Season 1 Episode 6

The Black Seal

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Jul 20, 1983 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.'