Blackadder - Series 1 details
|Starring:||Tim McInnerny, Tony Robinson, Rowan Atkinson, Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray|
|Directors:||Martin Shardlow, Martin Shardlow|
|Studio:||BBC WORLDWIDE PUBLISHING|
|Original title||The Black Adder|
|Collections:||Full English, Must See TV on DVD, Top 100 Best of British|
Blackadder - Series 1
|Run time:||3 hours 16 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Nov 1999|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Definitely the best of...By skeadugenga (148 reviews) from Reading , 20 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Definitely the best of the Blackadders when it hit TV because it was so stunningly original (lets write a sitcom about Richard 111 - hmmm). And because of the great comic creation of Baldrick - the family obviously peaked around 1485 and went downhill after that. So many highlights that you can't think of only one without it setting off a list. Still brilliant. Especially Elspeth Gray as the Queen...and the Black Russian codpiece...and the Infanta of Spain..and the baby eating bishop of Bath and Wells...and Percy...and... Oh, and its all true about Henry V11 - he was a wimp who hid at the back of the battlefield..
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Who'd have thought it?By a customer from Doncaster , 15 Oct 2010Few would have thought on seeing the first series of Blackadder that it would go on to take the country by storm. The cast of characters the cowardly manipulating Edmund Blackadder, the stupid Percy and the totally innocent always with a 'cunning plan' Baldrick, with the addition of Brian (Never knowingly upstaged) Blessed. It took time to adjust to this new comedic form. Worth the effort.
It does not age wellBy Hexish (7 reviews) from Hexham , 27 Jun 2010Indeed, it will not age near half as well as the sequels probably will. However, it will become required viewing for those wishing to watch those sequels (they just might not enjoy it as much as they expected).
This first series so wants to be Monty Python and the Holy Grail - except that it knows it can't use rude words, because it's television... And so it subjects us to increasingly overt 'rude subjects' - (which may have titilated, somewhat, in the buttoned-up Thatcher years, but which seem oddly irrelevant to today's audience).
The past, they say, is another country - and sadly Blackadder's past is pure Thatcher's Britain (and that really WAS another country).
The most remarkable thing this series probably shows us, is the spectacle of Brian Blessed learning that same leason, that Lawrence Olivier learnt before him; which is, that the words 'I've worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, you know' may surely sound all very well and grand, while they are coming out of your mouth - but they do not fill the plate that sits before it!
Balackadder series 1By sellyoulloyd (19 reviews) from Crewe , 03 Apr 2010I rented by mistake, have it at home. All time classic which grows in stature with age. Recommend to anyone.
Original But Uneven BeginningBy a customer from Sussex , 14 Mar 2010Yes, the originality of this first series was striking and there were many wonderfully hilarious moments and characters: Baldrick and Percy of course, the Queen, the Spanish Infanta (the glorious, inimitable Miriam Margolies) and her interpreter, the mass produced relics, the anti-clerical strain as a whole, the three witches, etc. But there was an unevenness: the last unfunny episode, Brian Blessed and Frank Finlay playing in a different comedy key, Peter Cook doing an odd embarrassing Banquo act. And Rowan Atkinson feeling for the part with too much face acting but with brilliant flashes of comic genius.
Happily the promise all came together marvellously in the following series with sharper scripts and Atkinson's surer touch as well as the addition of several first rate comic actors...
superbBy a customer from Malvern , 04 Mar 2010A very good taste to what is to come. Very funny in parts and not so well written in others. But as a first series im impressed with the stand up abilties. Also a good look in to all the characters and there positions and tendancys.