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S2-E1 Blackadder II: Bells

S2-E1 Blackadder II: Bells



Don’t judge Ben Elton by The Wright Stuff, just watch this from 1986, one of the funniest, most fondly remembered episodes of the second Blackadder series.

In Bells, Edmund Blackadder Rowan Atkinson) falls in love with his manservant. Said manservant turns out to be a maidservant on the run from her crusty, barmy old dad. It’s brilliant and you probably know it by heart. Afterwards, at 10.35pm, dip into the 2008 documentary Blackadder Rides Again.


Edmund Blackadder, conniving courtier to Elizabeth I, takes in a spirited lad as his manservant - unaware the fellow is actually a woman out to make her fortune. Classic comedy, starring Rowan Atkinson, Miranda Richardson and Stephen Fry, with a guest appearance by Rik Mayall as Edmund's best friend Lord Flashheart.

Cast & Crew

Edmund Blackadder Rowan Atkinson
Lord Percy Tim McInnerny
Baldrick Tony Robinson
Queen Elizabeth Miranda Richardson
Lord Melchett Stephen Fry
Nursie Patsy Byrne
Lord Flashheart Rik Mayall
Kate Gabrielle Glaister
Mr Leech John Grillo
Kate's father Edward Jewesbury
Wise woman Barbara Miller
Young crone Sadie Shimmin
Director Mandie Fletcher
Producer John Lloyd
Writer Richard Curtis
Writer Ben Elton
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