Born to Be King (The Black Adder)

Born To Be King (The Black Adder)

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Born to Be King (The Black Adder)

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"Born to Be King" is the fourth episode of The Black Adder, the first series of the BBC sitcom Blackadder.


In 1486, King Richard IV departs on a Crusade. His younger son, Prince Edmund, thinks there's a chance to get some real power, but in truth, his brother Prince Harry takes most of the power and leaves Edmund to do the duties that remain: namely herding sheep and cleaning out the drains. Edmund's bad mood worsens when his father's military commander, Dougal McAngus, arrives for a feast to celebrate Richard's impending return, and asks for land in Scotland as a reward for his service, ignoring the fact said land belongs to Edmund. When the land is given away, a furious Edmund plots with Baldrick and Percy to kill McAngus. After ignoring Baldrick's suggestion to use a cannon, Edmund decides to try something more subtle. He finds McAngus hunting in the forest and offers him a part in a play that is being staged at the castle that night. During the play backstage, Edmund replaces the actors' fake knives with real ones, intending to have them kill McAngus onstage. When McAngus reveals he has information that throws the legitimacy of Prince Harry's claim to the throne in jeopardy, however, Edmund reluctantly prevents the assassination.

Later, Edmund has the chance to examine the letters himself. They are dated 1460, his brother's year of birth. McAngus claims Richard IV was last seen entering Constantinople alone, armed with only a fruit knife and facing...
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