Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)

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  • Time for Blackadder Working


On 31 December 1999 Blackadder holds a dinner party for Melchett, George, Darling and Lady Elizabeth enlivened by Baldrick's revolting cuisine. Blackadder claims to have invented a time machine and bets his friends £10,000 each that he can bring back to them any item from Britain's history (for example the boots Wellington wore at the battle of Waterloo). Of course it is a trick and as Blackadder calls out these famed items, Baldrick is rumaging around in a props room. However Blackadder left Baldrick to construct a fascimile of Michelangel's time machine from the original drawings and to their suprise it works. First of all they find themselves back in the age of the dinosaurs, where it transpires that these great beast were made extinct by a pair of Baldrick's underpants. Moving through time once again, it becomes clear that neither man can control where the time machine will end, because Baldrick neglected to write dates onto the machine's control panel. In quick succession Blackadder and Baldrick visit William Shakespeare, the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Robin Hood and his very merry men (not to mention the comely Maid Maarion), Napoleon and Wellington at the battle of Waterloo and a battle between the Roman and the Scots at Hadrian's wall.

On their return to 1999 laden with the genuine items Melchett and co. had asked for, they discover that their trip through time has altered history - forcing Blackadder to zip back and correct all the mistakes he made. Back once again in 1999 a remark made by one of the guests sets Blackadder thinking about how he might have engineered his time travels to his advantage.

As midnight approaches on 31 December 1999, Melchett, George, Darling and Lady Elizabeth watch the good and famous arriving at the Millennium Dome, lead by King Edmund, his Queen Marion and Prime Minister Baldrick.

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