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.
Marking the 30th anniversary of the first pilot episode of Black Adder, a complete history of the series. Written with the co-operation of cast and crew this is an everything you wanted to know book – and more. J F Roberts takes us back to the first stirrings of the history and goes on to the possible 5th series that has been endlessly discussed, Blackadder in Colditz, a Rock Band or in Space? Entertaining and revealing throughout, a wonderful gift for all the Blackadder obsessed. Like for Like Reading Blackadder: The Whole Damn Dynasty, John Lloyd, Richard Curtis, Ben Elton and Rowan Atkinson Britain’s Greatest TV Comedy Moments, Louis Barfe
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.