Blackadder. Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.


BBC One sitcom about a scheming coward. 26 episodes (4 series), 1983 - 2000. Stars Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Tim McInnerny, Brian Blessed and others.

The Black Adder, Episode 2 - Born To Be King

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

Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: McAngus, Duke of Argyll (Alex Norton), Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

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


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    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

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