Blackadder

Season 1 Episode 3

The Archbishop

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Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Jun 29, 1983 on BBC
8.4
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Edmund is appointed to the post of Archbishop of Canterbury after the king has the last one killed.

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  • Unbelivably ridiculous, which is what makes so ridiculously funny.

    9.0
    The more i watch the first season the more i like it. There are at times boring scenes, however they make up for it with greating directing, acting, producing and costuming. This episode takes a satirical look on the corruption of the church during the middle ages. The funniest scene of the first season comes in this episode where Baldrick and Blackadder decide to make some money out of the position they were in. Fabrications likes the Shroud of Tourin and relics from Jesus' capentary (including a cross) are used to overwhelm people into spending money. Blackadder eventually gets ex-communicated from the Church, much to his enjoyment and has to relinquish the role of Archbishop.



    The first season might not be the best written it still is the most adventerous.moreless
  • Well the whole show is rather silly but still awesome.

    8.5
    I love the part where he is trying to convince the old dude to leave all his things to the crown by telling him the hell is a good place for some people and heaven is a good place for people who like that type of thing. Trully excellet its not my favourite series of Black Adder but still.
Tim McInnerny

Tim McInnerny

Percy, Bishop of Ramsgate

Robert East

Robert East

Harry, Prince of Wales

Elspet Gray

Elspet Gray

The Queen

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson

Brother Baldrick

Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed

King Richard IV

Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson

Edmund, Archbishop of Canterbury

Paul McDowell

Paul McDowell

Herbert, Archbishop of Canterbury

Guest Star

Arthur Hewlett

Arthur Hewlett

Godfrey, Archbishop of Canterbury/William, Bishop of London

Guest Star

Joyce Grant

Joyce Grant

Mother Superior

Guest Star

Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen

Narrator

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Prince Harry: I don't know how I'm going to break it to his catamite.

      For those who weren't previously aware, a catamite was often a young boy used for a priest's sexual gratification.

    • Historical error: Harry and Edmund discuss the mass "accidental deaths" of past archbishops of Cantebury. Apart from Thomas Beckett's famous 1170 murder, most archbishops (even between 1485 to 1498) led prosperous lives.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Prince Edmund: Yes, almost as tragic as Archbishop Bertum being struck by a falling gargoyle while swimming off Beachy Head.
      Harry: Quite, quite. And nearly as tragic as poor old Archbishop Wilfred slipping and falling backward onto the spire of Norwich Castle. Oh, Lord, you do work in mysterious ways.

    • Prince Edmund: Tell me, Brother Baldrick, what exactly did God do to the Sodomites?
      Baldrick: I dunno, my lord. But it can't have been worse than what they used to do to each other.

    • Prince Edmund: Selling the sexual favours of nuns? Some people actually pay for them?
      Baldrick: Foreign business men, other nuns, yes.

    • Richard IV: Edmund I've always despised you, so now that I've finally found a use for you don't try to get out of it.

    • Edmund: (reviewing the list of available curses) May something slighly unpleasant happen to you, like an onion falling on your head.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Baldrick: discussing the selling of curses, pardons, and "artifacts"
      Well before and throughout the middle ages, the church actually practised the selling of these objects, and profited steadily. It was not uncommon to be able to purchase one of Jesus' fingers. Makes you wonder whose fingers they actually were though.

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