Born To Be King
Series: 1 Episode: 2
First broadcast on 22 June 1983. Featuring Robert Carlyle as Dougal McAngus.
To celebrate the King's imminent return from the crusades, Harry instructs Blackadder to organise an evening of traditional entertainment.
The supreme commander of the King's army, Lord Dougal McAngus, arrives home early and is awarded Blackadder's Scottish lands as a reward for his bravery in battle.
Enraged, Blackadder hatches a plot for McAngus to be stabbed on stage during the entertainment.
However, he changes his mind about the assassination when McAngus offers him documents showing that Harry is illegitimate.
Inconveniently, the letters actually prove that the Queen's adultery took place nine months before Blackadder's birth, not Harry's. Blackadder destroys the evidence and, cunningly, blows McAngus' head off.
Brush Up Your Shakespeare
Blackadder substitutes a real blade for a harmless one to assassinate McAngus, echoing the trick played by Laertes and Claudius on Hamlet.
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