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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Robert East ...
Harry, Prince of Wales
Philip Kendall ...
Kathleen St. John ...
Barbara Miller ...
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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 »


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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31 May 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The first time this came on television, I had no idea who Rowan Atkinson was and didn't realize it was a comedy. But after a couple minutes, I knew this was NOT some stuffy documentary!! The show is the first of all the Black Adder tales and is wonderful because it particularly lampoons Shakespeare's view of history--which is already very suspect to begin with, by the way. Such wonderful lines as "A horse, a kingdom for a horse" are retold in a way that is marvelously silly AND clever. Well written, marvelously acted and funny throughout. As long as you have a cursory knowledge of history, this should be easy enough to follow.

The show begins just before the Battle of Bosworth Field. Edmund is the unwanted son of Richard--heir to Richard III. However, unlike what historians have told us, Richard's army beats Henry Tudor's in the battle. However, history isn't 100% wrong on this account, as Richard III is killed--but the idiot Edmund (who is on his side) and the rest of the show Edmund struggles (poorly) to hide his stupid and villainous deed. To make it worse, Richard's ghost returns repeatedly to haunt him. To make matters worse, Edmund and his friends also inadvertently end up rescuing Henry Tudor and helping him escape!! Clever and not to be missed.

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