I’m still ill, so I asked an AI to write a blog post about a sitcom that everyone likes – this is what it wrote. It even got some of the facts so wrong they’re brilliant.
If you’re a fan of British sitcoms, you’re probably familiar with “The Office.” However, there’s another classic British sitcom that deserves just as much attention: “Blackadder.” Running from 1983 to 1989, “Blackadder” is a satirical comedy set in various historical periods and stars Rowan Atkinson in the title role. Here are 10 fascinating facts about the show that you probably never knew.
- The show’s creator, Richard Curtis, originally intended to make a sitcom about a time-traveling character. However, he eventually decided to set the show in different historical periods instead.
- The first season of “Blackadder” is set in the Middle Ages, while the second season is set in Elizabethan England. The third season is set in the Georgian era, and the fourth season is set during World War I.
- The show’s title character, Edmund Blackadder, is the only character to appear in all four seasons. However, he is played by different actors in each season.
- Rowan Atkinson was not the first choice to play Blackadder. The role was initially offered to Tim McInnerny, who later played Lord Percy in the second and third seasons.
- Many of the show’s guest stars went on to become famous in their own right. Hugh Laurie, who played Prince George in the third and fourth seasons, went on to star in the medical drama “House.” Stephen Fry, who played Lord Melchett in the second and fourth seasons, is a well-known comedian and writer.
- The show’s writers, Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, also collaborated on the hit British sitcom “The Young Ones” before creating “Blackadder.”
- Despite its critical acclaim and loyal fanbase, “Blackadder” was almost canceled after its first season due to low ratings. However, it was saved by a change of time slot and a more aggressive marketing campaign.
- The show’s theme song, “The Black Adder,” was composed by Howard Goodall, who also composed the theme music for “The Vicar of Dibley” and “Mr. Bean.”
- Many of the show’s jokes and references are rooted in British history and culture. For example, the character of Baldrick, Blackadder’s dim-witted servant, is named after a figure from medieval English folklore.
- In a 2004 poll conducted by the BBC, “Blackadder” was voted the second-best British sitcom of all time, behind only “Fawlty Towers.”
In conclusion, “Blackadder” is a beloved British sitcom that deserves more recognition. Its clever writing, talented cast, and unique historical setting make it a must-watch for any fan of comedy. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to the show, these 10 fascinating facts are sure to enhance your appreciation of this iconic series.