The True History of the Blackadder

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Preface, 2012 - Black Adder - 454 pages
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British history as we know it is a cluttered patchwork of questionable stories which have been re-written, re-evaluated and ridiculed, and yet there is still an unquestioned narrative thread which runs through the nation's historical record, accepted as fact. But final editorial control has always belonged to the winners. And nobody likes winners...

The True History of the Black Adder is the very first in-depth examination of the creation of a British institution like no other - arguably the greatest sitcom of all time - not to mention the first historical investigation into the lives of the Blackadder family, one of the nation's most villified dynasties.

Using existing archive footage and rare literature, plus new revelations from personal interviews with the makers including John Lloyd, Tony Robinson, Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, Brian Blessed; Rowan Atkinson and many more, J. F. Roberts relates the full scope of the tale of how the 70s alumni of three great universities - Oxford, Cambridge and not Hull, but Manchester - discovered a unique chemistry that would see them build a timeless comic masterpiece.

At last Blackadder enthusiasts can now uncover THE cunning plan, in all its hideous hilarity.

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Review: The Complete & Unadulterated True History of the Blackadder

User Review  - Sam - Goodreads

like some others here I think the book rambled a bit after talking about the last series. I learnt that I should appreciate Richard Curtis a whole lot more than I do. For some reason I gave Ben Elton a whole heap more credit for the success of Blackadder than I should have. Read full review

Review: The Complete & Unadulterated True History of the Blackadder

User Review  - Norton Stone - Goodreads

A very well written and considered history that had me captive until the bits that followed 'goes forth'. While the four series were in frame the sheer brilliance of the writers and actors excused the ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Jem Roberts is a life long fan Blackadder and author of the acclaimed Authorised History of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. He lives in Bath, where he runs the comedy sketch troupe The Unrelated Family, and plays the ukulele very badly.

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