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Blackadder: Blackadder: Back & Forth

Starting out at a dinner table on December 31, 1999, Blackadder attempts to defraud his cohorts of £10,000 each by having Baldrick build a fake time machine. Unfortunately, the time machine works and the pair end up face-to-face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Trying to get home, they stop off a number at a number of times, including the Battle of Waterloo and Roman Britain.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x8
Airdate: Friday December 31st, 1999
Special Runtime: 30 Minutes

Starring Roles
Rowan AtkinsonRowan Atkinson
As Lord Edmund Blackadder / Centurion Blackaddicus
Tony RobinsonTony Robinson
As Baldrick / Legionary Baldricus
Tim McInnernyTim McInnerny
As Archdeacon Darling / Duc de Darling / Duke of Darling
Stephen FryStephen Fry
As Archbishop Flavius Melchett / Lord Melchett / The Duke of Wellington / General Melchecus
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
As Viscount George Bufton-Tufton / Georgius
Miranda RichardsonMiranda Richardson
As Lady Elizabeth / Queen Elizabeth I

Guest Stars
Rik MayallRik Mayall
As Robin Hood
Kate MossKate Moss
As Maid Marian/Queen Marian of Sherwood
Jennie Bond (1)Jennie Bond (1)
voiced Herself
Main Cast
Rowan AtkinsonRowan Atkinson
As Prince Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh / Lord Edmund Blackadder / Edmund Blackadder, Esq. / Captain Edmund Blackadder
Tony RobinsonTony Robinson
As Baldrick, son of Robin the Dung Gatherer / Baldrick / S. Baldrick / Private S. Baldrick
Tim McInnernyTim McInnerny
As Lord Percy Percy, Duke of Northumberland / Lord Percy Percy, heir to the Duchy of Northumberland / Captain Kevin Darling
Stephen FryStephen Fry
As Lord Melchett / General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
As George, Prince of Wales and the Prince Regent / Lieutenant The Honourable George Colthurst St. Bartleigh
Miranda RichardsonMiranda Richardson
As Queen Elizabeth I of England
Episode Notes
This episode was filmed for the Skyscape at the Millennium Dome in London and was shown throughout 2000.

Due to his tampering with history, Blackadder has become King Edmund III and his wife is Queen Marian of Sherwood. He is "universally loved" and has an approval rating of 98%. Baldrick is the Prime Minister and is now in his fifth term of office. Elections were abolished in 1997, suggesting that Baldrick may be a dictator.

Stephen Fry plays four different characters, more than anyone else: Archbishop Flavius Melchett, Lord Melchett, the Duke of Wellington and General Melchecus.

Lord Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson), Baldrick (Tony Robinson), Archbishop Melchett (Stephen Fry) and Archdeacon Darling (Tim McInnerny) are presumably the grandsons or great-nephews of Captain Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson), Private Baldrick (Tony Robinson), General Melchett (Stephen Fry) and Captain Darling (Tim McInnerny), of Blackadder Goes Forth, respectively. It is unknown whether Viscount Bufton-Tufton (Hugh Laurie) and Lady Elizabeth (Miranda Richardson) are of any relation to previous Blackadder characters.

This is the only Blackadder production to be shot entirely on film and not to have a laugh track.

Location filming took place at Hadrian's Wall in Northumberland.

This is the only Blackadder production to be based, primarily, in the year in which it was filmed.

Miranda Richardson (Queen Elizabeth), Stephen Fry (Lord Melchett) and Patsy Byrne (Nursie) reprise their Blackadder II roles. This marks the eighth appearances of all three characters, making them the most prolific Blackadder characters.

Of the seven Blackadder cast members who played more than one character, Tony Richardson and Tim McInnerny are the only ones who never played a member of the British Royal Family, while Robinson is the only one who never played a member of the nobility. McInnerny portrayed Lord Percy Percy in The Black Adder and Blackadder II as well as the Duke of Darling and the Duc de Darling in this special.

Delia Smith, Kenneth Branagh and Jacques Chirac are the only living real life figures ever mentioned in Blackadder. In real life, Branagh is a friend of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, having attended Cambridge University with them during the early 1980s.

This is the first Blackadder episode to end with a song since the Blackadder II series finale "Chains".

Despite the fact that Baldrick (Tony Robinson) is the only character besides Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) to appear in all 24 episodes of the series, this is the only time that he has been mentioned in an ending song.

Episode Quotes
(Blackadder punches Shakespeare)
Blackadder: That is for every schoolboy and schoolgirl for the next 400 years. Do you have any idea how much suffering you're going to cause? Hours spent at school desks trying to find one joke in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Years of wearing stupid tights in plays and saying things like "What ho, my lord!" and "Oh look here comes Othello talking total crap as usual". Oh!
(Blackadder kicks Shakespeare in the shin)
Shakespeare: Ow!
Blackadder: And that is for Ken Branagh's endless, four hour version of Hamlet.
Shakespeare: Who's Ken Branagh?
Blackadder: I'll tell him you said that, and I think he will be very hurt.

Blackadder: Baldrick, I have a very, very, very cunning plan!
Baldrick: Is it as cunning as a fox what used to be Professor of Cunning at Oxford University, but has now moved on and is working for the UN at the High Commission of International Cunning Planning?
Blackadder: Yes, it is.
Baldrick: Ooh! That's cunning!

Archbishop Melchett: (on first seeing the time machine) Well, glaze my nipples and call me Rita!

Blackadder: (thinking they've arrived in the 1960s) I might stay awhile, actually, for a bit of hippy free love. Not that free love would make much difference to you, would it, Balders? I mean, what would a sheep do with money?

Blackadder: And here is a front page of Macbeth, signed by Shakespeare himself.
George, Archdeacon Darling and Lady Elizabeth: Who?
Archbishop Melchett: Oh, come on, you've heard of Shakespeare! He's the fellow who invented the ball-point pen.

George: Well you certainly won the bet, Blackadder. Here's your 10,000 francs...
Blackadder: What do you mean, "francs?"
George: What do you mean "What do I mean, 'francs'?"
Blackadder: Surely you mean "10,000 pounds."
(The others laugh)
Archbishop Melchett: Pounds?! We've haven't used those for over 200 years! Not since the Emperor Napoleon won the Battle of Waterloo.

Baldrick: You know how when you're drowning, and your life flashes in front of your eyes? Well, what I was thinking is that you could dunk your head in a bucket of water and if you held it down till just before you died, you could see how the levers were and get us home.
Blackadder: Excellent plan, Baldrick, with perhaps one slight modification...
Baldrick: Hmm?
(He punches Baldrick. Shortly afterwards, Baldrick has his head in a bucket of water. After a few seconds, Blackadder takes his head out of it)
Baldrick: I'm 18, I've just left Nursery School.
(Blackadder shoves his head back into the bucket and pulls it out again)
Baldrick: I'm 25, I'm back in Nursery School.

Centurion Blackaddicus: Last one in gets hacked to death by Rod Stewart's great-great-grandfather.

Blackadder: (to a Tyrannosaurus Rex) Sod off!

Blackadder: You really are as thick as clotted cream, that's been left out by some clot, and now the clots are so clotted, you couldn't unclot them with an electric de-clotter, aren't you, Baldrick?

Blackadder: May I present to you, the greatest breakthrough in travel since Sir Rodney Tricycle thought to himself, "I'm bored of walking. I think I'll invent something with three wheels and a bell, and name it after myself": the time machine.

Blackadder: (trying to be friendlier towards Shakespeare at their second encounter) I'm a very big fan, Bill.
Shakespeare: Thank you.
Blackadder: Keep up the good work. King Lear...very funny.

(Blackadder, on pain of death, must produce a present for Elizabeth I. He opens his wallet and shows the queen some plastic cards)
Blackadder: Now these may not look much.
Queen Elizabeth: They don't.
Blackadder: (nervously) No, but...umm...umm...well, well let's say...let's say...let's say that there was a place where you could buy absolutely everything.
Lord Melchett: (laughing) We already have those, Blackadder. They're called markets.
Blackadder: Right, right. Well, imagine that but times ten. As it were a supermarket.
(He holds up a blue Tesco Clubcard)
Blackadder: Now if you gave someone at one of these "super" markets this... he would give you some "bonus points". Which would mean that once a month you could buy a tin of baked beans at half the normal price.
Queen Elizabeth: Kill him.

Georgius: Great spirit of Jupiter! Our culture is centuries ahead of theirs. Why, we have toilets...and wipe our bottoms with vinegar-soaked sponges.
Centurion Blackaddicus: Yes...and they wipe their bottoms with Roman soldiers.

Queen Elizabeth: Go forth! And bring back more...minty things!

Theme from Blackadder: Back & Forth:

Let joy fill every Briton's heart
For now our country's going to make it
At last a King who looks the part
At last a Queen who looks good naked

Blackadder, Blackadder!
A monarch with panache
Blackadder, Blackadder!
He's got a nice moustache

Everything he wants he'll get
The world is now Blackadder's oyster
Most Prime Ministers are wet
But Baldrick he is even moister

Blackadder, Blackadder!
A dog who's got his bone
Blackadder, Blackadder!
A bastard on the throne

Blackadder, Blackadder!
His beard is neatly curled
Blackadder, Blackadder!
He's going to rule the world

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