What's Funny About.... Image shows from L to R: Jon Plowman, Peter Fincham.

What's Funny About...

BBC Radio 4 Extra documentary about the stories behind Britain's biggest comedies. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2020. Features Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman.

Series 1, Episode 4 - Blackadder

Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman talk to John Lloyd and Sir Tony Robinson about the making of the comic historic saga. They discuss the endless problems they had when making the first series ("the show that looked a million dollars and cost a million pounds"), and the importance of failure. They also open up about the tensions amongst the team, the "ladder of stupidity" in Blackadder's world, and the real story behind that famous final scene.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 3rd June 2020
BBC Radio 4 Extra
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Peter Fincham Host / Presenter
Jon Plowman Host / Presenter
Guest cast
John Lloyd Guest
Tony Robinson Guest
Production team
Owen Braben Producer