| || Blackadder: Back and Forth |
by Richard Curtis, Ben Elton and Rowan Atkinson (Paul Weiland, director)
First release: 6 Dec 1999
Rowan Atkinson’s historically funny Blackadder character comes to the big screen for a final 30-minute episode. Each of the earlier tv series followed one of Lord Edmund Blackadders many ancestors in a famous time period, but now the modern-day Blackadder announces to his dinner party that he’s just built a time machine based on DaVinci’s specification, after which he wagers each of guests £10,000 that he can use the machine to retrieve any named object from history. Of course, Blackadder himself thinks it’s all going to be nothing more than the best New Year’s Eve prank ever, but the dinosaurs, Queen Elizabeth I, Will Shakespeare, Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Napoleon, Wellington, Hadrian, and others have different ideas.
Now, if only we could get Mr. Bean in a time machine.
Elizabeth: How on Earth can one look at the past? You can’t see something that’s already happened.
The Bishop: Unless you’re on the lavatory.
The Viscount: Uh! Good point, Bish!
Blackadder: Yes, or . . . or unless one’s got a time machine.