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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has told Doctor Who
(1963) fans that this was "a pretty miserable experience" because he became annoyed by the "highly opinionated" Rowan Atkinson
telling him how to do it. Atkinson wanted 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
Sir Walter Raliegh begins his tale as he set out from Plymouth in 1552. Queen Elizabeth I didn't become queen until 1558. Had he set out in 1552 he'd be setting out under Mary Tudor ('Bloody' Mary). See more
Ah Blackadder, talking to yourself, I see.
Yes, it's the only way I can be sure of intelligent conversation.