Blackadder. Mr. Edmund Blackadder, Esquire (Rowan Atkinson)


  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1983 - 2000
  • 26 episodes (4 series)

The Blackadder dynasty has run through English history since time immemorial, seemingly always hampered by a Baldrick, and often a Percy and Melchett. Stars Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and more.

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The Black Adder, Episode 2 - Born To Be King

Blackadder. Image shows left to right: Harry, Prince of Wales (Robert East), The Queen (Elspet Gray), McAngus, Duke of Argyll (Alex Norton). Credit: BBC
Having left Harry as ruling Prince Regent, King Richard is away killing Turks. Edmund is instructed to arrange entertainment for the upcoming feast of St Leonard's Day, and in the process believes he has found letters pertaining to his brother's legitimacy...

Further details

With the King off to the Crusades, Edmund attempts to discredit Prince Harry's claim to be next in line for the crown. He and Baldrick nearly succeed in casting doubt on his own legitimacy instead.


This episode was originally shown out of order, as episode 4. However, as the series is chronological, this was noticeable and it was broadcast 2nd in repeats, and issued as episode 2 on video and DVD since. We have reflected this intended 'correct' order rather than the initial broadcast.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 6th July 1983
35 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Monday 18th July 2011 12:00am Gold
Wednesday 26th October 2011 11:20pm Gold
Thursday 27th October 2011 4:00pm Gold
Saturday 18th February 2012 8:45am Gold
Sunday 4th March 2012 5:00pm Gold
Sunday 11th March 2012 8:10am Gold
Tuesday 14th August 2012 2:15am Gold
Tuesday 4th September 2012 11:40pm Gold
Thursday 11th April 2013 10:20pm Gold
Friday 12th April 2013 1:00am Gold
Tuesday 11th June 2013 11:00pm Gold
Saturday 6th July 2013 6:45am Gold
Saturday 6th July 2013 11:35am Gold
Friday 11th October 2013 11:40pm Gold
Saturday 18th January 2014 3:25pm Gold
Sunday 19th January 2014 8:50am Gold
Thursday 17th April 2014 12:00am Gold
Thursday 17th April 2014 2:10am Gold
Monday 16th June 2014 11:15pm Gold
Tuesday 17th June 2014 2:25am Gold
Saturday 6th September 2014 1:30pm Gold
Tuesday 28th October 2014 6:05pm Gold
Saturday 14th March 2015 10:20am Gold
Saturday 20th June 2015 9:30am Gold
Tuesday 5th January 2016 1:55pm Gold
Tuesday 5th January 2016 8:45pm Gold
Friday 16th September 2016 9:20pm Gold
Wednesday 12th April 2017 9:40pm Yesterday
Thursday 13th April 2017 11:40am Yesterday
Friday 30th June 2017 12:15am Gold
Wednesday 19th July 2017 1:40am Gold
Tuesday 10th October 2017 11:40pm Gold
Sunday 7th January 2018 9:45pm Yesterday
Friday 16th February 2018 12:55am Yesterday
Friday 16th February 2018 10:25pm Yesterday
Tuesday 15th May 2018 11:45pm Yesterday
Wednesday 16th May 2018 9:45pm Yesterday
Monday 5th June 2023 9:45pm Gold
Tuesday 6th June 2023 12:50am Gold
Friday 9th June 2023 11:05pm Gold
Saturday 10th June 2023 1:50am Gold
Tuesday 9th January 2024 8:40pm Gold
Wednesday 10th January 2024 1:00am Gold

Cast & crew

Rowan Atkinson Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh
Tony Robinson Baldrick
Tim McInnerny Percy
Brian Blessed King Richard IV
Robert East Harry, Prince of Wales
Elspet Gray The Queen
Patrick Allen Narrator
Guest cast
Alex Norton McAngus, Duke of Argyll
Angus Deayton Jumping Jew of Jerusalem
Joolia Cappleman Celia, Countess of Cheltenham
Martin Clarke Sir Dominick Prique of Stratford
Martin Soan 2nd Wooferoonie
Malcolm Hardee 3rd Wooferoonie
David Nunn Messenger
Writing team
Richard Curtis Writer
Rowan Atkinson Writer
William Shakespeare Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Martin Shardlow Director
John Lloyd Producer
Mike Jackson Editor
Mykola Pawluk Editor
Chris Hull Production Designer
Howard Goodall Composer


Blackadder gets an 'offensive language' warning

Fans watching the second episode of the first series on iPlayer are now greeted with the disclaimer: 'Contains discriminatory language and content that some viewers may find offensive.'

Chortle, 14th January 2021

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