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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Harry, Prince of Wales
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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 ...
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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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In the credits, the character Richard IV of England is called "Richard XII of Scotland", a holdover from the original script. See more »

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Edmund refers to some letters as "slanderous." He should have said libelous, as slander is verbal. See more »

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Prince Edmund: Don't be absurd. Such activities are totally beyond my mother. My father only got anywhere with her because he told her it was a cure for diarrhoea.
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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 »

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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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