Season 1 Episode 2

Born to Be King

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Jun 22, 1983 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When McAngus empties his bag on the table and the head falls on it we see the back of the head is turned against the camera. When it cuts to a close up of the head the head is facing in the direction of the previous camera take. When it cuts again the back of the head is turned against the camera.

  • Quotes

    • Prince Edmund: It's not fair. All the other women in the court have bastards, but not my mother. She's so pure; she daren't even look down in case she notices her own breasts!

    • Prince Edmund: You come in here! Fresh from slaughtering a couple of choccos when their backs were turned! And you think you can upset that harmony of a whole kingdom?! I challenge you to a duel!
      McAngus: (shouts) To the death!
      Prince Edmund: (meekly) Umm…yes, all right.

    • 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?" Hmm, 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 wonder, my lord. You never learned Greek, of course.

    • Prince Edmund: Don't be absurd. Such activities are totally beyond my mother. My father only got anywhere with her because he told her it was a cure for diarrhea.

    • Percy: Then there's the Jumping Jews of Jerusalem!
      And what do they do?
      Percy: They jump, my lord. A lot.

    • Edmund: I'm hardly a rich man.
      King Richard: You're hardly a man at all!

    • King Richard: Love thy neighbour as thyself, unless he's Turkish, in which case, kill the bastard!

  • Notes

    • This episode marks the first time that Baldrick says "I have a cunning plan."

    • The cast was listed "In Geographical Order" for this episode.

    • The original title sequence (generally seen on PBS today) identified this as Episode 4. It usally runs second to improve the chronological flow.

    • The Second Episode, "Born to be King" is a remake of the original unaired pilot: with the following differences: The King is not at the crusades, but at home. Edmond's plot to kill McAngus involves a hanging with a fake rope, not a staged stabbing with a real dagger. The plan backfires in much the same way. The King, Prince Henry and Baldrick are played by different actors, respectively John Savident, Robert Bathurst and Philip Fox. Edmund's personality is much more like his decadents in the other series, much more sarcastic and intelligent. Various details are changed, of course, as well.

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