The Black Adder (1982–1983)
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Born to Be King 

When Edmund's Scottish lands are given to the King's Supreme Commander, Douglas McAngus, he plots revenge.



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Episode cast overview:
Harry, Prince of Wales
Angus Deayton ...
Jumping Jew of Jerusalem
Joolia Cappleman ...
Celia, Countess of Cheltenham
Martin Clarke ...
Sir Dominick Prique of Stratford
Martin Soan ...
2nd Wooferoonie
Malcolm Hardee ...
3rd Wooferoonie
David Nunn ...


When Edmund's Scottish lands are given to the King's Supreme Commander, Douglas McAngus, he plots revenge.

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22 June 1983 (UK)  »

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Edmund is granted the lairdship of Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles. At the time this programme was made, Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles was the name of the parliamentary constituency of the leader of Britain's Liberal Party, David Steel. See more »


In the hunting scene McAngus tries but fails to sheath his dagger after using it to skin an animal but instead holds it in place until his back is turned. With The Black Adder hanging upside-down behind him a reshoot was presumably not thought desirable. See more »


[Edmund has unwillingly given up his lands in Scotland to McAngus]
McAngus: Hey, I hope life doesn't become dull for you not being able to pass laws over Scotland.
[Edmund laughs nervously and turns away from the violent Scotsman]
Prince Edmund: [under his breath] I wouldn't pass water over Scotland.
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Crazy Credits

In reference to the plot, king Richard IV is credited as "Richard XII of Scotland" and Edmund is credited by his Scottish titles. See more »


Remake of The Black Adder: Original Pilot (1982) See more »

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Better than the first episode.
31 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Let's see the Black Adder wriggle out of this one!"

This episode was better than The Foretelling, and also introduced us to some new faces. The slapstick was stronger, and the humorous lines were done with more vigour. Edmund is still a weed and a wimp in this one, but it only serves to make it funnier. However, his sharp wit and expertly delivered nasty comments are what really gives the later series their kicks.

Born to be King improves on the weaknesses of The Foretelling and gave me a more humorous viewing, but Blackadder's excessively long dialogue scenes in his quarters still aren't that funny. On the whole, it is a relatively good episode, and shows how much Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson have developed their humorous writing since The Foretelling. However, the episodes still get funnier from here. It gets an 8 out of 10 rating from me, only losing out from a 9 because it still hasn't got the right deliveries of certain lines.

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