History Trivia / Blackadder

18th Sep '16 8:30:05 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Harry Potter fans may be shocked to find a young [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Horace]] [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Slugthorn]] as Don Speekingleesh, translator to the Infanta.
8th Sep '16 1:56:49 AM PaulA
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* ActingForTwo: In the finale, Creator/RowanAtkinson also plays Edmund's Scottish cousin McAdder.
* 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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* ActingForTwo: In the finale, Creator/RowanAtkinson also plays Edmund's Scottish cousin McAdder.
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Tim McInnerny [=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".
2nd Sep '16 5:01:38 PM Exxolon
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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.
6th Jul '16 5:31:16 AM CumbersomeTercel
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%%!!Present in ''Blackadder the Third''

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%%!!Present !!Present in ''Blackadder the Third''
6th Jul '16 5:30:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AsHimself: Mad Gerald is credited as himself in the finale. He's played by Creator/RikMayall.

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* AsHimself: CharacterAsHimself: Mad Gerald is credited as himself in the finale.finale "Born to Be A King". He's played by Creator/RikMayall.
6th Jul '16 5:26:36 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AsHimself: Mad Gerald is credited as himself in the finale. He's played by Creator/RikMayall.



* IronyAsSheIsCast: Miriam Margolyes, who played the Puritanical Lady Whiteadder, is not only openly gay but Jewish.

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* 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.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Miriam Margolyes, Creator/MiriamMargolyes, who played the Puritanical Lady Whiteadder, is not only openly gay but Jewish.




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** There was a murder mystery episode that was abandoned when nobody could get it to work.
** Creator/JimBroadbent was supposed to play Lord Whiteadder, again opposite Creator/MiriamMargoyles, but was unavailable.


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* ActingForTwo: In the finale, Creator/RowanAtkinson also plays Edmund's Scottish cousin McAdder.
* 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".
4th Jun '16 6:16:44 AM Doug86
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** Another idea was to do a WorldWarII prisoner escape story.

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** Another idea was to do a WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII prisoner escape story.
16th May '16 2:08:03 PM starwolf99
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Harry Potter fans may be shocked to find a young [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Horace]] [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Slugthorn]] as Don Speekingleesh, translator to the Infanta.
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.
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