Blackadder (1982–1983)
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Witchsmeller Pursuivant 

When the plague rages through Europe everyone blames "witches". When Edmund fails a "test" everyone suddenly becomes his enemy.


Martin Shardlow

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan Atkinson ... Prince Edmund / The Great Grumbledook
Frank Finlay ... The Witchsmeller Pursuivant
Elspet Gray ... The Witch Queen
Tim McInnerny ... Percy, A Witch
Tony Robinson ... Baldrick, A Witch
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ... Ross, A Lord
Valentine Dyall ... Angus, A Lord
Peter Schofield Peter Schofield ... Fife, A Lord
Stephen Frost ... Soft, A Guard
Mark Arden Mark Arden ... Anon, A Guard
Perry Benson Perry Benson ... Daft Ned, A Peasant
Bert Parnaby Bert Parnaby ... Dim Cain, A Peasant
Roy Evans Roy Evans ... Dumb Abel, A Peasant
Forbes Collins Forbes Collins ... Dopey Jack, A Peasant
Patrick Duncan Patrick Duncan ... Officer, An Officer


When the plague rages through Europe everyone blames "witches". When Edmund fails a "test" everyone suddenly becomes his enemy.

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13 July 1983 (UK) See more »

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Despite budgetary limitations, producer John Lloyd's account of this episode was that "it felt more like a huge feature film than a BBC comedy" on account of the construction of a large set for the village scene and the extravagant use of costume, make-up, animals and pyrotechnic stunts. See more »


The witchsmeller uses two eggs, one white and one brown, while explaining his function to Harry. In close-up, the brown egg is in his lower hand representing evil. In the long shot (after crushing both eggs), the brown egg shell is in his upper hand, representing good. See more »


[In court]
The Witchsmeller Pursuivant: Have you or have you not, committed sins of the flesh with him?
Jane Firkettle: I have.
Prince Edmund: You must be joking!
Jane Firkettle: To my deepest shame.
Prince Edmund: And mine. I mean look at her!
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Cast in Order of Witchiness See more »


References Bewitched (1964) See more »

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Witches? Please, tell me more
18 December 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

"Witchsmeller Pursuivant" keeps the high quality with another funny episode, an episode that plays to humanity's unfounded beliefs of magic and gods, and how easy it is to control the gullible masses.

In a very silly way.

The plague is ravishing around England, and Edmund gets picked up as a witch. A WITCH!, that talks to his horse, gives bloody milk to his cat and well, you know, all things witches do. Edmund (and Percy and Baldrick) will try to keep alive in any way possible. As always.

The dialogue flies and the banter is as good as in all the other episodes of the first season, but there are not so many jokes and sometimes is almost impossible to hear what the Witchhunter... smeller says. It is a little repetitive in the 'Edmund is a witch', which makes the episode's rhythm falter a little bit, but it shows in a hilarious way how people can be easily controlled (when they want to be).

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