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I Have a Cunning Plan: 20 Years of Blackadder


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Twenty years after the wily Edmund Blackadder first appeared on television, the producer of the series, John Lloyd , tells the inside story of one of TV's classic comedies. Rowan Atkinson , Tony Robinson , Richard Curtis and Stephen Fry are among those recalling the Blackadder years, with a selection of funny moments from all four series. Producer Libby Cross
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Why Blackadder nearly didn't make it: page 29

The battle of wits - a rather one-sided battle at times - between Blackadder and his gormless sidekick, Baldrick

I Have a Cunning Plan: 20 Years of Blackadder
11.30am R4 "Baldrick, you wouldn't recognise a cunning plan if it painted itself purple and danced naked on top of a harpsichord singing 'Cunning plans are here again,'" says Blackadder to his long-suffering servant. In a few days' time, it will be 20 years since the pairing of Rowan Atkinson and Tony Robinson appeared on our TV screens in an opening series that was so costly (and poorly received) that Michael Grade decided to scrap it. The arrival of Ben Elton as a co-writer won a reprieve and it soon established itself as one of the funniest-ever British comedies. This programme assesses the impact of the series on its writers' and stars' subsequent careers, with contributions from both. So how big a a fan are you? Try these bits of trivia: (a) who played the Jumping Jew of Jerusalem?; (b) what three other titles for the series were considered?; (c) what is Baldrick's first name? Answers are at the foot of the page. Visit [web address removed] to find out more. (Jane Anderson)


Unknown: Edmund Blackadder
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Unknown: Tony Robinson
Unknown: Richard Curtis
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I Have a Cunning Plan: 20 Years of Blackadder

BBC Radio 4 FM, 3 June 2003 11.30

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