Published on October 11th to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the first pilot episode of The Black Adder, The True History of the Blackadder: The Unadulterated History of the Creation of a Comedy Legend is the complete history of the series with the co-operation of writers Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, producer John Lloyd, cast and crew. Including hitherto unseen material including extracts from a previously unseen and unproduced Christmas special.
Written by J. F. Roberts, comedy historian and author of The Fully Authorised History of ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’, This True History will be 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 scholarly historical investigation into the lives of the Blackadder family, one of the nation’s most vilified dynasties.
With the participation of John Lloyd, Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Richard Curtis, Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, Brian Blessed and many more, this will be the definitive history of the epic comedy. Using all existing archive footage and rare literature, plus new revelations from personal interviews with the makers themselves, historian 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.
This is the TRUE History of The Black Adder in which Blackadder fans can, at last, uncover THE most cunning plan of all, in its full hideous hilarity.
The book is published on October 11th by Preface Publishing and is available from all/some good/rubbish book sellers including Amazon.co.uk in the UK.