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.
When Richard IV returns from killing the "Turks", he has both shoulder armours on. When he notices Edmund standing in Harry's place at the table he moves forward, revealing his right shoulder armour is missing. After he steps up, a camera change reveals his right shoulder armour back in place again. See more
[attempting to prove that Harry isn't really the King's son
These letters are dated November and December 1460. Which, Harry, in relation to your date of birth is precisely nine months...
AFTER I was born!
[Edmund looks horrified
But about nine months before your birth, Edmund!
Ohh... you bastard!
No, I think that you're the bastard, Edmund.
Cast in Geographical Order See more