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The writers realized that they had to rewrite the character of Queen Elizabeth I after they saw Miranda Richardson's wonderfully silly interpretation.
Rowan Atkinson met his wife, makeup expert Sunetra Sastry, while working on this show.
The format of the Blackadder series was changed substantially after the BBC was displeased with the first series (The Black Adder (1983)). It was made as a standard studio sitcom with an audience, the characters' roles were redefined and the budget substantially trimmed.
Ben Elton often gave stand-up routines to warm up and amuse the audience before filming began.
Richard Curtis has said this show was the happiest he has ever worked on, due to the cast being reduced to a small number of familiar actors (he compared it to a "friendly bunch of school chums."
The "Blackadder" theme is played with a recorder and an electric guitar.
Ben Elton proposed that Baldrick, who was the most intelligent of the main cast, become "the stupidest person in the history of human beings" to act as a foil to the now-smarter Blackadder.
Rowan Atkinson, who wrote for the first series The Black Adder (1983), did not wish to continue writing for the second series, so writer and stand-up comedian Ben Elton replaced him.
The closing credit scenes were shot in the gardens of Wilton House, Wiltshire.
This is the only feature to actually use a snake to symbolize Blackadder: the snake in the title sequence, and in the "B" of "Blackadder".
According to producer John Lloyd, Ben Elton was particularly keen on making the Elizabethan age the setting, calling it "a sexy age that the kids can relate to."
A murder mystery-style episode was written, but dropped because the writers felt it did not work for the show.
Director Mandie Fletcher described filming as "a bit like doing Shakespeare in front of an audience, not at all like sitcom."
The series was the originator of Baldrick's obsession with the turnip; this arose from a botanical error on the part of Ben Elton, who confused the vegetable with the "amusingly shaped" parsnip.
According to Tim McInnerny, the character of Lord Percy Percy is inspired by Sir Andrew Aguecheek, from William Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' play.

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