IV, A King
 6. The Black Seal
John Carlisle....Murdered Lord
Bert Parnaby....Cain, A Blind Beggar
Roy Evans....Abel, A Blind Beggar
Forbes Collins....Trusting Father
Des Webb....Person of Unrestricted Growth
John Barrard....Retired Morris Dancer
Mad Gerald....Himself
Perry Benson....Pigeon Vendor
Paul Brooke....Friar Bellows
Big Mick....Jack Large
Roger Sloman....Three Fingered Pete
Patrick Malahide....Guy of Glastonbury
John Hallam....Sir Wilfred Death
Patrick Allen....The Hawk
Ron Cook....Sean, The Irish Bastard
Robert East....Harry, Prince of Wales
Elspet Gray....The Queen
Brian Blessed....King Richard IV
Rowan Atkinson....The Flat Adder
Tony Robinson....Baldrick
Tim McInnerny....Percy the Poisoner