Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)

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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 <>

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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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Release Date:

6 December 1999 (UK)  »

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Untitled Blackadder Millennium Project  »

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£3,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Although not correct to the period, black extras can be seen in the Robin Hood and Elizabethan scenes. This is because of a long-running joke between comedians Richard Curtis and Lenny Henry who apparently always complains that he could have been the extra instead. See more »


Just after Blackadder waves to his dinner guests and enters the time machine for the first time, you can see a blonde crew member wearing a red shirt pushing up the end of the drawbridge-like door to close it as Baldrick is climbing up through the trap door inside. See more »


[upon discovering he's changed history for the worse]
Blackadder: We've got to save Britan!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are a series of historical records, featuring Blackadder as living (and contemptuous) around the time of those records. See more »


Follows The Black Adder (1982) See more »


Robin Hood
Written by Carl Sigman (as Carl Stigman)
Published by Memory Lane Music Ltd.
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A wonderful end to a wonderful series
10 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This being hyped as the last Blackadder story is a great end to a very funny series. The plot has Edmund Blackadder trying to con his friends (played by series regulars Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie Miranda Richardson, and Tim Mcinnery) by claiming he has built a time machine on the eve of the new century, the year 2000. That opening alone is a tip of the hat to the classic George Pal film, "The Time Machine" where Rod Taylor as George does the same thing at the turn of the century the year 1900. But what Edmund thought of as just a con turned out to be a real time machine, put together by his usually incompetent servant Baldrick. The two travel thru time and change history in hysterical ways to funny to mention here. The ending is classic and will have you applauding at the end.

My favorite series of Black Adder was a tie with the "Blackadder III", and "The Blackadder Christmas Carol", but now this one surpasses them. I can't believe the comments that I read on this site, who didn't like it or felt it was far from the best, because I thought they have done a great job with this show. I think it might be that they would rather had a full series on TV and not have to pay to see it at the Millennium dome as they had to. I just saw this on my local PBS station and I now want to go out and buy the tape of it. I recommend this show to all fans of Black Adder and of good time travel stories as well. It's a hoot.

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