SOME OF THE CAST OF BLACKADDER
Adapted and Directed by Geoff Hool and Morgan Sweeney
Blackadder II is set in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558–1603). The principal character is Edmund, Lord Blackadder, the great-grandson of the original Black Adder. During the series, he often comes into contact with the Queen, her obsequious Lord Chamberlain Lord Melchett with whom he has a rivalry, and the Queen’s demented former nanny Nursie.
Following the BBC’s request for improvements (and a severe budget reduction), several changes were made. The second series was the first to establish the familiar Blackadder character: cunning, shrewd and witty, in sharp contrast to the bumbling Prince Edmund of the first series. To make the show more cost-effective, it was also shot with virtually no outdoor scenes (in contrast to the first series which was shot largely on location) and several frequently used indoor sets, such as the Queen’s throne room and Blackadder’s front room.
A quote from this series ranked number three in a list of the top 25 television “put downs” of the last 40 years by the Radio Times magazine. It was the following insult directed at Lord Percy by Edmund Blackadder: “The eyes are open, the mouth moves, but Mr. Brain has long since departed, hasn’t he, Percy?”
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