Blackadder (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.


Martin Shardlow

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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


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) See more »

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This episode features a number of scenes filmed on location at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, the setting for King Richard's castle throughout this series. Due to limitations on budget, only selected actors were filmed on location, including Frank Finlay, who filmed scenes there as the Witchsmeller. A production assistant on the series, Hilary Bevan Jones, recalls that she forgot to pick up Finlay from the location at the end of a shoot and left him behind, until the make-up team found him wandering in the snow in full Witchsmeller costume and brought him back to the hotel. See more »


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 »


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 »


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

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that dark stranger..
18 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews


Curtis and Atkinson's passionate project of upsetting your expectation on both literature and history, is one of the rare art that inspires us even after decades. The writing still holds for both its maturity and pettiness, never has been before, a sketchy act so witty and truthful to its theme. It starts from the scratch on the infamous royal history of Britain and ends on a dramatic World War note, where both the humor and drama is given sincere respect on writing and performance. Despite of depicting various different stages of history with new characters, the themes often dwells on the chemistry of a master and a squire.

And with equations shuffling like cards, where either there is envy, honesty and vacuous-ness between their relationship, the close calls that is the ignition of the chaotic humor is something that stays with us throughout the series. It often tilts towards satirical where politics, democracy, monarchy and even humanity is put to trial and being laughed at. Atkinson, as the soul and the title of the series, challenges himself on all sorts of personas, from gullible to being cunning as a fox, his necessity on greed and humility is the fabrication of the history itself.

Robinson is the apt supporter of his, on every literal sense where every now and then brilliant actors like Laurie and Fry invests their talent in, to raise the bar. The world built by Curtis and Atkinson is a mirror to our own only with a slight change of post or title or references, the emotions and circumstances it goes through, still can easily be seen around us and it is that nakedness of the game that we are curious to dazzle with. Blackadder is much more than a mere series or a period sitcom, it has memories of ours and theirs childhood that makes it long last.

Witchsmeller Pursuivant

With a nail-biting climatic act, the episode soars above all the other chapters for its cunning smart plot that is brimmed familiar but hilarious sketchy sequence, like the courtroom drama that goes wrong all the way.

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