Blackadder (1982–1983)
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The Queen of Spain's Beard 

To dominate Northern Europe, King Richard arranges a marriage between his son Edmund and the Spanish Infanta.


Martin Shardlow


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan Atkinson ... Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh
Brian Blessed ... King Richard IV
Elspet Gray ... The Queen
Robert East ... Harry, Prince of Wales
Tim McInnerny ... Percy
Tony Robinson ... Baldrick
Miriam Margolyes ... Infanta Maria Escalosa of Spain
Jim Broadbent ... Don Speekingleesh, An Interpreter
Jane Freeman ... Mrs. Applebottom
John Rapley John Rapley ... Rev. Lloyd
Howard Lew Lewis Howard Lew Lewis ... Mr. Applebottom
Stephen Tate ... Lord Chiswick
Kenn Wells Kenn Wells ... 1st Messenger
Richard Mitchley Richard Mitchley ... 2nd Messenger
David Nunn David Nunn ... 3rd Messenger / 4th Messenger


King Richard of England is planning to safely move his army into the Northern parts of Europe. However, he wishes to be greeted with allies upon his arrival, so he decides to marry his son, Harry, to the Spanish Infanta to form an alliance between England and Spain. After learning that Harry is already engaged to 9 other princesses (and one prince) from previous similar plans Richard had, he decides to marry his other son, Edmund to the Infanta. Edmund is quite excited, thinking her to be one of the most ravishing and beautiful woman in Europe. When he discovers she is quite the opposite, he tries to call off the marriage with the help of Baldrick and Percy. Written by Gafaddict

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6 July 1983 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


Natasha King (Princess Leia of Hungary) has remarked on the kindness of the cast and crew to her as a child actor and recalled that, at the end of filming, Rowan Atkinson presented her with a bouquet of flowers. See more »


[Richard IV hands over an ornate container]
King Richard IV: Chiswick. Give this to the Queen of Naples.
Lord Chiswick: What is it my Lord?
King Richard IV: The King of Naples.
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"The Queen of Spain's Beard" - the best yet!
31 August 2006 | by general-melchettSee all my reviews

"In 24 hours I'll be married to a walrus!"

"The Queen of Spain's Beard" is perhaps the funniest Blackadder Series 1 episode yet, but is bettered by Witchsmeller Pursuivant and The Black Seal. The humour is more funny this time - the Spanish translator's role was probably one of the funniest in the whole episode. Baldrick's intelligence was once again a main point in the episode (Balders actually kills someone after 20 minutes of the episode - when a certain cunning plan is put into action), and the hideous Edmund is back at his best. His best line in this episode is when he says sarcastically to Baldrick: "Little boy with big job to do!"

"The Queen of Spain's Beard" misses out on a 10 due to the slightly poor ending, but you can't have everything, and it is only a comedy. It is funny, well done, well acted, and with better deliveries of humorous lines from all the characters. I therefore give it a 9, and recommend it strongly.

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