Blackadder (1982–1983)
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The Queen of Spain's Beard 

To dominate Northern Europe, King Richard arranges a marriage between his son Edmund and the Spanish Infanta.

Director:

Martin Shardlow

Writers:

Richard Curtis (by), Rowan Atkinson (by) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan Atkinson ... Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh
Brian Blessed ... King Richard IV
Elspet Gray ... The Queen
Robert East ... Harry, Prince of Wales
Tim McInnerny ... Percy
Tony Robinson ... Baldrick
Miriam Margolyes ... Infanta Maria Escalosa of Spain
Jim Broadbent ... Don Speekingleesh, An Interpreter
Jane Freeman ... Mrs. Applebottom
John Rapley John Rapley ... Rev. Lloyd
Howard Lew Lewis Howard Lew Lewis ... Mr. Applebottom
Stephen Tate ... Lord Chiswick
Kenn Wells Kenn Wells ... 1st Messenger
Richard Mitchley Richard Mitchley ... 2nd Messenger
David Nunn David Nunn ... 3rd Messenger / 4th Messenger
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King Richard of England is planning to safely move his army into the Northern parts of Europe. However, he wishes to be greeted with allies upon his arrival, so he decides to marry his son, Harry, to the Spanish Infanta to form an alliance between England and Spain. After learning that Harry is already engaged to 9 other princesses (and one prince) from previous similar plans Richard had, he decides to marry his other son, Edmund to the Infanta. Edmund is quite excited, thinking her to be one of the most ravishing and beautiful woman in Europe. When he discovers she is quite the opposite, he tries to call off the marriage with the help of Baldrick and Percy. Written by Gafaddict

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Comedy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1983 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

Although it was originally broadcast as episode 4 of the series, on later broadcasts and DVD releases it has been switched with episode 2, Blackadder: Born to Be King (1983). See more »

Quotes

Prince Edmund: My God! In twenty four hours I'll be married to a walrus!
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that is what i thought you said..
18 January 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Blackadder

Curtis and Atkinson's passionate project of upsetting your expectation on both literature and history, is one of the rare art that inspires us even after decades. The writing still holds for both its maturity and pettiness, never has been before, a sketchy act so witty and truthful to its theme. It starts from the scratch on the infamous royal history of Britain and ends on a dramatic World War note, where both the humor and drama is given sincere respect on writing and performance. Despite of depicting various different stages of history with new characters, the themes often dwells on the chemistry of a master and a squire.

And with equations shuffling like cards, where either there is envy, honesty and vacuous-ness between their relationship, the close calls that is the ignition of the chaotic humor is something that stays with us throughout the series. It often tilts towards satirical where politics, democracy, monarchy and even humanity is put to trial and being laughed at. Atkinson, as the soul and the title of the series, challenges himself on all sorts of personas, from gullible to being cunning as a fox, his necessity on greed and humility is the fabrication of the history itself.

Robinson is the apt supporter of his, on every literal sense where every now and then brilliant actors like Laurie and Fry invests their talent in, to raise the bar. The world built by Curtis and Atkinson is a mirror to our own only with a slight change of post or title or references, the emotions and circumstances it goes through, still can easily be seen around us and it is that nakedness of the game that we are curious to dazzle with. Blackadder is much more than a mere series or a period sitcom, it has memories of ours and theirs childhood that makes it long last.

The Queen Of Spain's Beard

The physical comedy does work in here which is rarely the case but the show stealer would be the King's comprehensive description of what horrendous think might have happened, the writing is all crisp, all fun.


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