This is the full script for Blackadder 1, Episode 1 – The Foretelling. For more Blackadder quotes and full scripts, take a look at Blackadderquotes.com.
Blackadder Series I, Episode 1 Full Script – The Foretelling
Painter: History has known many great liars. Copernicus, Goebbels,
St Ralph the Liar [he is shown holding a sign which reads
`St Benedict the Liar’] — but there have been none quite so
vile as the Tudor king Henry VII. It was he who rewrote
history to portray his precessor Richard III as a deformed maniac
who killed his nephews in the Tower. But the real truth is that
Richard was a kind and thoughtful man who cherished his young
wards. In particular: Richard, Duke of York, who grew into a
big, strong boy.
Henry also claimed he won the Battle of Bosworth Field and killed
Richard III. Again, the truth is very different; for it was
Richard, Duke of York, who became king after Bosworth Field, and
reigned for thirteen glorious years.
As for who really killed Richard III and how the defeated Henry
Tudor escaped with his life, all is revealed in this, the first
chapter of a history never before told: the history of The Black
Blackadder series 4 is also known as Blackadder Goes Forth. Whilst all the Blackadder series mix comedy and history, Blackadder series 4 is arguably the best written, and cleverest of all the series. Set in the First World War, Blackadder and Baldrick spend the series attempting to escape the insanity of the Flanders front line trenches. This is British comedy at it’s finest!
Blackadder Series 4 – Blackadder Goes Forth
Given that the subject of the fourth Blackadder series could be sensitive, it is easy to realise why some people initially thought that Blackadder Series 4 trivialised the First World War. Nothing could be further from the truth though. In fact, this British sitcom has probably done more to highlight the tragedy, history, and sheer scale of loss of life than any other TV program, whether fact or fiction. Blackadder Goes Forth is one of the best TV sitcom shows ever made, and it’s final episode should ALWAYS be watched on Armistice Day!read more
Blackadder series 3 is also known as Blackadder the Third. Set during the British Regency era, Blackadder is reduced in social status to being the butler of the Prince Regent. Baldrick, in a strange irony, has actually been elevated in social status from a serf to a ‘dogsbody’. He is still the butt of many Blackadder jokes though!
Blackadder Series 3 – Blackadder the Third
The third series of Blackadder, is set in the late 18th and early 19th century period. Only two characters make it through from Blackadder (The Blackadder) and Blackadder II. These are Blackadder himself, and Baldrick. The ‘core’ group of other central characters in Blackadder Series 3, are completed with the Prince Regent, and Mrs. Miggins.
As with the other two series of Blackadder, each episode features a guest star. Whilst each star is excellent in their own way, it is Stephen Fry as the Duke of Wellington who really stands out.
Blackadder series 3 follows in the footsteps of series 2, by brilliantly blending great comedy with the contemporary issues of the time. It is the source of many funny Blackadder quotes, in particular from the bumbling Prince Regent. The way this character is played by Hugh Laurie is massively different from his other role as House, for which he is more famous in the United States.read more
Blackadder series 2 is set in the Elizabethan era. Written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, Blackadder II is very different from series one (The Blackadder). In the second series, Blackadder finds himself at the heart of the royal court. Trying to please the Queen without getting executed, with a hapless Baldrick as more hindrance than help, Blackadder Series 2 aired in 1986.
Blackadder Series 2
The second series of Blackadder really defined the character and the show. Blackadder is depicted as a Machiavellian character, both suave and cunning, devious and manipulative. Baldrick on the other hand, becomes the laughable sidekick, and the butt of many of the show’s jokes.read more
Blackadder Series 1 is very different from the others. This series was written by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, and was first broadcast way back in 1983. The main difference between this and the other series, is that the character of Blackadder is very different.
In Blackadder Series 1, Blackadder is depicted more as a snivelling and weak buffoon, as opposed to the more selfish, manipulative and conniving character he became in the later series. Baldrick on the other hand, is more intelligent and genuinely cunning. In a way, it is like their roles are reversed.read more