Blackadder is a British sitcom made by the BBC. The title does not
refer to a specific series, but rather denotes the programmes — four
series and several one-off episodes — taken as a whole. The first
series was written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson; subsequent
series were written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton. The show was
produced by John Lloyd, and starred Rowan Atkinson as the eponymous
protagonist, Edmund Blackadder, and Tony Robinson as his sidekick
Baldrick. Four series of six half-hour episodes were made, each series
set in a different period of British history. The first series was
called The Black Adder and was made in 1983; this was followed by
Blackadder II in 1985, Blackadder the Third in 1987, and finally
Blackadder Goes Forth in 1989. Blackadder came second in a 2004 BBC
poll to find 'Britain's Best Sitcom'.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Händel's oratorio The Messiah premiered.
Ayutthaya kingdom fell to Burmese invaders.
France and the United Kingdom signed the Entente Cordiale.
Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square.
Jomo Kenyatta was convicted of being a Mau Mau leader.
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"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no
matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and
your own common sense." -- Gautama Buddha