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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 <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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Brian Blessed, Elspet Gray and Robert East were originally going to reprise their roles from The Black Adder (1983). The scene would have been Blackadder and Baldrick arriving at Bosworth field and killing Henry Tudor with the time machine, however the scene was later changed to the battle of Waterloo as Blessed was unable to reprise his role of Richard IV. See more »

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George: [as Roman officer in deleted scene, speaking of the Scots] Great spirit of Jupiter! Our culture is centuries ahead of theirs. Why, we have toilets... and wipe our bottoms with vinegar-soaked sponges.
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Not as bad as reputation has it...
28 June 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I understand why people think this is a dud compared to the rest of the Blackadder legacy. It isn't particularly remarkable. It isn;t as good as any of the series episodes of Blackadder (though it is better than the Christmas Carol special).

However, by the average standard for comedy, this is still enjoyable. It's cute. Admittedly, Blackadder was never good because of being "cute," but it works here. I suppose I liked it for the most part for the nostalgia value

  • 10 years after the last official episode, we see my favorite British


comedians reunited (worth the price alone): Rowan Atkinson, Rik Mayall, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie... and all the rest. I was lucky enough to be in London during this show's run at the Millennium Dome, and now am proud to own it as part of the new DVD Blackadder set.

There are some great gags, and (for fans of British comedy) some great appearances. It's no "Bells" or "Dish or Dishonesty," but it makes me smile. And that's the important thing.


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