The Black Adder (1982–1983)
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The Foretelling 

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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Peter Benson who plays Henry VII, played Henry VI in Richard III (1983), a performance of one of the William Shakespeare plays spoofed here. See more »

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Any inaccuracies regarding Richard III and his close family are preemptively "explained away" by the opening montage which explains that Henry Tudor later rewrote history to suit his own agenda. 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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A great start
25 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

The first episode of "The Black Adder" starts a little bit slow, with a couple of not very good jokes, but soon enough it gets things going and becomes a very funny introduction to the characters of this classic TV series.

The story is simple enough, Rowan Atkinson's Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh, is a not very smart, selfish and narcissistic character, that only thinks about his own survival and his desire for power. He falls asleep on the day of the battle, and after arriving late to the battleground, goes and kills King Richard III. Hilarity ensues.

"The Black Adder" is an amazingly funny series, and this episode just show how good it is. Atkinson is at the top of his game, and all the cast is really good too. Some jokes are not very good, but in general the dialogue is top notch, and the jokes keep coming. All other aspects are also of good quality, but this is a show that centers on funny dialogues and general silliness, and there it more than covers the ground. And, just in case that wasn't enough, there are also some very funny references to Shakespeare's work.


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