Blackadder Series 1 – Known as The Blackadder

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.

Blackadder Season 1

Blackadder Series 1 - this series of Blackadder is very different from the others, mainly because the characters of Baldrick and Blackadder appear to be reversed.

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.

Is Blackadder Series 1 Funny?

Whilst Blackadder Series 1 does have some great moments, there is no denying that it is the weak link in the Blackadder chain.

It feels a lot more dated, and at times, the character of Blackadder is quite cringe-worthy.

Still, any Blackadder fan worth their salt will have watched this dozens of times, and know it word for word!

Blackadder Series 1 Episode List

(Known as The Blackadder)

0. Pilot Episode

1.The Foretelling

2.Born to be King

3.The Archbishop

4.The Queen of Spain’s Beard

5.Witchsmeller Pursuivant

6.The Black Seal

Full Cast List for Blackadder Series 1

Here’s the Black Adder Series 1 cast:

Rowan AtkinsonRowan Atkinson
 Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh / … (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Elspet GrayElspet Gray
 The Queen / … (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Tim McInnernyTim McInnerny
 Percy / … (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Patrick AllenPatrick Allen
 Narrator / … (7 episodes, 1982-1983)
Brian BlessedBrian Blessed
 King Richard IV / … (6 episodes, 1983)
Tony RobinsonTony Robinson
 Baldrick / … (6 episodes, 1983)
Robert EastRobert East
 Harry, Prince of Wales (6 episodes, 1983)
Bert ParnabyBert Parnaby
 Cain, A Blind Beggar / … (3 episodes, 1983)
Roy EvansRoy Evans
 Abel, A Blind Beggar / … (3 episodes, 1983)
David NunnDavid Nunn
 Messenger / … (3 episodes, 1983)
Perry BensonPerry Benson
 Daft Ned, A Peasant / … (3 episodes, 1983)
Alex NortonAlex Norton
 McAngus / … (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Forbes CollinsForbes Collins
 Dopey Jack, A Peasant / … (2 episodes, 1983)
Barbara MillerBarbara Miller
 Jane Firkettle / … (2 episodes, 1983)
Howard Lew LewisHoward Lew Lewis
 Mr. Applebottom / … (2 episodes, 1983)
Natasha KingNatasha King
 Princess Leia of Hungary (2 episodes, 1983)
Stephen FrostStephen Frost
 Soft, A Guard (2 episodes, 1983)
John CarlisleJohn Carlisle
 Murdered Lord (1 episode, 1983)
Peter CookPeter Cook
 Richard III (1 episode, 1983)
Paul McDowellPaul McDowell
 Herbert, Archbishop of Canterbury (1 episode, 1983)
John SavidentJohn Savident
 The King (1 episode, 1982)
Frank FinlayFrank Finlay
 The Witchsmeller Pursuivant (1 episode, 1983)
Arthur HewlettArthur Hewlett
 Godfrey, Archbishop of Canterbury / … (1 episode, 1983)
Peter BensonPeter Benson
 Henry VII (1 episode, 1983)
Peter BensonRobert Bathurst
 Prince Henry (1 episode, 1982)
Joyce GrantJoyce Grant
 Mother Superior (1 episode, 1983)
Carolyn ColquhounCarolyn Colquhoun
 Sister Sara (1 episode, 1983)
Des WebbDes Webb
 Person of Unrestricted Growth (1 episode, 1983)
Philip FoxPhilip Fox
 Baldrick (1 episode, 1982)
John BarrardJohn Barrard
 Retired Morris Dancer (1 episode, 1983)
Richard MurdochRichard Murdoch
 Ross, A Lord (1 episode, 1983)
Valentine DyallValentine Dyall
 Angus, A Lord (1 episode, 1983)
Miriam MargolyesMiriam Margolyes
 Infanta Maria Escalosa of Spain (1 episode, 1983)
Rik MayallRik Mayall
 Mad Gerald – Himself (1 episode, 1983)
Simon Gipps-KentSimon Gipps-Kent
 Rudkin (1 episode, 1982)
Jim BroadbentJim Broadbent
 Don Speekingleesh, An Interpreter (1 episode, 1983)
Angus DeaytonAngus Deayton
 Jumping Jew of Jerusalem (1 episode, 1983)
Philip KendallPhilip Kendall
 Painter (1 episode, 1983)
William RussellWilliam Russell
 The Duke of Winchester (1 episode, 1983)
Peter SchofieldPeter Schofield
 Fife, A Lord (1 episode, 1983)
Oengus MacNamaraOengus MacNamara
 Jesuit (1 episode, 1982)
Paul BrookePaul Brooke
 Friar Bellows (1 episode, 1983)
Joolia CapplemanJoolia Cappleman
 Celia, Countess of Cheltenham (1 episode, 1983)
Jane FreemanJane Freeman
 Mrs. Applebottom (1 episode, 1983)
Kathleen St. JohnKathleen St. John
 Goneril (1 episode, 1983)
Mark ArdenMark Arden
 Anon, A Guard (1 episode, 1983)
Martin ClarkeMartin Clarke
 Sir Dominick Prique of Stratford (1 episode, 1983)
John RapleyJohn Rapley
 Rev. Lloyd (1 episode, 1983)
Michael WalterMichael Walter
 Jack Large (1 episode, 1983)
Gretchen FranklinGretchen Franklin
 Cordelia (1 episode, 1983)
Roger SlomanRoger Sloman
 Three Fingered Pete (1 episode, 1983)
Martin SoanMartin Soan
 2nd Wooferoonie (1 episode, 1983)
Malcolm HardeeMalcolm Hardee
 3rd Wooferoonie (1 episode, 1983)
Patrick MalahidePatrick Malahide
 Guy of Glastonbury (1 episode, 1983)
Stephen TateStephen Tate
 Lord Chiswick (1 episode, 1983)
Bill WallisBill Wallis
 Sir Justin de Boinod (1 episode, 1983)
David DelveDavid Delve
 Sir George de Boeuf (1 episode, 1983)
John HallamJohn Hallam
 Sir Wilfred Death (1 episode, 1983)
Kenn WellsKenn Wells
 1st Messenger (1 episode, 1983)
Richard MitchleyRichard Mitchley
 2nd Messenger (1 episode, 1983)
Leslie SandsLeslie Sands
 Lord Graveney (1 episode, 1983)
Ron CookRon Cook
 Sean, The Irish Bastard (1 episode, 1983)
Patrick DuncanPatrick Duncan
 Officer, An Officer (1 episode, 1983)
Willoughby GoddardWilloughby Goddard
 Archbishop (1 episode, 1983)
Harriet KeevilHarriet Keevil
 Lady on Ramparts (1 episode, 1983)
Sarah ThomasSarah Thomas
 Mrs. Field, A Goodwife (1 episode, 1983)
Louise GoldLouise Gold
 Mrs. Tyler, A Goodwife (1 episode, 1983)
Jay BuraJay Bura
 Prince in the Tower (uncredited) (1 episode, 1983)
Tan BuraTan Bura
 Prince in the Tower (uncredited) (1 episode, 1983)
Nicola CritcherNicola Critcher
 Princess (uncredited) (1 episode, 1983)
Charlie DeanCharlie Dean
 Countess Caroline of Luxembourg (uncredited) (1 episode, 1983)
Terry DuranTerry Duran
 Guard (uncredited) (1 episode, 1983)
David FieldsendDavid Fieldsend
 King’s Knight (uncredited) (1 episode, 1983)
Salo GardnerSalo Gardner
 Devil (uncredited) (1 episode, 1983)
Stephen GressieuxStephen Gressieux
 Lord (uncredited) (1 episode, 1983)
Joan HarsantJoan Harsant
 Nun (uncredited) (1 episode, 1983)
Gideon KolbGideon Kolb
 Jumping Jew (uncredited) (1 episode, 1983)

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