Set in Britain’s Regency Period, late 18th and early 19th centuries. The third series of the hugely popular comedy sees the Blackadder family fortunes drop further. In series 1 Blackadder was a Prince, series two a Lord, by the third series Edmund Blackadder is butler to the Prince Regent and Baldrick as his dogsbody.
The plots of the series feature a number of then – contemporary issues and personalities, such as rotten boroughs, Dr. Samuel Johnson (played by Robbie Coltrane), the French Revolution (featuring Chris Barrie) and the Scarlet Pimpernel, over-the-top theatrical actors, squirrel-hating female highwaymen, and a duel with the Duke of Wellington (played by Stephen Fry).
The last episode of the series also features Rowan Atkinson in the role of Blackadder’s Scottish cousin McAdder, supposedly a fierce swordsman. Interestingly enough, this leads to a dialogue in which Atkinson is acting both parts. Following the aftermath of this episode, Blackadder finds fortune and ends up (permanently) posing as the Prince Regent after the real Prince Regent, disguised as Blackadder, is shot by the Duke of Wellington.
Written By: Richard Curtis & Ben Elton
Produced By: John Lloyd
Original Transmission: 17th September 1987 – 22nd October 1987