Your Next Box Set: Blackadder
On the lookout for a new boxset to fill your long, dreary winter evenings with? Each week, hmv.com will be recommending you a series that you will have wishing those cold nights would go on forever…
This week we recommend classic British comedy Blackadder, which remains an absolutely essential watch.
What it is?
Blackadder is a genre-defining comedy that encompassed four series in the 1980s, following the adventures of Edmund Blackadder, who is brought to life each series in a different period of history. The first series is set in 1485 at the end of the Middle Ages, with Blackadder II set in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Blackadder III is set in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, during the Regency period, while the final series takes place 1917 on the Western Front in the trenches of the First World War. Despite the heavy sounding settings, they're all perfect and played for laughs, taking the eccentricity and ridiculous elements of the periods and juicing them for all they're worth.
Who’s in it?
Rowan Atkinson, who would later go on to make millions laugh disgracing himself as Mr Bean, plays the titular character Blackadder, with Tony Robinson as his hapless sidekick Baldrick. House mainman Hugh Laurie pops in each series, as does Stephen Fry, Miranda Richardson and Tim McInnery.
Why should I watch it?
Because it's laugh out loud funny almost all the way through. The first series is a little ropey, but in the second, third and fourth outings its almost flawless. Edmund Blackadder remains one of comedy's most iconic characters and it's all too easy to see why. You'll devour this box set in days.
Describe the show in three words…
Silly, sarcastic and supremely witty. Four again! Damnit!