Blackadder (1982–1983)
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The Foretelling 

Prince Edmund (Black Adder) arrives late to the Battle of Bosworth Field, accidentally killing King Richard III, thinking he was stealing his horse.


Martin Shardlow


Richard Curtis (by), Rowan Atkinson (by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Peter Cook ... Richard III
Brian Blessed ... Richard IV
Peter Benson ... Henry VII
Robert East ... Harry, Prince of Wales
Rowan Atkinson ... Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh
Tim McInnerny ... Percy, Duke of Northumberland
Elspet Gray ... The Queen
Philip Kendall Philip Kendall ... Painter
Kathleen St. John Kathleen St. John ... Goneril
Barbara Miller Barbara Miller ... Regan
Gretchen Franklin Gretchen Franklin ... Cordelia
Tony Robinson ... Baldrick


Prince Edmund (Black Adder) arrives late to the Battle of Bosworth Field, accidentally killing King Richard III, thinking he was stealing his horse.

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15 June 1983 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Peter Benson who plays Henry VII, played Henry VI in Richard III (1983), a performance of one of the William Shakespeare plays spoofed here. See more »


Any inaccuracies regarding Richard III and his close family are preemptively "explained away" by the opening montage which explains that Henry Tudor later rewrote history to suit his own agenda. See more »


[Edmund has just cut off the head of King Richard III]
Baldrick: What have you done?
Prince Edmund: Look!
Baldrick: Oh, dear. Richard the Third.
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References Richard III (1908) See more »

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Historical and hysterical.
24 December 2009 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Episode 1, Series 1 of The Black Adder starts the classic TV comedy in fine form with cunning Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (Rowan Atkinson), arriving late for The Battle of Bosworth Field (having overslept), where he accidentally chops off the head of Richard III (Peter Cook) when he sees the king trying to take his horse.

This unfortunate incident turns out rather well for Edmund, who becomes the new prince of England when his father (Brian Blessed) is crowned as Richard III's successor. If only Richard's bloody ghost didn't keep popping up to torment him...

Atkinson's first starring role after the excellent satirical comedy Not The Nine O'Clock News, The Black Adder is the perfect character for the comedian, whose trademark gangly limbs, rubber face and versatile voice are used to maximum effect to bring slimy toad Edmund to life. Conniving, traitorous, and cowardly, he really is a thoroughly loathsome creature, but also extremely funny thanks to a wonderful script co-written by Atkinson and his old pal Richard Curtis (with a little help from a certain William Shakespeare).

This very entertaining first adventure, which boldly rewrites history, derives plenty of laughs through a slick combination of witty dialogue and slapstick gore, whilst also coining a few classic Blackadder catchphrases in the process ("I have a cunning plan"). The amazing thing is, as funny as this episode is, it's still not generally considered to be one of the best, which speaks volumes about the very high quality of the series as a whole!

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