The Black Adder: Season 1, Episode 1

The Foretelling (15 Jun. 1983)

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Prince Edmund (Black Adder) arrives late to the Battle of Bosworth Field, accidentally killing King Richard III, thinking he was stealing his horse.

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Prince Edmund (Black Adder) arrives late to the Battle of Bosworth Field, accidentally killing King Richard III, thinking he was stealing his horse.

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Prince Edmund claims the title of Duke of Edinburgh after his father becomes King in 1485. The title Duke of Edinburgh was not created until 1726, nearly 250 years later. See more »

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Richard III: [going to the Battle of Bosworth Field] And Gentleman in London still at bed shall think themselves accursed they were not here. And hold their manhood cheap. While others speak of those who fought with us, on Ralph the Liar's DAY.
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Not the best Blackadder episode
31 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Oi, that's my horse!!!"

The Blackadder series has improved over time, and this case is proved most strongly in the first series. The Foretelling was the first Blackadder episode ever made, and possibly the least funny. The Shakespearean parodies were slightly screwed up, and could have been funnier and more mocking of the Bard. But this is the only episode of Blackadder that really grips you, especially towards the end, and does have a sense of mystery to it. However, this only helps you wonder - are you watching a light British comedy, or a dark historical epic drama? It only serves to make this episode slightly less funny.

On the whole, this episode could have been worse, but should have been better. It should have got a mere 5 for funniness, but the effects are much better done in this series than any other Blackadder (especially Series 3) series, and on the whole, it does slightly mock its own scary scenes, with Edmund's stupidity and daft voice. I therefore give it a 7 out of 10. However, if you wish to watch Blackadder for a laugh, not its dark side, you'd be better watching a later episode.


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