History Trivia / Blackadder

4th Sep '17 4:00:27 PM bombadil211
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* ShootTheMoney: The BBC gave this series an unusually large budget, which is why there was extensive location shooting at a real castle: they didn't necessarily need it but they certainly could afford it. For subsequent series, the budget was cut down to the bone and the show compensated with the clever scripts and storylines it is best known for.
28th Jun '17 12:04:50 AM NWolfman
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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.

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** The TearJerker ending to the final episode, in which the main characters go charge into the attack no-man's land 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.
28th Jun '17 12:03:45 AM NWolfman
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* WordOfStPaul: According to Stephen Fry, Melchett loudly grunts every time he sits down because has hemorrhoids.

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* WordOfStPaul: WordOfGod: According to Stephen Fry, Melchett loudly grunts every time he sits down because has hemorrhoids.
28th Jun '17 12:03:07 AM NWolfman
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* WordOfStPaul: According to Stephen Fry, Melchett loudly grunts every time he sits down because has hemorrhoids.
24th May '17 5:21:25 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* WagTheDirector: Rik Mayall only agreed to play Lord Flashheart under the proviso that every single line he had was funnier than Rowan Atkinson's.

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* WagTheDirector: Rik Mayall Creator/RikMayall only agreed to play Lord Flashheart under the proviso that every single line he had was funnier than Rowan Atkinson's.
17th May '17 11:47:57 PM Az_Tech341
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [=Tim McInnerny=] was supposed to play George, but turned it down for fear of being typecast, although he appeared in a guest role in "Nob and Nobility".

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [=Tim McInnerny=] was supposed to play George, but turned it down for fear of being typecast, although he appeared in a guest role in "Nob and Nobility".



* 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.

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* SerendipityWritesThePlot: SerendipityWritesThePlot:
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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.
17th May '17 11:43:31 PM Az_Tech341
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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.
17th May '17 11:40:12 PM Az_Tech341
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** The original pilot episode was much more similar to what the later ''Blackadder'' installments would be like (for example, Edmund was much more savvy and snarky in the pilot than he was in the series, except in "Born to Be King", of which the pilot was an early version), but ExecutiveMeddling resulted in the version of ''The Black Adder'' that we know and... well, treat as a valued and respected ''friend'', but not really love, per se. Most fans believe that had the finished series combined the pilot episode's characterisations with the cast that we ended up with, it would have been vastly superior.
** In "[[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]].

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WhatCouldHaveBeen: The original pilot episode was much more similar to what the later ''Blackadder'' installments would be like (for example, Edmund was much more savvy and snarky in the pilot than he was in the series, except in "Born to Be King", of which the pilot was an early version), but ExecutiveMeddling resulted in the version of ''The Black Adder'' that we know and... well, treat as a valued and respected ''friend'', but not really love, per se. Most fans believe that had the finished series combined the pilot episode's characterisations with the cast that we ended up with, it would have been vastly superior.
** In "[[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]].
13th May '17 12:31:10 PM nombretomado
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: One idea for a fifth series would have had Blackadder as a member of MargaretThatcher's cabinet in the 1980s.

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One idea for a fifth series would have had Blackadder as a member of MargaretThatcher's UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's cabinet in the 1980s.
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.
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