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Blackadder Back & Forth (1999) Poster

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Was shown at SkyScape attraction at London's Millenium Dome eight times a day for the whole of 2000.
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At the dinner party at the beginning, a portrait of Captain Blackadder from Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) is positioned on the wall behind the present Blackadder.
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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.
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Regarding Blackadder's cunning plan to become king, Baldrick asks if it is as 'cunning as a fox what used to be Professor of Cunning at Oxford University, but has moved on and is now working for the UN at the high commission of International Cunning planning?'. This is building on a line delivered by a previous Blackadder to his Baldrick in Blackadder Goes Forth: Goodbyeee (1989), involving a plan 'as cunning as fox who's just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University'
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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.
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"Blackadder Back & Fourth" takes place on December 31, 1999, 82 years after "Blackadder Goes Fourth" which took place in 1917.
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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.
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Kate Moss makes a cameo as Maid Marian, and Colin Firth makes a cameo as William Shakespeare.
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In the film, the time machine materializes in a space battle. In "Blackadder's Christmas Carol", Ebenezer Blackadder is shown by the Spirit of Christmas, a vision of a distant future, where his distant descendant Grand Admiral Blackadder is a successful, if ruthless, official of a Universe-spanning Empire, with Baldrick as a thong-wearing slave.
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Jennie Bond provides the voice of the Royal Reporter in the ending scene. Jennie was the BBC Royal correspondent from 1985 to 2003.
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The last ever "Blackaddder" (although, see Crazy Credits).
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The only installment of "Blackadder", not to have a laugh track.
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The budget for this mini-movie allowed for far more elaborate sets than had been seen since the first series. In particular, the set for "Queenie" Elizabeth I's court - a small room, barely capable of holding 10 people in Black-Adder II (1986) - is a large, richly-decorated space in this film, filled with dozens of courtesans. Queenie's costume is also far more elaborate in this film.
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This film includes extensive location shooting, a rarity for a "Blackadder" production. Although the first series (The Black Adder (1983)) did quite a bit of location shooting, the high cost nearly led to the cancellation of further series. After extensive cost-cutting, Black-Adder II (1986) includes the only location shooting in later series/specials: a courting scene in Black-Adder II: Bells (1986), and the end credit sequences, all filmed in a single day at Wilton House, Wiltshire.
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The time machine/privy is an homage to the TARDIS in Doctor Who (1963). Rowan Atkinson played The Doctor in the spoof Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death (1999).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

This is the second Blackadder to have made it as King of England. His ancestor from The Black Adder (1983) made it as King in the finale (though for less than a minute), while his Black-Adder II (1986) and Blackadder Goes Forth (1989) ended up dead and his Black Adder the Third (1987) lived out his life as a Regent.
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