Blackadder was co-written by Richard Curtis, Rowan Atkinson (for series one only) and Ben Elton (series two onwards).
What is Blackadder about?
The show stars follows power-hungry antihero Edmund Blackadder and his dogsbody, Baldrick. Each series was set in a different historical period, with the two protagonists accompanied by different characters, though several reappear in one series or another, such as Melchett (Stephen Fry) and Lord Flashheart (Rik Mayall).
Who’s in the cast of Blackadder?
The main cast of Blackadder consists of Rowan Atkinson – who also co-wrote the show with Richard Curtis and Ben Elton – starring as Blackadder throughout the ages, plus Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.
Robinson has gone on to host numerous historical documentaries has got involved with politics as a member of the Labour Party, and has penned over fifteen children’s books.
Season one was set in the British Middle Ages in an alternative time-stream in which Richard III was accidentally killed after he won the Battle of Bosworth. In his place, one of the Princes in the Tower – who in real life are suspected to have been murdered by Richard III himself – succeeded him as King. Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) is the son of this new King, Richard IV.
Season two was set during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, and the original Blackadder’s great-grandson (also played by Rowan Atkinson) carries on the family name and competes with his rival, Lord Melchett (Stephen Fry).
In season three, an early-19th century incarnation of Blackadder was butler to the incompetent Prince Regent, the Prince of Wales (Hugh Laurie), and in the final season, the fourth, another of Blackadder’s descendants, battles in the trenches on the Western Front in 1917.