The historic first series introduced us to Rowan Atkinson's first incarnation as Blackadder, the incompetent, bitter, and twisted son of Richard, Duke of York, who, with the help of his trusty (and equally stinky) aide, Baldrick (Tony Robinson), and Percy (Tim McInnerny), begins his slithering journey through the ages, scheming for an easier life, a better position, and perhaps even a shot at the throne itself.
The original series also stars Brian Blessed as Richard IV, Peter Cook as Richard III, Miriam Margolyes as the Infanta Maria of Spain, and Rik Mayall as Mad Gerald. Blackadder was runner-up in the BBC's search for Britain's Best Sitcom.
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Obviously many visual jokes and important storyline information that does not come through with just the audio track of this TV show. Very frustrating, so stopped listening half way through. Makes me want to watch the TV show, though, because it is obviously quite funny if you can see what's happening.
I love all the other Blackadder audios, but I had forgotten how many sight gags were in the first series. It's frustrating to have long pauses and then bursts of audience laughter and you don't know what is happening.
The other 3 series are fabulous, though. The character of Blackadder changed from the spineless creep of the first series to a wise-cracking and witty hero who doesn't need sight gags.
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