Blackadder

Season 1 Episode 5

Witchsmeller Pursuivant

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Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Jul 13, 1983 on BBC
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Percy and Baldrick are to be burned at the stake with Edmund, when he is accused of being a witch.

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    Rowan Atkinson

    Rowan Atkinson

    The Great Grumbledook

    Elspet Gray

    Elspet Gray

    The Witch Queen

    Tim McInnerny

    Tim McInnerny

    Percy, a Witch

    Tony Robinson

    Tony Robinson

    Baldrick, a Witch

    Brian Blessed

    Brian Blessed

    Richard IV, a King

    Robert East

    Robert East

    Harry, Prince of Wales

    Frank Finlay

    Frank Finlay

    The Witchsmeller Pursuivant

    Guest Star

    Richard Murdoch

    Richard Murdoch

    Ross, a Lord

    Guest Star

    Valentine Dyall

    Valentine Dyall

    Angus, a Lord

    Guest Star

    Patrick Allen

    Patrick Allen

    Narrator

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • (Talking to peasants about the Witchsmeller Pursuivant)
        Edmund: Be quite Percy. Then there's something wrong with his nose and I shall know. They don't call me Clever Pit for nothing!
        Baldrick: Jacke.
        Edmund: What about him?
        Baldrick: Clever Jacke, my-lord
        Edmund: Where?
        Baldrick: You are, Clever Jacke, my-lord.
        Edmund: They don't call me Clever Pit at all. They call me Clever Jacke.

      • Blackadder: I've just been hearing about your work in Taunton. Imagine that - every single person in the village having an affair with the same duck.

      • Prince Edmund: Does anybody know what happened?


        Dim Cain: (raising his hand) No. I don't.

      • Edmund: Oh, **ck off Baldrick.

    • NOTES (4)

      • Elspet Gray, Tony Robinson, Robert East and Tim McInnerny are named in the opening credits for the first time, as is guest star Frank Finlay.

      • Although Harry, Prince of Wales appears in this episode, Robert East doesn't have his name in the credits at the end of the show.

      • The credits has the actors listed as "Cast in Order of Witchiness" and the credits alter the names of Rowan Atkinson's character to "The Great Grumbledook" and Elspet Grey's character is called "The Witch Queen".

      • This is the one episode of the first series that mentions Edmund having sex (so as to allow his genes to get passed along for series two).

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • At the very end of the episode the Queen winks to camera and wiggles her nose. This is an allusion to Samantha Stephens the witch in the show "Bewitched", which was originally broadcast for eight seasons on ABC from 1964 to 1972. It was her way of making something magical happen.

      • When Blackadder asks the guards if they would help him escape by dressing up as a washer woman and hiding in a wicker basket he is alluding to the escape that Toad of Toad Hall made in the book "Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame (1908).

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