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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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In the opening credits, there is a photo of Blackadder in Indian attire. This is a homage to Rowan Atkinson's wife Sunetra Sastry, who was makeup on Black-Adder II (1986) and is of Indian descent. See more »

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When Baldrick and Blackadder arrive at Hadrian's wall it is clearly the modern-day ruins of it, leading Blackadder's Roman ancestor to claim that Hadrian built a 3 foot high wall. During the Roman Age, the wall was a much larger structure. 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.
Blackadder: Yes... and they wipe their bottoms with Roman soldiers!
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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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OK – but a shadow of the series in terms of humour
22 April 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Blackadder and his faithful servant Baldrick build a fake time machine from original plans in order to fool their friends into thinking that they went back in time and collected artifacts, thus winning a big bet. However they travel back in time and accidentally change history – wiping out the very characters they claimed to have met.

This special was made for show in the millennium dome, however it was also shown on BBC recently. This is no way classic Blackadder – the story is a mix of Blackadder trademark sarcasm and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. The time traveling element is amusing and is also an excuse for some very funny scenes (Robin Hood, Jurassic Park moment) but other bits don't work as well (the current-time dinner party is weak given the cast, and the Blackadder II bit isn't very funny and just shows how good the series was). The dialogue lacks the sharp, cruel sarcasm that the other 4 series had – it tries to do it but it isn't as fresh as it once was…I guess that's the real effect of time!

Atkinson is good as Blackadder – but he never seems comfortable with this incarnation as he did with previous ones…perhaps because it is an one-off creation. Robinson is good as Baldrick because his character never changes. Of the rest of the talented cast only Rik Mayall is really funny – the rest (Fry, Laurie, Richardson etc) are all weak and never as good as they were in their roles in the 4 series. However nice cameos from Colin Firth and Kate Moss make it interesting.

Overall it's worth a watch – but don't expect to be anywhere near the height of the original 4 Blackadder series.


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