The Baby Eating Bishop Of Bath And Wells is a character from Blackadder, who has since entered modern culture. Will anyone ever be able to take a Bishop of bath and Wells seriously again?
Baby Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells
The Bishop, or ‘Bish’ to Edmund, is a debt collector from the Bank of the Black Monks of St. Herod.
He particularly enjoys causing pain and injury (even mortal injury) to those customers who cannot repay their debts.
His favourite punishment seems to be using a red hot poker. – It’s poker time!
Bishop of Bath and Wells: I shall make your bottom wish it had never been born!
A colossal pervert
The Bishop of Bath and Wells in Blackadder claims to be a “colossal pervert”, and states that animal, mineral, or vegetable, he’ll do anything to anything.
He also enjoys the company of inexpensive prostitutes such as Mollie.
The Bishop actually becomes angry when customers are able to pay up. This is because he’ll miss out on inflicting pain.
As a side note, Blackadder’s Bishop of Bath and Wells also drowns babies in the christening font and then eats them later in the vestibule.
The Bishop admires Blackadder
However, he did value his reputation, to the point that when Blackadder blackmailed him he backed down and actually expressed admiration.
Bishop of Bath and Wells: Never, in all my years, have I encountered such cruel and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the church?
Blackadder: No, I could never get used to the underwear.
Baby Eating Bishop Quotes
Some great quotes from the Baby Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells.
If you want to check out the full script for the episode, take a look here >> Blackadder Money Full Script.
Bishop of Bath and Wells: Drugged, by God!
Blackadder: No, by Baldrick actually, but the effect is much the same.
The Bishop of Bath and Wells is actually first mentioned in the first series of Blackadder – the Foretelling .
There’s always a lot of continuity through Blackadder, especially the more times you see it!
More Characters from Blackadder
Here’s a few more characters from Blackadder with unique personalities!
Who played the Bishop of Bath and Wells in Blackadder?
Ronald Lacey played the Bishop of Bath and Wells in Blackadder. A piece of trivia, is that Ronald Lacey also played a Nazi agent in Raiders of the Lost Ark.