History Trivia / Blackadder

8th Apr '17 4:57:58 PM moloch
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* WagTheDirector: Rik Mayal only agreed to play Flash Lockheart under the proviso that every single line he had was funnier than Rowan Atkinson's.

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* WagTheDirector: Rik Mayal Mayall only agreed to play Flash Lockheart Lord Flashheart under the proviso that every single line he had was funnier than Rowan Atkinson's.
6th Apr '17 6:43:52 PM NWolfman
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* WagTheDirector: Rik Mayal only agreed to play Flash Lockheart under the proviso that every single line he had was funnier than Rowan Atkinson's.
6th Apr '17 4:55:10 PM NWolfman
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** Richard Curtis and Ben Elton were originally going to do a sitcom about the band Music/{{Madness}}, but couldn't get it off the ground before their popularity faded, so Curtis recruited Elton to write the second series of this show instead.
25th Feb '17 11:18:47 AM DaibhidC
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** Creator/StephenFry suggested a BoardingSchoolStory called ''Blackadder in the Fifth''.

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** Creator/StephenFry suggested a BoardingSchoolStory BoardingSchool series called ''Blackadder in the Fifth''.
25th Feb '17 11:18:29 AM DaibhidC
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** There was also talk of a sixties TuxedoAndMartini spoof called either ''Blackadder MI5'' or ''Blackadder 005''.
** Creator/StephenFry suggested a BoardingSchoolStory called ''Blackadder in the Fifth''.
** Richard Curtis had the idea of Blackadder as a corrupt Oxford don and Baldrick as his "scout" (housekeeper) "so essentially [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple they would have been married for forty years]]".
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.)
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