The Black Adder: Season 1, Episode 6

The Black Seal (20 Jul. 1983)

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When Edmund loses his title of Duke of Edinburgh, he snaps, fires Baldrick and Percy and hires some of the most cruel men in England; Sir Wilfred Death, Three-Fingered Pete, Guy de ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Carlisle ...
Murdered Lord
Bert Parnaby ...
Roy Evans ...
Abel, A Blind Beggar
Forbes Collins ...
Trusting Father
Des Webb ...
Person of Unrestricted Growth
John Barrard ...
Retired Morris Dancer
Mad Gerald - Himself (as Mad Gerald)
Perry Benson ...
Pigeon Vendor
Friar Bellows
Michael Walter ...
Jack Large (as Big Mick)
Roger Sloman ...
Three Fingered Pete
Guy of Glastonbury
John Hallam ...
Sir Wilfred Death
Patrick Allen ...
Sean, The Irish Bastard


When Edmund loses his title of Duke of Edinburgh, he snaps, fires Baldrick and Percy and hires some of the most cruel men in England; Sir Wilfred Death, Three-Fingered Pete, Guy de Glastonbury, Sean the Irish Bastard, Friar Bellows and Jack Large to help him take over the kingdom. Written by J. Rieper

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[Edmund and his fellow members of the Black seal are plotting to assassinate the royal family]
Prince Edmund: Let us then go on to the plan.
Others: The plan, the plan...
Friar Bellows: But first a motto for our enterprise. "Blessed are the meek, for they shall be slaughtered"
[the members of the Black Seal apart from Edmund draw their swords and begin to charge out]
Prince Edmund: Wait you've forgotten the plan.
Three Fingered Pete: I thought that was the plan.
Sean, the Irish Bastard: Let's get those meek bastards, now!
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Curtis and Atkinson save the best till last.
1 January 2010 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Writers Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson end series one of The Black Adder on a high with The Black Seal, which features the greatest Adder one-liners to be cooked up by the duo, and introduces six of their most outrageous characters, who team up with Prince Edmund to try and seize the throne of England: there's villainous Sir Wilfred Death (John Hallam); treacherous Three Fingered Pete; evil Guy of Glastonbury (Patrick Malahide); lecherous Friar Bellows (Paul Brooke); Sean, The Irish Bastard (no description necessary); and diminutive killer Jack Large (played by Big Mick, who is anything but), the bull-buggering beast killer of no fixed abode.

As if that wasn't enough, The Young Ones' Rik Mayall turns up in an uncredited and hilarious role as Mad Gerald, a wild haired crazy man who has been locked up in prison for 20 years (with only Mr. Rat and Mr. Key for company), and Patrick Allen, the series' narrator, makes an appearance as The Hawk, Edmund's lifelong arch enemy, who also wants to be king.

The Black Seal also sets the precedent that the last episode of each series sees Atkinson's character die, often along with the rest of the cast (although Series 3 provides an unusual twist on this idea): in this case, Edmund gets his from a nasty piece of torture equipment equipped with a rotating device called a 'codling grinder'. Ouch!

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