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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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Language:

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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Color
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The son and heir of Charles I is shown as an infant on 30 January 1649. At this time, the prince (who later became Charles II, Restoration King) was in his late teens and had two younger brothers and three younger sisters. See more »

Quotes

Edmund Blackadder: Shut up, with the greatest respect, your Majesty.
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Follows Blackadder the Third (1987) See more »

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Hilarious special
15 August 2009 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

This is located on at least one set of the full series, seasons 1-4, though not all, so be sure to notice if or when you purchase it. Fifteen minutes of pure Blackadder. What better way to spend a quarter of an hour? This has Edmund as a Lord during the time of Cromwell and the revolution. He has to defend King Charles I(Stephen Fry, in a deliciously accurate parody of Prince Charles of Wales) from Oliver and the Roundheads. Baldrick returns, Percy does not. The minimalistic cast of this is works perfectly for this short. This has some of the best writing of this franchise. This is very close to being even funnier than Blackadder II, but it's prevented by just one too many uninspired gags and jokes and some pacing problems. It has quite a bit of the most clever material and laugh-out-loud as well as burst-out-laughing moments and scenes of these. I doubt more than half a minute passed without me laughing through watching this. A must-see for any fan of Blackadder. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys British humor, Rowan Atkinson's work and/or the titular character. 8/10


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