Nigel Planer (Born February 22, 1953) is one of the three main Young Ones actors to have appeared in Blackadder. As Lord Smedley, Nigel Planer’s Blackadder appearance was made in series 3, Nob and Nobility.
To many people of a certain generation, Nigel Planer will always be Neil from the Young Ones. Along with two other members of the main Young Ones cast though, he also appeared in Blackadder.
Although he didn’t have the most memorable cameo appearance in Blackadder, it was nice to see Nigel Planer join the Blackadder cast for an episode.
As Lord Smedley, Nigel Planer is an incredibly annoying friend of Prince George.
He is also, it is later revealed, one half of an undercover duo rescuing French aristocrats known as the Scarlet Pimpernel.
An unfortunate end
Sadly, Lord Smedley comes to rather an unfortunate end in the episode.
Entering the cell of Blackadder and Baldrick disguised as Madame Guillotine, his aim was to rescue the boys, but first he wanted to have some fun.
Unbeknown to him though, Blackadder had a cunning plan of his own to escape.
He gives Lord Smedley a suicide pill, who then dies a rather elaborate death.
Blackadder Kills The Scarlet Pimpernell
Here’s a look at the final dramatic moments, as Blackadder poisons the Scarlet Pimpernel.
British comedy fans will perhaps also recognise Chris Barrie as the Evil Revolutionary.
Chris Barrie is of course better known as Rimmer from Red Dwarf.
”Hooray its the scarlet Pimpernel!”
”And you killed him!”
Other Young Ones Actors in Blackadder
As mentioned, two other main actors from the Young Ones appeared in Blackadder.
It’s often overlooked that he was in the very first series of Blackadder as Mad Gerald though.
The other actor, Adrian Edmondson, appeared in Blackadder Goes Forth.