The Black Adder (First series, 1983) Edit

The episodes in this series, written by Rowan atkinson and Richard curtis, were originally shown on on Wednesday evenings, 21:25 – 22:00.

Blackadder II (Second series, 1986) Edit

The episodes in this series were originally shown on BBC One on Thursday evenings, 21:30 – 22:00. This series (and all forthcoming episodes) were written by Richard curtis and Ben elton . The episode titles are single word references to the theme of the episode: a wedding, executions, voyages of exploration, dept , drinking and imprisonment, respectively.

It is likely that "Head" was originally intended to be the first episode, which can be proved by Lord Percy having a beard in "Head" which he shaves off in "Bells". Also, early scenes in "Head" introduce the audience to the characters, such as the opening scene that shows Baldrick is now stupid.

Title/Airdate Plot outline


9 January 1986

Blackadder gains a new young servant called bob, and for some reason, falls for him. When he discovers that Bob is a girl named Kate, he wishes to marry her, much to Queenie's confusion.This is the second appearance of Rik mayall, this time as Lord Flashheart. Featured Gabrielle Glaister as Bob for the first time.


16 January 1986

Blackadder becomes the head executioner and ends up killing a prisoner (Lord Farrow) that the Queen has allowed a woman to see, where he will be executed if she does not visit him. Wearing a bag over his head, Blackadder must make Lady Farrow believe that he is her husband, but once that's over, the Queen has completely pardoned Lord Farrow.


23 January 1986

In the wake of Sir Walter Raleigh's return and as an attempt to impress the Queen, Blackadder plans to go on a voyage to the Cape Of No Hope, where no man has ever returned, and he might marry the Queen if he returns. Blackadder hires Redbeard Rum to accompany them, who seems to think that everything belongs to a woman.

Features an appearance by Simon jones as Sir Walter Raleigh and Tom baker as the captain.


6 February 1986

Blackadder is threatened by the baby-eating bishop of Bath And Wells that Blackadder must pay 1000 pounds, or the bishop will shove his sword up Blackadder's bottom. With Blackadder having to pay the Queen each time he falls for her stupid tricks, things look dark for Blackadder, until he comes up with a plan so cunning you could brush your teeth with it.
Beer13 February 1986 Blackadder discovers that his really religious aunt and uncle Whiteadder are coming to visit him on the same night that he is having a party and a drinking contest with Lord Melchett, which he had made a bet on. Also, Queenie plans to sneak into the party to find out what happens on Boy's Nights Out.

First appearance of Hugh laurie , and second appearance of Miriam Margolyes.

Chains20 February 1986 Blackadder and Melchett are kidnapped by a German mastermind, known as Prince Ludwig the indestructible, and held for ransom. Queenie must decide between Blackadder or Melchett which one should go free.

Second appearance of Hugh Laurie.

Blackadder the Third (Third series, 1987) Edit

The episodes in this series were originally shown on BBC One on Thursday evenings, 21:30 – 22:00. The episode titles use aliteration in parody of the titles of Jane austen's novels Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.

Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (Comic Relief special, 1988) Edit

Broadcast 5 February 1988. England is in , and Blackadder is harbouring the most wanted man in the country: .

Blackadder's Christmas Carol (Christmas Special, 1988) Edit

Broadcast 23 December 1988. A parody of ' book . As approaches, gets a surprising meeting from the ...

Blackadder Goes Forth (Fourth series, 1989) Edit

The episodes in this series were originally shown on on Thursday evenings, 21:30 – 22:00. The episode titles are, with exception of the final episode, puns on .

Blackadder: Back & Forth (Millennium Special, 1999) Edit

Broadcast 31 December 1999. As the new dawns, Blackadder tries to con his friends out of £30,000 with a fake which, thanks to Baldrick, unexpectedly works.