Following an audience with Sir Walter Raleigh, Queen Elizabeth announces the possibility of her marrying an adventurer. Edmund Blackadder immediately announces his own voyage of discovery, despite his lack of experience, a ship or crew, personal courage, or the intention of actually carrying it out. Written by
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wanted Tom Baker
to play Captain Rum as a crashing bore and underplay it instead of the more extravagant performance he had given in rehearsals. Baker took his advice and delivered a different performance for the technical run in the afternoon of the recording. However, the producer and director were horrified by this different interpretation, thinking he was ill, and told him to go back to playing it the way it was rehearsed. Baker said Atkinson never spoke to him again and he skipped the party after the show to avoid being snubbed by Atkinson. Baker said his only consolation has been the repeat fees because it has been shown so many times. See more
When Captain Redbeard Rum knocks over the table and says he has no legs you can see a hole in his chair and his legs in it. See more
By the day after tomorrow, we shall be in Calais! Captain, set sail for France!
Aye Aye, sir!
[the day after the day after tomorrow
So you don't know the way to France either?
No, I must confess that too
[Blackadder nods. Takes in this important information