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Blackadder: The Archbishop

The Archbishop of Canterbury is at odds with the King; but then , as luck would have it, he meets with an accident! Now, he needs to be replaced by someone who is malleable and easily controlled. Rumour has it that the King is considering appointing his own son, but which one?

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x3
Airdate: Wednesday June 29th, 1983

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Guest Stars
Bert Parnaby
As Cain, A Peasant
Bill Wallis
As Sir Justin de Boinod
David Nunn
As Messenger
Roy Evans
As Abel, A Peasant
Arthur Hewlett
As Godfrey, Archbishop of Canterbury/William, Bishop of London
Carolyn Colquhoun
As Sister Sara
David Delve
As Sir George de Boeuf
Joyce Grant
As Mother Superior
Leslie Sands
As Lord Graveney
Paul McDowell
As Herbert, Archbishop of Canterbury
Russell Enoch
As The Duke of Winchester
Main Cast
Rowan Atkinson
As Prince Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh / Lord Edmund Blackadder / Edmund Blackadder, Esq. / Captain Edmund Blackadder
Tony Robinson
As Baldrick, son of Robin the Dung Gatherer / Baldrick / S. Baldrick / Private S. Baldrick
Tim McInnerny
As Lord Percy Percy, Duke of Northumberland / Lord Percy Percy, heir to the Duchy of Northumberland / Captain Kevin Darling
Brian Blessed
As King Richard IV of England
Robert East
As Harry, Prince of Wales
Elspet Gray
As Queen Gertrude of Flanders
Patrick Allen
As Narrator (uncredited)
Episode Quotes
Prince Edmund: Tell me, Brother Baldrick, exactly what did God do to the Sodomites?
Baldrick: I dunno, my Lord. But I can't imagine it was worse than what they used to do to each other.

(Prince Edmund has just secured land for the crown)
Richard IV: My son!
Prince Edmund: Father!
Richard IV: (kneels down) Father.
Prince Edmund: (blessing him) My son.

Edmund: Right! Now, let's get down to business, shall we?
Percy: Business, my Lord?
Edmund: Yes, Baldrick has been looking at some of the ways we can actually make a bit of money on this job.
Baldrick: Well, basically there appear to be four major profit areas: curses, pardons, relics, and selling the sexual favours of nuns.
Edmund: Selling the sexual favours of nuns?
Baldrick: Yeah.
Edmund:You mean some people actually pay for them?
Baldrick: Well, foreign businessmen, other nuns, you know.

Episode Goofs
At one point, Rowan Atkinson (Prince Edmund) refers to Tim McInnerny as "Harry" rather than "Percy."

Warning: Blackadder season 1 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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