History Trivia / Blackadder

14th Apr '16 12:13:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** BrianBlessed throughout season 1.
** Series/MrBean (or, if you like, Film/JohnnyEnglish) is the title character.
** And Baldrick is that bloke from ''TimeTeam''.
** Most Brits would probably recognise Creator/StephenFry (Melchett in Series 2 and 4, the Duke of Wellington in Series 3) and Creator/HughLaurie (George in Series 3 and 4, and Simon "Farters Parters" Partridge and BigBad Prince Ludwig in two different episodes of Series 2) from ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'', or ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''. International audiences may know them respectively as that really clever guy from ''Series/{{QI}}'' and [[Series/{{House}} Dr. Gregory House]].
** [[Film/HarryPotter Rita Skeeter]] as the Queen in Series 2, the highwaywoman in "Amy and Amiability" from Series 3, and the nurse in "General Hospital" from Series 4.
** Plenty of crossover with the cast of ''Series/DoctorWho'':
*** The dying Duke of Winchester in Series 1 is First Doctor-era companion Ian Chatterton- er, Chesterton.
*** The [[Creator/TomBaker Fourth Doctor]] shows up in Series 2 as a drunken sea captain. ''Arrrr...''
*** Ebenezer Blackadder's niece, Millicent, is Fifth/Sixth Doctor-era companion Peri.
** [[Film/HarryPotter Professor Sprout]] as an Infanta of Spain in series 1, Blackadder's aunt in series 2 and Queen Victoria in ''Blackadder's Christmas Carol''. [[Film/HarryPotter Horace Slughorn]], alias [[Film/HotFuzz Chief Inspector Butterman]], plays her interpreter in Series 1 and Prince Albert in ''Christmas Carol''.
*** Jim Broadbent was supposed to do Edmund's uncle in season 2, but he was unavailable.
** Three of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' have also guest starred on the show - Rik (Rik Mayall) as Mad Gerald in series 1 and Flashheart in series 2 and 4, Neil (Nigel Planer) as Smedley, the Scarlet Pimpernel's associate in series 3, and Vyvyan (Adrian Edmondson) as the Red Baron in series 4.
** [[Series/RedDwarf Arnold Rimmer]] as the French prison guard in ''Blackadder the Third''.
** [[Film/HarryPotter Hagrid]] plays Dr. Samuel Johnson, inventor of the Dictionary, in series 3. He's also the ghost of Christmas in ''Blackadder's Christmas Carol''.
** [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Major Toht]] is the Baby-Eating Bishop of Bath and Wells! Eep.
** Angus Deayton (the straight man in Rowan Atkinson's live comedy routines) makes an appearance in season 1 as one of the Jumping Jews Of Jerusalem.
** [[Film/ANewHope Jek Porkins]] is the drunk friar in "Beer".
** [[Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Arthur Dent]] is Sir Walter Raleigh in "Potato". So despite their both being friends of Creator/DouglasAdams, this is the first and only time Arthur Dent and the Fourth Doctor have ever met on-screen - without his involvement!
** [[Series/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Ford Prefect (in the radio version)]] is the Standing at the Back Dressed Stupidly and Looking Stupid candidate as well as the Speaker of the House of Commons (the latter is [[TheVoice only heard near the end]]) in "Dish and Dishonesty".
** The two actors in "Sense and Senility" are [[Radio/RoundTheHorne Julian]] and his friend... [[Series/AlloAllo Monsieur Alphonse.]]
** [[Literature/DalzielAndPascoe Det. Supt. Andy Dalziel]] (or, alternatively, [[Film/AClockworkOrange Dim]]) is bluff Northern industrialist Mr. Hardwood in "Amy and Amiability".
** Standup comic and [[Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue "singer"]] Jeremy Hardy is Blackadder's jailer in "Corporal Punishment".
** [[Series/AsTimeGoesBy Lionel Hardcastle]] (or, alternatively, [[Series/FawltyTowers Dr. Price]]) is Field Marshal Haig.
** [[Series/DoctorWho Nicola Bryant (Perpugilliam Brown)]] appears in ''Blackadder's Christmas Carol''.
** [[SelfDemonstrating The Joker]] used to work for the Red Baron!
** [[SinisterMinister Friar Bellow]] is the sobbing Ranchor Keeper in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and the unlucky gambler in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''.
1st Jan '16 10:58:29 AM CynicalBastardo
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** Yet another was ''The Red Adder'', with Blackadder being a secret policeman in Russia during the Revolution. It would turn out that by the end of the series, he'd be doing the same job only in a different uniform.
16th Oct '15 6:49:20 AM zerohelix
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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.
** Another idea was to do a WorldWarII prisoner escape story.




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* YouLookFamiliar: Tim [=McInnerny=], Miranda Richardson, and Creator/StephenFry all made guest appearances in various episodes.

5th Jul '15 2:57:08 PM Hawaii_Knut
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** [[SinisterMinister Friar Bellow]] is the sobbing Ranchor Keeper in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' and the unlucky gambler in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''.
14th Jun '15 5:45:49 PM nombretomado
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** Series/MrBean (or, if you like, JohnnyEnglish) is the title character.

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** Series/MrBean (or, if you like, JohnnyEnglish) Film/JohnnyEnglish) is the title character.
14th Apr '15 7:56:16 PM RAraya
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** Bridget Jones' dad is an annoying translator (in a series 1 episode) and is Prince Albert as well (in the Christmas special).

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** Bridget Jones' dad is an annoying translator (in a series 1 episode) and is Prince Albert as well (in the Christmas special). *** Jim Broadbent was supposed to do Edmund's uncle in season 2, but he was unavailable.



** Angus Deayton makes an appearance in season 1 as one of the Jumping Jews Of Jerusalem.

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** Angus Deayton (the straight man in Rowan Atkinson's live comedy routines) makes an appearance in season 1 as one of the Jumping Jews Of Jerusalem.
14th Apr '15 7:51:50 PM RAraya
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** Bridget Jones' dad is an annoying translator (in a series 1 episode) and is Prince Albert as well (in the Christmas special).
9th Mar '15 8:47:36 AM LongLiveHumour
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** [[DoctorWho Nicola Bryant (Perpugilliam Brown)]] appears in ''Blackadder's Christmas Carol''.

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** [[DoctorWho [[Series/DoctorWho Nicola Bryant (Perpugilliam Brown)]] appears in ''Blackadder's Christmas Carol''.
26th Feb '15 4:53:30 AM bernardthebeanpole
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** [[SelfDemonstrating The Joker]] used to work for the Red Baron!
23rd Jan '15 3:43:35 PM RAraya
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* RealitySubtext: Creator/StephenFry's homosexuality is amusingly alluded (and PlayedForLaughs) to by some of his characters' actions:
** Lord Melchett (''Blackadder II'') had a very... close relationship with Flossie the sheep.
** His interpretation of Lord Wellington (''BA The Third'') is pretty much CampStraight.
** General Melchett's "one true love" was Speckled Jim, his pet pigeon. In another episode he falls for George's drag act, and considers a woman's "drag act" a disaster.



* WordOfGod: Turnips are mentioned a lot, from the first series on. In series three, they become Baldrick's only ambition in life. The creators say this is because someone confused them with parsnips, which explains the joke about their shape in series two.

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* WordOfGod: Turnips are mentioned a lot, from the first second series on. In series three, they become Baldrick's only ambition in life. The creators say this is because someone confused them with parsnips, which explains the joke about their shape in series two.



* RealitySubtext: Creator/StephenFry's homosexuality is amusingly alluded to by some of General Melchett's actions.
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