Executive transvestite Eddie Izzard takes his show to San Francisco to give a brief history of pagan and Christian religions, the building of Stonehenge, the birth of the Church of England ... See full summary »
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
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 »
The Earl he had a thousand sovereigns, hey-nonny-no / He gave them all to the man with the ax-oh...
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I felt rather wistful watching this 16 minute segment from Comic Relief. That's because a Blackadder series set during the English Civil War might have been terrific--too bad it was only a small segment and not an entire series! The show is set in the final days of the Civil War. At this point King Charles is virtually alone--with only Blackadder and Baldrick! In other words, he's totally screwed! Eventually, the King is captured and the next order of business is to find someone awful enough to be willing to execute the man. Take a wild guess which scoundrel they manage to find who is willing to do this infamous deed! Overall, not bad at all--just too short, too short, too short.
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