2023 marks the 40th anniversary of the first broadcast of the popular BBC TV comedy, Blackadder.
Royal Mail commissioned us to create a set of stamps, miniature sheet and collectibles celebrating iconic moments from the series which starred Rowan Atkinson as the antihero Edmund Blackadder and Tony Robinson as Blackadder's sidekick, Baldrick.
The set of eight special stamps features carefully selected iconic scenes from across the four series.
One of the critical challenges to the project was to bring a connection to each of the scenes whilst still allowing the distinct personality of each series to shine through. Each series was set in a different historical period – from the mists of medieval England to the court of Queen Elizabeth I, from the glamour of the Georgian era to the grim trenches of the First World War. The subtle introduction of different typefaces to caption each stamp allows a distinct sense of personality within a unified structure.