When Edmund's Scottish lands are given to the King's Supreme Commander, Douglas McAngus, he plots revenge.
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This episode is largely a remake of the original unaired pilot. Differences in the original pilot include:
- The pilot was set during the 16th-century Elizabethan era (which would later be the setting for Black-Adder II (1986)). However, the queen (unnamed, but whose portrayal strongly resembles Elizabeth I) is married to the also-unnamed king.
- The king is not at the crusades, but at home.
- Edmund'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 sarcastic and Machiavellian, much more like his descendants in the later seasons; likewise, Baldrick's character is closer to the simpleton dogsbody of later incarnations.
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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