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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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Martin Shardlow
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan Atkinson ... Prince Edmund / The Great Grumbledook
Frank Finlay ... The Witchsmeller Pursuivant
Elspet Gray ... The Witch Queen
Tim McInnerny ... Percy, A Witch
Tony Robinson ... Baldrick, A Witch
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ... Ross, A Lord
Valentine Dyall ... Angus, A Lord
Peter Schofield Peter Schofield ... Fife, A Lord
Stephen Frost ... Soft, A Guard
Mark Arden Mark Arden ... Anon, A Guard
Perry Benson Perry Benson ... Daft Ned, A Peasant
Bert Parnaby Bert Parnaby ... Dim Cain, A Peasant
Roy Evans Roy Evans ... Dumb Abel, A Peasant
Forbes Collins Forbes Collins ... Dopey Jack, A Peasant
Patrick Duncan Patrick Duncan ... Officer, An Officer
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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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although the credits give recognition to William Shakespeare, unlike previous episodes in this series, the script does not contain any direct references to Shakespeare's plays. See more »

Goofs

Though the Witchsmeller calls the dog which is supposedly Blackadder's son a "Poodle", in actuality the dog he's holding is a Bichon Frise. See more »

Quotes

Prince Edmund: Does anybody know what happened?
Peasant: [Raising his hand] No. I don't.
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Cast in Order of Witchiness See more »

Connections

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 BA_HarrisonSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1983 (UK) See more »

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