Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (1988)

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Sir Edmund Blackadder must protect, and later rescue, King Charles I from the Roundheads.

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In 1648, Sir Edmund Blackadder, descendant of Prince Edmund Plantagent and currently the sole member of the noble dynasty, is one of two people who stayed loyal to King Charles I after Oliver Cromwell's threat, the other being Baldrick, descendant of a pig farmer and a bearded lady. To protect his liege, Sir Edmund has hid the king (the series has already proven to us that the royals are insane) in Blackadder Hall, but Baldrick unwittingly betrays the ruler when Cromwell arrives at the Hall. Blackadder decides he must save the king when he is sentenced to execution, and becomes frustrated when Baldrick cluelessly accepts a job as executioner- until he realizes he may be able to use it to save Charles... Written by Bloggers!

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Stephen Fry, who plays King Charles I, plays the character as an impression of the Prince of Wales at the time, Prince Charles, who when crowned king, would be King Charles III (although it is believed to be unlikely he will continue to use the name Charles). See more »

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Edmund Blackadder: Shut up, with the deepest respect, your Highness!
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Followed by Blackadder Back & Forth (1999) See more »

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Good, but not as great as the Blackadder series.
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The Cavalier Years is a Blackadder special made for Comic Relief - and to be honest, it is pretty good. Though it is rather dated and it always tries to stay off the violence (to be honest, Blackadder should display more violence in its historical settings and rather violent eras it depicts (WWI, Medieval era, Revolution)). This episode once again delivers some hilarious liners, and Blackadder is still the cruel, calculating character everybody knows him as, but there isn't much interaction between him and Stephen Fry - Mr. Fry did not depict a king sentenced to death too well. But this is just as classic as all other Blackadders - the abundance of cunning plans, hilarious moments and historically-accurate humour ensure that The Cavalier Years is not one to be overlooked as just "another spin off".

Blackadder: The Cavalier Years may be short, but it is what you would call "a quick blast". Very good, but could have been a bit better. 8/10


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