History Trivia / Blackadder

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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.
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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!
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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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* 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.
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%%!!Present in ''Blackadder the Third''

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%%!!Present !!Present in ''Blackadder the Third''
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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.
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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.
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