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

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Robert East ...
Harry, Prince of Wales
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Angus Deayton ...
Jumping Jew of Jerusalem
Joolia Cappleman ...
Celia, Countess of Cheltenham
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Sir Dominick Prique of Stratford
Martin Soan ...
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When Edmund's Scottish lands are given to the King's Supreme Commander, Douglas McAngus, he plots revenge.

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Confusingly, this episode has an on-screen episode title graphic stating this was originally intended as episode four. "4. Born to be King". It's most likely to be that it was originally incorrectly numbered, and too expensive to correct, or more plausible it was later swapped, prior to first broadcast, for artistic reasons, as a stronger second episode. See more »

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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 »

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[King Richard is about to set out on a crusade against the Turks]
King Richard: As the good Lord said: "Love thy neighbour as thyself, unless he's Turkish, in which case, kill the !"
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Remake of The Black Adder: Original Pilot (1982) See more »

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Another excellent episode.
1 January 2010 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Episode 2, Born To Be King, was originally shown as episode 4, and is a remake of the un-aired pilot, which featured a slightly different cast; it sees Prince Edmund (Rowan Atkinson) plotting revenge against a wild Scottish warrior, McAngus (Alex Norton), who has been granted ownership of Edmund's lands by Prince Harry (Robert East) as reward for his bravery in battle against the Turks. However, slimy Edmund alters his plan to kill Douglas when he discovers that the man is in possession of letters written by his mother, the Queen, which cast doubt over Harry's lineage.

Baldrick (Tony Robinson) dressed as a bearded woman; a troupe of jumping Jews (including a young Angus Deayton); an entertainer by the name of Jerry Merriweather, whose chickens lay eggs; Edmund offering a collection of wigs, codpieces and a grundlestretcher (whatever that may be) in exchange for his life: just some of the amazingly silly and utterly hilarious moments cooked up by writers Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson for this sidesplitting episode of The Black Adder. No opportunity to mock medieval history is missed, with the terminology used by the Queen in her racy love letters being the highlight of the show, (especially with Edmund relishing every last salacious word).


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