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Witchsmeller Pursuivant 

When the plague rages through Europe everyone blames "witches". When Edmund fails a "test" everyone suddenly becomes his enemy.

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The Witchsmeller Pursuivant
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Richard Murdoch ...
Ross, A Lord
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Angus, A Lord
Peter Schofield ...
Fife, A Lord
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Soft, A Guard
Mark Arden ...
Anon, A Guard
Perry Benson ...
Daft Ned, A Peasant
Bert Parnaby ...
Roy Evans ...
Dumb Abel, A Peasant
Forbes Collins ...
Dopey Jack, A Peasant
Patrick Duncan ...
Officer, An Officer
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When the plague rages through Europe everyone blames "witches". When Edmund fails a "test" everyone suddenly becomes his enemy.

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13 July 1983 (UK)  »

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Despite budgetary limitations, producer John Lloyd's account of this episode was that "it felt more like a huge feature film than a BBC comedy" on account of the construction of a large set for the village scene and the extravagant use of costume, make-up, animals and pyrotechnic stunts. See more »

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In England, convicted witches were never burned at the stake (unlike in Scotland) as shown. Instead, they were hanged. There is no suggestion that the events portrayed take place north of the Scottish border. See more »

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[In court]
The Witchsmeller Pursuivant: Have you or have you not, committed sins of the flesh with him?
Jane Firkettle: I have.
Prince Edmund: You must be joking!
Jane Firkettle: To my deepest shame.
Prince Edmund: And mine. I mean look at her!
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References The Night of the Hunter (1955) See more »

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A classic Blackadder episode, Witchsmeller Pursuivant is a great success!
31 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Let him be tried tomorrow!"

Witchsmeller Pursuivant is a truly great Blackadder episode. It is funny, yet strangely moving in a way when Edmund's mother and the young Princess Leia come to meet him in his jail cell. All of the characters keep their humour right up until the end, and there are no boring long dialogue scenes in this movie, save the trial, which isn't really boring. However, in this episode, Baldrick is not as smart as he was, and Blackadder starts to act more mature and intelligent on this one. The Blackadder episodes in this series have continually got better, and Witchsmeller Pursuivant is a strong link on the chain. It should have got a 10, but only gets a 9 because it is just not humorous or dramatic enough to scrape that perfect mark. Even so, it is a good, clever episode, and is one of the highlights of Series 1.

But the creme-de-la-creme of Series 1 is going to be the next episode. But before then, Witchsmeller Pursuivant leaves us satisfied with good humour and a clever plot, and a particularly evil bad guy to remember...


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