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Fascinating Fact: 4259050

25th June 2014

The fictional characters used in British Tv comedy Blackadder shared names with real-life soldiers. Military historians have discovered that Captain Blackadder, played by Rowan Atkinson and Lieutenant George, portrayed by Hugh Laurie actually fought in...

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The 'Blackadder' Characters Were Real People. Oh, You Didn't Know?

By Michael West | 25th June 2014

Captain Blackadder, Lieutenant George and Private Baldrick, some of the most enduring comedy characters of all time, had real-life namesakes, it has emerged.The Blackadder characters were...actually...real people.The BBC comedy Blackadder, which covered four periods of...

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Tony Robinson Remembers Blackadder Co-star Patsy Byrne

23rd June 2014

Sir Tony Robinson has paid tribute to his Blackadder co-star Patsy Byrne following her death last week (17Jun14) aged 80.News of the actress' death emerged over the weekend (21-22Jun14) and fans flocked to to...

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Fascinating Fact: 4099887

6th March 2014

Former Blackadder star Sir Tony Robinson has been crowned the winner of the factual category at the U.K.'s Blue Peter Book Awards for his work on Weird World of Wonders: World War Ii. It marked...

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Tony Robinson Outraged Over Politician's Blackadder Attack

6th January 2014

British actor Sir Tony Robinson has branded a leading U.K. politician "irresponsible" for allegedly rejecting the use of his historical sitcom Blackadder as a learning aid in schools.Britain's Education Secretary Michael Gove has hit headlines...

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Tony Robinson: 'Blackadder Cast Won't Reunite Like Monty Python'

18th December 2013

British actor Sir Tony Robinson is adamant the Blackadder cast will not be following the stars of Monty Python by staging a reunion because they "don't need the money".The veteran comedy troupe, including John Cleese,...

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Tony Robinson Weds

25th June 2011

Former Blackadder star Tony Robinson has married his girlfriend in a romantic ceremony in Italy.The 64-year-old British actor tied the knot with Louise Hobbs, 30, on Friday (24Jun11) in Palazzo Tolla hall in the ancient...

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Blackadder's Robinson To Wed Next Week

22nd April 2011

Former Blackadder star Tony Robinson is to marry his longterm girlfriend next week (begs25Apr11), according to a U.K. report.The 64-year-old actor-turned-Tv-presenter proposed to Louise Hobbs, 30, during a vacation in Malaysia in late 2008 after...

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Russell Brand Loves Hugh Laurie In Hop

29th March 2011

Russell Brand is a "massive fan" of Hugh Laurie.The British comic used to love the 'House' star in UK sit-com 'Blackadder' so was thrilled to get the chance to work with him on new animated...

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The Things They Say 20864

21st March 2011

"He can be competitive in all kinds of ways, as you'd know if you were ever to play Boggle against him. No one can get more heated over a word game." Hugh Laurie on his...

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Fascinating Fact 9347

21st May 2010

A codpiece worn by ROWAN ATKINSON in British TV series BLACKADDER is going under the hammer on Sunday (23May10) as part of an auction of TV and film costumes in Berkshire, England.

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Richard Curtis 'Plans To Direct Own Films'

30th March 2009

British filmmaker Richard Curtis has confirmed he plans to direct everything he writes in the future.Though Curtis has been a mainstay of British comedy since writing Not the Nine O'Clock News and Blackadder, his film...

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Blackadder Star To Wed

3rd January 2009

Former BLACKADDER star TONY ROBINSON is to wed his girlfriend - despite their 35-year age gap. The 62-year-old actor-turned-TV-presenter proposed to Louise Hobbs, 27, during a three-week holiday in Malaysia last month (Dec08). A source...

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Wallace And Gromit 'Most Watched On Christmas Day'

26th December 2008

Overnight figures suggest the new episode of Wallace and Gromit screened on BBC1 was the most-watched programme on Christmas Day.A Matter Of Loaf and Death had a peak audience figure of 15.88 million people, a...

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Fascinating Fact 6435

25th November 2008

The cast of legendary British TV series BLACKADDER will reunite for a one-off documentary special this Christmas (08). BLACKADDER RIDES AGAIN will be shown on U.K. TV channel BBC1 and will feature interviews with star...

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Rowan Atkinson To Play Fagin On The West End

27th March 2008

British comedian ROWAN ATKINSON has signed up to play bad guy Fagin in the new West End production of OLIVER!Best known for his roles in BLACKADDER and MR BEAN, Atkinson will star alongside the winners...

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Oscar-winning Director Anthony Minghella Dies At 54

18th March 2008

Anthony Minghella, the Oscar-winning director of The English Patient, has died aged 54, his agent has said.Minghella's movie directing career commenced with the 1990 romance Truly, Madly, Deeply, starring Julia Stevenson and Alan Rickman, and...

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Laurie: Britain Has Shunned Me Since My House Success

11th March 2008

Hugh Laurie has claimed he has been largely ignored by the British film and television industry since his success across the Atlantic.The House star says he has not been offered any work in his homeland...

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Branagh, Ifans And Jones Set For Richard Curtis Project

19th February 2008

Kenneth Branagh and Rhys Ifans have been confirmed as stars of the new Richard Curtis comedy The Boat That Rocked.The British pair will be joined by American actress January Jones, working for Curtis for the...

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Agyeman Back For Doctor Who

4th November 2007

Freema Agyeman is to return to play her character Martha Jones in the forthcoming series of Doctor Who.David Tennant's extremely successful stint as the Time Lord is now into its fourth series but he is...

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Guests Confirmed For Doctor Who

10th August 2007

Guest stars for the new series of Doctor Who have now been confirmed, with some familiar faces joining Kylie Minogue for adventures in the Tardis.Jekyll star Fenella Woolgar will star as Agatha Christie in a...

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Magic Roundabout Makes Tv Return

16th April 2007

Children's TV show the Magic Roundabout is making a computer-generated comeback with 52 new episodes.The estate of Serge Danot, the French author who originally created the series in the mid 1960s, has given permission to...

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Return Of Blackadder

11th April 2007

English actor ROWAN ATKINSON wants to revive his favourite character BLACKADDER, but is skeptical his co-writers BEN ELTON and RICHARD CURTIS will not be interested. Atkinson played EDMUND BLACKADDER, an English royal and government employee...

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Atkinson Tops Comedy List

10th April 2007

ROWAN ATKINSON'S comedy character MR BEAN has been named Britain's favourite funnyman of all time. The accident-prone creation of Atkinson topped a Windows Live Space poll with 15 per cent of the vote, while his...

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Mirren Crowned 'Tv Queen'

14th March 2007

Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren has proved that while she may now rule the roost in Hollywood, she can still boast a commanding presence on Britain's small screen. The star, who recently won an Academy...

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Hugh Laurie 'Miserable' In La

12th March 2007

Hollywood star HUGH LAURIE has claimed he has difficulty coping with his new celebrity life in the US, despite raking in around 150,000 an episode for playing the lead in HOUSE.Laurie, who has carved out...

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Laurie: 'House Is Based On Eastwood's Dirty Harry'

4th September 2006

British actor HUGH LAURIE based his grumpy TV medic character DR GREGORY HOUSE on CLINT EASTWOOD's tough guy cop DIRTY HARRY. The BLACKADDER star became obsessed with Eastwood when a professor at top British school...

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Fry Unable To Film House Cameo With Laurie

28th August 2006

British actor STEPHEN FRY is cursing his busy schedule after it prevented him reuniting with his longtime BLACKADDER co-star HUGH LAURIE for a cameo role in hit US TV show HOUSE. Fry wanted to film...

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Laurie Rules Out Family Move To Us

27th August 2006

British actor HUGH LAURIE has ruled out moving his family to the US, but insist he'd go to the ends of the earth for the right show. Despite enduring punishing 16-hour shoots for American TV...

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Blackadder Movie On The Way?

19th June 2006

A big screen version of BLACKADDER is on the verge of being filmed, 17 years after the last episode of the cult British TV comedy aired. Star ROWAN ATKINSON is keen on shooting a Blackadder...

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