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, Hugh Laurie and others.

Blackadder II, Episode 5 is repeated on Gold today at 12pm.

The Black Adder, Episode 5 - Witchsmeller Pursuivant

A witchfinder is in the district around the castle after a spate of plague infections. Edmund is identified as the head witch, and immediately placed on trial...

Further details

Blackadder. Image shows from L to R: Tony Robinson, Rowan Atkinson. Copyright: BBC / Tiger Aspect Productions.

England faces a dual crisis: sorcery is afoot and there is a great plague across the land. Woe to Edmund, that he is accused of being a witch by a witchsmeller. Will he and Baldrick have their day at the stake?

Broadcast details

Wednesday 13th 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
Natasha King Princess Leia of Hungary
Frank Finlay The Witchsmeller Pursuivant
Richard Murdoch Ross, A Lord
Valentine Dyall Angus, A Lord
Peter Schofield Fife, A Lord
Stephen Frost Soft, A Guard
Mark Arden Anon, A Guard
Perry Benson Daft Red, A Peasant
Bert Parnaby Dim Cain, A Peasant
Roy Evans Dum Abel, A Peasant
Forbes Collins Dopey Jack, A Peasant
Patrick Duncan Officer, An Officer
Barbara Miller Jane Firkettle
Howard Lew Lewis Piers, A Yeoman
Sarah Thomas Mrs. Field, A Goodwife
Louise Gold Mrs. Tyler, A Goodwife
Writing team
Richard Curtis Writer
Rowan Atkinson Writer
William Shakespeare Writer (Additional Material)
Production team
Martin Shardlow Director
John Lloyd Producer

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