Blackadder (1982–1983)
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Born to Be King 

When Edmund's Scottish lands are given to the King's Supreme Commander, Douglas McAngus, he plots revenge.


Martin Shardlow


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




Episode cast overview:
Rowan Atkinson ... The Laird of Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles
Brian Blessed ... Richard XII of Scotland
Alex Norton ... McAngus, Duke of Argyll
Tim McInnerny ... Percy, Duke of Northumberland
Elspet Gray ... Gertrude, Queen of Flanders
Robert East ... Harry, Prince of Wales
Tony Robinson ... Baldrick, Bachelor of the Parish of Chigwell
Angus Deayton ... Jumping Jew of Jerusalem
Joolia Cappleman Joolia Cappleman ... Celia, Countess of Cheltenham
Martin Clarke Martin Clarke ... Sir Dominick Prique of Stratford
Martin Soan Martin Soan ... 2nd Wooferoonie
Malcolm Hardee Malcolm Hardee ... 3rd Wooferoonie
David Nunn David Nunn ... Messenger


When Edmund's Scottish lands are given to the King's Supreme Commander, Douglas McAngus, he plots revenge.

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22 June 1983 (UK) See more »

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Confusingly, this episode has an on-screen episode title graphic stating this was originally intended as episode four. "4. Born to be King". It's most likely to be that it was originally incorrectly numbered, and too expensive to correct, or more plausible it was later swapped, prior to first broadcast, for artistic reasons, as a stronger second episode. See more »


In the hunting scene McAngus tries but fails to sheath his dagger after using it to skin an animal but instead holds it in place until his back is turned. With The Black Adder hanging upside-down behind him a reshoot was presumably not thought desirable. See more »


Prince Edmund: Scotsmen are barbarians! Half of them don't even speak English!
Percy: Well, what do they speak?
Prince Edmund: Oh, I don't know. It's all Greek to me!
Percy: They speak Greek?
Prince Edmund: No, I mean it SOUNDS like Greek.
Percy: Well, if it sounds like Greek, it probably IS Greek.
Prince Edmund: It's not Greek!
Percy: But it sounds LIKE Greek..."What's not Greek, but sounds like Greek?" Hm, that's a good one, my lord!
Prince Edmund: Look, it's not meant to be a BRAIN-TEASER, Percy! I'm simply trying to tell you that I cannot understand a blind word they're saying.
Percy: Well, no ...
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Remake of Blackadder: Original Pilot (1982) See more »

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A little bit of a step down after the first episode, but great nonetheless
28 August 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

The second episode of "The Black Adder" has our "beloved" Edmund in trouble as his lands are given to McAngus, his father's commander. Edmund will try to get rid of McAngus and get his lands back.

This second episode keeps the same structure of the first, with lots of humor and silliness permeating every frame of the episode, but it falls short of the greatness of the Black Adder's introduction that we had the chance to enjoy in the first episode. Atkinson's and everyone's acting is still really good and the timing for the jokes amazing (even though Brian Blessed shouts a little bit too much...), but the jokes are not as good and some moments feel way too long. The dialogue also lacks the bite of the previous episode, and some times falls into the juvenile (well, something normal in this series).

Nonetheless, "Born to be King" is another awesome proof of how funny this series was.

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