The 40th anniversary of beloved comedy Blackadder will be celebrated with a special set of stamps, Royal Mail has announced.
Eight of the stamps capture moments from all four series of the classic sitcom – From the mists of medieval England to the court of Queen Elizabeth I – while a further four depict Edmund Blackadder, played by Rowan Atkinson, in his various guises over each of the series.
A presentation pack including all 12 stamps will be available for £19.60.
Curtis said: “We’re very amused and delighted. It’s a great relief for Blackadder to have his head on a stamp, instead of on a stake.”
“In the words of General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett, VC KCB: ‘Let’s give them a damn good licking!’”
The first episodes of the show, written by university friends Curtis and Atkinson, were set in the 15th century during the fictional reign of King Richard IV.
It followed the adventures of crafty butler Mr E Blackadder, who spends his days tormenting his lice-infested minion Baldrick and cooking up cunning plans to improve his social standing.
David Gold, director of external affairs and policy at Royal Mail, said: “The epic saga of Blackadder spans six centuries of British history and four decades of British television and is still loved and revered by audiences old and new.
“We are delighted to mark the 40th anniversary of Blackadder with a set of special stamps.”
The stamps go on general sale on May 17.