The Black Adder: Season 1, Episode 0

Original Pilot (1982)

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Episode cast overview:
John Savident ...
The King
Philip Fox ...
Simon Gipps-Kent ...
Oengus MacNamara ...


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There were a few cast changes between this unaired pilot episode and the series as transmitted (which included a remake of this script as "Born to be King"). Brian Blessed replaced John Savident as King Richard XII of Scotland, Robert East took over as Prince Henry (aka Harry) from Robert Bathurst, whilst Philip Fox's rôle as Baldrick was inherited by Tony Robinson. See more »


[just before the battle begins]
Harry, Prince of Wales: Now, I'm afraid there is going to have to be a certain amount of... violence. But bare in mind, it's all for a good cause!
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"It is Europe, 400 years ago. In Spain War rages, as Christians from every land fight off the threatening terror of Turkish invasion. The French... are in uneasy peace. But in England, under the tutelage of a powerful King, the Ship of State ploughs a steady course as the Court awaits the Queen's birthday and the return of a Scottish Hero from the War......." See more »


Remade as The Black Adder: Born to Be King (1983) See more »

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Good but the chemistry is still not quite there...
2 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This pilot episode of "Blackadder" is listed under the first series, but it really bears far more similarity in style to the second. In many ways, it's like the "Born to Be King" episode from the first series filmed with characters much like those of the second. Edmund in particular is pretty much the same angry, conniving jerk he was in "Blackadder II" and it's set during this same time period.

As for the actors, it's not the wonderful mix you got from the actual shows. The biggest difference is Baldrick. Instead of the wonderfully stupid and pathetic guy played by Tony Robinson, here he is a normal looking guy and so the chemistry between him and his master, Edmund, is lacking--even when the dialog is identical to that of the later show. The only familiar face, other than Rowan Atkinson, is Percy--who plays the same sort of moron he was in the first two series.

As a result of these differences, the chemistry is a bit lacking--though the writing and quality still is evident. You cannot blame anyone for the flat and rough moments (such as during the play) in the pilot, as it IS a pilot and the show lacks polish--which is true of just about every pilot. For fans of the series, this is a must-see. For those not acquainted with the Blackadder series, WAIT--see the shows first as the pilot just isn't quite up to snuff.

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