History Trivia / BlackAdder

26th Dec '16 12:29:08 PM WillBGood
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* ActorInpspiredElement: It was Creator/StephenFry who came up with the name Darling, as he went to school with a boy of that name and was tormented by it. The character was originally named Cartwright.

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* ActorInpspiredElement: ActorInspiredElement: It was Creator/StephenFry who came up with the name Darling, as he went to school with a boy of that name and was tormented by it. The character was originally named Cartwright.
15th Dec '16 8:16:19 AM 06tele
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** The TearJerker ending to the final episode, in which the main characters go into the attack but are then obscured by a huge explosion before the image fades to a field of poppies, had to be thrown together in post-production. There was limited filming time, and the director had no experience with action scenes, and there was no money for a stunt co-ordinator in the budget. The resulting footage of Blackadder, George, Baldrick and Darling charging through No Man's Land while shells blew up around them looked distinctly underwhelming (they just fell over and lay on the ground looking not very dead), but the explosion effects were also so terrifying for the actors that Rowan Atkinson refused point-blank to do any retakes. The footage was deemed unusable, but while the film editor was cycling through it and trying to figure out what to do, he realised that slowing it down made it far more effective. As a result, they re-edited the footage, slowed it down, dropped the audio out and replaced it with the theme music played as a LonelyPianoPiece, and then at the moment a large explosion obscured the actors from view, crossfaded to a still photograph of some poppies. The result was the most hard-earned DownerEnding to any situation comedy.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The legendary TearJerker ending to the final episode was actually thrown together in post-production due to the scripted ending going catastrophically wrong in filming. Originally, everyone was supposed to be dramatically gunned down, with Captain Blackadder being the only survivor and sneaking away, before being seen as an old man in an epilogue scene that never got filmed. Thanks to a combination of limited filming time, the director having no experience with action scenes and there being no money for a stunt co-ordinator in the budget, it ended up being so horribly executed that the footage was unusable. As a result, the crew ended up slowing down what little usable footage they had, breaking it down into several short shots, and then crossfading to a photograph of some poppies.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The legendary TearJerker ending to the final episode was actually thrown together in post-production due to the scripted ending going catastrophically wrong in filming. Originally, everyone was supposed to be dramatically gunned down, with Captain Blackadder being the only survivor and sneaking away, before being seen as an old man in an epilogue scene that never got filmed. Thanks This didn't happen due to a combination of limited filming time, the director having no experience with action scenes and there being no money for a stunt co-ordinator in the budget, it ended up being so horribly executed that the footage was unusable. As a result, the crew ended up slowing down what little usable footage they had, breaking it down into several short shots, and then crossfading to a photograph of some poppies.[[SerendipityWritesThePlot Serendipity Writing The Plot]]: see above.
6th Dec '16 2:34:33 AM 06tele
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* SerendipityWritesThePlot: Blackadder's amusing and much-imitated pronunciation of "Bob" is a result of Rowan Atkinson's stutter. He has special difficulty with the letter "b". This led to a memorable ThrowItIn in season 4: see below.
6th Dec '16 2:22:03 AM 06tele
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** His interpretation of Lord Wellington (''BA The Third'') is pretty much CampStraight.
6th Dec '16 2:20:46 AM 06tele
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* RomanceOnTheSet: Creator/RowanAtkinson met his wife, makeup expert Sunetra Sastry, while working on this series.

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* RomanceOnTheSet: Creator/RowanAtkinson met his second wife, makeup expert Sunetra Sastry, while working on this series.series. (They divorced in 2015.)
6th Dec '16 2:18:29 AM 06tele
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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Creator/MiriamMargolyes, who played the Puritanical Lady Whiteadder, is not only openly gay but Jewish.

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* IronyAsSheIsCast: Creator/MiriamMargolyes, who played the authoritarian and crazily Puritanical Lady Whiteadder, is not only openly actually gay but and Jewish.
6th Dec '16 2:16:52 AM 06tele
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* SerendipityWritesThePlot: When Flashheart is carrying off Bob the driver and they keep saying "Woof!" to each other, Blackadder sourly remarks "God, it's like Crufts in here." This was an ad lib by producer John Lloyd: the line as originally written was "God, it's like Battersea Dog's Home in here" but Rowan Atkinson's stutter kicked in and he couldn't get around the "b" in "Battersea". After several failed takes, Lloyd instructed the floor manager to tell Atkinson to change the reference to Crufts, Britain's most famous dog show. The result got a huge laugh from the studio audience (partly out of relief). Stephen Fry remarked that it was an inspired bit of on-the-fly producing from Lloyd.
15th Nov '16 5:40:21 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RomanceOnTheSet: Creator/RowanAtkinson met his wife, makeup expert Sunetra Sastry, while working on this series.


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* ActorInpspiredElement: It was Creator/StephenFry who came up with the name Darling, as he went to school with a boy of that name and was tormented by it. The character was originally named Cartwright.
15th Nov '16 5:32:06 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: One idea for a fifth series would have had Blackadder as a member of Margaret Thatcher's cabinet in the 1980s.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: One idea for a fifth series would have had Blackadder as a member of Margaret Thatcher's MargaretThatcher's cabinet in the 1980s.



** A fifth series or a movie set in the TheSixties about a rock band was on the cards at one point but nothing came of it.

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** A fifth series or a movie set in the TheSixties about a rock band was on the cards at one point but nothing came of it. Blackadder would have been the bastard son of Queen Elizabeth and was in a band called The Blackadder Five, with Bald Rick on drums.



** In "The Archbishop", [[Series/SteptoeAndSon Wilfrid Brambell]] was originally cast to play the dying landowner, the Duke of Winchester in the opening scene. However, delays while filming the scene led to Brambell getting impatient and storming off the set, resulting in his speedy replacement by [[Series/DoctorWho William Russell]].

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** In "The Archbishop", "[[Recap/BlackadderS1E3TheArchbishop The Archbishop]]", [[Series/SteptoeAndSon Wilfrid Brambell]] was originally cast to play the dying landowner, the Duke of Winchester in the opening scene. However, delays while filming the scene led to Brambell getting impatient and storming off the set, resulting in his speedy replacement by [[Series/DoctorWho William Russell]].



* OutOfOrder: "Head" was originally intended to be the first episode, and was first to be filmed. This resulted in the small continuity error of Lord Percy still having a beard in "Head" which he shaves off in "Bells". In addition, during the early scenes of "Head", the principal characters are introduced to the audience with Baldrick's stupidity highlighted.



* OldShame: Creator/TomBaker was so embarrassed by his guest role in "Potato" that he felt that his Equity card should have been revoked.

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* OldShame: Creator/TomBaker was so embarrassed by his guest role in "Potato" "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E3Potato Potato]]" that he felt that his Equity card should have been revoked.revoked.
* OutOfOrder: "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E2Head Head]]" was originally intended to be the first episode, and was first to be filmed. This resulted in the small continuity error of Lord Percy still having a beard in "Head" which he shaves off in "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E1Bells Bells]]". In addition, during the early scenes of "Head", the principal characters are introduced to the audience with Baldrick's stupidity highlighted.



* YouLookFamiliar: Creator/HughLaurie shows up in the final two episodes of the season, but in two unrelated roles: in "Beer", he's Simon Partridge, one of Blackadder's jolly drinking buddies; and in "Chains", he plays the villain, the wicked Prince Ludwig. Laurie evidently must have had a good time on set, since he went on to return in the following two seasons as a major cast member.

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* YouLookFamiliar: Creator/HughLaurie shows up in the final two episodes of the season, but in two unrelated roles: in "Beer", "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E5Beer Beer]]", he's Simon Partridge, one of Blackadder's jolly drinking buddies; and in "Chains", "[[Recap/BlackadderS2E6Chains Chains]]", he plays the villain, the wicked Prince Ludwig. Laurie evidently must have had a good time on set, since he went on to return in the following two seasons as a major cast member.



* ActorAllusion: In "Captain Cook", Melchett tells George that his [[Series/JeevesAndWooster Uncle Bertie]] sends his regards. ''Blackadder'' predates ''Jeeves and Wooster'', so it's a ''prescient'' Actor Allusion!

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* ActorAllusion: In "Captain Cook", "[[Recap/BlackadderS4E1CaptainCook Captain Cook]]", Melchett tells George that his [[Series/JeevesAndWooster Uncle Bertie]] sends his regards. ''Blackadder'' predates ''Jeeves and Wooster'', so it's a ''prescient'' Actor Allusion!
15th Nov '16 5:12:22 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* OldShame: Rowan Atkinson and producer John Lloyd spend a significant amount of time badmouthing this series in the documentary included on the DVD boxset, calling it "pretty, but dreary to watch."

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* OldShame: Rowan Atkinson Creator/RowanAtkinson and producer John Lloyd spend a significant amount of time badmouthing this series in the documentary included on the DVD boxset, calling it "pretty, but dreary to watch."



* ActingForTwo: Creator/HughLaurie shows up in the final two episodes of the season, but in two unrelated roles: in "Beer", he's Simon Partridge, one of Blackadder's jolly drinking buddies; and in "Chains", he plays the villain, the wicked Prince Ludwig. Laurie evidently must have had a good time on set, since he went on to return in the following two seasons as a major cast member.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/BrianBlessed claims that the original plan was that he would have played Queenie. And been madly in love with Edmund. It's quite a terrifying idea.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: OldShame: Creator/TomBaker was so embarrassed by his guest role in "Potato" that he felt that his Equity card should have been revoked.
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Creator/BrianBlessed claims that the original plan was that he would have played Queenie. And been madly in love with Edmund. It's quite a terrifying idea.




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* YouLookFamiliar: Creator/HughLaurie shows up in the final two episodes of the season, but in two unrelated roles: in "Beer", he's Simon Partridge, one of Blackadder's jolly drinking buddies; and in "Chains", he plays the villain, the wicked Prince Ludwig. Laurie evidently must have had a good time on set, since he went on to return in the following two seasons as a major cast member.
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