Blackadder The Third
UK, BBC, Sitcom, colour, 1987
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Hugh Laurie
The premise: England 1760-1815, and the latest Blackadder is butler to the Prince Regent, a man of severely limited intellect and foppish habits. Once again, this Blackadder has a stinging wit and a cowardly cunning, and once again he is aided, abetted and hindered by a virtually brain-dead member of the Baldrick family. Here we find a Blackadder no longer a member of the aristocracy but still ambitious to better himself by foul means. His demeaning position, in service to a man with a 'brain the size of a peanut', only strengthens his resolve to move up in the world. This time around, Blackadder also has to avoid a fate worse than death: he is the object of the affections of pie-shoppe proprietor Mrs Miggins, an awful cockney half-wit.
The series was now going from strength to strength and the character of Blackadder was pretty much the same as before, the creative team rightfully sensing that it was the type that most suited Atkinson's style. Writers Elton and Curtis delivered more marvellous verbal intricacies and the strongest plots yet. Notable guest stars in this series included Robbie Coltrane as Doctor Johnson, Nigel Planer as Lord Smedley and Hugh Paddick and Kenneth Connor as a couple of anarchists.
Researched and written by Mark Lewisohn.
Number of episodes: 6
Length: 30 mins