Peter Morton (Stephen Fry) has an Apple Macintosh computer, but does not own a television. Fry was actually the second person in the U.K. to purchase a Mac PC, after Douglas Adams had bought the first two.
Several members of the leading cast did actually attend college together at Cambridge University. Stephen Fry, Dame Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, and Tony Slattery were also all members of the Cambridge Footlights Amateur Dramatic Club.
Phyllida Law (Vera) is the mother of Dame Emma Thompson and, at the time that this movie was made, the mother-in-law of producer and director Sir Kenneth Branagh (Andrew).
The entire opening scene, which includes the dance, the backstage banter, and the final picture, was done in one take that lasts four minutes.
At one point, Andrew (Sir Kenneth Branagh) and Peter (Stephen Fry) discuss how they had meant to write a play together one day, yet never did so. Fourteen years after this movie's release, Fry and Branagh collaborated on a movie adaptation, The Magic Flute (2006), of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's famous opera "The Magic Flute".
Imelda Staunton and Dame Emma Thompson appeared in Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Sense and Sensibility (1995), Nanny McPhee (2005), and the Harry Potter film franchise.
Co-screenwriters Rita Rudner and Martin Bergman were married, as were stars Dame Emma Thompson and Sir Kenneth Branagh, though the latter pair have since divorced.
This movie was selected for inclusion in the U.S. National Board of Review's Top Ten Films of the year for 1992 at the 64th National Board of Review Awards, where it ranked at the number eight spot.
According to Stephen Fry, he and Hugh Laurie were initially very hesitant to take part in this movie, as they could only imagine the response that the critics would have towards such a meta-casting of Laurie, Fry, and Dame Emma Thompson "playing" old college friends. It was producer and director Sir Kenneth Branagh who waved away such concerns and encouraged them to take part.
Was originally written for an American cast, but the location was moved to Britain when producer and director Sir Kenneth Branagh joined the production. Ironically, Branagh had just come off of making Dead Again (1991), which had required him to master an American accent for his role in that movie.
This movie takes place on December 31, 1982 and from December 30, 1992 to January 1, 1993.
Imelda Staunton and Hugh Laurie also played a married couple in Sense and Sensibility (1995).
Phyllida Law, Imelda Staunton, Richard Briers, Alex Lowe, Dame Emma Thompson, and Sir Kenneth Branagh appeared in Much Ado About Nothing (1993), also directed by Branagh, and also utilizing many of the same crew.
Stephen Fry (Peter Morton), Tony Slattery (Brian), and Phyllida Law (Vera) appeared on Kingdom (2007).
The name of the railway station stop where a few of the friends got off to go to Peter Morton's (Stephen Fry's) place was "Old Marsden".
The name of the stage play that Sarah Johnson (Alphonsia Emmanuel) was costuming was Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard".
Near the end of the movie, after Andrew's (Sir Kenneth Branagh's) drunken tirade, he apologizes to Roger (Hugh Laurie), saying he wouldn't blame him if he never spoke to Andrew again. Interestingly, this movie was the last time that these two appeared together on-screen, as of February 2020.