Season 1 Episode 4

The Queen of Spain's Beard

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Jul 06, 1983 on BBC
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Episode Summary

The King decides that Edmund should marry a Spanish Princess, who Edmund finds unattractive, in order to secure a treaty between Spain and England which will allow an invasion of France.

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  • One of the best for the first season of Blackadder--though the first season has nothing on later seasons.

    The idea of scaring a woman away by trying to look...less than manly...shouldn't have been a problem for Edmund's character. The way he is foiled, as he is always foiled, is hilarious and should be acknowledged as such. The Spanish interpreter, and all scenes where he translates for the infanta, are a riot, especially the bedroom scene.

    Most Blackadder addicts will say that the first season was not as good as subsequent seasons; that does not mean that season one has nothing funny in it. It's still better writing than most sitcoms today (though I guess that isn't really saying much).moreless
Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes

Infanta Maria Escalosa of Spain

Guest Star

Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent

Don Speekingleesh, an Interpreter

Guest Star

Jane Freeman

Jane Freeman

Mrs. Applebottom

Guest Star

Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (The King hands Lord Chiswick an ornate container)
      Richard IV: Chiswick. Give this to the Queen of Naples.
      Lord Chiswick: What is it my Lord?
      King Richard IV: The King of Naples.

    • Priest: Are you Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh?
      Edmund: No, I'm a bowl of soup.

    • Translator (Jim Broadbent with ludicrous Spanish accent): "My love, my love" "I wish to embrace you in my broad thighs", "again please!" "aah, you dress like a Spanish Man to delight me!"

  • NOTES (3)

    • This was the first of three appearances for Miriam Margolyes, she would later appear in the second season episode Beer and in the Christmas special.

    • The credits has the actors listed as "Cast In Affable Order," and the order appears to be from least affable to most.

    • The original title sequence (generally seen on PBS today) identified this as Episode 2. It usually runs fourth to improve the chronological flow.


    • Harry: "Yes. Princess Leia of Hungary."
      Princess Leia is, of course, the Princess from "Star Wars" Episodes 4-6. The Black Adder's Leia even has curled hair such as the one from "Star Wars."