The Black Seal

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 7/20/83
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  • Episode Description
  • After the King takes away Edmund's title of Duke, he recruits the 6 most evil men in the land to take the crown by force.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert East

    Harry, Prince of Wales

  • John Carlisle

    Murdered Lord

  • Elspet Gray

    The Queen

  • Bert Parnaby

    Cain, a Blind Beggar

  • Brian Blessed

    King Richard IV

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • The Hack: God save the King. The Band: Cause no one else will.

    • Edmund: Why? Because, Percy, far from being a fit consort for the Prince of the Realm, you would bore the leggings off the village idiot. You ride a horse rather less well than another horse would. Your brain would make a grain of sand look large and ungainly and the part of that can't be mentioned, I am reliably informed by the women of the Court, wouldn't be worth mentioning even if it could be. If you put on a floppy hat and a funny cod-piece, you might just get by as a fool, but since you wouldn't know a joke if it got up and gave you a haircut, I doubt it. That's why you're dismissed. Percy: Oh, I see. Edmund: And as for you, Baldrick. Baldrick: You're out too. Baldrick: Fair enough.

    • Prince Edmund: (weakly) Harry...what are my chances? Harry: Oh, very good. Queen Gertrud: He will live? Harry: Living? Oh, I thought you meant of going to heaven. Prince Edmund: (weakly) Damn.

    • Richard IV: The Black Dagger! Prince Edmund: (meekly) Black Adder!

    Notes (1)

    • The credits has the actors listed as "Cast in Order of Disappearance".

    Trivia (2)

    • Rik Mayall (better known in the series as Lord Flashheart) makes his first appearance in the series in this episode as 'Mad Gerald'.

    • The cold opening of "The Foretelling" says Richard IV reigned from 1485 to 1498. This episode starts in 1498, but Edmund is stuck in a cell for an entire year and Richard IV is still on the throne.

    Allusions (2)

    • Edmund: All for one. The Band: And each one for himself. This is a play on a very famous motto of the musketeers in Alexandre Dumas's book: Three Musketeers. The original text is Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno in Latin, which meana One for all and all for one.

    • Edmund: We few, we happy few, we band of ruthless bastards! This line when Edmund is drinking with the other members of the Black Seal is a play on the famous speech from Shakespeare's "Henry V" which starts off with: 'We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.'

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