The BBC broadcast four series of the comedy Blackadder (Click here for the BBC pages), with Howard Goodall commissioned to write the title music for the first series – broadcast in 1983 – and subsequently to adapt it for the later generations of the Blackadder dynasty. As well as the four series there were a number of special shows – including Blackadder Back and Forth which was shown in the Millennium Dome in 2000.
LIST OF MUSICIANS AND SINGERS WHO PLAYED OR SANG ON BLACKADDER THEMES
[Lots of people ask for this information, so here it is!]
Adder 1: Singer Simon Carrington, organ Alastair Ross, percussion Nigel Shipway.
Adder 2: Singer Jeremy Jackman, electric organ Howard Goodall, guitar solo Ian Lawes or Tom Blades, oboe Sandra Mackay.
Adder Christmas Special 1988: Singers Sally-Anne Marsh, Lydia Cumber, Natalie Cramer, Costandia Costi, keyboards Howard Goodall & Mark Stephens, percussion Nigel Shipway & Judy Webber, wind Keith Thompson, cello Lesley Shrigley-Jones, oboe Sandra Mackay, bass Lucy Hare.
Adder 3: Singers Ritchie Pitts, Alison -’Where Love Lives‘ – Limerick, Lyn Kieran, percussion Nigel Shipway & Richard Marcangelo, oboe Sandra Mackay, cello Lesley Shrigley-Jones, accordion Gavin Povey, bass Robbie Burns, harpsichord Helen Ireland.
Adder 4: the Band of the Third Royal Anglian Regiment.
Blackadder Back & Forth: Singer Giles Underwood.