Blackadder (1982–1983)
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The Archbishop 

Someone is assassinating the archbishops of England. Blackadder hopes that Harry will become the next archbishop of Canterbury, since this will make him the only heir of the throne. To his ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul McDowell Paul McDowell ... Herbert, Archbishop of Canterbury
Arthur Hewlett ... Godfrey, Archbishop of Canterbury / William, Bishop of London
Tim McInnerny ... Percy, Bishop of Ramsgate
Joyce Grant Joyce Grant ... Mother Superior
Carolyn Colquhoun Carolyn Colquhoun ... Sister Sara
Robert East ... Harry, Prince of Wales
Elspet Gray ... The Queen
William Russell ... The Duke of Winchester (as Russell Enoch)
Bert Parnaby Bert Parnaby ... Cain, A Peasant
Roy Evans Roy Evans ... Abel, A Peasant
David Nunn David Nunn ... Messenger
Bill Wallis Bill Wallis ... Sir Justin de Boinod
David Delve ... Sir George de Boeuf
Leslie Sands Leslie Sands ... Lord Graveney
Tony Robinson ... Brother Baldrick


Someone is assassinating the archbishops of England. Blackadder hopes that Harry will become the next archbishop of Canterbury, since this will make him the only heir of the throne. To his great surprise, the King chooses Blackadder instead... Written by J. Rieper

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29 June 1983 (UK) See more »

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William Russell, best remembered as Doctor Who (1963) companion Ian Chesterton, was a last minute replacement for actor Wilfrid Brambell in the role of the Duke of Winchester. Brambell walked off set after becoming impatient with delays in shooting the scene. Russell was credited as Russell Enoch. See more »


Prince Edmund: [they are discussing pardons to be sold by the Church] And who's that one signed by?
Baldrick: Eh, both Popes.
[hinting that it is fake]
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If you don't enjoy this one, I hope something slightly unpleasant happens to you, like an onion falling on your head.
24 December 2009 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

The Archbishop of Canterbury is a dangerous office to hold when a bloodthirsty King is in competition with the church for land and riches. When the latest Archbishop meets with a terrible accident (impaled on a two foot long spike on a Turkish helmet), Edmund is appointed to the post and understandably fears for his life.

Although it's blatantly obvious that it is Edmund who will be made the next Archbishop, the moment when the announcement is made by the king (Brian Blessed) is still bloody funny thanks to the fact that Edmund is sporting an outrageously daft outfit that includes his enormous 'Black Russian' codpiece. And this is just one of the many hilarious scenes in what proves to be a consistently very funny episode: a pathetic, grovelling Edmund tries to worm his way out of his new job; the slimy prince concocts a cunning money making scheme selling fake religious artifacts, pardons and curses; Brian Blessed tucks into a roast horse leg for lunch; and the appearance of two drunken knights fresh from the crusades results in some brilliant moments of pure farce involving nuns.

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