Black SplatBlack Adder (TV Series (1982)

"You would bore the leggings off a village idiot."

Black Adder - Rowan Atkinson as Prince Edmund

Description: The callous observation of Rowan Atkinson as Richard the IV's younger son Prince Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh, in the British comedy series THE BLACK ADDER (1982).

This historically-based series follows the misadventures of Prince Edmund, a.k.a. the Black Adder, a sniveling coward who constantly schemes to take the royal throne from his father and brother with the help of his cohorts, Lord Percy (Tim McInnerny) and Baldrick (Tony Robinson).

While giving the moronic Lord Percy, Duke of Northumberland a tongue lashing, Edmund says:

“Because Percy, far from being a fit consort for a prince of the realm, you would bore the leggings off a village idiot. You ride a horse rather less well than another horse would. Your brain would make a grain of sand look large and ungainly. And the part of you that can’t be mentioned, I’m reliably informed by women around the court, wouldn’t even be mentioned even if it could. If you put on a floppy hat and a velvet cod-piece, you might get by as a fool. But since you wouldn’t know a joke if it leapt up and gave you a haircut, I sincerely doubt it. THAT is why you are dismissed from my service. [pause] Oh, and Baldrick...You’re out, too.”

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