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Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)

At a New Millennium Eve party Blackadder and Baldrick test their new time machine and ping pong through history encountering famous characters and changing events rather alarmingly....

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It's Millennium Eve and Blackadder is hosting a dinner party for a few select friends, Lady Elizabeth, Viscount George, Archbishop Melchett and Archbishop Darling. Baldrick devises yet another of his infamous cunning plans to help his ever greedy master Edmund Blackadder con money from his gullible friends. The pair build a "time machine" from empty cereal packets and place bets with their friends as to when in history they will travel, retrieving various artifacts from their travels as proof, items which Blackadder already owns! However, in a strange twist of fate the time machine actually works and the pair are thrown back in history initially to the Jurassic period. Gradually the pair start to return to their own time stopping off at various famous times in history such as Sherwood Forest and the Battle of Waterloo but will they make it home? Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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The final episode in the saga of the Blackadder family, who have forever been at the very center of British history and society.


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£3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This special extensively spoofs Doctor Who (1963), as does Rowan Atkinson's other parody Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (1999) in the same year. These two spoofs are likely to have re-ignited interest in the BBC actively later re-starting the official Doctor Who (2005) TV series in wide screen. See more »

Goofs

The Roman Age characters talk in English. Although this might be for audience reasons, general Melchicus compliments them literally on practicing their English. The English language did not exist during the Roman Age. The Ancient Britons spoke Celtic languages, while the lingual ancestors of English arrived with the Anglosaxons. See more »

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Blackadder: [punches Shakespeare] That is for every schoolboy and schoolgirl for the next 400 years! Have you any idea how much suffering you're going to cause? Hours spent at school desks trying to find ONE joke in "A Midsummer's Night Dream", wearing stupid tights in school plays and saying things like, "What ho, my Lord," and, "Oh, look, here comes Othello talking total crap as usual."
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Blackadder: And THAT is for Ken Branagh's endless, four-hour version of Hamlet.
William Shakespeare: Who's Ken Branagh?
Blackadder: I'll tell him ...
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Crazy Credits

An orchestral anthem in genuine praise of Blackadder (in contrast to The Black Adder (1982) and Black-Adder II (1986), which mocked him) plays over the closing credits. It is accompanied by lyrics to sing along to, which the head of Blackadder bounces along to (and the Queen and Baldrick, when the anthem mentions them). See more »

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References The Time Machine (1960) See more »

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Disappointed, Honestly
18 March 2014 | by (Nottinghamshire, England) – See all my reviews

I'm sorry. I just couldn't like this. It's not that I disliked it, I just didn't like it. Blackadder's humour is gone in this. The characters are not like in the series, most notably Queen Elizabeth, who was much more harsh and unhappy than in the series. It was nice to see the characters, though. And it's odd seeing them all older than in the series, because now I recognise them for different roles. Most prominently, Atkinson reminds me of Mr. Bean here, not Edmund Blackadder, Stephen Fry reminds me of QI, not his many roles in Blackadder, and Laurie reminds me of Gregory House here, not of his two roles in Blackadder.

This episode just came off as a big disappointment. I honestly thought I'd like it for one reason or another, but it felt like a completely different show. Usually I'd be ecstatic at the return of a show, but this really should have been left alone. They even removed the much needed laugh track. The spark is just not in this episode. However, it is good as a stand alone episode and if it wasn't Blackadder I'd still think it was alright. It's just not the quality I was hoping for; much, much less. Least favourite episode.


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