Did You Know? Blackadder Goes Forth

Dear faitful readers,

for this week’s edition of Did You Know? I have decided to do Blackadder Goes Forth. It was one of my favorite shows growing up and to this day (and even though I have seen it countless times) it still leaves me in fits of giggles. And while I love all Blackadder’s reincarnations my favorite by far is Captain Blackadder. Not to mention the talent involved in creating this show is staggering.

Richard Curtis and Ben Elton – I had to include the writers because I mean how could I not?

Did you know that Richard Curtis worked on some of the most popular movies to come out of UK in the last few decades? Oh yup he wrote Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Love Actually, The Boat that Rocked and adapted both Bridget Jones books for movie screen. He also wrote the Vicar of Dibley for Dawn French.

Last but definitely not least he is also one of the founders of Comic Relief.

Ah I love Ben Elton and his books. I really do. If you haven’t read any of his work please do it’s good fun. He also wrote 3 West End plays, adapted his own novel Inconceivable and directed the movie himself AND did stand up.

It is a bit sickening though, is there anything these people cannot do? If their resumes are anything to go by – nothing much.

Hugh Laurie

We all know and love Hugh Laurie as the curmudgeon-y House MD. And we all knew he could sing quite well. But did you know that he also wrote a book? And that he did get dressed as a woman quite often? As in numerous times? Did you know that he also got harassed by Dawn French in ITV’s sitcom Girls on Top?

And just so that you don’t say I’m a heartless cow here is a clip of Hugh Laurie doing some semblance of Thai Chi in Maybe Baby. In his underpants.

And in Annie Lennox’s video for Walking on Broken Glass

Stephen Fry

We have talked about Stephen Fry extensively. Did you know that he will play Mycroft Holmes in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes? I DIE! I loved the first movie so much and by the looks of it the second installment should be even better.

Anyhow here is Mr. Fry in a very non-PC (by today’s standards) commercial for Panama cigars.

And down below you can find interview with the Sunday Times. You might want to take a sea sickness pill though because I don’t know what that cameraman was on but he/she should have his/her head examined.

Rowan Atkinson

You might know Rowan Atkinson as the positively goofy but very bendable Mr. Bean. But did you know that he studied electrical engineering at both Newcastle University and Oxford? While I was browsing for some of his clips on YouTube I found bits and pieces of his Rowan Atkinson Live and forgot how giggle worthy it was. Down below you can find some of my favorite clips from that performance.

Barclaycard ad

Rowan Atkinson did a number of commercials for Barclaycard which I thought were hilarious at the time. He based the character of Johnny English on the persona he invented for this commercial.

Tony Robinson

We all knew him as Baldrick. Who always had a cunning plan. But did you know that Tony Robinson wrote 16 (!!!) children’s books? He worked on a number of programs after Blackadder including Time Team (an archeology show), Tony Robinson and the Paranormal, Catastrophe (show about major disasters that shaped the Earth) and Tony Robinson’s Crime and Punishment (about the origins of law and punishment). And if clips below are anything to go by it seems there is so much more to Tony Robinson then catch phrase I have a cunning plan!

Down below you can find a trailer for Tony Robinson’s Crime and Punishment

And here is a clip from The Worst Jobs in History where Robinson explores some of the most bizarre occupations starting with Roman and Anglo Saxon period and ending up with Victorian era (did you know there was such a thing as sin eater?)

Tim McInnerny

Remember Captain Darling? Ha! Well Tim McInnerny is quite a prolific theater actor (he appeared in Pravda with Anthony Hopkins) and played Iago in Globe’s production of Othello. Now that is impressive. But before you accuse me of being a snob (which I totally am sometimes) he also stared in Westlife’s video for Uptown Girl.

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