The Black Adder (1982–1983)
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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
The Witchsmeller Pursuivant
Richard Murdoch ...
Ross, A Lord
Valentine Dyall ...
Angus, A Lord
Peter Schofield ...
Fife, A Lord
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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13 July 1983 (UK)  »

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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 »


[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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Cast in Order of Witchiness See more »


References The Night of the Hunter (1955) See more »

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The Witchsmeller sentences you to trial by laughter.
26 December 2009 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

What better subject for crazy medieval comedy The Black Adder than a witch trial? Anyone with the slightest knowledge of these matters will know that they were pretty ridiculous affairs, with the prosecution often levelling completely unfounded and preposterous claims against totally innocent victims, and utilising hysteria, superstition, fear and ignorance to sway the outcome.

This sheer lunacy of these terrible trials provides Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson with some absolutely hilarious material, and a very memorable performance from Frank Finlay as the loathsome Witchsmeller Pursuivant who accuses Edmund of being a witch, results in this being one of the funniest episodes of the series.

Witchsmeller Pursuivant also features a terrific ending, with Edmund, Percy and Baldrick sentenced to be burned at the stake, but receiving a little last minute help from an unexpected source.

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