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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.
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.
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Ben Elton proposed that Baldrick, who was the most intelligent of the main cast of the first series, become "the stupidest person in the history of human beings" to act as a foil to the now-smarter Blackadder.
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Ben Elton often gave stand-up routines to warm up and amuse the audience before filming began.
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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."
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Rowan Atkinson met his wife, makeup expert Sunetra Sastry, while working on this show.
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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.
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The only location shooting for this season was the courting scene in Black-Adder II: Bells (1986) and the closing credit scenes; these scenes were shot over a couple of consecutive days in the gardens of Wilton House, Wiltshire. The rest of the season was shot on the filming stage, using a couple of standard sets (Blackadder's house and the Queen's court) and a couple of sets that would be built for each episode.
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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.
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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."
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A murder mystery-style episode was written, but dropped because the writers felt it did not work for the show.
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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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Director Mandie Fletcher described filming as "a bit like doing Shakespeare in front of an audience, not at all like sitcom."
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This is the only feature to actually use a snake to symbolize Blackadder: the snake in the title sequence, the "B" of "Blackadder", and an embroidered snake on the upper sleeve of his costume.
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The "Blackadder" theme is played with a recorder and an electric guitar.
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Blackadder mentions that Percy is "heir to the Duchy of Northumberland". The first season of the show was filmed in Northumberland, mainly at Alnwick Castle.
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The vocals at the end that sing to the title tune are those of Howard Goodall the composer.
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Many viewers have speculated and found it strange that, though Prince Ludwig is German, his torturer seems to be Spanish.
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