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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Episode cast overview:
Peter Benson ...
Robert East ...
Harry, Prince of Wales
Philip Kendall ...
Kathleen St. John ...
Barbara Miller ...
Gretchen Franklin ...


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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When Richard III was killed he was succeeded by his nephew, as Richard IV. Even in the alternative reality, the nephew, as son of Edward IV, would still be ahead of his uncle in the line of succession. See more »


The Queen: Well, I suppose you want to ravish me.
King Richard: In a moment!
King Richard: The woman's insatiable!
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Historical and hysterical.
24 December 2009 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Episode 1, Series 1 of The Black Adder starts the classic TV comedy in fine form with cunning Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (Rowan Atkinson), arriving late for The Battle of Bosworth Field (having overslept), where he accidentally chops off the head of Richard III (Peter Cook) when he sees the king trying to take his horse.

This unfortunate incident turns out rather well for Edmund, who becomes the new prince of England when his father (Brian Blessed) is crowned as Richard III's successor. If only Richard's bloody ghost didn't keep popping up to torment him...

Atkinson's first starring role after the excellent satirical comedy Not The Nine O'Clock News, The Black Adder is the perfect character for the comedian, whose trademark gangly limbs, rubber face and versatile voice are used to maximum effect to bring slimy toad Edmund to life. Conniving, traitorous, and cowardly, he really is a thoroughly loathsome creature, but also extremely funny thanks to a wonderful script co-written by Atkinson and his old pal Richard Curtis (with a little help from a certain William Shakespeare).

This very entertaining first adventure, which boldly rewrites history, derives plenty of laughs through a slick combination of witty dialogue and slapstick gore, whilst also coining a few classic Blackadder catchphrases in the process ("I have a cunning plan"). The amazing thing is, as funny as this episode is, it's still not generally considered to be one of the best, which speaks volumes about the very high quality of the series as a whole!

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