Blackadder (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.


Martin Shardlow


Richard Curtis (by), Rowan Atkinson (by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Peter Cook ... Richard III
Brian Blessed ... Richard IV
Peter Benson ... Henry VII
Robert East ... Harry, Prince of Wales
Rowan Atkinson ... Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh
Tim McInnerny ... Percy, Duke of Northumberland
Elspet Gray ... The Queen
Philip Kendall Philip Kendall ... Painter
Kathleen St. John Kathleen St. John ... Goneril
Barbara Miller Barbara Miller ... Regan
Gretchen Franklin Gretchen Franklin ... Cordelia
Tony Robinson ... Baldrick


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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15 June 1983 (UK) See more »

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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 »


Prince Edmund claims the title of Duke of Edinburgh in 1485, but this title was not created until 1726, just 19 years after the final union of England and Scotland. This is one of many gags in the series, as explained on the DVD special features. See more »


Percy: It will be a great day tomorrow for we nobles.
Prince Edmund: Well, not if we lose, Percy. If we lose, I'll be chopped to pieces. My arms will end up at Essex, my torso in Norfolk, and my genitalia stuck up in a tree somewhere in Rutland.
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31 May 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The first time this came on television, I had no idea who Rowan Atkinson was and didn't realize it was a comedy. But after a couple minutes, I knew this was NOT some stuffy documentary!! The show is the first of all the Black Adder tales and is wonderful because it particularly lampoons Shakespeare's view of history--which is already very suspect to begin with, by the way. Such wonderful lines as "A horse, a kingdom for a horse" are retold in a way that is marvelously silly AND clever. Well written, marvelously acted and funny throughout. As long as you have a cursory knowledge of history, this should be easy enough to follow.

The show begins just before the Battle of Bosworth Field. Edmund is the unwanted son of Richard--heir to Richard III. However, unlike what historians have told us, Richard's army beats Henry Tudor's in the battle. However, history isn't 100% wrong on this account, as Richard III is killed--but the idiot Edmund (who is on his side) and the rest of the show Edmund struggles (poorly) to hide his stupid and villainous deed. To make it worse, Richard's ghost returns repeatedly to haunt him. To make matters worse, Edmund and his friends also inadvertently end up rescuing Henry Tudor and helping him escape!! Clever and not to be missed.

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