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Witchsmeller Pursuivant

King Richard and Queen Gertrude

Series: 1 Episode: 5

First broadcast on 13 July 1983. Featuring Frank Finlay as the Witchsmeller.

It is a time of plague and omens in the kingdom.

In this atmosphere of paranoia, the Witchsmeller Pursuivant is called to court, to sniff out the chief witch and bring an end to the country's bad luck.

I've just been hearing about your work in Taunton. Imagine that - every single person in the village having an affair with the same duck.


Inconveniently, the Witchsmeller decides that Edmund is the Chief Witch, and that Percy and Baldrick have something a bit witchy about them, too. But just as the boys are about to burned at the stake, the Witchsmeller spontaneously combusts - as if by magic.

It seems that, when Edmund's mother said she 'hasn't had any power for years', she may have been exaggerating.

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