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The 'Scottish Play' nearly always refers to Shakespeare's Macbeth. For some reason there is a superstition about the play, and theatre people never refer to it by name for fear of bad luck, but only referer to it as 'the scottish play'. You can read about the superstition on wikipedia.


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All the series of Blackadder are related in the sense that the main character is meant to be a descendent of the previous Blackadder, but in each case several generations apart - they are not the same person. Each generation is hundreds of years apart: Blackadder is set in the Middle Ages. The Prince Edmund character lives 1461–1498. Blackadder II is set ...


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Each season is set in a different time, therefore it's not the same character: The Black Adder: An alternate history set during the period of the Wars of the Roses Blackadder II: Elizabethan London Blackadder the Third: During the Regency Period Blackadder Goes Forth: World War I, in the trenches of the Western Front     ...


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The character's real name is Kevin Darling Its meant to just be a joke that his real name is also a term of endearment, setting up some good lines from the others, not that it is a nickname. To a British ear, Darling sounds convincingly like it could be a last name of someone from the upper classes - like an officer in the British Army at the time. Its ...


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I don't think it has ever been established definitively, but here's a theory plausible enough for the TV show. It doesn't require major new historical alterations-- only Edmund's avarice and determination. In the first episode of the show, Richard III is succeeded by the (fictitious) King Richard IV, father of Edmund, the first Black Adder. What this means ...


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In the pilot for the series, the pet was originally a dog in the cage: According to The True History of the Blackadder: The Unadulterated Tale of the Creation of a Comedy Legend (p. 107), the pilot was remade into the episode you cite. "Perhaps as a response to The Young Ones' surreal dimensions," the jokes were more outlandish in the series than the ...


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He is not named, but is supposed to be Edmund's pet dwarf. One of the prevalent legends about the dark ages is that some noblemen kept dwarfs in cages as pets to amuse themselves with. Whether this is historically true or not is not something I can comment on though.


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Many of the costumes and props are highly accurate but the actual characters and settings were adapted for comic effect. It is stage history rather than real history.


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Blackadder is not made in strictly historically accurate manner. Since the show is a comedy. Even there are some anomalies in it as listed here.


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I'm not aware of any major common patterns that run throughout the series. There are a few similarities, but I wouldn't call them patterns. TVTropes has a page of similarities across the series. Using my own knowledge and that page, the similarities include: Same actors, obviously, in different roles/time periods. Same melody in the theme tune, though ...


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I would say that George's "confession" didn't completely exonerate Nurse Mary, but it did cast doubt. Capital punishment (such as the firing squad) requires no shadow of a doubt. After all, speaking good German isn't completely unheard of, and asking about military movements can be a simple act of (rash) curiosity. And I'm sure the fact that Edmund more than ...



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