The Black Adder: Season 1, Episode 5

Witchsmeller Pursuivant (13 Jul. 1983)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
The Witchsmeller Pursuivant
Richard Murdoch ...
Ross, A Lord
Valentine Dyall ...
Angus, A Lord
Peter Schofield ...
Fife, A Lord
Stephen Frost ...
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


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 uses two eggs, one white and one brown, while explaining his function to Harry. In close-up, the brown egg is in his lower hand representing evil. In the long shot (after crushing both eggs), the brown egg shell is in his upper hand, representing good. See more »


Percy: Only this morning in the courtyard I saw a horse with two heads and two bodies.
Prince Edmund: Two horses standing next to each other?
Percy: Yes. It could be.
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Cast in Order of Witchiness See more »


References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 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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