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Blackadder: The Cavalier Years (1988)

Sir Edmund Blackadder must protect, and later rescue, King Charles I from the Roundheads.

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Mandie Fletcher (uncredited)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rowan Atkinson ... Sir Edmund Blackadder
Tony Robinson ... Baldrick
Stephen Fry ... King Charles I
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Warren Clarke ... Oliver Cromwell
Harry Enfield ... Narrator (voice)
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In 1648, Sir Edmund Blackadder, descendant of Prince Edmund Plantagent and currently the sole member of the noble dynasty, is one of two people who stayed loyal to King Charles I after Oliver Cromwell's threat, the other being Baldrick, descendant of a pig farmer and a bearded lady. To protect his liege, Sir Edmund has hid the king (the series has already proven to us that the royals are insane) in Blackadder Hall, but Baldrick unwittingly betrays the ruler when Cromwell arrives at the Hall. Blackadder decides he must save the king when he is sentenced to execution, and becomes frustrated when Baldrick cluelessly accepts a job as executioner- until he realizes he may be able to use it to save Charles... Written by Bloggers!

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English

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5 February 1988 (UK) See more »

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Blackadder: The Cavalier Years See more »

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Trivia

Filmed as part of the British version of the "Comic Relief" charity show. See more »

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Oliver Cromwell tells King Charles I that he has become Lord Protector. Cromwell did not receive this title until 1653, while king Charles was executed in 1649. See more »

Quotes

Edmund Blackadder: Baldrick, your brain is like the four-headed, man-eating haddock fish-beast of Aberdeen.
Baldrick: In what way?
Edmund Blackadder: It doesn't exist.
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Follows Black Adder the Third (1987) See more »

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A lesson in "Civility"...
5 December 2007 | by GuardiaSee all my reviews

Yet another great take on the "Blackadder" character in this short installment set in the "Cavalier Years" - the English Civil War (1642 - 1651). Rowan Atkinson slips straight back into his role beautifully for this special episode (filmed in between series 2 and 3 from what I understand). Hugh Laurie and Tim McInnery are absent in this, but the cast make excellent use of their limited time and resources to create a fifteen-minute episode that rivals any of the other series'.

As with all Blackadders, the background setting is remarkably complimentary to the comedy, and we are treated to seeing Stephen Fry act as King Charles II, as well as Baldrick, well, acting as moronic as ever. Blackadder's scheming and plotting is there, as well as the classic Blackadder-style twists. It's production values aren't as polished as the other installments, but this short episode in English history and English comedy is well worth tracking down.


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