The Black Adder: Season 1, Episode 2

Born to Be King (22 Jun. 1983)

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

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The Black Adder: Born to Be King (1983) is a remake of the original unaired pilot, with the following differences: - The King is not at the crusades, but at home. - Edmond's plot to kill McAngus involves a hanging with a fake rope, not a staged stabbing with a real dagger. The plan backfires in much the same way. - The King, Prince Henry and Baldrick are played by different actors, respectively John Savident, Robert Bathurst and Philip Fox. - Edmund's personality is much more like his decadents in the other series, much more sarcastic and intelligent. 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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Prince Edmund: Morris dancing is the most fatuous, tenth-rate entertainment ever devised by man. Forty effeminate blacksmiths waving bits of cloth they've just wiped their noses on. How it's still going on in this day and age I'll never know.
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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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