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Blackadder: Complete Series 1 DVD

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The classic first series of BlackAdder was slightly different to its successors--Ben Elton was not yet part of the writing team, and Shakespearean parody featured prominently. Rowan Atkinson was at his best as a would-be Machiavellian medieval intriguer while Brian Blessed plays his gloriously over the top blustering militarist father.The episodes collected here are: "The Foretelling", in which Richard III, played by Peter Cook in a brilliant parody of Olivier, wins Bosworth only to get in an unseemly argument about a horse; "Born to be King" in which Edmund, lumbered with providing bearded ladies, morris dancers and eunuchs for a festival, discovers some indiscreet love letters; "The Archbishop" in which after his father has the Archbishop of Canterbury killed, Edmund starts his intrigues again; "The Queen of Spain's Beard" in which Blackadder's father's international schemes call for Edmund to make a dynastic marriage to Miriam Margolyes as the Infanta of Spain, and Jim Broadbent plays a peculiarly irritating interpreter; "Witchsmeller Pursuivant" in which Edmund falls foul of the demonic witchsmeller, played with more gusto than is quite credible by Frank Finlay; and "The Black Seal", wherein Edmund assembles a group of villains as his personal retinue (Rik Mayall plays a mad prisoner).On the DVD: No extras here at all, aside from subtitles in English, SDH, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, and chapter points within each episode. --Roz Kaveney

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Throughout the ages men of flair faculty and outstanding courage have contributed to England&39;s glorious heritage Others like the snivelling worm Edmund Duke of Edinburgh (alias The Black Adder) the bitter and twisted son of a medieval king have emerged from the dust of dodgy documents to claim their wrongful position in history The Foretelling From out of the swirling mist of the dark Ages comes a lone horseman cursed from youth by a deformed haircut and sporting a particularly evil pair of tights (Guest starring Peter Cook as Richard III) Born To Be King Treachery murder and Morris-dancing break out in all their full horror when an orange-faced stranger arrives at court The Archbishop The landscape is littered with dead Archbishops of Canterbury Edmund&39;s cunning plan is to get his deadliest rival appointed to the vacancy The Queen Of Spain&39;s Beard The King&39;s international treachery gives the hideous Edmund a chance to press his clammy body against one of Eurpoe&39;s most eligible princesses (Guest starring Miriam Margolyes as Princess Maria) Witchsmeller Pursuivant The King is a bit under the weather with the Black Death Witchcraft is diagnosed by The Black Adder and only one man can root it out (Guest starring Frank Finlay stars as the repulsive Witchsmeller) The Black Seal In the final gesture of defiance Edmund rides forth to seek out the Seven Most Evil Men in the land and return with them to seize the throne (Guest starring Rik Mayall as Mad Gerald) Actors Rowan Atkinson Tim McInnerny Tony Robinson Brian Blessed Rik Mayall Frank Finlay Peter Cook Miriam Margoyles & Elspet Gray Director Martin Shardlow Certificate 15 years and over Year 1983 Screen Fullscreen 43 Languages English - Dolby (20) Stereo Subtitles English ; Danish ; Swedish ; Norwegian ; French ; Spanish ; Portuguese ; Italian ; Dutch Duration 3 hours and 10 minutes (approx)

The entire first series of the historical sitcom, created by Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis and Ben Elton. Atkinson plays the scheming member of a 15th century royal court, with Tony Robinson as his witless sidekick Baldrick. The episodes are 'The Foretelling', 'Born to Be King', 'The Archbishop', 'The Queen of Spain's Beard', 'Witchsmeller Pursuivant' and 'The Black Seal'.

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